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An MBA for Good

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As I travel around India I get to experience the amazing richness this country has to offer. It’s a buffet for the senses, with infinite tastes, sights, smells, sounds, and feelings. I’m not sure any other place on the planet offers so much. One thing I’m sure about, however, is that no other country has as many institutions offering MBA degrees.


In some ways, the social pressure here to get as educated as you can yields amazing results. But I question where it all leads as India looks more and more like the West and less and less like its grounded, spiritual past.


The world is changing and I fear many MBA institutions haven’t kept up with business trends. While an MBA might have been a fast-track to the corporate world’s upper echelons in the past, it has now become so much more than that.


Many schools have incorporated serious study of entrepreneurship in their curriculum. The cost of an MBA may put students at a disadvantage for starting a company during the program, but many schools organize pitching sessions to venture capitalists and angel investors.


Along the same line, the world of social entrepreneurship has never been brighter. Whether non-profit or shared profit, starting businesses to benefit humanity in a more direct way has changed the scope of business education. The dialog has shifted from shareholders to stakeholders. Often, we all have a stake.


Though more often than not a buzz word or covert marketing tactic, corporate social responsibility can be a bridge between the profit/results-driven business world and the needs of society.


If you find yourself pursuing an MBA because you think it’s what you’re supposed to do, but don’t necessarily see yourself spending the next 30 years in a cubicle trying to maximize profit for shareholders, there are other options out there. India is full of them.


Going back to the problem of social pressure, I realize it takes a lot of guts to stand up to that social pressure and family demands. But not following your heart and dreams is truly doing yourself and society a disservice. If you aren’t passionate about the work you pursue daily you won’t reach your maximum potential. If you don’t find what you want to do out in the marketplace you can create your own perfect job. If you are good at what you do, the money necessary to live will find you.


I think the beauty of an MBA is that it exposes you to so many different areas of business. There is a constant source of inspiration as you study. The MBA is a degree in learning how to problem solve more than anything. There are lots of problems that need solving, both here and abroad. It’s up to you to figure out what kind of problems you’d like to spend the rest of your life fixing, and how you’d like to make the world a better place.



Adam Pervez worked in the oil industry in the Persian Gulf as an engineer, got an MBA at IE Business School in Spain, worked for Siemens Wind Power in Denmark, and gave it all up to volunteer his way around the world. He’s been on the road for 18 months on what he calls “The Happy Nomad Tour” and plans to spend the rest of his life inspiring others to find their calling.




Adam Pervez blogs at and you can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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