June 19, 2009

How Socially Responsible Should Managers Be?


If you ask me, MBA's have gotten a lot of flak in the last decade because of the messy situation the business world is in. From the Enron Scandal to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, a lot of the blame is being passed on the MBA-trained financial managers that turned their backs on their ethical and social responsibilities.

This now raises a question that probably been asked countless times when the aforementioned financial and corporate scandals broke: Are MBA programs too focused on the bottom line, on the numbers, and on the final results that they have lost sight of the proverbial "Big Picture?"

While we at the Asian Institute of Management have a healthy amount of courses on ethics and social enterprises, I personally think that there could still ways to have a deeper appreciation and awareness to the manager's social responsibility.

(To be continued...)

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