Sunday, June 10, 2007

Was Earning That Harvard M.B.A. Worth It?

From The New York Times:
''M.B.A. programs train the wrong people in the wrong ways with the wrong consequences,'' said Henry Mintzberg, a management professor at McGill University in Montreal. ''You can't create a manager in a classroom. If you give people who aren't managers the impression that you turned them into one, you've created hubris.''

In 2003, Professor Mintzberg tracked the performance of 19 students who graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1990 and were at the top of their class academically. Ten of the 19 were ''utter failures,'' he said. ''Another four were very questionable, at least,'' he added. ''So five out of 19 did well.''

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