Business schools around the world are increasingly on the hot seat when it comes to calls to decolonize. A prominent business school in the United Kingdom, for example, recently changed its name to avoid being associated with the slave trader it was originally named after. What about here in Canada?

In today’s The Conversation Canada, Dara Kelly, associate professor in Indigenous Business at Simon Fraser University and her co-author, Jordyn Hrenyk, call for business schools to re-evaluate the symbols they’re promoting as students at Canadian business schools call out racism on social media channels.

“Who are we elevating? Which ideologies? Specifically, we ask that business schools do the work to not just Indigenize (add to), but decolonize (unlearn). That means having a serious look at the legacies we uphold.”

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Politics, Business + Economics Editor

As statues topple, business schools must begin seriously decolonizing. (Piqsels)

A call to decolonize business schools, including our own

Dara Kelly, Simon Fraser University; Jordyn Hrenyk, Simon Fraser University

Contemplating the future of the business school means we must decide what kind of society we want our students to create and what reforms are needed to enable them to do so.

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Julia Creet, York University, Canada

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Marie-Claude Tremblay, Université Laval

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Sivane Hirsch, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR); Audrey Groleau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

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