"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops." - Henry Brooks Adams
The faculty members in business schools must be blend of academic, industry, research and consultancy background so that the students are benefited from their varied experiences. However, it is rare to find such breed of faculty in most of the business schools currently. In fact, teaching differs from professor to professor as no two professors are alike in knowledge, competencies, experiences and passions. The professors who have only academic experience follow more of concepts and written case studies and deliver their lectures based on theoretical knowledge. They are also more into syllabus and examination oriented. The professors who have mostly industry background deliver sessions based on their industrial experience and connect students from classroom to corporate quickly. They relate reel content with real life experiences and events thus ensuring effective takeaways among the students. However, they may not focus much on theoretical concepts and aspects that are often emphasized by the professors hailing from pure academic background. At the same time, the professors who come from research background deliver their sessions based on latest developments on the subject thus adding value to the existing knowledge. They can deliver both theoretical and research perspective but often fail to connect students from classroom to corporate background as they don’t have any industrial experience. Finally, the professors who come from consultancy and training background deliver teaching sessions based on their corporate and consultancy background but don’t offer anything from theoretical perspective. Hence, teaching by the professors depends on their knowledge, experience, background and, above all, their passion to make a difference in the lives of students.
Students must note these facts and must not expect varied knowledge on platter from professors as each professor comes out with a particular knowledge, competence and experience.
“A good student is someone who listens to what I say, adapting my teachings to his life, but never following it literally. It is someone who doesn’t look for a job, but looks for work that dignifies him. And lastly, it isn’t someone who seeks to be noticed, but someone who seeks to make something notable.” - Confucius, Chinese philosopher
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