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Why American B-School Students Can't Stand Teamwork

When business students are instructed to comb through case studies or pitch new product designs, three dreaded words often follow: “Work in teams.”

That dread is especially deep for American MBA students, according to a Graduate Management Admission Council survey released on Wednesday. Only 13 percent of American citizens listed team projects as their preferred teaching method, compared to 25 percent of students from Africa and the Middle East and 20 percent of Chinese students. (More than any other region, 35 percent of American students chose a mix of lectures and discussions as their favorite approach to learning.)