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ethical MBA students? oxymoron?

the new york times with another very important trend story:

A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality

to sum up: around 200 harvard MBA students sign an ethics pledge, which is printed out on some glossy cardstock (terrible for the environment, but whatever). this is slightly different from what has happened in the past, so the NYT calls up a couple other schools and finds out if anything similar is going on over there. there sort of is, and there sort of isn’t, but, meh, we’ll write a story about how students these days are so ethical anyway. POOF! a most-emailed story.

but don’t get too excited:

Bruce Kogut, director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Company Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia, said that this emphasis did not mean that students were necessarily going to shun jobs that paid well. Rather, they will think about how they earn their income, not just how much.

summary: we still want to make loads of money. but we’ll feel a little more guilty about it.

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