How relevant is the MBA: A revisit

Boon Seng Tan, Stephen Ko

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The master of business administration (MBA) is the centerpiece of management education and holds the promise of systematically preparing its graduates for their managerial roles. However, there is escalating criticism that MBA programs are losing their relevance based on empirical evidence that competencies indicated by managers to be most critical are least represented in core MBA curricula. The authors re-examine the evidence and argue that the misalignment appears to be overstated. Consideration for relevance in preparing graduates for managerial roles needs to consider not only curricula, but also actual learning, social capital from the alumni network, and the signaling effect of graduating from an MBA program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-69
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Education for Business
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019


  • Learning
  • MBA
  • relevance
  • signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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