Executives looking for the most efficient managerial structure should avoid MBA literature and instead look to the Vatican.
That's the view of former Valeo Chairman Noel Goutard, who briefly considered joining the Roman Catholic Church as a teenager.
"With a strong international structure, and only three management layers from the Pope to the priest via the bishop, the Church is a corporate model that many international groups have been imitating," says Goutard in his new autobiography. Goutard's vocation was short-lived. "I soon realized that the material satisfactions I could expect would fall short of my hopes by a long shot," he says candidly.
Goutard is not thrilled about Master of Business Administration programs. He thinks they "prepare people to manage nothing. Synthesis and not analysis being the very essence of management."