The Future of the Planet in the Hands of MBAs: An Examination of CEO MBA Education and Corporate Environmental Performance

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Heather Dixon-Fowler Ph.D, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Several critics contend that MBA education is irrelevant to practicing managers (e.g., Mintzberg, 2004), while others suggest it creates a pro fits- first mentality without regard for moral considerations (e.g., Ghoshal, 2005). Based on these criticisms, we explore the implications for CEOs with an M BA degree-specifically, if and how their M BA ed ucation might influence their firms' corporate environmental performance (CEPJ. Extant literature provides conflicting arguments; therefore, we empirically tested the relationship using a sample of 416 S&P 500 CEOs and found a significant positive association between CEOs with M BAs and CEP, even alter accounting for several firm- and individual-level characteristics. In addition, post-hoc analysis revealed that the MBA program ranking had no effect on CEP.

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Daniel J. Slater and Heather R. Dixon-Fowler(2010) "The Future of the Planet in the Hands of MBAs: An Examination of CEO MBA Educationand Corporate Environmental Performance" Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 9, No. 3. pp.429-441. version of Record Available @ (
Language: English
Date: 2016
planetary-future, MBAS, CEP, environment

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