Taking MBA Mentorship Seriously

Steve Martin and Michael Caine star in the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Photograph by Orion Pictures Corp/Courtesy Everett Collection

In my first blog post for Bloomberg Businessweek, I argued that 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.” There are many ways this “invisible curriculum” can be expressed: guide, adviser, therapist, coach. For now I’d like to return to the one I started with, and the one I think remains the most important: mentors.

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