Back door to an HBS / GsB alum

So, a few friends and I were recently having this conversation about how do some of the elite US based bschool fare abroad in terms of the reputation and prestige (yes this matters a lot in asia). Although I did not attend bschool, the schools my friends attended include Booth, Kellogg, Tuck, Berkeley, InsEad, Columbia and Sloan. The general consensus among us was that although these schools are truly elite and anyone whose a professional would have a high view of them, HBS or Stanford hands down are the most global and well known brand. Some, who already went to a top school, still seriously consider an advanced mgmt program from H or S a few years down the line if liquidity isn't an issue. I'm Curious about the opinion that some of you have on this. Did you ever think this way? Know anyone who has? How did it work out?

PS - Let me also set the record straight on my perception of MBA admissions. It's become a crapshoot process. A few years ago, certain type of profiles would have been guaranteed a slot at H/S (ex bankers, consultants, pe) Now it's become competitive. But that's not to say that a guy who attends booth / Kellogg / Columbia after 2/3 years of work experience wouldn't have been able to get into H\S - assuming he got rejected first - if he had reapplied a couple of years later. Clearly he has the ability / fortitude / temperament to get into several elite programs and on the margin there isn't a significant difference between these programs and the students they admit. But the rest of the world doesn't know this

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Nov 9, 2019

Nobody has an opinion on this ?

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Nov 9, 2019

I thought by "back door to HBS" you meant you would be willing to get POUNDED in the ass to get into HBS or Stanford

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Nov 9, 2019

Lol I think advanced mgmt programs are much easier to get into than your traditional FT mba programs

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Nov 9, 2019
nontarget_Bb_ibanker:

there isn't a significant difference between these programs and the students they admit. But the rest of the world doesn't know this

The difference is the placement of a full time MBA graduate and the recruitment of a full time MBA student, versus a 'management seminar at HBS' that likely has more people sent there on the corporate dime than people paying cash for the program because companies don't really care that you have a 'management certificate from Harvard'. These programs are usually geared for rising stars within a company being groomed for corporate leadership.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Nov 10, 2019

ThTs not what I was asking for.

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Nov 11, 2019

I knew someone who did the advanced management program at one of the schools you mentioned, just to get the branding. He was one of the most insecure people I have ever met.

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Nov 12, 2019
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