Taking the "Bro" out of CEO at MBA schools

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In many MBA schools traditionally, a "bro" mentality has been fostered. Faculty offices, fraternities, exclusive meetings with alumni and appointments with recruiters have all been arenas where exclusion has been taught by example. Today, however, the atmosphere is changing. At Vanderbilt University, Professor Tim Vogus teaches about the "bro" culture at Uber. Stanford and Harvard are covering sexual harassment, free speech and human resource ethical issues. Topics such as gender privilege, empathy, and the sociology of decision-making are also being addressed. 

From the article linked below: "An M.B.A. education is no longer just about finance, marketing, accounting and economics. As topics like sexual harassment dominate the national conversation and chief executives weigh in on the ethical and social issues of the day, business schools around the country are hastily reshaping their curriculums with case studies ripped straight from the headlines."

A program called Manbassadors was started by two men in the Berkeley Haas MBA program, and has been gaining traction. Might this become a resume must-have?

Source: "Business Schools Now Teaching #MeToo, N.F.L. Protests, and Trump," by David Gelles and Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, December 25, 2017.

Follow up

  • Where and in what way(s) have you experienced the (perhaps unconscious) teaching of a men's-club-mentality for a business environment? Give specific examples.
  • Describe the Manbassador program. What are the plusses and minuses?