Back to B-school Quotes of 2009

During the past year, I've had the privilege of speaking with many fascinating people associated with the b-school world and reporting their insights in this blog. As we approach the end of 2009, I thought it would be a good time to round up some of my favorite thought-provoking quotes from these conversations. Hope you enjoy it!

"There is an expectation on everyone now that work is a 24/7 reality. Everybody is supposed to work extraordinarily long hours, and even if you're away from work, you still feel like you're on call because people can get you, particularly in the world of MBAs."

- Ella Edmondson Bell, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
"There is no shortage of inspiring examples of companies who have made money and done good for the world, but I wouldn't want to frame it as a generalized principle. There are also companies that have made enormous sums of money by not doing good. I think suggesting that good citizenship is always a win-win can be dangerously misleading."

- Ray Fisman, Columbia Business School
"What do you need to succeed in business? You need the ability to think critically and communicate, and those things you can get just as easily out of a philosophy degree [compared with an MBA]. In business, experience is the big teacher."

- Matthew Stewart, author, The Management Myth
"Any path you take, if you commit with passion, you can be successful. By going to business school, certain opportunities may open up to you sooner. But it's who you are and how you take advantage of your opportunities that matter."

- Dan Rosensweig, Columbia Business School
"Learn from past failures so you don't make the same mistakes again. If we think of our projects as a series or a stream, we can be successful overall, even though we may fail at any particular one of them."

- Dean Shepherd, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
"We need to make sure business school students are having courses that give all dimensions of business problems and it's not just focused on finance. The narrowness of the focus doesn't prepare people for the breadth of issues that they're going to face."

- Ben Heineman, Jr., Harvard Business School
"Be intellectually curious and retain that, no matter how much success you've had. There's a quote I use from a Japanese Zen master in the last chapter of the book: 'In the beginners' mind, there are many possibilities; in the expert's, there are few.'"

- Michael Roberto, Bryant University
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