MBA Blowback? The Chinese B-School

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B-School's are booming in China, says BusinessWeek:

"For U.S. companies, the emergence of China's new managerial class has positive and negative implications. For those seeking to penetrate China's massive market of 1.3 billion people, the graduates of the nation's new MBA programs will supply a steady stream of local talent with in-depth knowledge of China, something their Western managers can't provide. But as Western management ideas take root in the nation's corner offices, multinationals could find themselves confronting a newly powerful adversary: Chinese companies suddenly in possession of the management knowhow needed to go head to head with global giants. Those same ideas -- about efficiency, productivity, profitability, and growth -- hold vast potential to ignite China's already blistering economy, raise living standards, and transform the nation from a low-cost manufacturing center to a make-or-break battleground for the global economy."

Read the full article: China's B-School Boom

Is this the MBA Blowback? Read JH3 and JSB's paper on "Innovation Blowback" to see where I'm coming from.

By contrast, in a BW article earlier this year, here's what they reported about US B-Schools:

"In 2005, just 19% of full-time programs in the U.S. reported an increase in application volume, down from 21% in 2004 and 84% in 2002, when applications reached an all-time high."

The news for US B-schools just keeps getting worse. A study from the Graduate Management Admission Council shows applications to full-time U.S. MBA programs down for the third consecutive year.

A tale of two empires? One going up, one down? Or is the world just getting flatter?

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