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Arrogant, greedy, impatient, inexperienced, out of touch with the real world, overpaid, overeducated and overseeing you - does that sound like an apt description of MBAs? Author Henry Mintzberg would answer with a stentorian "yes!" He marshals a powerful array of facts to support his thesis that graduate schools of business have perpetrated one of the most successful con jobs in history. They have pretended that the bright young things they send into a hungry market as MBAs are, in fact, trained professional managers with a rare grasp of management science. Management, says Mintzberg, is not a science, nor is it a profession. It is not something someone can learn to do in a business school. It is something one only learns by doing, and no one in a business school does any doing. After delivering what ought to be a fatal blow to the pretensions of MBAs and those who educate them, the author proposes a proven alternative. He is not so naive as to believe that the facts he provides will change the world. Powerful economic interests now have a real stake in the status quo. But he hopes for change and provides plenty of ammunition. getAbstract suggests this book to those with a passionate interest in business education, pro or con.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What is wrong with master of business administration schools, programs and graduates;
  • Why many of the worst charges leveled against MBAs are true; and
  • What steps should be taken to improve MBA programs.

About the Author

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was named Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management and won its George R. Terry Award for writing the best book of 1995 (The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning).



The Charges
Only three things are seriously wrong with business schools and MBA programs: They train the wrong people. They teach the wrong way. They produce the wrong results. Business schools draw their students...

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