Why do an MBA? And what’s it like?

I did an interview last year which I think answers many of the questions I receive via email . If there are other questions, please do comment and ask and I’ll be happy to answer them. I’ve received hundreds of emails since publishing Ahead of the Curve/What They Teach You at Harvard Business School, many asking variations of similar questions. Should I get an MBA? Is it worth it? What will I learn? What are b-schools looking for from applicants? Over the next few days, I’ll post some of the answers I give. But this interview’s a good place to start.

Next week I’m off to Barcelona to talk to a conference organized by GMAC – the folks who do the standardized tests for graduate schools. The title of my talk is “Why business should be taught more like an art and less like a science.” I hope to post the content of my talk once it’s done.


One thought on “Why do an MBA? And what’s it like?

  1. Melissa Burrows

    Dear Mr. Broughton,
    I am an eighth grader who stole your book from my Mom and started reading it this summer. Shortly afterward, I became very busy teaching at the MOS in Boston. When I finally had a chance this fall, I returned to reading and just finished Ahead of The Curve last week. I loved it; and thank you for writing it! It was like a play within a play: I had an education within the experience of your education! Thank you.
    Tomorrow i need to write an in-class essay on your book. I want to have a topic planned before I have to just jump in, and I can’t decide which topic to choose! Mom suggested that i write to you, on the off-chance that you might be able to help me choose.
    The essay is only 4 paragraphs, to be finished within the 75 minutes of our class. My ideas include: 1. is Harvard Business School a good thing, or a bad thing? (and I would expand on my opinion, based on reading the book, that it is neither and both) 2. what it was like to live vicariously through your education, and/or 3. regarding the new afterward: starting with your comment “Spare us…” in response to Light’s endless spin on the number of HBS grads who were in the highest places a the time the economy crashed.

    Do you like any of those, or have a comment on any of them? Alternately, do you have any one other, fairly limited thought or idea that you wish some junior high school kid would write about?

    If you do, please let me know.

    When I have a chance, I’ll tell you more about my ideas and experiences while I was reading your book.

    And then, my mother says she wants her book back!

    Melissa B


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