Poverty: A Challenge to Business Schools

Business schools, particularly in Brazil, have done surprisingly little work on the topic of poverty. This article explores student and faculty awareness regarding this significant issue and assesses the perceived responsibility of elite business schools in Brazil for such a liable exclusion. By way of interviews with students and faculty, and by surveying a number of undergraduate students, the study results present a set of propositions that aims to change the prevalent culture in business schools. A generalization effort should say that most schools in Brazil remain ignorant of the potential of alleviating poverty. B-schools could help if they went to a little beyond the conventional teaching that disregard the essential necessities of the poor as consumers.

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