Attributes of Successful MBAs: A Twenty-Year Longitudinal Study

Attributes of Successful MBAs: A Twenty-Year Longitudinal Study

By Thomas W. Harrell, Bernard Alpert
1986Working Paper No. 898

Are attributes of successful MBAs useful for predicting success, and thereby improving business management? In a twenty-year study of Stanford MBAs, 15 and 20 year results have identified the extreme importance to success of sociability. The study also showed a continuing trend to move out of larger companies into self employment in very small companies, and the relatively lower earning after 20 years of engineers and older employees.

Keywords
labor market studies, wages