MBA Programs Tout Entrepreneurship

Issue 05-15-17   |   Reviewer:   James Richardson, Ph.D.


Many business schools, including a number of the top ones like MIT, Stanford, and Darden, offer programs focused on entrepreneurship. But, on average, only 3 percent of MBA graduates start a business.

A recurring Bloomberg survey of recruiters suggests that entrepreneurial skills like creativity and collaboration are the least desired, while leadership and strategic thinking are in demand.

One corporate recruiter says that entrepreneurs don't like to be told what to do and don't always mesh well with corporate culture. However, a director at University of Texas at Austin says many of the tech companies that hire about a third of their graduates like the entrepreneurial spirit of being self-driven, resilient, and willing to take risks.

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