Business Strategy

Do MBAs Outperform Other Leaders in the Public Sector?

mbas outperform other leaders

In the current business environment, professionals with MBA degrees hold a majority of leadership roles – making it difficult to measure performance against leaders without the prestigious degree.

With this in mind, some have ruminated on the question: Do MBAs make better leaders? Or just better-paid leaders?

This problem is compounded in the public sector where civil service laws tend to favor uniform credentials and behaviors within key positions.

In this Master Class, IE-Brown Executive MBA faculty member Dr. Andrew Schrank explores the MBA and how its existence affects different professional backgrounds not only in compensation but also in public sector management behavior.

Andrew Schrank received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and is currently the Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Brown University. He has previously held positions in political science and sociology at the University of New Mexico, Yale University, and the University of Miami. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Social Science Research Council; served as a consulting editor or board member at the American Journal of Sociology, Politics and Society, and Latin American Politics and Society; and consulted for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United States Department of Labor, and various United Nations agencies.

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