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July 3, 2006 | Charles R. Kesler, CHARLES R. KESLER is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books. A version of this article will appear in the summer 2006 issue.
GEORGE W. BUSH is the first president with an MBA (from Harvard Business School, no less), but it's not clear that being a master of business administration has made him a better chief executive. The disarray in Iraq, the debacle after Hurricane Katrina -- these aren't exactly the kinds of triumphs that the alumni office likes to boast about. Business schools are a relatively new institution. The MBA was invented in the Progressive era as a way to abort future generations of robber barons.
May 10, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
It was the case of the missing milk crates that led Stephen Schaffer of Alta Dena Certified Dairy to the executive MBA classroom at Pepperdine University. He wasn't looking for the crates -- or for a degree. He was looking for solutions. Alta Dena loses a million of the heavy-duty plastic crates each year to theft or misplacement, said Schaffer, general manager of the City of Industry-based dairy. It wasn't sure why or how. The problem adds up to more than just milk money.
March 31, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
UCLA's Anderson School of Management jumped into the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of graduate business programs, moving into the 10th spot from a two-way tie for No. 11 last year. USC's Marshall School of Business placed 29th, down from 26th last year. The school's dean, Yash Gupta, had resigned abruptly in February. Stanford University came in second, unchanged from last year. UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business tied for seventh place with Columbia University.
March 30, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
The very first thing I learned about the desire of the business and law schools at the University of California to wriggle out from under the dead hands of UC headquarters and the state Legislature is this: None dare call it "privatization." The term "confuses more than illuminates," Christopher Edley, the dean of Berkeley's law school, Boalt Hall, wrote in an op-ed in these pages last year. The issue, unsurprisingly, is money.
February 21, 2006 | From Associated Press
Business schools are getting a lesson in supply and demand when it comes to teachers. The schools have been competing for students for years as the number of master in business administration programs at universities has soared. Now, the schools also are competing for a dwindling supply of doctoral business faculty to teach those students.
February 3, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The family of pioneering Oxnard developer Martin V. "Bud" Smith has pledged $3 million to establish a school of business and economics at Cal State Channel Islands, a move that will raise the profile of the emerging Ventura County university. Smith, who died in 2001 at age 85, was a longtime supporter of the campus near Camarillo. Six years ago, he created a $5-million endowment to boost the university's business programs.
February 3, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein and Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writers
USC announced Thursday the abrupt resignation of its business dean, Yash Gupta, who came to the school after a nationwide search 19 months ago. Gupta's departure comes slightly more than two weeks after it was disclosed that he was a finalist for the presidency of the University of Arizona -- a position he didn't win. It also followed a recent sharp drop in a ranking by the Financial Times of the overall MBA program at USC's business school.
December 3, 2005 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search of the waters near Nantucket Island for a small plane piloted by philanthropist George F. Baker III, whose family established the Harvard Business School. Baker's twin-engine Beechcraft Baron had been cleared to land at Nantucket about 4:45 p.m. Thursday when air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact, Coast Guard spokeswoman Kelly Newlin said.
November 8, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
The compensation of recent business school graduates from Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford rose at least 9.5% from a year earlier, fueled by increased hiring at investment banks and consulting firms, according to college officials. The average compensation of June graduates of Harvard Business School's master of business administration program increased 11% to $174,580, spokesman Jim Aisner said. For MBAs from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the average totaled $149,913, up 9.
July 3, 2005
Regarding "Makeover for MBA Programs," James Flanigan, June 26: Teaching business principles and "preparing leaders" require learning from those who do it or have done it. This relevancy factor is simply part of the fast-paced global economy. Relevancy requires that the MBA-level instructor be a true practitioner-scholar who has been there and done that -- run or been a key part of a global business and has an advanced degree. MBA students coming into most programs arrive with an average of three to 10 years of business experience.
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