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Degrees and Pedigrees: The Education of America's Top Executives (Hardback)
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Degrees and Pedigrees: The Education of America's Top Executives (Hardback)

Hardback 146 Pages / Published: 22/08/2017
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The book answers the questions of how and where America educates its leading chief executive officers. Where are America's top executives educated? What do they study? Do they typically attend the nation's most elite colleges? Or do they, like millions of other students, choose colleges because of reasons like proximity, cost, and state pride? How important are advanced degrees to their success? Is the MBA a prerequisite for becoming a CEO? I address these questions based on a study of 344 of the country's highest profile CEOs selected to represent a wide range of organizations and businesses. The book will establish a theme that the majority of America's most high-powered CEOs did not attend elite colleges/universities or earn an MBA or graduate from highly selective institutions. Certainly, a significant number did so and were advantaged by the opportunity, but more often they were able to fashion for themselves a high-quality education at a rich array of institutions - public and private, regional and flagship, small and large, religious and secular. What proves more important than what colleges these leading executives attended, is the kinds of deep relationships and mentored experiences they developed. I illuminate these experiences through several vignettes in each chapter.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475837070
Number of pages: 146
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 18 mm

Nietzel's study of CEO education confirms the advantages provided by elite education but more importantly, reaffirms the importance of public higher education at non-elite universities, not just for providing education for our democracy but for producing some of our nation's finest leaders and entrepreneurs. -- Terry Birdwhistell, Dean of Libraries and William T. Young Chiar, William T. Young Libraries
Nietzel's comprehensive study of CEO education highlights the formative impact that many colleges and universities have on the nation's leading chief executives. The idea that a college education has value in our society is well understood, but the notion that many successful executives and business leaders received their training not from the highest-ranked institutions, but from foundational colleges and universities is a reality we should all think of as we plan for the future. -- Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
Mike Nietzel's exhaustive research and analysis clearly concludes that those seeking success in business and myriad other fields are perhaps best served by attending `non-marque' universities. This book is a must-read for college-aged students and public policymakers - who would learn a lot about value and quality. -- Tom George, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

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