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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’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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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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