ERIC Number: ED468777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Where Will They Lead? MBA Student Attitudes about Business & Society. Executive Summary.
Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.
This survey was conducted through the Internet to study the effects of a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) on students' attitudes about the roles and responsibilities of business. The survey was conducted in 3 waves: (1) August/September 1999, capturing the responses of 1,116 MBA students as they entered business school; (2) spring 2000, capturing the responses of 512 MBA students at the end of the first year of their program; and (3) spring 2001, a survey of 551 graduating MBA students. Findings show that there is a shift in priorities during the 2 years of business school from customer needs and product quality to the importance of shareholder value. MBA students are unsure as to whether and how social responsibility contributes to business success, but they would like to learn more about it, and they want business schools to provide concrete examples and integrate this into the core curriculum. Students in all three waves believe they will have to make decisions during their business careers that will conflict with their values. MBAs today do not believe they can change the values and culture of a company. If a conflict occurs, they are likely to leave rather than try to change the organization. (SLD)
Descriptors: Business, Business Administration, Business Responsibility, Ethics, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Values
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.
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