A Sign of the Entrepreneurial Times. B-School Startups

by Tim Berry

According to Vital Signs – WSJ.com: The number of students from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business who have chosen to start their own businesses within four months of graduating has grown to 16% among the 385-member class of 2011—more than a fivefold increase since 1990, according to the university. Only 3% of the 1990 class... Read More »

Hooray for this ‘A Lot of Life Left’ MBA

by Tim Berry

I got this question today on my ask-me page on my timberry.com website: I am currently in an MBA program at a local college. I have recently completed my third course. I have about five years management experience. I am 58 years-old. My wife is going back to college this summer for the graphic design... Read More »

Helping You Teach Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

That was embarrassing … I was showing some people how easy it would be to modify the order of our online course curriculum, doing some quick links in WordPress, and I accidentally posted it. Sorry. I could have just deleted that post, but it’s instantly in the RSS feed for this blog, which compounds the... Read More »

Meaningless Research Award: Americans vs. Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

Over the weekend I got an email from a polling company with the startling headline “College Students Aren’t Getting Entrepreneurial Skills.” I’m not going to cite the source here, though, because I want to poke some fun at the poll and its conclusions, and I don’t want to make it personal. But here’s an opening... Read More »

MBAs Reinventing Management Is Like Locusts Reinventing Corn

by Tim Berry

I clicked over to MBAs Aim to Reinvent Management at BusinessWeek.com when I saw the headline. I expected to read about trends towards revising the standard MBA curriculum to deal better with community, environmental, and social concerns. Instead, it was MBA’s revising management: As part of a contest, MBA students were asked to suggest game-changing... Read More »

The Nature-Nurture Debate on Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

Is entrepreneurship something people are born with, or do they learn it? Good question, I suppose, but not one I expect anybody will ever be able to really answer. Emily Malby does a good balanced job of reporting about it in Entrepreneurship: A Look at the Nature-Nurture Debate on the Online Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com).... Read More »

Is Networking Friendship, or Just MBA Speak?

by Tim Berry

What do you think about this? The networking connections are one of the most valuable benefits of an MBA. Five to ten years down the road these people will either be running their own businesses or have high-level positions in large companies. That’s a comment to my post here and on Small Business Trends. I... Read More »

What’s An Entrepreneur’s MBA Degree Really Worth?

by Tim Berry

[Note: I posted this first on Small Business Trends … I’m posting it here too because this is my main blog. Tim] I’m an entrepreneur. The last time I was an employee was in 1983. So what did I get from my MBA studies? It wasn’t about earning power. I quit the  fancy high-paying MBA... Read More »

Beware of One-Size-Fits-All Business Advice

by Tim Berry

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of taking 10 half-hour appointments with student entrepreneurs developing business plans. The idea was listening, talking, suggesting, and maybe helping with a thought or two. What a kick that is. No wonder I love what I do for a living. I started each of these sessions with a warning... Read More »

The Best Argument for Business Education…

by Tim Berry

… is having a better idea of what’s going on. It isn’t about making more money. It isn’t about becoming entrepreneurial. No. It’s about having a reasonable idea of the whole business, rather than just the specific function. If business education works — and I think we have to admit it doesn’t always — then... Read More »