Saturday, August 6, 2011

"No asshole rule" for MBAs

Stanford b-school prof Robert Sutton has written an NYT bestseller called "The No Asshole Rule" which is now widely read by b-school faculty and students.  Rodney Alsup's MyeEMBA blog takes some of the principles from Sutton's work and applies them to MBA faculty and students.

Alsup links to an online assessment (based on Sutton's work) to determine if a person meets the criteria for being an asshole.  The true-false questions include "You were a nice person until you started working with the current bunch of creeps," "You have a small list of close friends and a long list of enemies, and you are equally proud of both lists.," and "You enjoy lobbing "innocent" comments into meetings that serve no purpose other than to humiliate or cause discomfort to the person on the receiving end."

Should the Jenkins MBA program at NC State have a "No Asshole Rule"?  If so, what should the consequences be? 

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