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Anderson and Escher's The MBA Oath: Review Essay

Edward J. O'Boyle
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 101, No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 285-295
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41475980
Page Count: 11
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Anderson and Escher's The MBA Oath: Review Essay
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Abstract

Max Anderson and Peter Escher's The MBA Oath addresses the need for a set of ethical standards to provide guidance to MBA graduates as they go about their everyday professional business. Their oath is relevant to the concerns of others in business but clearly was inspired by the special problems they encountered in the classroom as members of the Harvard MBA class of 2009. The oath and the book itself evolved from the financial meltdown of 2008 for which MBAs often felt that they were being held accountable. Our review begins with the oath itself. Then we turn to the rest of the book in which we have organized our comments around its strengths and weaknesses.

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