Enron: Blame Harvard?

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Corrupting the young was one of the charges that got Socrates served hemlock. A day after Jeff Skilling received a 24 year sentence for his role in the destruction of Enron, Peter Cohan asks whether or not Harvard—Skilling was a Harvard Business School graduate—should bear some responsibility for its students misdeeds.
And it’s not just Skilling. As Cohan shows, Harvard had more ties to the Enron scandal than just its most famous convict. It’s a tangled web of personal and institutional connections—which is not exactly surprising. At one time, Enron was considered one of our most successful corporations. Of course, it would have ties to one of most prominent academic institutions.
Fortunately for Harvard, we’re not in the hemlock business anymore. Cohan prescribes some less lethal remedies.
Since so many business and government leaders attend Harvard on their rise to the top, Harvard should examine whether it could be doing more to screen its students for their ethical values and reinforce those values so that its name is not dragged through mud again by its connections to shady ethics at the top.
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