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Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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David Garvin in The Atlantic, July 14, 2010
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After a helpful overview, the authors summarize their findings such as the declines in 2 year full time curricula in favor of condensed, part-time and/or executive programs. A brief historical overview explains the delicate positioning of business schools in universities and the pressures for more scholarly and academic rigor over the years. Detailing the criticisms of B-schools, they explain ways schools are often over analytical, do not address important business needs, and underemphasize important topics and skills.
The authors go on to highlight eight broad needs including the importance of developing global perspective, leadership skills, cross-functional integration, comprehension of organizational realities, creativity and innovative thinking, oral and written communication, understanding of the role and purpose of business as well as the limits of markets and models. They review a wide range of programmatic and curricular responses in leading schools. The authors indicate that schools are generally more responsive to the first 3 needs, but are still wrestling with how to respond in other areas.Read more ›
I hardly come across a book that was written with such details and clarity. It is amazing that 3 academics from Harvard Business School were able to write with such clear prose, discuss the MBA programmes of top 20 US MBA programmes without biases, and include detailed description of the MBA programmes and maintain exhilarating reading pace.
For the educators, Srikant M.Data, David A. Garvin and Patrick G. Cullen described how the top MBA programmes are using innovative approaches to a address 8 social and business concers;
1. Gaining a global perspective
2. Developing leadership skills
3. Honing integrative skills
4. Recognising organizational realities and implementing effectively
5. Acting creatively and innovatively
6. Thinking critically and communicating clearly
7. Understanding the role, responsibilities, and purpose of business
8. Understanding the limits of models and markets
The authors' insights and description of how top Business Schools design and develop their programmes could also be used in any Undergraduate programmes .
For MBA seekers, the authors devoted 6 separate chapters to provide detailed description of courses at 6 top US Business School;
1. University of Chicago Booth School of Business
3. The Center for Creative Leadership
4. Harvard Business School
5. Stanford Graduate School of Business
6. Yale School of Management
MBA seekers will have better understanding of and preparation for the demanding and torturous training programmes that they will undergo. At the same time, they could judge how these programmes will meet their needs.Read more ›
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This is a great book! It's a result of a very well planed and executed research. I really enjoyed the "8 unmet needs" of an MBA program, such as leadership, globalization,... Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by R. C. D. Nt
The collaborative work of Srikant M. Datar, David A. Garvin, and Patrick G. Cullen, RETHINKING THE MBA: BUSINESS EDUCATION AT A CROSSROADS examines the current state of business... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review