Monthly Archives: July 2009

Of Profits, Patents, and Societal Value

The Utah Economist blog posts an interesting question in the context of intellectual property rights and profit protection – how much societal value creation or destruction is there in companies protecting their innovations through patents? A similar dillemma can be found in matters as diverse as regulated utilities with a guaranteed return and Mickey Mouse’s […]

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Does the MBA Oath imply MBAs are naturally evil?

An incoming 2010 Duke EMBA student has posted a critique of the MBA oath which reflects two common concerns that we have seen from MBAs regarding the oath. At its core, the “MBA Oath” reads as if historically, the only reason that a person pursued an MBA was to become a better grifter.  Someone proficient […]

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Oxford Students Take Initiative

In a news bulletin on Oxford Said Business School’s website, the Vice-Dean of Student Programmes and a current student share their thoughts on the MBA Oath. Raj Tulshan, a current student, commented: “Many of us have found this initiative to resonate with our own convictions. The point of an MBA should not just be about […]

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Another Ethical Dilemma

Reacting to the MBA Oath, an anonymous writer sent in an ethical dilemma to Careermee.com’s blog. The writer, an executive with a South American company, wrestles with a situation in which a company is faced with multiple dillemmas. The CEO is planning to bribe a government official in order to secure a contract, while the […]

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Change Needed At Business Schools

Joel M. Podolny, who was formerly dean of the Yale School of Management and is now reportedly transitioning into the role of dean of Apple University, expresses frustration about the lack of values-based leadership at business schools in an article in the Harvard Business Review. The degree of contrition not just at business schools but […]

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