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The MBA Oath
Dear Tom, Thanks for your post. My name is Max and I'm one of the student organizers of the MBA Oath. I understand your skepticism and it has been echoed by many. We too would be skeptical if someone suggested that this oath alone would change the practice of management. At this point the oath is purely aspirational. It doesn't have the teeth that it should, but you have to start somewhere. So we're starting here.
You mention that lawyers have an oath but that it hasn't cleaned up that profession. Perhaps you're right. I don't know enough to argue. But the counter-factual to think about is what would the practice of law be like if there were no ethical standard? Would we not imagine lawyers to be held in even lower regard?
Our goal is to be a bit more like medicine. When you go into a doctor's office and see an M.D. degree on the wall, it inspires trust and confidence for the patient. If a customer or client walks into a business office and sees an MBA on the wall - they don't have the same positive reaction. Sure would be nice if they did. This won't get us there alone because there is no silver bullet, but we hope its a move in the right direction.
If you or your readers have suggestions for making this more realistic or ideas on what would be a better way to achieve our goal of professionalizing the MBA and calling leaders to a higher standard, we'd love to hear them.
- Max Anderson
Jun 1, 2009. 06:06 PM
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