March 10, 1985
On March 3, stories in the Business Section dealt with the difficulty that firms in such diverse industries as wine-making, farm machinery and economic forecasting were having in adapting to declining market opportunities. By coincidence, the same issue featured columnist Earl Cheit's observation that the luster of the MBA degree is bound to diminish in the next few years. Thus, the question is raised as to what strategies management schools should pursue to meet the probable decline in the market for their students.
July 31, 1994
In "In Terms of Quality, Some MBA Schools Succeed Only to a Degree" (July 10), Judy B. Rosener leads the reader to believe that MBA students have access to full-time faculty members only at the top "five-star" MBA programs. She states that most courses offered by other programs are taught by part-time lecturers or working professionals. This is certainly not the case at Loyola Marymount University. This fall, 91% of our MBA courses will be taught by doctorally qualified full-time faculty members.
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.
December 27, 1998
The Money Make-Over for the Gottliebs ["Ambitious Couple Are Comfortable but Restless," Dec. 15] was typical of a financial planner, spending so much time with the figures and forgetting common sense. MBAs can commonly be attained through night schools or executive programs that are held on weekends, such as those at UC Irvine or Pepperdine. Jamey could retain his present job while earning his MBA. Seems like a no-brainer to me; that's the type of decision-making process taught in MBA courses.
May 6, 1989
Bernheimer is at his brilliant best when he asks the basic question: Who should be the director of the Philharmonic--a world-famous conductor-composer-performer or an autocrat who doesn't even hold an MBA degree ("Previn Wanted to Run the Philharmonic--So Does Fleischmann," April 26)? If anyone is to go, it should be Fleischmann. CHARLOTTE GEORGI Culver City
November 22, 2002
Re "What Does It Profit a Man to Gain an MBA?" Commentary, Nov. 18: Thomas Lindsay's argument seems to be that if we teach our MBAs more ethics in business school they will behave themselves. Would he apply that same logic to a wave of rapes, child molestations or carjackings? In those cases, most people would want swift justice for the current offenders and stiffer laws to deter future criminals. Only after both of those were in place would they try to fix the moral fiber of potential offenders.