Business school capital and study choices in undergraduate education: A student-centred approach

Folajimi Ashiru, Ian Whitfield, Philip Warwick

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Relying on the resource-based view and drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and his key concepts of field, habitus and capitals, we scrutinise via student focus group reports, the perceptions of first year business undergraduate students, asking them what university and business school attributes they considered during the application process so that we can determine what attributes give business schools a competitive advantage. Our findings reveal the combination of attributes, what we call symbolic capital, that are essential to attract students to a UK based business school in a research-intensive Russell Group university. This combination of attributes and resources is critical to maintaining the position of a university and business school in the perceptions of applicants. Hence, we refer to the combination of factors as ‘Business School Capital’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100633
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Management Education
Issue number2
Early online date23 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license


  • Symbolic capital
  • Resources
  • UK
  • Business schools
  • Universities
  • Competition


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