Originally Posted by warmpi
But he is in Japan.
Is your company so bureaucratic that you'll need an MBA to move up, or even just stay? Personally, I'd rather be known as the guy who made it without the MBA.
I think the MBA schools your peers went to will also be a factor.
Well, there are some English-language part-time programs here...but mostly in Tokyo. Unfortunately, I am in Osaka. But there is one attractive program here through a major Japanese University (Ivy League-ish). I have contacted them to hear about the program so that may be the solution.
The company I work for isn't so bureaucratic but we were recently acquired by a much bigger company so the opportunities for me to move up the ladder just expanded...and the MBA would open a lot of the doors faster. In truth, just the fact that I am working on an MBA will be enough even if I don't graduate.
And thankfully, the MBA programs my peers went to were nothing special. But the MBA tag does carry a lot of weight in Japan, even if the University behind it is not so well know. Of course, if you happen to have the degree from a major brand-name University then it is like gold.
Again, thanks for the insights! It is helpful.