The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 29, 2010 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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"As a manager, my purpose is to serve the greater good by bringing people and resources together to create value that no single individual can create alone..."

So begins the MBA Oath, conceived in early 2009 by Max Anderson, Peter Escher, and a team of Harvard Business School students. They saw that in the wake of the financial crisis, the Madoff scandal, and other headlines, MBAs were being vilified. People were angry because business leaders, many of whom were MBAs, seemed not to care about anything beyond their own private interests. Many began to question the worth of business schools and the MBA degree.

The oath quickly spread beyond Harvard, becoming a worldwide movement for a new generation of leaders who care about society as well as the bottom line. Thousands of graduating MBAs have now pledged to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity, just as medical students swear by the Hippocratic oath before they can practice.

This book is the manifesto for the movement. It provides not only a strong case for why the MBA Oath is necessary but also examples of how it can be applied in the real world. It will help guide businesspeople through some of the toughest decisions they'll make in their careers.
  

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Review: The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders

User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

The book is a bit repetitive. The point was made in the introduction and then dragged out in the following 13 chapters. I believe that the Oath is necessary but there is a long way to go in order to make it successful. Read full review

Review: The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders

User Review  - Goodreads

The book is a bit repetitive. The point was made in the introduction and then dragged out in the following 13 chapters. I believe that the Oath is necessary but there is a long way to go in order to make it successful. Read full review

Contents

Personal Acknowledgments
Giving Up on Business
Genesis of the MBA Oath
PrivilegeA Trip to the Chocolate Factory
RankingsA Trip to the Newsstand
Compartmentalization
Ethics
Metanorming
The Spirit of the Law
Law Society and Business
The Importance of Being Honest
East of Eden
Shirking Responsibility
Taking Action
Personal Development and Renewal
Organizational Development and Renewal

Triggering
Framing
Nudging
Toothpaste and Tire Repairs
The Purpose of Business
The Man the Mine Shaft and the Meaning of Ethics
Fairness and the MBA Mind
John Rawls Attends a Wedding
On Cheating
Were Less Ethical Than We Think
How Then Shall We Lead?
Act I Hometown Hero
Act II Safeguarding
Act III Rapid Response
The Altruism of Ambition
The Amnesia of Ambition
The Aspiration of Ambition
The Law as an Impediment to Business
The Law as Enabler of Business
Professional Development and Renewal
Economic Prosperity
Social Prosperity
Environmental Prosperity
How Will We Make Ourselves Accountable?
How Will We Keep Each Other Accountable?
INTRODUCTION
THE GREAT BUT DELICATE EXPERIMENT
A HIPPOCRATIC OATH FOR BUSINESS
THE PURPOSE OF A MANAGER
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
AMBITION AND GOOD FAITH
THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW
RESPONSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
ACCOUNTABILITY
EPILOGUE
Copyright

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