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A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality

An Ethical Promise
When students graduated from the Harvard Business School in May, many of them took a new oath essentially saying that greed is not good. Nearly 20 percent of the graduating class have signed “The M.B.A. Oath.” The purpose was to create business leaders wanting to “serve the greater good.” The Oath holds Harvard M.B.A.’s to act responsibly, ethically and refrain from advancing their “own narrow ambitions” at the expense of others. I think this was a huge step away from corporate greed and as well as one towards a benevolent society. If more Universities offer something similar, business majors can lose the cut-throat reputation they have had for so long.

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  1. ansmith2
    November 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I respect and understand the steps and progress harvard is attempting to make with future business leaders. However, an argument apposing this would be the violation of a persons responsibility to increase share holders value etc… a business may prosper more if self interest is sought. I disagree with self interest…what is the point to obatain an abundance of wealth if not to share or help others. you can only self indulge so much. Harvard is leading by example…all should follow suit!

    Ansmith

  2. tasingle
    November 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I for one am glad to see an institution like Harvard step up and take the initiative to fix a flawed system. In these times of economic hardships, it is grossly apparent that corporate leaders have swayed from ethical decision making. It is important to realize that the decisions made now will affect others in the present and future. An efficient and prosperous economy can be created through decisions made to benefit the greater good while also encompassing strong moral and ethical judgements.

    TS

  3. krismj88
    November 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Harvard taking a progressive step toward ethical decisions. I’m tired of hearing about the short term, every man for himself perspective. Corporate leaders who look more closely at ethical decisions are not only making things better for themselves but also for their customers. I would love to see more colleges take on this approach and make changes for the future.

  4. yardieboy88
    November 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Thats seems like a very good step by Harvard BUT do they have to do this to prevent people from acting out of greed and self interest? If this is what we as a people have come to then I dont know where we are going.

    Some of the people who take the oath may still break it so what is the point of this? People take oath in court and still lie. whats going to stop them from breaking that oath.?

    The fact that we cant honestly do the right thing even when no one is looking, is a major concern for me. Is this what we have come to?

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