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Harvardís masters of the apocalypse
Times Online ^ | 01 Mar 2009 | Philip Delves Broughton

Posted on 03/03/2009 11:20:47 AM PST by BGHater

If his fellow Harvard MBAs are all so clever, how come so many are now in disgrace?

If Robespierre were to ascend from hell and seek out today’s guillotine fodder, he might start with a list of those with three incriminating initials beside their names: MBA. The Masters of Business Administration, that swollen class of jargon-spewing, value-destroying financiers and consultants have done more than any other group of people to create the economic misery we find ourselves in.

From Royal Bank of Scotland to Merrill Lynch, from HBOS to Leh-man Brothers, the Masters of Disaster have their fingerprints on every recent financial fiasco.

I write as the holder of an MBA from Harvard Business School – once regarded as a golden ticket to riches, but these days more like scarlet letters of shame. We MBAs are haunted by the thought that the tag really stands for Mediocre But Arrogant, Mighty Big Attitude, Me Before Anyone and Management By Accident. For today’s purposes, perhaps it should be Masters of the Business Apocalypse.

Harvard Business School alumni include Stan O’Neal and John Thain, the last two heads of Merrill Lynch, plus Andy Hornby, former chief executive of HBOS, who graduated top of his class. And then of course, there’s George W Bush, Hank Paul-son, the former US Treasury secretary, and Christopher Cox, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a remarkable trinity who more than fulfilled the mission of their alma mater: “To educate leaders who make a difference in the world.”

It just wasn’t the difference the school had hoped for.

Business schools have shown a remarkable ability to miss the economic catastrophes unfolding before their eyes.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education
KEYWORDS: economy; education; harvard; mba

1 posted on 03/03/2009 11:20:48 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

But, but, these people are the “talent” who we must stop from leaving or else there will be a “brain drain” from Wall Street.


2 posted on 03/03/2009 11:24:51 AM PST by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: BGHater

Make that read rich disgraced Harvard MBA’s


3 posted on 03/03/2009 11:28:00 AM PST by texmexis best (uency)
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To: BGHater
...And then of course, there’s George W Bush...knew the Times would eventually get around to admitting that the "stupid" GWB had a graduate degree - took a financial meltdown to get them there.....
4 posted on 03/03/2009 11:33:11 AM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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