Saturday, September 7, 2002

Ethics in Business School

Business Week.  US business schools begin to integrate ethics into their programs.  While the AFA grad below said something a little trite, his sentiment is basically on the mark.  Tell me:  which guy would you hire?   

The exercises seemed to be a hit with enrollees. “Business has a long way to go to win back the public trust,” says Jeff Phillips, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, a captain in the Air Force, and now a UMich first-year MBA student. He credits his military training with a basic belief: “We’re taught to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”

Some of Phillips’ classmates quietly scoffed at his view. But the idea of going to jail seemed to resonate strongly in the minds of some members of the Wolverine Class of 2004. “You just don’t want to be that guy,” says Ojas Patel, who finished medical school before enrolling in the MBA program.

What’s worse is that the article implies that many in the class are totally indifferent to ethics and some are even openly hostile to the concept. [John Robb’s Radio Weblog]

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