This idea has been on my mind lately - nice to see it eloquently put. I appreciate depth and mastery of a subject area as opposed to aggressive management or process skills that lack the substance to back it up.
The conceit of the MBA is that you don’t need to have any substance at all. It’s just this management science, and you can apply that equally well in a software company or an oil drilling company or a fashion company or a rocket company. That’s the bias I’d want us to cut against. So for the degree, people would learn substantive things and then on the side you’d pick up some business skills. But you wouldn’t treat the business degree as the central thing.
Not all MBAs… yeah, I know.