- January 23, 2013
- Posted by: STEP Consulting
- Category: Uncategorized
By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc.
Recently, a colleague of mine (Judy Brophy at Daniel Webster College, Nashua NH) asked me, “Why don’t MBA programs teach their students how to manage the performance of their people? They teach them finance, business, marketing, organizational systems; but they don’t teach them how to work with and through people.”
I decided to ask two of my favorite thinkers on such topics, Warren Bennis and Henry Mintzberg. Dr. Bennis, arguably the “father of leadership” having been the first to clearly differentiate management from leadership, believes that “so little of [the MBA curriculum] is grounded in actual business practices, the focus of graduate business education has become increasingly circumscribed – and less and less relevant to practitioners.” In his Harvard Business Review article, How Business Schools Lost Their Way, Dr. Bennis describes how business schools, once trade-schools for management apprentices have evolved into centers of research, which, while valuable for theory and science, are devoid of “the stuff of management.”