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The Impact Zone

Students Offered Chance to Sign the MBA Oath

by David Wylie, Vice-President of Net Impact at Tippie

Professional ethics have always been at the core of the Tippie MBA curriculum. In their first week, new students sign the Tippie Honor Code and are expected to uphold its values during the program. Each semester, students are also enrolled in the course “Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism,” where they’re taught ethical frameworks and discuss the nuances of ethical decision making in business. This year, David Wylie and Jon Finley, officers of the Net Impact student organization, are leading the charge for graduate business students to formalize their commitment to ethics by signing the MBA Oath.

Crossroad signWhile Tippie has always placed a great value on ethics, they are once again at the forefront of many MBA programs given the recent wave of high-profile wrongdoing within many major corporations. This led to the creation of the MBA Oath in 2009 at Harvard Business School. The Oath was conceived and written by students, who wanted to create a pledge for MBAs to engage in ethical practices throughout their careers. The Oath is simple and broad, but focuses on responsibly creating value, abiding by the law, and being accountable for one’s actions and business decisions.

Net Impact is working with MBA students, faculty, and Tippie leadership to build interest and awareness of the Oath. This will culminate in a signing ceremony on November 15, 2011. The ceremony will include first- and second-year students, faculty, and staff. To build support, a roundtable with student organization leaders was held, and all second-year students will debate the Oath in an upcoming ethics class. While first-year students must wait until their second year to sign, they are involved in the discussion and encouraged to carry the Oath forward with their class. The goal is for students to affirm and publicize their commitment to business ethics, and continue Tippie’s strong tradition of producing ethically minded business professionals.

Learn more about The Oath online at mbaoath.org.