Oxford Business Dean: MBA Programs Should Be More Than Driving Schools

Saïd Business School's dean argues that MBA programs should steer students toward futures that benefit not only their institutions but the world at large
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To some degree, MBA programs are advanced driving schools. We teach students how to operate one of the most powerful engines in the world: business. We teach how this engine must be finely engineered (operations), how it needs special fuel (finance), and how the parts need to work together (organization and leadership). We teach how to monitor the gauges carefully (accounting), how to steer our vehicles at high speeds and through rough weather (strategy).

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