Having spent a year at the school, its time to step back and brood over things that oft-occurred to me. Some of these I may have a strong opinion on. Others are questions I am just philosophizing about.
Business Schools had only pass or fail courses
Reward drives human behavior. And business school is the most appropriate place to witness this absolute truth. People think, eat, and sleep grades. Sometimes, they romanticize them too. So, WHAT IF the ultimate reward of the Grade Point Average (GPA) is taken out of the system. Would people lose their motivation to learn? How would recruiters narrow down their game? What would fill that top most line on your resume?
Students were responsible to secure employment
It is a sight to wonder at – hordes of top-notch firms catwalk down the school to cherry pick the next set of managers. I imagine it is quite convenient to organize this ceremony. (Presumably that is why it is done that way) However, what it robs students off is the chance to learn and practice the art of networking. So, WHAT IF students had to fend for themselves? Would it make them more confident? Would they make more informed career choices?
Programming courses are part of the curriculum
Business is witnessing a tectonic shift towards the use of technology – the trend amplified with the advent of social media. The argument that “You just got to know how to get work done” seems less persuasive. A hands-on knowledge and understanding of technology is required to effectively start or manage the new-age business. So, WHAT IF programming was a part of business school curriculum? Would it mean more start-ups be born out of business schools? Would it mean a better class profile, since fewer software engineers would join the school? (I am told that software engineers come to school because they don’t like coding)
Now, why don’t you too misuse some of your imagination and come up with your own set of “WHAT IFs”. Also, your comments, and brickbats would be most welcome.