The Lean MBA

Kevin Meyer recaps the ideas of Improving Management Education [the broken link was removed] by M.L. Emiliani in his post – The Lean MBA. I suggest reading his post and the original article.

In the Curious Cat Science and Engineering blog, The Future is Engineering points to 2 great essays on the secret of Silicon Valley. Guy Kawasaki puts it well, though in my opinion far to kind to our current MBA system (the inordinate focus on accounting does actual harm above and beyond the harm of ignoring what managers should learn):

If I had to point to the single biggest reason for Silicon Valley’s existence, it would be Stanford University—specifically, the School of Engineering. Business schools are not of primary importance because MBAs seldom sit around discussing how to change the world with great products.

Some previous posts here that talk about similar ideas: The Purpose of OrganizationsManagement Training ProgramPerformance Appraisal ProblemsFind the Root Cause Instead of the Person to BlameRespect for PeopleManagement Advice FailuresWhat is Wrong with MBA’sCommon Data Analysis ProblemManage what you can’t measure

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