Adventures in MBA World
Adventures in MBA World: How I Came to Love, and Fear, the Planet’s Most Controversial Degree.
Ben Schiller is searching for meaning in MBA World.
What is an MBA? Why do so many people get one? And what is the MBA’s impact on the way we think and live?
Over the past century, the MBA has spread from the US, to Europe, to the post-Communist Bloc, and most recently, to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In the process, it has created thousands of credentialed managers who now run not only businesses, but all kinds of other organizations, including hospitals, government departments, and NGOs.
Traveling to Africa, India and Eastern Europe, Ben Schiller takes a measure of this process, looking at the good and bad of management education. On the one hand, he witnesses the enormous capacity for the MBA to fix basic problems. On the other, he finds that MBA World is full of fraudsters, crooks, and bullshitters, preying on middle class aspirations, and pushing their own interests.
Adventures in MBA World is the light-hearted story of a journalist who was thrust into the world of management. From knowing little about b-schools, Ben Schiller becomes fascinated by the reach and scope of management science in today’s world.
Adventures in MBA World explores the actual impact of management education – a question that has been strangely neglected, even by the MBA industry. It maps the multi-billion dollar business of the MBA, and looks at why the degree has spread so relentlessly over the past few decades.
Ben Schiller concludes that the MBA can be a force for good, if properly regulated and scrutinized, but also something dangerous: feeding “credentialism” at the expense of real knowledge, creating unaccountable elites, and spreading irresponsibility on a global scale.
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