Society Counts On Its MBAs

An engineer's failure can have tragic consequences. Wake Forest's Jon Pinder believes an MBA's mistakes can have equally far-reaching fallout

When I was a civil engineering student in 1981, I complained about my test grade to the professor. "Did you know that 114 people died in Kansas City when an atrium bridge in the Hyatt Regency collapsed because of a civil engineering mistake?" he replied. I then realized that I had a greater responsibility than grubbing for the maximum grade with the least effort. I had a responsibility to society to learn the subject matter to the best of my ability.

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