Summary of Rethinking the MBA

Business Education at a Crossroads

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Rethinking the MBA book summary
Have you ever wondered what the best MBA programs are like – and what they could and should be like?


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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the state of graduate business education is
  • What steps leaders of MBA programs are taking to meet eight modern “needs”


Business Education in a Changing Market
Harvard Business School (HBS) turned 100 years old in 2008. Its leaders saw the anniversary as an opportunity to ask what business education should be and, especially, what the MBA should be. Answering those questions required looking at the practices...
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About the Authors

Srikant M. Datar is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting at Harvard Business School, where David A. Garvin is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration and Patrick G. Cullen is a research associate.

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