Are Ethics Taught at Top MBA Programs?
Bloomberg had an interesting article up today
discussing whether our top business schools are properly teaching ethics to their students. In summary, the article uses some of the recent examples of top execs that were convicted on insider charges who were Wharton and HBS grads to argue that business schools are not putting enough emphasis on teaching ethics and applying them to a real world setting.
Never having been “rich”, it puzzles me why someone with such an incredible resume and what is probably a very large net worth such as Rajat Gupta would stoop to insider. We have all heard the saying “there is no such thing as being too rich” but from Gupta’s perspective, the risk/reward of his actions do not make sense to me.
Thinking about my own education experience, through the first two levels of thethere is a heavy dose of ethics, however, reflecting back on my undergrad, we had a very basic ethics chapter in an introductory business class, but besides that, ethics were never really covered in any of the other courses.
As I am getting prepared to start my MBA this summer, I am curious to see how well ethics are ingrained into the program and throughout the different classes. Any current students in UG or MBA can comment on what they are seeing at their schools with regard to ethics discussions?