Here’s an interesting piece from WSJ: “Why Some M.B.A.s Are Reading Plato”
The answer, in short, is critical thinking.
The philosophy department is invading the M.B.A. program—at least at a handful of schools where the legacy of the global financial crisis has sparked efforts to train business students to think beyond the bottom line. Courses like “Why Capitalism?” and “Thinking about Thinking,” and readings by Marx and Kant, give students a break from Excel spreadsheets and push them to ponder business in a broader context, schools say.
The courses also address a common complaint of employers, who say recent graduates are trained to solve single problems but often miss the big picture….