Building a Civilized MBA Program and Surviving One That Isn’t
Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton starts his New York Times bestseller book, The No Asshole Rule saying, “When I encounter a mean-spirited person, the first thing I think is: ‘Wow, what an asshole!’”
My version of his statement, “When I encounter a mean-spirited and obnoxious MBA student, the first thing I think is: Wow, what an asshole!” Most of the time I did not share this thought with anyone. However, during MBA class periods when a particularly obnoxious MBA student acted like a jerk, you could see by the expressions on faculty members’ and students’ faces there was a consensus that this student was indeed an MBA asshole.
MBA programs have their share of assholes. As hard as they try to filter them out, MBA program recruiters and admission committees do on occasion accept one or two assholes into a class. Furthermore, deans and department chairs will sometimes assign asshole faculty members to teach an MBA class. With this in mind, and staying with the title of Dr. Sutton’s book, I want to ask, “Does your MBA program have a no asshole rule?” If not, should your MBA program adopt a no asshole rule?
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