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Do you need an MBA?

Byron Connolly | Nov. 27, 2014
Three IT executives discuss why they pursued a master of business administration qualification, and can MBA stand for ‘marriage breakup assured?

"In a day and age that operates in such an agile, customer-centric and flexible manner, business leaders are often more interested in how CIOs can spot opportunity and adapt quickly to market conditions.

"They are also interested in CIOs demonstrating their ability to deal with an ambiguous business landscape as opposed to purely focus on their formal educational achievements," Gray says.

Regardless, Gray agrees that an MBA is a valuable qualification, and upskilling or fine-tuning of general management skills is critical to the success of the future CIO.

"However, it is important to consider that one of the standout benefits at one time was the business networks that would result as an outcome of this investment. This still holds true, but I do believe that this can now be achieved in other ways too.

"So if building business networks is the primary objective, I think it is important to weigh up if gaining an MBA is the most appropriate and effective course of action," Gray says.


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