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Economia Global e Gestão

versão impressa ISSN 0873-7444

Economia Global e Gestão v.12 n.2 Lisboa ago. 2007

 

Business schools: still in the dark during the ‘Age of enlightenment’

Eric Van Genderen*

 

ABSTRACT: With the establishment of emotional intelligence (EI) and EI testing, psychology has offered the business world a powerful and invaluable tool capable of predicting success in the workplace. The most progressive organizations are already employing such tests in their HR selection/promotion processes. The business school industry maintains a vital interface with the various industry sectors, providing companies with their ‘senior executives of the future’. However, even given the highly competitive environment in which business schools operate; attracting top MBA candidates, and later placing their graduates with prestigious companies, they continue utilizing an outdated, IQ-based, standardized test (the GMAT) as a critical, and often times deciding criterion within their graduate selection processes. The recognized limitations of IQ, as well as its failure to predict professional success, remain a catalyst for the popularization of EI. The author proposes that, in conjunction with top recruiting organizations, business schools initiate an EI-based ‘soft skills’ admission test that would compliment, or even subsume the existing Graduate Management Admission Test.

Key words: Emotional Intelligence, Business Schools, GMAT, Cognitive Testing, Selection, Management

 

 

Título: As escolas de Gestão ainda no “escuro”

RESUMO: Com o estabelecimento da inteligência emocional (EI) e dos seus testes, a psicologia ofereceu ao mundo dos negócios uma ferramenta poderosa e inestimável, capaz de prever o sucesso no local de trabalho. As organizações mais desenvolvidas já utilizam tais testes nos seus processos de selecção e promoção dos recursos humanos. A ‘indústria’ das Business Schools mantém uma relação vital com os vários sectores de indústria, fornecendo às empresas «os seus executivos seniores do futuro». Contudo, dado o ambiente altamente competitivo em que as Business Schools operam, atraindo candidatos de topo para os MBA e mais tarde colocando-os em empresas de prestígio, continuam a utilizar um teste desactualizado baseado no QI e estandardizado - o GMAT. Este teste é usado como um critério crítico e, frequentemente, decisivo no processo de selecção dos candidatos. As limitações reconhecidas do QI, assim como a sua falha em prever o sucesso profissional, permanecem um catalisador para a popularidade do EI. O autor propõe que, conjuntamente com as organizações recrutadoras de topo, as Business Schools passem a utilizar um teste de admissão sobre as «soft skills» baseado na EI - que complemente ou inclua mesmo o GMAT.

Palavras-chave: Inteligência Emocional, Business Schools, GMAT, Testes Cognitivos, Selecção, Gestão

 

 

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*Eric Van Genderen

eric.vangenderen@zu.ac.ae

Assistant Professor and a researcher in Organizational Psychology/International Business at Henley Management College, UK. Professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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