Online business education research: Systematic analysis and a conceptual model

Poonam Kumar, Anil Kumar, Shailendra Palvia, Sanjay Verma

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    The growth of online education has become a global phenomenon driven by the emergence of new technologies, widespread adoption of the Internet, and intensifying demand for a skilled workforce for a digital economy. Online education is no longer a trend; it has become mainstream. This paper explores authorship, coverage, currency, context, scope, theories,frameworks, and key themes through a systematic review of 60 business education journal articles published since the year 2008. Through detailed content analysis, we provide useful recommendations for researchers and practitioners working in academia, industry, or government. We articulate an emerging conceptual model of interactions between diverse entities and stakeholders in the online education industry with special reference to tertiary business discipline. This model will certainly be applicable with minor changes to other disciplines and other levels of education—primary and secondary. We recommend that this model be tested by researchers using appropriate research methodology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-35
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Management Education
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2019


    • Asynchronous learning
    • Blended education
    • E-learning
    • Online education
    • Synchronous learning


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