I read with keen interest the nuanced report on the competitive landscape of executive education and business schools. The themes discussed resonate with my doctoral research on leadership development within the retail banking sector. The research also points to the need for a nuanced perspective — one that appreciates the industry structure of business schools and their clients, as well as how they are embedded in the post-apartheid skills development "architecture" and "ecology". To understand business schools’ purpose and client relationships, including the question of integrating "consultancy" engagement and expertise, one needs to explore more broadly the design, integration and management of executive, leadership and management education and development across stakeholders. "Design thinking" has become topical within organisations and management thinking. However, we need to broaden our understanding beyond a cognitive or problem-solving process, especially when thinking throu...

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