What’s Really Wrong With U.S. Business Schools? by Harry DeAngelo, Linda DeAngelo, Jerold Zimmerman

What’s Really Wrong With U.S. Business Schools? by Harry DeAngelo, Linda DeAngelo, Jerold Zimmerman:

Wow, it sounds bad. I am very glad I chose a small university (St. Bonaventure). However, the choice leads me to not really comment on the paper since being at a small university removes me from many (but not all) of the problems cited in the paper. Moreover, I do not feel I can add any value to what the authors say.

Rather I will only give you the abstract and link.

Abstract:
“U.S. business schools are locked in a dysfunctional competition for media rankings that diverts resources from long-term knowledge creation, which earned them global pre-eminence, into short-term strategies aimed at improving their rankings. MBA curricula are distorted by ‘quick fix, look good’ packaging changes designed to influence rankings criteria, at the expense of giving students a rigorous, conceptual framework that will serve them well over their entire careers. Research, undergraduate education, and Ph.D. programs suffer as faculty time is diverted to almost continuous MBA curriculum changes, strategic planning exercises, and public relations efforts. Unless they wake up to the dangers of dysfunctional rankings competition, U.S. business schools are destined to lose their dominant global position and become a classic case study of how myopic decision-making begets institutional mediocrity.”

Ouch!!!

Cite:
DeAngelo, Harry, DeAngelo, Linda and Zimmerman, Jerold L., “What’s Really Wrong With U.S. Business Schools?” (July 2005). http://ssrn.com/abstract=766404

Mmm, maybe I can use paper this as an excuse to skip some meetings. (uh, if my Dean or Chairman is reading this, I am kidding! I would never skip a meeting!!!! 😉 )