Should MBAs Support Occupy Wall Street?

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 13, 2011

With lower Manhattan overrun by the Occupy Wall Street gang, we thought it would be interesting to explore what current and would-be B-schoolers thought of the phenomenon.

So a few days ago we put the following question to our Twitter following and Facebook friends: Should #MBAs support @OccupyWallSt? Why or why not? Here’s what they had to say:

@ZachSmith0307: MBAs should urge corporations to maximize stakeholder value instead of shareholder value, but #Occupy goes too far beyond that.

@B_Bowles: Should not. Being arrested doesn’t look good on a resume. And it doesn’t count as research either.

@AnitaM86: As an MBA student, if you share those beliefs, I don’t see why not. If the financial system continues to drain itself, MBAs won’t have anything in Wall Street.

@skalifowitz: yes #MBAs shd support #OWS. Many know what debt+no job feels like. Maybe they will b better mgrs than the last generation

@SteelDawg1985: No! They don’t even know what they do & don’t support. Plus @THEHermanCain had it right. DC dysfunction is the problem, not WS!

@barefeetwater: #MBAs may support if the result has positive NPV [net present value]

@RyanMcGx: get off your asses and go earn it yourself. Quit looking for handouts.

@_susiana_: yes, 1) it's a great cause 2) justice 3) they're also part of the 99%

@SinoTranslator: #MBAs should support @OccupyWallSt - future corporate leaders should be pro-corporate-accountability.

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Reader Comments


October 13, 2011 11:38 AM

The confused sentiments of OWS, many of which are un-American, don't deserve support from MBAs. However, some specific points made do deserve attention, such as the Wall St/Washington cabal. We are working to expose the use of political influence to line the pockets of the wealthy every day.


October 13, 2011 12:16 PM

MBAs should support the protesters right to protest. There is obviously a huge percentage of individuals who feel disenfranchised. Use these protests as a canary in the mine and try to adopt measures that diffuse these feelings. We on Wall Street should not appear as dispassionate money magnets.

who cares

October 13, 2011 1:22 PM

Whoever agrees with the movement should support it, regardless of whether they are MBAs or not. If they don't agree, then that opinion is respected as well.


October 13, 2011 2:18 PM

The stock market is up 8% since the flea-partiers arrived. Please don't leave; we have a chance for a nice year-end rally


October 30, 2011 2:15 PM

It would be wise to take their concerns seriously. Many MBA programs are seen as Greed Factories, the incubators of the loathed selfishness OWS and millions throughout the nation decry. Show the good you do. And if you don't do good, shame on you and your program.


November 8, 2011 8:53 PM

One quality of graduates of top MBA programs is their perceived ability to think analytically. Alignment with OWS demonstrates a total lack of that skill. So the answer is no. Duh.

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