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Elon Musk Says ‘Too Many MBAs’ Run Companies. It’s Time to Rethink B-School

Especially since plenty of online courses are free--which might be where you would take them anyway

Source | | JEFF HADEN

During a meet-and-greet at a conference — back when there were such things — a young man told me he wanted to start a business but felt he needed to go back to school first.

“I really think I should take two years off to get an MBA from a top school before I take the plunge,” he said. 

I asked why.

“I’m lacking some things,” he said. “I don’t know enough about accounting. Since I barely passed my stats classes in college, I could definitely use better data analysis skills. I don’t know much about marketing, don’t know the first thing about business law …”

“But why do you need an MBA from a top school?” I asked. “You can learn everything you just described on your own. And for free.”

He narrowed his eyes. “Yeah,” he said. “Maybe so. But I wouldn’t have an MBA.”

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