Explore BrainMass
Share

The Harvard MBA Oath/Business Ethics

This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

Do you think that taking the (Harvard) MBA Oath positively affects the ability of employees to discharge their ethical duties? Is it useful? If so, in what ways? What would you add to the Oath? Is there anything that concerns you, and why?

The answer doesn't have to be long. A one paragraph will be sufficient

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 22, 2019, 3:43 am ad1c9bdddf
https://brainmass.com/business/finance/harvard-mba-oath-business-ethics-629788

Solution Preview

The Harvard MBA Oath/Business Ethics

Introduction: The value of oaths is not easy to measure. If a person takes the oath of office to become President of the United States, you are making a commitment to follow the laws of the country, and are legally accountable to those laws. An oath such as the Harvard MBA Oath does not have the force of law behind it. The value of an oath such as this is of no greater value than its followers place upon it, and this value is only be measureable by the behavior of the follower.

1. "Do you think that taking the (Harvard) MBA Oath positively affects the ability of employees to discharge their ethical duties?" As I said in my short introduction, the value of the oath is measureable in the behavior of the follower. If this is the case, then by following the oath you may well become more ethical in the performance of your duties as a business professional (Smith, 2009) (McKiernan & Gray, 2009). Think about people taking marriage vows. The strength of the vow rests in the commitment of the two people taking the vows to never stray from the words they agreed to when they were married. The question for you to think about is whether you think a person can make a commitment to follow the Harvard MBA oath through whatever life throws at you in your personal and private life.

2. "Is it useful?" This short question is at the crux of your ...

Solution Summary

This response is designed to assist the student in making sense of the Harvard MBA Oath. The student is asked to consider the validity of the oath in helping employees to make ethical decisions in their jobs, and to take ethical actions in the performance of their duties. The response poses the question of whether there is a moral foundation for an oath such as this. Ultimately, employers and employees must figure out how they are going to meet the expectations of society for ethical behavior by organizations large and small.

$2.19