May 8, 2009

Dishonest B schools- taken from yahoo on May 08, 09

"But perhaps the most troubling studies reveal that M.B.A. students are more likely to cheat than other students. As found by Donald McCabe, a professor of finance at Rutgers University, and Linda Trevino, a Cook Fellow of business ethics at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, 56% of M.B.A. students admitted that they cheated in class, versus 47% of non-business students. McCabe and Trevino compiled data from 2002 through 2004, studying 5,331 students, and published the results in "Academic Dishonesty in Graduate Business Programs: Prevalence, Causes & Proposed Action."

But what can be done? Pfeffer says that business schools can improve their quality by taking their eyes off their rankings, which have become like the sword of Damocles for many. The problem with this, he says, is that the rankings are poor indicators of school quality. Also, schools often rate their faculty by how often and where they publish their academic work, which is again a poor indicator of actual quality of scholarship, let alone what is taught in the classroom. Also, schools need to account for how well their grads do over the lifetimes of their careers, versus the present focus on starting salaries" on May 08,09.

I have experience of learning and teching at b- schools in India. The above observations are correct. Most teachers in b-schools have never experienced any commercial activity accept reading about it. It is crazy. Teacher without any industry experience would begin discussing the real marketing issues and asks fresh college grads about their opinion. It is crazy. How can one teach something without experiencing it in real life, withour practical experince.

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