Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University, has been rethinking where business education should be going in the future.
Ogbuehi shared his thoughts in the current issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC), authoring an op-ed article entitled “Rethinking biz ed in post-recession world.” Ogbuehi’s article, which appears in the ABC issue now on newsstands and the web, argues that the time has come for business education to get away from its traditional linear curriculum that emphasizes a narrow field of business competencies, and, in effect, think outside the box, moving towards a nonlinear approach to education that focuses more on experiential learning, liberal arts, global perspectives and social consciousness.
The thrust of Ogbuehi’s thinking is that business education needs to change its approach in two major areas; creating a new teaching formula that places a greater emphasis on student engagement through experiential learning, and further integrating liberal arts studies into the traditional business curricula.
“The leadership and faculty in the College of Business at Clayton State University have made a commitment to actively engage members of the wider business community to assist us in achieving such learning experiences,” he writes.
Ogbuehi has been dean of business at Clayton State since July 2010, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience gained from scholarship and from leadership involvement with many educational organizations. Ogbuehi’s involvement with education extends to more than 20 years with multiple honors and awards for high performance in the many responsibilities where he has served. Most notably, he has extensive experience in building international programs and institutional relationships and external development.
Ogbuehi was most recently the dean for the School of Business for Park University in Parkville, Mo. His long association with higher education began at the University of Kentucky, where Ogbuehi earned his B.S. His M.B.A., with a concentration in Marketing, was also earned at the University of Kentucky. His D.B.A. with a major in Marketing, and Minors in Transportation and Sociology, was completed at the University of Memphis.
Ogbuehi has also served as director of the M.S. in International Marketing Program at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia from August 1996 to August 2001, and as a tenured professor of Marketing at Bryant University, from 2001 to 2007. He was also a professor of Marketing at Illinois State University (1987-1994) and at Christopher Newport University (1994-1996).