• Logo Doors of Perception (print)

    Logo alleen voor print

Misleading on MBAs

Politicians, under pressure for some awful action, sometimes play a clever trick: they deny responsibility for a different action, that nobody had accused them of. The supporters of business schools are playing a similar trick at the moment. For two weeks running, The Economist has lambasted critics of business school education for suggesting that scandals such as Enron are the schools’ fault . After all, says The Economist, many bad–guy CEOs never even went to business school. Which is true, and utterly beside the point. The problem with b-schools is not that they breed black-hat bad guys, but that they train thousands upon thousands of future managers to regard human beings as discretionary costs – costs that can be eliminated by a bland-sounding technique, that they all learn by rote, called ‘restructuring’.

This entry was posted in learning & design. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.


  1. Posted March 7, 2005 at 04:40 | Permalink

    is restructuring bad??/ not always…sometimes one also restructures life when things are not going well…BUT restructioring shud not lead to job loss..

  2. Andrew
    Posted March 8, 2005 at 19:02 | Permalink

    “After all, says The Economist, many bad–guy CEOs never even went to business school.”
    Many bad-guy CEOs did carry umbrellas when it rained, and drank coffee, and drove expensive cars. I propose we target those three obvious causes of corporate ethical problems immediately, and with massive legislation.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  • Only shown in print

    Contactinformation John

  • All Blog Posts