Monthly Archives: June 2009

MBA Oath in the Financial Times

Max Anderson provides an update on the MBA Oath in the Financial Times, describing the aspirational goal of extending the Oath’s presence even more broadly. We have begun the process of creating MBA oath chapters on the world’s top business school campuses. We hope one day every graduating MBA will take this oath just as […]

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Tough Calls And The Oath

The New York Times’ “You’re the Boss” blog features Jay Goltz, an entrepreneur who presents a dillemma which he thinks puts the MBA Oath to the test. Goltz describes a situation in which the owner of a small, struggling business is seemingly forced to choose between rescinding a job offer in order to hire an […]

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From The MBA Oath to Der MBA Eid

We’d like to thank those who have developed translations for the MBA Oath. Versions have been submitted in Spanish by Andres Schuschny and Jose Fernandez-Calvo, and in German by Although no non-English version is official as of yet, we are very glad to see international versions arising just as the number of international signers […]

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MBAs Around The World Embracing Oath

As the number of MBA Oath signers races towards 1200, the diversity of signers continues to increase. MBAs from over 280 different programs have signed the oath, and of the 200 most recent signers of the oath, 93% are from schools other than Harvard. In fact, schools with the largest contingents of signers include Kellogg, […]

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The Mark of a Professional

The online discussion on the MBA Oath continues, with one interesting forum being the Bogleheads Investment Forum. Although one commentator wonders if they would want their financial advisor making decisions based on their own idea of the common good, another points out that it is sorely needed: Subscribing to a code of ethics is what […]

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Morality Reminders = Less Cheating

The Weekly Leader podcast tackles the MBA oath. In discussing the oath, the Weekly Leader’s commenters praise the Oath’s brevity and argue that its succinctness make it much more powerful than a 60 page code of ethics. They also reference a very relevant talk by “Predictably Irrational” author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely. In a […]

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Rising Number of Signers Draws Praise

Charles Green of Trusted Advisor Associates, an HBS alum, finds himself surprised by the number of MBAs who have signed the oath. Well, shame on me, o me of little faith in my descendant classmates, because as of June 3 (according to the Economist’s story), that number was up to 400—roughly half, by my close-enough […]

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Does it work everywhere?

Philosopher Tom Morris points out in the Huffington Post that follow-through will be a key part of making the Oath work. Congratulations to the Harvard Business School Class of 2009 for bringing all this to our attention in a vivid way, and for generated a new conversation about business ethics when we clearly need one. […]

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Prospective students and the oath

Discussion around the MBA Oath has been spotted on discussion boards frequented by MBA applicants such as the Forums as well as the websites of several admissions consultants. A question for any people out there in the process of applying to an MBA program or debating whether it is right for them – how […]

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Harvard Crimson reports on the MBA Oath

Thanks to William White for writing a good article on the MBA Oath for the Harvard Crimson today. We hope that, with many families in town for graduation, a lot of parents will see this and pass it along to their MBA friends. Although the article focused largely on the efforts of Max, this has […]

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