Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads [NOOK Book]

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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. Increasingly, managers and recruiters are questioning conventional ...
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Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads

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Overview


"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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From the Publisher

"Is business education becoming more like the liberal arts? If the question is, 'are we trying to teach more about how to be a well-rounded human being who happens to be practicing business,' the answer is absolutely, 'yes.'"

—David Garvin in The Atlantic, July 14, 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422158760
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


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


Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Business Schools at a Crossroads

Part I: The State of Business Education

1. The Changing MBA Marketplace
2. A Close Look at the Curriculum
3. A Rising Chorus of Concerns
4. Common Responses to Challenges
5. Innovations

Part II: New Pathways in a New World

6. Chicago Graduate School of Business
Flexibility & the discipline-based approach
7. INSEAD
The credo of globalization
8. Center for Creative Leadership
Leadership development at the core
9. Harvard Business School
General management & the focus on practice
10. Yale School of Management
Integration & large-scale change
11. Stanford Graduate School of Business
Customization & large-scale change
Conclusion: The Future of Business Learning

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

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    Thorough examination of the state of the MBA

    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.

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