More than 40 years ago, I started working at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PwC). Even though I was on the consulting track, I was encouraged to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and become a licensed CPA. Having this license, along with an MBA, boosted my career and I subsequently served as CFO at five different companies over the years.
It is really hard to identify when ethics –or the lack thereof –became a social issue of the magnitude that it seems to be now. When I received my MBA from Tulane in 1978, a course in ethics was required for everyone in the last semester of the two year program. It was considered the capstone course of the MBA program and our professor utilized the case study format.