What Can Business Schools Do to Avoid Bad Apples? Readers Respond

Various authors, HBS Working Knowledge, Sept 09, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A fascinating look at how business schools can "screen out" those students with questionable ethics. The bulk of the replies suggest that it either can't be done or shouldn't be done. But of course, that's absurd: they have screened out socialists for years. Oh all right, that's clearly an exaggeration, but let me put the same point a different way: it's not a case of somehow detecting and filtering some sort of innately defective moral fiber. The lack of ethics found in business school graduates is derived as much from hat the school teaches as in who it lets in. And just as few socialists are attacted to the values and methodologies advocated in business schools, so also people with questionable ethics would not thrive either were business schools to incorporate ethical behaviour into their values and methodologies. I'm waiting.
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