Making Global MBAs: The Culture of Business and the Business of Culture

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A generation of aspiring business managers has been taught to see a world of difference as a world of opportunity. In Making Global MBAs, Andrew Orta examines the culture of contemporary business education, and the ways MBA programs participate in the production of global capitalism through the education of the business subjects who will be managing it. Based on extensive field research in several leading US business schools, this groundbreaking ethnography exposes what the culture of MBA training says about contemporary understandings of capitalism in the context of globalization. Orta details the rituals of MBA life and the ways MBA curricula cultivate both habits of fast-paced technical competence and "softer" qualities and talents thought to be essential to unlocking the value of international cultural difference while managing its risks.Making Global MBAs provides an essential critique of neoliberal thinking for students and professionals in a wide variety of fields.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBerkeley, CA
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9780520974258
ISBN (Print)9780520325395, 9780520325401
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

Publication series

NameCalifornia Series in Public Anthropology
PublisherUniversity of California Press

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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