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Journalists Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove blow the lid off business schools in this critically acclaimed expose, admired and valued even by those it criticizes: the people running and teaching at university business schools in the U.S. and elsewhere. The author’s mix investigation, candid stories, hard data and insightful commentary in this immensely readable examination of the conflict between the academic and commercial. recommends this to everyone who is in business - or who is thinking about a business future that includes graduate school.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the growing popularity of post-graduate business schools has eroded the value of an MBA;
  • How competition between business schools has forced institutions to abandon their roles as traditional places of academic learning, and
  • How the commercial opportunities available to business school professors can compromise their academic integrity.

About the Authors

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove are U.K.-based journalists with 20 years of business reporting experience. They co-founded the Suntop Media consulting firm. Crainer’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, Across the Board and Strategy & Business. His business books include the Ultimate series and the Financial Times Handbook of Management. Dearlove writes regularly for the London Times, the American Management Review and Human Resources. He is the author of a number of books on management best practices.



Gravy Training
Webster’s Dictionary defines a "gravy train" as a "much-exploited source of money." Many of today’s top business schools have become gravy trains, little more than cash cows for universities. These schools are generating record profits from unprecedented levels of enrollment...

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