Welcome to the MBA Oath. Our mission is to facilitate a widespread movement of MBAs who aim to lead in the interests of the greater good and who have committed to living out the principles articulated in the oath. The oath is a voluntary pledge for graduating MBAs and current MBAs to “create value responsibly and ethically.”
We started as a group of Class of 2009 Graduates of Harvard Business School, but the history of the Oath does not begin there. From the Hippocratic Oath to Thunderbird’s Oath of Honor and the Columbia Business School’s Honor Code, professionals, students, and academics have evoked kindred aspirations. We are building upon these essential efforts to create a community of MBAs with a high standard for ethical and professional behavior.
We are now a broad coalition of MBA students, graduates and advisors, representing over 250 schools from around the world. We are partnering with the Aspen Institute and the World Economic Forum. We want our degree to mean something more than it currently does. This oath is our way of laying out the principles of what we think an MBA ought to stand for.
We hope the Oath will: a) make a difference in the lives of MBAs who take the oath b) challenge other MBAs to work with a higher professional standard, whether they sign the oath or not and c) create a public conversation in the press about professionalizing and improving management.
Our long-term hope is to transform the field of management into a true profession, one in which MBAs are respected for their integrity, professionalism, and leadership. We hope to see hundreds of thousands of MBAs take the MBA oath, or something like it, as a step towards realizing this vision.
On this website, you can read, download and sign the MBA oath. You can read about us, the history of the MBA degree, and articles about how people think business schools need to change. You can also volunteer to get involved. We hope you do.