UK: New book examines business schools history

Business professor Allan PO Williams has released a new book, The History of UK Business and Management Education, which says the strong growth of business schools in Britain has boosted the country's economy.

Williams is a professor at Cass Business School of City University London, whose past publications focus on human resources management and organisational development. The new book was a collaborative project with the UK-based Association of Business Schools (ABS), which represents business schools in the country.

Jonathan Slack, chief executive of the ABS, said: "The impressive growth of management education in the last 50 years would not have taken place without the creation of supportive institutions. Through their regulatory and informative roles these institutions ensured that growth was accompanied by high standards in teaching and research, thus enabling business schools to make effective contributions to the social and economic needs of society."

He added: "The book includes a historic overview identifying the milestones in the last two centuries, with particular attention being paid to the 20th century. This is a book that draws together the main influences that have resulted in the impressive emergence of business schools in the UK, and identifies the main institutions and individuals involved."

* The History of UK Business and Management Education was published by UK-based Emerald Group Publishing Limited on 6 October 2010.