On my first ever trip to San Francisco I had the good fortune to be invited along to a CTO dinner where I ended up chatting with Brewster Kahle and Tom Gruber amongst others. At one stage in the conversation the whole gang started on the ‘MBAs are destroying corporate America’ narrative. After a while I felt compelled to speak up and say ‘I did an MBA’. Brewster rounded on me asking, ‘why would you waste your time on that?’, to which I replied, ‘know your enemy’.
A couple of key points emerge, along the lines of there are MBAs and there are MBAs, YMMV:
- The course I did (with Open University Business School) was distance learning. I did it (mostly on my commute) whilst holding down a full time job (in banking IT at the time), so the calculus around cost and opportunity cost was very different.
- Not all courses are preaching the same old formulae. Pick wisely and you’ll get exposure to leading edge thinking and the people driving it.