Posted by: AC | June 17, 2009

Update: MBA Oath

A recent article in BusinessWeek examines whether or not the MBA Oath will continue, raising the question “Can it really make a difference?”

At the Thunderbird School of Global Management  graduates have been take a moral pledge since 2006.  Although that pledge was met with harsh criticism when instituted, Angel Cabrera, President of the school, believes that the economic environment provides an opportunity for change in the MBA world:

  • “It’s not just a temporary thing,” Cabrera says. “I really think there’s also a generational shift.…There is a demand, a thirst for this type of value-based ideology.” He sees the events of the last month as setting the stage for a larger overhaul of what he has often said is a failed system of management. Business education, he says, has reached a “tipping point.”

Will this be a long-term change, or is this just a temporary reaction to the current business climate? Is it a publicity stunt by HBS, or something more meaningful? What do you think?


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