The “MBA Oath” Debate

The UST mission is printed on the back of my business card.  It states that the university “educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Ethics is integrated into the curriculum across all of our courses in the MBA program, and many prospective students I meet with have mentioned to me that UST’s strong reputation for ethical business education is one of the factors that attracted them to our program.  Recently, a group of Harvard Business school graduates created the “MBA Oath,” meant to address the proliferation of ethics scandals during the past several years.

If you haven't seen it already, the Debate Room has an interesting debate about the MBA Oath. To readers of the b-school channel, which has covered the oath phenomenon and had its creators address the oath's critics, a lot of it may sound familiar. But it's another chance to weigh in on the ongoing kerfuffle over whether MBAs should swear an oath to do no harm, much like doctors and lawyers do now. It's also a chance to use the word "kerfuffle" in a blog post, which doesn't happen very often. [via Getting In]

What do you think about the idea of an MBA Oath?  Is it necessary in today’s business world?  Could it potentially have an impact on corporations’ business decisions in the US and around the world?