Oh, come on! Give me a break! So Duke University catches 47 students cheating (read here ) I did my MBA without cheating, but, I think the guys at Duke University just don’t get it. Ethics in business? Please, spare me the BS! I work with US companies all the time, and I hate the double standards so typical of USA!
The fact is most companies in corporate America will find every possible way to bend, stretch, cheat and cajole their way for profit. Is the shoe made in Pakistan by slave workers for less money than what you’ll even dare give to the bum in the NY subway? Hey, that’s a fortune in Pakistan! I mean, seventy five cents a day feeds a family in those places! That’s what I learned in business school after all!
I don’t think students should cheat. That is true aside from the topic they are studying, medical school or business school. But in a world where MBA students grew up reading books praising Arthur Andersen, or the management miracles of Skilling in Enron (“Leading the Revolution” by Gary Hamel comes to mind…) what where we expecting?
Staff at Duke: you’re making great scholars… but the truth behind real business life implies much cheating. Maybe too much to take Duke as a serious – real – place to learn business ways…