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Managers Not MBAs by Henry Mintzberg

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3WRONG CONSEQUENCES I Corruption of the Educational Process

Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.—AMBROSE PIERCE, THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY

There was some good news in the last chapter: that recognized as education for specialists in the functions of business, MBA programs can train some of the right people in some of the right ways. The bad news now is that because these programs are rarely so recognized, they create all kinds of negative consequences. These extend beyond the graduates who become managers into the organizations they manage and out to a world shaped by these organizations. We simply cannot afford to have a society of elitist leaders trained in analysis ...

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