The purpose of Business School: Achievement or Contribution?

The purpose of Business School: Achievement or Contribution?
Business schools all over the country are filled with people investing in their own future, seeking to reap the rewards of time, effort and tuition money put towards their education. And there’s nothing wrong with this – it is part of the spirit of capitalism that makes our economy tick.

The fact that I feel that I can get up off the couch, apply myself to learning something new, and then personally benefit from the endeavor is what unlocks my discretionary productivity. A whole nation of likewise-minded individuals creates a thriving economy.

The 20th century taught us that this is the superior economic system.

Roses have thorns
But the opening act of the 21st century taught us that there is a catch to capitalism. Freedom to realize personal gain does not come without its own thorns. The excessive greed of corporate America as witnessed in the collapse of Enron, Bear Stearns, and others showed that a singular focus on financial gain unchecked by sound ethical principles can bring ruin.

Business school students and grads alike would do well to take careful notice. Our ability to avoid repeating these sins will affect the reputation of the MBA for the coming generation.

Thorns can be removed
I believe the answer lies not in hand-wringing over past abuses, nor even in creating a system of accounting oversight to catch future abuses, but rather in a renewed emphasis on what I will call the “currency of contribution”.

What is the “Currency of Contribution”?
The “currency of contribution” is the dividends that are realized as a result of putting the needs of others in society in the forefront. What if instead of focusing exclusively, or even primarily, on personal career advancement, business school students asked themselves the following, simple question:

“How can I learn something that will bring growth and prosperity for others?”

And I’m talking about honest growth that does not come at the expense of others. There’s no good “robbing Peter to pay Paul” when it comes to this type of currency. That’s easier said than done when helping one business often means hurting another.

In the next few posts, we will take a look at CLU MBA grads that are finding meaningful ways to make positive contributions with their newly acquired skills.

On the lookout for “Contribution Motivated” MBAs
As a hiring manager in the local area, I prefer that applicants have an MBA, without a doubt. I just don’t want it to come along with a spirit of entitlement. It’s refreshing to come across someone who wants to contribute first, and achieve second. They make good teammates. They come up with good ideas. They make things happen. I want them on my team because I want them to rub off on me to some degree.

But can a spirit of contribution really take the driver’s seat? Some may call this naïve, but I don’t think so. I’ve seen it work.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of author, a CLU graduate student.


  1. I came across this pculiartar web page mistakenly, remarkably, that is an excellent website. The web site proprietor has carried out a great profession associated with putting this together, the information right here is really and helpful after i perform analysis. Right now i’m going to bookmark this world broad internet web site in order that I can revisit within the long term.

  2. It’s very effortless to find out any matter on web as compared to books, as I found this paragraph at this web page.

  3. whoah this weblog is great i like reading your posts. Keep up the great work!

    You realize, many people are searching round for this information,
    you could aid them greatly.

  4. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up?

    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty
    penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any suggestions or
    advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

  5. A hoover is the very best of cleaning resources; it can also be the more costly.

    There are many different types of hoover with several different characteristics.
    Therefore prior to buying a top-rated hoover be sure you know which kind
    of vacuum cleaner is ideal to your requirements.

    Selecting the finest vacuum-cleaner can be vexing. To simply help make
    points clearer you should be aware of what the different kinds of vacuum are, what the principal characteristics you’ll be able to find on a hoover,
    and need you sort of floors you will be using a vacuum cleaner on.

  6. It’s awesome to go to see this website and reading the views of all mates concerning
    this paragraph, while I am also zealous of getting experience.

  7. Currently it sounds like Wordpress is the top blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  8. That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one.

    A must read post!

  9. Excellent website. Plenty of useful information here.
    I’m sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you for your sweat!

  10. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post.
    Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  11. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

  12. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your weblog.
    You have some really good articles and I believe I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d
    really like to write some articles for your blog in exchange
    for a link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested.

  13. Unquestionably believe that which you stated.

    Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they
    plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without
    having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.

  14. They know the merchandise by the reputation of the product.
    Home Depot’s largest store is located in Anaheim, California.

    A customer over-heard the employees talking about the cuts, and got so offended that
    she decided to return everything she just purchased, and left the store.

  15. It’s genuinely very complex in this full of activity life to listen news on TV,
    thus I just use the web for that reason, and take the most up-to-date news.

Leave a Response