Business schools are increasingly coming under attack for the quality of MBAs they churn out. Senior executives complain that these individuals lack an appropriate level of experience with practical application of the skills they have been taught. Corporations can’t seem to get it right either, with training that often lacks significant focus on critical thinking and general skills. With ethical scandals running rampant and corporate giants crumbling left and right, it’s clear that educating business leaders is quite a challenge.
Doug Lynch is Vice Dean at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He has dedicated most of his career to helping higher education and the business community find common ground for the greater good of society. At New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he served as assistant dean for corporate learning, new business development, and international initiatives, Lynch founded and led an effort to build corporate-higher education partnerships working with companies including American Express, MCI WorldCom, and Jet Blue.
Focus recently sat down with Lynch to discuss his perspective on how companies and universities can find creative ways to work together to build stronger organizations.