How does accreditation influence the dynamics
of organizational identity for business schools?



Accreditation has become more prominent
for business schools since two decades. In
this paper, we explore how accreditation
influences the internal and external processes
of identity dynamics. First, we argue
that Hatch & Schultz (2002) framework,
social identity theory and the habitual routines
approach offer a comprehensive theoretical
framework. Second, we illustrate it
with a European Management School’s
accreditation failure and its management of
change related to the accreditation goal.
We elaborate and discuss a model titled
“Identity Change through Accreditation”
(ICA). Finally, we suggest some implications
for managing change during accreditation
as well as avenues for research.

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Authors: Christophe Lejune, Majken Schultz & Alain Vas