Managers Not MBAs: Debating the Merits of Business Education
Ricardo Semler & Henry Mintzberg | September 20, 2005
MIT Leadership Center
Most MBAs aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, suggests Henry Mintzberg. “Management is where art and craft and science meet,” and most MBA programs are simply “training in analytical skills for analytical jobs… like investment banking and consulting.” Whatever you do, don’t confuse an MBA with a license to manage. [...] Mintzberg recommends a “natural managerial program,” where “soft skills” and ethical approaches blend imperceptibly with analysis.
Mintzberg, Henry 2004. Managers Not MBAs: A hard look at the soft practice of managing and management development, San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler.