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MBA NDA Q&A

An anonymous correspondent newly-enrolled in an Executive MBA program writes:

Does your B-school allow students to sign NDAs when working on projects or disclosing non-public company information in the classroom? They may just use an honor system. But I’m interested to know.

So what’s standard practice at your school? Inquiring minds want to know.

Written by Kieran

March 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

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  1. We do projects of this sort at American University. I haven’t known anyone to use an NDA, but I have known professors to give feedback about what’s in and what’s out.

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    Joseph Logan

    March 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  2. Interesting — never even heard or really thought of this (need to talk to our folks who do “field studies” – they might have some practices in place). I can see the potential reasoning; though NDAs seem a bit impractical and I’m guessing everyone implicitly works on an honor system.

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    tf

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  3. I have several students working on projects right now where I have signed and NDA on their behalf. Its very simple, one page, and I remove language about them being able to sue us for damages should any information leak out.

    Personally, I do think its all a little silly; nothing the students are getting into is all that sensitive. But it gives the subjects a little more confidence so whats the harm?

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    seansafford

    March 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm


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