Socializing Our MBAs: Total Immersion? Managed Cultures? Brainwashing?

by Harold Leavitt



This article examines an extremely important but too often neglected dimension of management education, namely the way MBA programs socialize future business managers. It argues that business schools mistakenly assume that students can be taught all the skills they need through the curriculum. MBA programs need to expand their understanding of the nature of business education to include the conscious socialization of students. Specifically, they need to devise creative ways of teaching students both how to think independently and how to interact constructively with others.

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