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Chapter Initiative – The MBA Oath

Hello Chapter Members,

Those of you who attended either of our kickoff meetings heard us talk about the idea of bringing the MBA Oath to Bentley. More information can be found at http://www.theoathproject.org/. We would like to adapt the Oath to incorporate all graduate degrees granted at Bentley.

The basic idea behind the Oath is similar to that of the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. Business practitioners have a responsibility to practice their professions in a manner that considers the impact of their actions on others. Doctors must protect their patients, but people in business must consider the needs of all stakeholders: employees, customers, the greater community, the environment.

The Oath Project hopes that by making a public commitment, signers of the Oath will remember such ideas as “My decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my enterprise, today and tomorrow,” and will adhere to such pledges as “I will manage my enterprise with loyalty and care, and will not advance my personal interests at the expense of my enterprise or society,” when faced with difficult decisions in business.

We would like feedback from the Bentley community on the value of such an oath.

– Would signing the Oath make a real difference in the way Bentley graduates conduct themselves after leaving school?

– Does the Bentley curriculum prepare students to make such a pledge?

– What kind of support could the school or alumni offer that would make it easier to uphold the Oath?

Please share any thoughts that you have on the discussion board on our Facebook page: The Oath Project.

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