What Will B-School Really Teach You? - WSJ Article
Ever wanted to answer this question from an "in the trenches perspective?" I think this article does a thorough job in saying that "it depends on your background". And based on such background... people have found that they learned XXXXXX.
By EILEEN P. GUNN Unlike your undergraduate history or philosophy degree that couldn't be more unrelated to what you do from nine to five, an M.B.A. is meant to "add tools to your toolkit." It's supposed to give you the practical know-how and professional connections to conduct business at a more sophisticated level and thus go further in your career than you otherwise would.
So does it? Actually, yes. Among respondents to a 2003 survey of new business-school grads by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 62% say the M.B.A. increased their long-term career potential by developing their business skills. The skill most often improved? Strategic thinking - 88% of graduates say business school made them better at it.
Executive M.B.A. students, who are already in senior management, value coursework on leadership, decision-making and interpersonal skills more than other M.B.A.s. Meanwhile, far more graduates of full-time programs, who are younger and often trying to switch careers, say their programs helped them to develop technical skills for a specialty.
But the particular skills a single individual hones at business school depends on his or her age, career path and prior work experience. So we asked current students and graduates what tangible knowledge and skills they've gained in exchange for those hefty tuition checks they've written, and they didn't disappoint. A few tales from the trenches: