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“Make it mandatory for business school professors to have actual business/operating/start-up experience.”

“Make every student create a business plan for their own company so they more fully understand the relationship between entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources and operations.”
Cornell University: Johnson graduate*

“I would do all in my power to create a counterpoint to the GMAT [Graduate Management Admission Test] in the admissions policies of top-tier business schools.”
IMD graduate*

“Take the entire faculty on a day trip to a former mining town and see why we do business and where we go wrong.”

“Invite the students to take on the role [of] lecturer and present the lecture or class in the way they think could be better.”
Edhec Business School graduate*

“Institute a business ethics exam, like the Bar exam, that ensures MBAs have accountability for their actions, recognising the power they wield as business leaders.”
University of Virginia: Darden graduate*

“I’d put a plan in place to raise a bunch of cash for the world’s biggest [business] plan competition, open only to current and former students; winner takes home a really big equity commitment to their start-up.”
Carnegie Mellon: Tepper graduate*

“I would determine strategies for better recruitment of female applicants.”
Duke University: Fuqua graduate*

“Cut the tuition costs.”
University of Pennsylvania: Wharton graduate*

* December 2014 FT poll of alumni from the MBA class of 2011.

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