The George Washington University School of Business announced this morning that it had overhauled its M.B.A. program to emphasize ethical leadership and globalization throughout the curriculum.
Many other business schools have sought to focus on ethics in recent years, in response to business scandals. In a 2003 survey of M.B.A. students, many said their programs were not doing enough to prepare them to deal with ethical dilemmas.
George Washington is billing its new approach as exceptional in that its entire M.B.A. curriculum is imbued with discussions of ethics, corporate responsibility, and globalization.
“We are not content with teaching business the way it always has been taught,” the business school’s dean, Susan M. Phillips, said in a written statement announcing the change. She said the school had a responsibility “to inspire students to act responsibly, lead passionately, and think globally.” —Peter Schmidt