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If only I’d known that before studying an MBA! Hard work advice for prospective MBAs

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This article was also published in the 14-Nov-2013 issue of Finweek Magazine

In the 2013 Finweek MBAconnect.net MBA Life Impact Survey, prospective MBAs get invaluable advice from MBAs who’ve been there, done that. This article unpacks the second theme: Be prepared for hard work, and lots of it. Continue reading


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If only I’d known that before studying an MBA! Time management advice for prospective MBAs


This article was also published in the 31-Oct-2013 issue of Finweek and on Finweek.com

In the 2013 Finweek MBAconnect.net MBA Life Impact Survey, prospective MBAs get invaluable advice from MBAs who’ve been down the MBA road. This article focuses on the first theme: how to manage your time more effectively. Continue reading


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Do CEOs with MBAs perform better?

CEO MBA runningThis article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 17-Jan-2013 issue

In recent years MBA programmes have received a lot of criticism: teaching flawed financial thinking, ignoring business ethics, hiding from the real world of business and sheltering MBA students in academic theory. And so, as the argument goes, MBA business leaders are ruled by greed and short-term gain. Hence much of the blame for the global financial crisis fell on high-profile MBA alumni like Lehman Brothers’ Richard Fuld (Stern’s MBA of 1973), and Merrill Lynch’s John Thain (Harvard 1979). Let’s not forget Jeff Skilling of Enron, who had an MBA, while Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn’t even complete university.

With these criticisms in mind, do MBA-degreed CEOs perform better than their non-MBA peers? The effect of a CEO’s MBA (or lack of one) on the business’ performance is very much contested ground, with evidence to support both sides. Continue reading


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Winning at all costs: is it worth it?

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 6-Dec-2012 issue

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In American football, Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, famously said, “Winning is the only thing that matters.” But is winning at costs really worth it? And is winning more important than the learning that happens on the journey? Continue reading


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Should Entrepreneurs Study MBA Degrees?

You’ve probably heard the age-old debate “Can you teach entrepreneurship?” As an entrepreneur myself, I recognise that not everyone is an entrepreneur and even the best teaching can’t make a successful entrepreneur out of someone who isn’t wired that way. However if entrepreneurship is in your blood, an MBA can encourage you to become a successful entrepreneur. Continue reading


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We recently conducted some ground-breaking research into the real impact that the MBA has on ALL aspects of the lives of MBA students and graduates. Not only the impact on career advancement and remuneration, but also on personal aspects like outlook on life, self-belief, relationships, and so on. We also looked at the negative aspects and the sacrifices that students make in areas like marriage, sex life, stress, social life, etc. The fundamental question the research aimed to answer was: Is an MBA worth it? Continue reading


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The South African MBA – to be or not to be a Master’s?

You may have seen the recent article entitled “Honors Even” in Financial Mail about South African MBA degrees potentially being lowered to Honours level. (If not, take a look at the article on MBAconnect.net)

According to the article, Government’s Council on Higher Education (CHE), which accredits SA MBA programmes, has recommended that the MBA be considered no better than an honours degree or postgraduate diploma. Continue reading