MBA at a Crossroads

In 2008, as the Harvard Business School celebrated its Centennial, Professors Srikant Datar and David Garvin and research associate Patrick Cullen began a comprehensive research study to explore the state of MBA education. Their findings comprise the book, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads. In the book the authors make the case, that although much of conventional business education is still germane, much of it needs to be rethought. If business schools are going to be a crucible to help forge the next generation of leaders... much needs to be done.

The purpose of this website is two fold: To allow you to view the presentations from the spring 2011 Redesigning the MBA conference (video) and access a library of innovative syllabi from leading MBA faculty innovators (syllabus library). This event was sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The conference sessions were facilitated by HBS professors Datar and Garvin.

Srikant M. Datar


Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting Senior Associate Dean, Director of Research Harvard Business School

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David A. Garvin


C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School

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Patrick Cullen


Assistant VP of Knowledge and Service integration AACSB

“This conference was a wonderful opportunity for the best and the brightest in business education to share what they are doing to innovate in the MBA curriculum. ”

Prof. Srikant M. Datar- HBS

“To further help others in rethinking their own MBA programs, the presenters have made their syllabi available in a syllabus library on this website.”

Professor David A. Garvin - HBS

“Through a collaboration with the AACSB and Harvard Business School, the conference presentations were videotaped and are now available for everyone to see.”

Patrick Cullen- Assistant VP of Knowledge and Service integration AACSB

If you are interesting in sharing innovations you have made in your MBA programs and curricula, please contact For more information about our book, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads, click here.