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Pushback on “Management As a Profession”

Writing in HBR, Cambridge University professor Richard Barker pushes back on the idea of “management as a profession” espoused by Rakesh Khurana, Nitin Nohria, and Joel Podolny: “Hanging the mantle ‘professional’ on business education fosters inappropriate analysis and misguided prescriptions” Barker’s objections include the notion of a “permanent knowledge asymmetry” between those inside true professions […]

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NPR Marketplace on the Oath

NPR Marketplace just posted a great interview with the MBA Oath’s own Peter Escher on the Oath. During the interview, NPR’s Kai Ryssdal makes an interesting point: Picking up again on that idea of the Hippocratic Oath, the oath that doctors take when they graduate. If doctors get something wrong, people get sick, they are […]

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The MBA Identity Crisis

Writing a guest editorial in the Washington Post, the MBA Oath’s Peter Escher tackles the issue of how the perception of the roles of financier and manager has evolved at business schools. At our lunch of burritos at a local Qdoba (Greg is more accomplished than glamorous), he was questioning the social stratification we encountered […]

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A Technicality Generation?

Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler puts forth what is bound to be a controversial argument in The New York Times – he asserts that a generation has gotten used to “playing the system” in order to avoid its responsibilities: “Now that flawed thinking has been carried forward. Many of these men who evaded [military] service […]

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Congratulations to UT Austin Oath signers!

The class of 2010 at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas – Austin has been very active in embracing the Oath. Just today, over 140 members of the class took the MBA Oath. We wish to congratulate everyone at McCombs for their commitment to responsible value creation!

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CUNY Students Embrace the Oath

Students at the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY, the largest AACSB-accredited business school in the U.S., are ramping up their commitment to the Oath and its principles. Two students, Celine Solsken Ruben-Salama and Christine Falantano, have decided to share their Oath experience on Youtube. Congratulations to them and to everyone at Zicklin!

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Stakeholders, shareholders, and business education

The Economist tackles the debate over companies’ duties to stakeholders and shareholders. Were managers and decisionmakers motivated by the wrong incentives? A firm’s share price on any given day, needless to say, can be a very poor guide to long-term shareholder value. Yet bosses typically had their pay linked to short-term movements in share prices, […]

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The MBA Oath and Goldman Sachs on MSNBC

Peter Escher appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough to discuss the MBA Oath, the book and ethics on Wall Street. A lot of the discussion revolved around Goldman Sachs and whether Goldman would have stayed out of trouble if it’s leaders had abided by the oath. This is well worth watching to think […]

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MBA Oath covered in London City AM

Last week, the MBA Oath was covered in a London paper, City AM. The paper interviewed MBA Oath co-founder Peter Escher. The interview ranges from telling the history of the MBA Oath, to implications for Goldman Sachs, to questions of whether it clashes with fiduciary responsibilities. Check it out!

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The MBA Oath is striking a chord

Recently we’ve had a few great stories come out about the MBA Oath. Want to keep you posted on them as they come up. We’re excited that the more people learn, the more they want to talk about it. Lets get the debate going! Joe Flood does an in-depth story on the MBA Oath for […]

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