The Invisible B-School Curriculum

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Every MBA program has two curricula: a formal one that lists courses in the catalog, such as Econ 101, and an informal one. The latter takes place away from the classroom and isn’t required or optional. It’s invisible, and it can often turn out to be as significant as any formal course you take. There are many ways this “invisible curriculum” can be expressed, which I will return to in a later blog, but for now I’d like to key in on the one I think may be most important: mentors.

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