What is Transformative Management Education?
Transformative Management Education (TME) is based on a very simple principle: Education changes people. Acquiring skills for professional practice affects the whole human being through the social, historical and cultural frameworks that shape those skills. Therefore, TME combines two main pillars in its practice: It employs the technical dimension of management education and links it to the humanities and social sciences.
This twofold approach to management practice aims at recognizing the frameworks of management education as well as understanding their influence on the transformation we undergo when we learn about management. The ultimate goal, therefore, is to constructively and responsibly interact with our social, historical and cultural contexts.
In this way, TME aims to keep up with the changing nature of the twenty-first century by way of transformative learning, gaining a more relational understanding of knowledge – especially in times of digitization – as well as addressing the organizational and political consequences of merging the underlying focus areas of TME. In doing so, TME teaches Critical Management Literacy (CML) as a method developed from the humanities and social sciences’ expertise to reframe the utility of management education and practice.