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“…thanks in part to a new book by the authors of the oath, the idea is spreading through business schools like wildfire.”
– The Economist, May 2010

The MBA Oath, however, turns out to be a thoughtful res­ponse to the situation in which thousands of MBA students found themselves, and far better than anything managed by the tenured faculty of their schools.
– Phillip Delves Broughton, in his Financial Times review of the book The MBA Oath, April 2010

“Remember the MBA oath? Well far from joining the long list of business-education’s passing fads, the idea that prospective managers should swear to be honourable in their business dealings seems to be gaining a fresh momentum.”
– The Economist, March 2010

“Many schools are now boosting ethics courses. A dose of moral philosophy could do some good – but lip service is both more likely and worse than no course at all: students quickly see through fig leaves. Students’ own initiatives, such as the “MBA oath” (based on the Hippocratic oath), are more promising. They deserve support.”
-Financial Times, January 2010

At Northwestern, where the oath also went viral, graduating MBA David Hobbet says he was impressed by the large number of Kellogg grads who signed up, given the “minor effort” he and others put in. “Just a couple e-mails to friends,” he says, generated dozens of Kellogg signatures.
– Businessweek, June 2009

“I don’t see this as something that will fade away,” said Diana C. Robertson, a professor of business ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s coming from the students. I don’t know that we’ve seen such a surge in this activism since the 1960s. This activism is different, but, like that time, it is student-driven.”
– The New York Times, June 2009

“Students are saying they want business education to operate in a different way and that they want higher expectations from faculty. Just telling them to maximise shareholder value does not satisfy them any more. They want to get away from the cartoon image of business that they are taught in the classroom, to get useful practical advice on how to lead a firm in the 21st century.”
– Nitin Nohria, quoted in The Economist, June 2009

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