Ten Business School Lies

Yesterday being labor day and all got me thinking about a piece I read last summer on the things that business graduate school graduates tend to come out believing as a result of their experience.  This article comes from Forbes Magazine. I don’t know if it’s true or not–someone who earned an MBA would have to weigh in on that, but it fits with what my MBA friends have said and with what most effective and ineffective leaders avoid/do.

I went to B-School about 10 years ago.  I remember the good times, the parties, the camaraderie.  I also remember the long hours in the library, working on team projects with other keen classmates, and the sense of accomplishment at graduation.

However, 10 years later, Business School missed out on a lot in terms of teaching me the skills needed to succeed in my career and life.

Read the rest HERE.

And, for the record (and my colleagues in the business department)–I have no interest in asserting anything like the idea that business students are the ONLY graduates with misunderstandings about how things are, or even that they are the worst. I’m sure that similar lists could be built for just about every single degree category and major, including philosophy. If I ever have the time and interest, I might even build the list myself…

4 thoughts on “Ten Business School Lies

  1. The worst? Drama Majors. Obviously.

    BTW: I read The End of Economic Man this summer. As a primer re: that history of ideas (both bad and good) kind of approach, it’s a must that serves up enough food for anyone’s thought.

  2. It occurs to me that perhaps a follow-up explanation to this post is needed. My interest in economics comes not only from the business model approach to education reform, but also from a PhiloDave post of March 26, 2011, which called for restraint. That was back when the Chancellor was being attacked for everything from her “elevator behavior” to shoe size (or something).

    On March 27 PhiloDave went on to write the following: In my head, I was saying something about how people who work in academic environments (maybe because of class, or ego, or personal sensibility, or limited experience, or lots of other possibilities) tend to be pretty thin-skinned and easy to offend.

    After this post I became interested in “academics,” and my reading led to “altruism studies” and then economics/economics majors. In this context, my writing that drama majors are the worst is supposed to be “punny” – as in “drama”/”drama majors” within the academic environment? Get it? For the record, I generally assume that people, such as those who major in drama or economics, are OK.

    Beyond the pun, do not confuse “drama” for other behaviors, such as those discussed below in a Chronicle article from June 8, 2010. Yes. OK. I know that it mentions economics and business faculty but I swear it’s nothing intentional on my part. I only just found the article this summer, and I’m just trying to wrap up a train of thought.


    • So, so good to have you back in the room, Avramakis…you do great work.

      End of Economic Man just made my list. Thanks.

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