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05/20/07
Mid-career decisions: MBA or not?
Filed under: Mentoring, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 1:28 pm

Peter Fiske, who I met several years ago,
writes a Science column and conducts
workshops authored a recent column about
obtaining an MBA ’Opportunities: More
school’
.  It offers a thoughtful comparison
of pros and cons. 

My experience with dozens of people who
have gone on and obtained MBAs from Wharton,
Harvard, Worcester Polytech, and other New
England business schools relates different
measures.

motivation       
                       -  desire to
manage technology evolution
                       -  like to work with people to get the 
‘juices flowing’– convince and sell ideas, solve
problems, develop ideas
                       -  learn to ask critical business
questions

personal goals
                        -  desire to assume larger
responsibilities
                        -  enjoy assembling numerical
information and project scenarios
                        -  willing to change more frequently
than experimental scientists
                        -  learn from imperfect case
studies and apply to new situations 

Further, there are special 13 week programs
at top rated schools that are shorter routes to
obtaining the MBA cachet that fast-track
scientists have completed to get everything
the MBA offers and unique recognition.  In
many of these cases the programs have a
strong international flavor

If there are people interested in these programs
please express the interest. 

Dan

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