Some revere it as an opportunity for personal transformation and professional advancement. Others dismiss it as a cash-burning summer camp for adults. The MBA is a divisive degreedepending on who you talk to, it will secure you a six-figure hedge fund gig, or send top venture capitalists running.
Throughout the year, we asked chief executives, basketball pros, spiritual gurus, and financiers what they thought about business school and the people it produces. The best critics takes:
Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan: I wonder sometimes if business school is the corporatization of education.
Deepak Chopra, alternative medicine advocate: We have immense problems right nowsocial injustice, economic injustice, climate change, war, terrorism, new epidemics of all kinds
and business is in a position to help.
Linda Heasley, CEO of Lane Bryant, UCLA Anderson MBA 86: Its an amazing networking opportunity.
Antoine Walker, retired NBA star: Having some [business] training on my own would definitely make me make better decisions, but also make me make wiser decisions.
T. Boone Pickens, CEO and founder of BP Capital Management: If I were Drake, I wouldnt waste my time on it.