The trend is for specialization in management. Even general management is now a specialization. Every academic domain looks at creating highly specialized body of knowledge for a narrowly defined task . Most of the MBAs are now specialists, and the most sought after job is that of a staff specialist than a line manager who is supposed to have that vital general management skills.
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