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"Business Schools Face Test of Faith." "Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?" As these headlines make clear, business education is at a major crossroads. For decades, MBA graduates from top-tier schools set the standard for cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. Now the business world has changed, say the authors of Rethinking the MBA, and MBA programs must change with it. "Business Schools Face Test of Faith." "Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?" As these headlines make clear, business education is at a major crossroads. For decades, MBA graduates from top-tier schools set the standard for cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. Now the business world has changed, say the authors of Rethinking the MBA, and MBA programs must change with it. Increasingly, managers and recruiters are questioning conventional business education. Their concerns? Among other things, MBA programs aren't giving students the heightened cultural awareness and global perspectives they need. Newly minted MBAs lack essential leadership skills. Creative and critical thinking demand far more attention. In this compelling and authoritative new book, the authors: · Document a rising chorus of concerns about business schools gleaned from extensive interviews with deans and executives, and from a detailed analysis of current curricula and emerging trends in graduate business education · Provide case studies showing how leading MBA programs have begun reinventing themselves for the better · Offer concrete ideas for how business schools can surmount the challenges that come with reinvention, including securing faculty with new skills and experimenting with new pedagogies Rich with examples and thoroughly researched, Rethinking the MBA reveals why and how business schools must define a better pathway for the future.


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"Business Schools Face Test of Faith." "Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?" As these headlines make clear, business education is at a major crossroads. For decades, MBA graduates from top-tier schools set the standard for cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. Now the business world has changed, say the authors of Rethinking the MBA, and MBA programs must change with it. "Business Schools Face Test of Faith." "Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?" As these headlines make clear, business education is at a major crossroads. For decades, MBA graduates from top-tier schools set the standard for cutting-edge business knowledge and skills. Now the business world has changed, say the authors of Rethinking the MBA, and MBA programs must change with it. Increasingly, managers and recruiters are questioning conventional business education. Their concerns? Among other things, MBA programs aren't giving students the heightened cultural awareness and global perspectives they need. Newly minted MBAs lack essential leadership skills. Creative and critical thinking demand far more attention. In this compelling and authoritative new book, the authors: · Document a rising chorus of concerns about business schools gleaned from extensive interviews with deans and executives, and from a detailed analysis of current curricula and emerging trends in graduate business education · Provide case studies showing how leading MBA programs have begun reinventing themselves for the better · Offer concrete ideas for how business schools can surmount the challenges that come with reinvention, including securing faculty with new skills and experimenting with new pedagogies Rich with examples and thoroughly researched, Rethinking the MBA reveals why and how business schools must define a better pathway for the future.

30 review for Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very mechanical, rationalised and impersonal analysis in my opinion. Valid points were made but it was all very financial outcomes focused. No real effort put in to discuss the intangibles e.g. life experience, career break, fun. I think 1 page out of 60 or so was dedicated to that. Sort of treats the reader as a machine that is purely focused on rational outcomes. Might be fundamentally correct but no appeal to the emotional.

  2. 4 out of 5

    E

    Authors Srikant M. Datar, David A. Garvin and Patrick G. Cullen have done their work very well. Their examination of the current state of the master of business administration (MBA) degree touches on the nature of education, the nature of higher education as an institution and culture, and the conceptual and practical demands that business places on education and employees. Though one might question citing the best MBA programs in the U.S. to represent business education as a whole, the authors’ Authors Srikant M. Datar, David A. Garvin and Patrick G. Cullen have done their work very well. Their examination of the current state of the master of business administration (MBA) degree touches on the nature of education, the nature of higher education as an institution and culture, and the conceptual and practical demands that business places on education and employees. Though one might question citing the best MBA programs in the U.S. to represent business education as a whole, the authors’ examples are nicely specific, their prose is clear, and their commentary is honest and revealing. getAbstract recommends their book to a cluster of readers: those seeking MBAs, those running MBA programs, anyone in human resources and anyone interested in corporate culture. This text could also serve as a model of disciplinary self-evaluation for educators running other programs. Read more about this book in the online summary: http://www.getabstract.com/zusammenfa...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    An interesting review of the MBA degree and its place in the world today. For Harvard's centennial, two professors from HBS were tasked with a study to explore the challenges facing business schools and business students today. The book takes an in depth look at the macro trends facing the industry pre and post financial crisis as well as 5 schools with innovative curricula. They also lump Harvard in as a 6th featured school because HBS commissioned the study. The book gave good insights on the An interesting review of the MBA degree and its place in the world today. For Harvard's centennial, two professors from HBS were tasked with a study to explore the challenges facing business schools and business students today. The book takes an in depth look at the macro trends facing the industry pre and post financial crisis as well as 5 schools with innovative curricula. They also lump Harvard in as a 6th featured school because HBS commissioned the study. The book gave good insights on the types of issues for potential business school applicants to consider when picking an MBA program and the pros and cons of how top programs differentiate themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erhardt Graeff

    Great overview of the history of business education, and what needs to be done to revitalize the curricula at leading graduate business schools to train managers that can be leaders for contemporary organizations and society.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Deb

    Very insightful & interesting reading on the subject Very insightful & interesting reading on the subject

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Great book to help you think through the many diverse issues facing MBA programs in the 21st century.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    I took a lot of notes (as this was for a class) and came away with some good ideas, both for fixing the school's MBA program and ways to make my own experience more beneficial.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Han

    Have some brief introduction to current situation in business school such as HBS, INSEAD, SOM and GSB

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