The idea of bringing the Oath to MIP was raised by a small group of MBA students who acknowledged that, in part, the current crisis was due to the errors and misconduct of managers, both in private companies and in public organizations. As MBA students and future managers, they believe that it is their duty to confront difficult topics such as ethics and decision making in complex contexts. By taking the Oath, they challenged themselves to analyse their own beliefs and commit to upholding the highest ethical standards in the communities in which they will operate.
The way you choose to behave as a professional and as a member of the business community has an incredibly important impact. You have power over your own professional ethics, and you have the choice to do partner with socially responsible businesses, invest in the positive development of yourself and those around you, and think through the ripple effect of each of those not so small after all decisions.
The Oath Project
The business school made available the resources needed for the students’ initiative and what started as an idea amongst a few MBA students eventually involved the majority of the MBA class. A small Oath Ceremony was held at the end of classes before each person went their own way to participate in the individual internships.
MIP Politecnico di Milano is extremely enthusiastic about supporting the signing of the Oath and all it stands for. After all, much attention has been directed to the role that business schools played in creating the current crisis and many questioned whether the way business students are taught was a contributing factor, that is there was too much focus on maximizing shareholder value rather than on the ethical and social considerations essential to business leadership. MIP is, therefore, extending its dedication to becoming part of the solution, sharing its strongly held ethical ideals and to creating a culture of socially responsible managers.
Although this year’s students are about to graduate and move onto their next adventure, MIP is enlisting their assistance in encouraging the latest intake of MBA students to become a part of the process and help them to appreciate the importance of a culture of high ethical standards for corporate and social responsibility. MIP’s future leaders, however, are not limited to those studying an MBA, therefore, MIP will extend the invitation to all of its students enrolled in management programs.
We anticipate the Oath will not only become an integral part of business education at MIP, but will be a school-wide event and important ceremony designed to instil pride and commitment amongst our graduates, however significant their role may be in shaping the businesses practices of the future.
“Being the first edition, we are extremely proud that our initiative, which began with just few students, continues to grow steadily. Not bad for the first MBA class ever to take the Oath in an Italian business school! We have already introduced the idea to the incoming MBA class and we were encourage by the enthusiasm they showed as well as the school’s dedication to the project’s continued success!”
Stefano Barazzetta – MBA 2012
Oath Project at MIP co-organiser