Do MBA Degrees Matter? A Study of Boards of Directors in Australia's Top 200 Companies

By Elizabeth Sophie Mary Manning and Bill Dimovski.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Pfeffer and Fong (2002) suggest that “business school enrolments have soared and business education has become a big business”. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree has often been held out to be useful in the career development of managers. The highest level that managers can aspire to, is to be a director of a large public company. This study investigates how many directors within the boards of Australia’s top 200 companies by market capitalization hold an MBA degree. We find that larger companies have proportionally more MBA holding directors than smaller companies. Interestingly we also find that proportionally more women hold MBAs than men; nearly one in five women directors hold an MBA within the top 200 companies dataset.

Keywords: Business Schools, MBA, Board of Directors, Women Directors, Management

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 491.718KB).

Dr. Elizabeth Sophie Mary Manning

Lecturer, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Bill Dimovski

Senior Lecturer, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia


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