March 15, 2005

News & Opinion: MBA or pile of books?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Seth wrote yesterday about the Harvard hackers and goes on to question the MBA as institution itself:

I get away with this heresy since I, in fact, have my own fancy MBA from Stanford. The fact is, though, that unless you want to be a consultant or an i-banker (where a top MBA is nothing but a screen for admission) it's hard for me to understand why this is a better use of time and money than actual experience combined with a dedicated reading of 30 or 40 books.

I too have a MBA and I would agree with Seth. What you are doing when you get an MBA is concentrating on the study of business for awhile. You are using texts that you could just as easily read yourself. Like anything you want to be good at, it is about doing.

We'll see if we can't pull together a list of books for a personal MBA. It is going to be more than a MBA in a Box or a MBA in a Day.


About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.