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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2011, 10:26 Beamer
 
That Bob Lutz article is somewhat idiotic. Lutz's book, as an aside, offers some amazing insight into why the culture there killed their product.


But MBAs don't suck because they're MBAs. Yes, they've done some serious damage to businesses, but leaving the engineers running things would be equally bad.
What happened was, some time in the very late 70s or early 80s, we became obsessed with Wall Street and finance. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Fortune 500 companies started hiring these people. Also not a bad thing. They promoted these people to CEO.

There's the issue. Your CEO, at least in times of growth (not necessarily in times of downturn) needs to be a visionary, not a beancounter. You want your beancounters as your #2 or your #3, to keep your visionary in line, much like Apple always has Tim Cook around to ground Steve Jobs and to execute their plan.

MBAs don't lack vision by default, in fact I'd argue they probably have some of the best vision out there (keep in mind plenty of engineers are also MBAs.) The problem is stupid boards promoting MBAs that are good at numbers rather than vision.
 
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