Fierce CEO: MBAs add skills for CEOs, but value is debated

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CEOs usually come highly groomed for their jobs, whether by ascending the ranks or through on-the-job experience.

But one factor can be said to separate one CEO from another. Many CEOs have MBAs, deep degrees in business learning. The question, though, is whether that MBA is necessary, or whether CEOs run companies just as well without it....

“Having an MBA is not necessary for a CEO,” said Seth Harris, partner with executive search firm ON Partners. “It’s a nice to have, but is trumped by strong industry knowledge, track record of success, and recognized leadership potential.”

But, “having the MBA from a reputable school does carry more weight in general,” Harris said.