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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 23

Should You Get an MBA?

by Ed Batista

At least once a month, an ambitious and hardworking person in their 20s asks me, “Should I get an MBA?” It’s critical to determine whether your expectations for an MBA are aligned with what the degree will likely do for you. MBA programs offer three different types of benefits, all of which vary tremendously from one school to another.

Practical leadership and management skills

Management education has changed significantly over the last few decades. Previously it focused on quantitative analysis in areas such as finance and operations, with little emphasis on other aspects of organizational life. As a result, MBAs were often seen as bean counters myopically focused on data and out of touch with ...

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