MBA in CSR…I mean MBA.

Catherine Chong,  an MBA candidate specialising in corporate social responsibilities (CSR) in one of the top school with sustainability or ESG (environment, social and governance) curriculum in the UK, shared on her blog a “cri du coeur”.
In her post, Why are you laughing at my MBA?, she explains how a member of the academic staff gave her the advice, in private, to take the general MBA title rather than the MBA in CSR, and how she can observe a general cynicism regarding her career option.

Don’t we ever learn? Aren’t B-Schools able to see their responsibility in the trouble we got in the last years? And take the necessary steps to correct their past mistakes, going back to the original premises of their curriculum?

MBAs were originally designed at the end of the 19th century as a “professionalization” instrument to prepare managers of large corporations to lead those for the public’s good, not for short-term gains. Unfortunately, the dominance of economics by the neoclassical school in the 1980’s imposed the idea that managers are free agents who should continually seek their highest incomes with no loyalty to their employers and no social responsibility.

Ignoring or laughing at the teaching of ethics and values-based leadership is the type of thinking that got us into so much trouble today. Will we ever learn?

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About Frederic Page
Learning & Development professional, based in Barcelona, Spain. Blogging about Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

2 Responses to MBA in CSR…I mean MBA.

  1. Catherine Chong says:

    Frederic.
    [...] Yes, the feed back I received so far are mixed. There are sceptics of CSR in academic, biz, and within the public as well. [...]

    As for B-schools, I think perhaps PG students have as much role to play in giving a voice to encourage take up with sustainability agenda in the business world. Also, when more employers demand for candidates with CSR and ESG academic background to fill up non CSR core jobs like finance and marketing, then we will see more B-schools delivering CSR and ESG curriculum.

    cashmereandsilk.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/why-are-you-laughing-at-my-mba/

  2. sonam malik says:

    Great information guys i absolutely agree with you ….

    MBA in CSR, MBA in CSR, PhD in CSR

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