Everything is getting faster. Cars go faster, time goes faster, businesses rise up and fall down faster. The MBA is a roller coaster ride. Students are thrown more work than they can possibly finish properly, more opportunities to learn than they could ever really take advantage of. This is what the business environment is like. But should it be and will it be in the future? Studies show that the ‘more and faster is better’ approach to work is not true at all, and that in fact more hours of work does not make us more productive.
The Slow Food movement was founded to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and peoples dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Perhaps what we need is a Slow MBA movement, founded to celebrate management education and engage schools to provide time for students to linger on topics and lessons that interest them, space to think about the implications of their actions, guidance to plan and ponder the impact that they want to have on the world around them. Maybe we just all need to slow down.