The MBA Program is built around the HBS Learning Model, where students and faculty teach and learn from one another. The goal of Community Values and the MBA Honor Code is to create a supportive learning environment where individuals can have open discussion, reflect on their thinking, and learn from one another.

Together with HBS’s Honor Code, our Community Values are intended to create an environment of trust, respect, free expression, and inquiry.

The HBS Community Values Statement

The mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Achieving this mission requires an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and a commitment to truth, excellence, and lifelong learning. Students, program participants, faculty, staff, and alumni accept these principles when they join the HBS community. In doing so, they agree to abide by the following Community Values:

  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community
  • Accountability for personal behavior

HBS can and should be a living model of these values. To this end, community members have a personal responsibility to integrate these values into every aspect of their experience at HBS. Through personal commitment to these values, an environment is created in which all can achieve their full potential.