Business School Educ LO5929

Martin Wood (
Fri, 01 Mar 1996 14:18:00 +0000

Replying to LO5907 -- was: "You are Your Position"

John commented:

> What you are seeing goes back to the remarkable institution known as
> the "business school". Here people believe in very simplistic ideas,
> carefully stated, to preserve everything that already exists, except
> the personnel in the company.

John, this may be true for some US business schools, but please don't
assume it universally applies to all MBAs.

Here in the UK, the top schools recognise that real life is never that
simple. And they place as much emphasis on the 'soft skills' (such as
understanding different perspectives or communicating effectively) as the
traditional 'hard skills'. I would hope that other European schools do the
same, but I don't have enough personal knowledge of them.

Perhaps it is a cultural thing ... I see the MBA toolbox of models and/or
frameworks as a starting point for making a business decision, not
something that the real world must conform to before I can turn the handle
and crank out "the answer".

Martin Wood - Communications and Media Division, EDS UK         Tel: +44 1908 284050
The views above are mine, and not necessarily those of EDS

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