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Is MBA Worth Effort?

Q.. I've been working three years and am thinking of going to night school for an MBA degree since that seems to be the fast track to management. It's expensive, so I wonder if it's worth it.

Ans. Further education is always worth it, but don't expect those few hours in a classroom to suddenly turn you into excellent management material. Harry Mintzberg, co-author of "Management? It's Not What You Think!" (Amacom $22) contends it's silly to think you can take people with just a few years work experience and pretend to turn them into managers in a classroom. It's more important that you try to watch the best managers in your company to learn their style and behavior and imitate that.

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