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From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession


reviewed by James O'Toole — December 14, 2007

coverTitle: From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and the Unfulfilled Promise of Management as a Profession
Author(s): Rakesh Khurana
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 069112020X, Pages: 542, Year: 2007
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When prominent doctors, lawyers, and journalists are caught betraying the ethics of their respective professions, it is their peers in the medical, legal, and media communities who typically are the first to condemn their behavior. In sharp contrast, the collective silence of American business leaders was deafening during the Enron, Arthur Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco and other turn-of-the-millennium corporate scandals. Nary a CEO spoke out publicly against the illegal and unethical practices of the likes of Messrs. Lay, Kozlowski, et al. Instead, as Federal Express’s CEO Fred Smith recently admitted to BusinessWeek, he and his fellow executives decided “to lay low” until the storm blew over. Why did business executives fail to speak out in defense of the integrity of the management profession? Was it, as some observers suspected, because their own ethics were so badly compromised that they could not afford to cast the first stone? A reading of Rakesh... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14859, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:49:34 AM

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  • James O'Toole
    Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
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    JAMES O’TOOLE is the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He is author of Creating the Good Life and The Executive’s Compass, and co-author with Warren Bennis of the Harvard Business Review article “How Business Schools Lost Their Way,” May 2005.
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