Employers and business students struggle over MBA curriculum

August 3, 2007

A survey of 8,600 managers and 373 MBA programs reports that what employers want MBA students to learn and what business schools actually teach in the curriculum is often not in synch. Corporate recruiters want grads with people-oriented skills such as leadership and communication, however students are pushing schools for functional and technical content.  “Research shows that students increasingly harbor negative attitudes toward such soft skills” because they “won’t get them jobs.” Students are essentially the “customers” for business schools, but according to employers, in this case the customer is having a negative impact on the value of his/her education.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)