Monthly Archives: May 2009

MBA Oath Conversation Expands

The conversation around the MBA Oath continues to broaden. Social change architect R. Craig Lefebvre, also a professor at George Washington University, sees the oath as a positive step towards systemic change and calls for MBAs to join the shift. A code of ethics for business leaders that is driven by student demand is something […]

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Comparing Business to Medicine and Law

Good post from The Business Ethics Blog on the difference between law, medicine and business in their aims to serve society directly or indirectly. The NYT notes that “student advocates contend [the Code] is the first step in trying to develop a professional code not unlike the Hippocratic Oath for physicians or the pledge taken […]

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Coverage from the Medical Field

Jessica Freedman on the MedEdits blog just gave us a shout. We could learn a lot from the medical profession about instituting a code of ethics.  Do any doctors want to share their thoughts on the oath?

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MBA Oath picked up by the New York Times, Planet Money, Nicholas Kristoff

Today was a big day for getting the word out about the MBA Oath. We got mentions in the New York Times, NPR’s Planet Money, and on Nicholas Kristoff’s daily updates. Since we began, we’ve been hoping to generate a broader public conversation about the role of business in society through our efforts with the […]

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We passed 200!

200 people who have taken the MBA Oath. This is a great start, but we have a long way to go. Thank you everyone for your belief and support.

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Why is the oath important to you?

In the comment box below, please share your feelings about the MBA Oath and why it is meaningful to you. We want to provide an outlet for signers of the oath to express their convictions about ethics in business, making management a profession, and the duties of MBAs to society. Please note that this is […]

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In 1908, when Harvard began the world’s first two-year masters program in management education, it was called a “great, but delicate experiment.” The experiment proposed to turn the occupation of management into a profession, like law or medicine.  Leaders of the business school movement wanted to ensure that large corporations, which were just coming into […]

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