Graduate Management Degrees: Deepening Perspective, Enhancing the Tool Kit

From AgriMarketing Magazine - Anyone who reads the business press has seen articles criticizing graduate education in management, and more specifically Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. There are a variety of different arguments raised: you can’t build a leader in the classroom; graduates don’t understand the people side of management; MBAs do not approach decisions from an ethical perspective; graduates make good analysts, but not good managers; and so on. Anything popular typically generates critics, and the number of MBAprograms and graduates has certainly increased dramatically in the past 25 years. At the same time, there may be something to some of this criticism—at least for graduates of traditional residence MBAprograms, many of whom have minimal work experience prior to returning for a full-time MBA.