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MIT's Sloan or Harvard Business School?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by furo, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    No one learns anything worth a shit from the case method. But there's an old saying: if you get into Harvard, you go to Harvard. No questions asked. I think it's still pretty solid advice these days. Only time I'd ever dispute it is if you're super technically inclined and had the choice between HBS and Stanford GSB, in which case I might choose GSB.

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    I'm sorry but this is hogwash. Case study is an excellent method and directly useful for solving problems and general consulting work.
     
  2. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    When I was deciding on where to apply, Darden came up because of the case method (and the fact that they really kick your ass academically, especially up front). My reasoning was that as a career switcher I needed the extra - and holistic - attention.

    If this is completely idiotic or off base, I have no idea. One of the frustrating things I found when I talked to current MBAs was how so many seemed to be cheerleaders for their schools. If I said "I want to go to your school for x reason. Is that a good reason?" the answer would invariably be "yes." I got the impression from some that they were on commission, like the Barney's salespeople who say every fuckin thing looks great on you.
     
  3. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    To explicitly define the Catch-22: for unbiased info you should probably be asking students at other MBA programs. Unfortunately, it's difficult to know shit about any program without actually going through it.

    Or is that more of a Gift-of-the-Magi? SF.net does not get my best effort these days.
     
  4. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    But there's an old saying: if you get into Harvard, you go to Harvard. No questions asked.

    This is so damn obvious. How is the thread going on for 3 pages?
     
  5. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    This is so damn obvious. How is the thread going on for 3 pages?

    It's a good question.
     
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    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    This is so damn obvious. How is the thread going on for 3 pages?

    It's mind-boggling
     
  7. yjeezle

    yjeezle Senior member

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    It's mind-boggling
    4 now.
     
  8. dragon8

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    It's a good question.

    Let's solve it by using the case method.[​IMG]
     
  9. toslat

    toslat Well-Known Member

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    I would advise he goes to HBS, and if he wanted a tech/startup path, should have applied to Stanford GSB.
     
  10. scientific

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    p.s. what was the last successful company started by an MIT alum in the last 10 years??? I can't name one either

    wow harsh but has an element of truth. im sure there are some.

    sloan << hbs but sloan + a CS degree is a tough call. i guess if he is really interested in CS then do that, if not do HBS
     
  11. furo

    furo Senior member

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    wow harsh but has an element of truth. im sure there are some.

    sloan << hbs but sloan + a CS degree is a tough call. i guess if he is really interested in CS then do that, if not do HBS


    I don't think CS is strictly an option; I think there's a hybrid of sorts that he can take in the systems engineering department
     
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    scientific Senior member

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    then its a clear choice, and mind-boggling.

    HBS is not the insta ticket to riches some are implying though ... don't they pump out 900 grads a year or something?
     
  13. dah328

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    p.s. what was the last successful company started by an MIT alum in the last 10 years??? I can't name one either

    wow harsh but has an element of truth. im sure there are some.
    It's actually a ridiculously dumb statement. There are many good reasons to choose HBS over Sloan but the fact that you cannot name any successful companies started by Sloan graduates is indicative only of your own ignorance. There are lots and lots of them as a previous poster mentioned.
     
  14. Artisan Fan

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    p.s. what was the last successful company started by an MIT alum in the last 10 years??? I can't name one either

    ThingMagic - liquidity event a few months ago as they were acquired by Trimble.
     
  15. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There are many good reasons to choose HBS over Sloan ...

    And the other way around, also.

    Of course, if you can't think of any, you might well be better off at HBS.
     
  16. dah328

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    And the other way around, also.

    Of course, if you can't think of any, you might well be better off at HBS.

    Agreed.
     
  17. pebblegrain

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    in some cases, people choose GSB over HBS.

    But Sloan or Wharton over HBS? no.
     
  18. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    in some cases, people choose GSB over HBS.

    But Sloan or Wharton over HBS? no.


    Eh, Hwarton happens.
     
  19. Kiwi Man

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    Isn't Harvard business school the best there is? Well, at least some survey from Princeton said so anyway.

    If I were to get accepted to Harvard, I wouldn't even doutb about attending in a second!
     
  20. dragon8

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    Isn't Harvard business school the best there is? Well, at least some survey from Princeton said so anyway.

    If I were to get accepted to Harvard, I wouldn't even doutb about attending in a second!


    I don't think its the best based on the surveys but its in the top 5 no doubt. I think the name alone is worth its weight in gold.
     

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