First do no harm; B-Schools and their physics envy

June 8th, 2009

Views on the culpability of schools in the economic meltdown range from one extreme to another, as do the prescriptions for how to win back the trust of business and students.

MBAs pledge to do good

Graduating students from Harvard Business School are lining up in their droves to sign an oath which requires them to “create value responsibly and ethically”.

The oath is the brainchild of second-year Harvard MBA Maxwell Anderson, who hoped that 50 per cent of the Harvard class of 900 students would sign up to the oath by graduation this week. The oath was initiated just three weeks ago.

Mr Anderson was encouraged by two of Harvard’s most influential professors, Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, in developing the oath. The two have been particularly vocal in the idea of developing management into a profession on a par with law or medicine.

See: FT.com 6.7.09

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