Manufacturing Morals: The Values Of Silence In Business School Education

Paperback | September 18, 2015

byMichel Anteby

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Corporate accountability is never far from the front page, and as one of the world’s most elite business schools, Harvard Business School trains many of the future leaders of Fortune 500 companies.  But how does HBS formally and informally ensure faculty and students embrace proper business standards? Relying on his first-hand experience as a Harvard Business School faculty member, Michel Anteby takes readers inside HBS in order to draw vivid parallels between the socialization of faculty and of students.

 In an era when many organizations are focused on principles of responsibility, Harvard Business School has long tried to promote better business standards. Anteby’s rich account reveals the surprising role of silence and ambiguity in HBS’s process of codifying morals and business values. As Anteby describes, at HBS specifics are often left unspoken; for example, teaching notes given to faculty provide much guidance on how to teach but are largely silent on what to teach. Manufacturing Morals demonstrates how faculty and students are exposed to a system that operates on open-ended directives that require significant decision-making on the part of those involved, with little overt guidance from the hierarchy. Anteby suggests that this model—which tolerates moral complexity—is perhaps one of the few that can adapt and endure over time.

Manufacturing Morals is a perceptive must-read for anyone looking for insight into the moral decision-making of today’s business leaders and those influenced by and working for them.

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Corporate accountability is never far from the front page, and as one of the world’s most elite business schools, Harvard Business School trains many of the future leaders of Fortune 500 companies.  But how does HBS formally and informally ensure faculty and students embrace proper business standards? Relying on his first-hand experien...

Michel Anteby is associate professor in the organizational behavior unit at Harvard Business School. He is the author of Moral Gray Zones: Side Productions, Identity, and Regulation in an Aeronautic Plant. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 18, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022632351X

ISBN - 13:9780226323510

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Table of Contents

Preface 
Introduction   Routinizing Morals 

One                 A Footbridge to the World        
Two                 Reshaping Academic Purity
Three              Preaching in Silence
Four                (Un)Scripted Journeys 
Five                 Doing What Others Don’t 
Six                   Selecting Faculty in the Proper Spirit

Conclusion     Vocal Silence 

Postscript  
Acknowledgments 
Appendix       Data and Methods 
Notes
References
Index

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“If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a faculty member at Harvard Business School, Manufacturing Morals is the place to start….It’s notoriously difficult to study elites, but Anteby intrepidly pulls the veil.”