"Most of our students have several years
in business. How can we leverage their experience to prepare
them to be more effective." -- Program
MBA students and those who teach them know
about the pervasive existence of politics in any organization.
Unfortunately, few MBA programs even in their
leadership courses ever tackle the issue of organizational politics
straight on. The result is a continuation of the silent taboo
of not talking about power and how politics is a thread that
runs through most processes in the organization.
We strongly recommend that the topic of organizational
politics be legitimized in MBA curriculums. Too often it is
left out of finance and and marketing oriented programs. When
this ommission occurs, it leaves the student with an incomplete
picture. It only serves to help seal in the denial of political
Our research indicates that less than 5% of
MBA programs legitimize and discuss the ramifications of organizational
politics as a part of their graduate program.
As a professor at an MBA program for a time,
I found that about a third of the people who left work and
came to the program, left because of run ins with organizational
The Political Savvy Advantage contains a book
based upon decades of research designed to help practicing
managers. This research has also been crafted into a case
intervention that has been used by over half of the top ten
ranked MBA programs. Faculty members are encouraged to ask
for the Political Savvy exercise, or some equivalent way to
legitimize political discussion, for use in their classrooms.
Contact us for the details.