Business and Society Program

Beyond Grey Pinstripes: MBA Survey

BGP ranking All


For over ten years, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program published Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial research survey and alternative ranking of business schools. Beyond Grey Pinstripes celebrated innovative full-time MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes, in combination with leadership from courageous deans, faculty and students, was a tremendous force in reshaping MBA programs. As one indicator of change, Pinstripes data show that between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of MBA programs that require students to take courses dedicated to business and society themes increased from 34 percent to 79 percent.

In spring 2012, we announced the suspension of our MBA ranking.  In “Putting Pinstripes in Perspective,” (in Biz Ed magazine), we summarize some of the findings of Pinstripes, and reflect on its history and impact. 

Today, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program builds on the impact and insights of Pinstripes through a portfolio of projects in management education, all of which aim to better align the training and development of our future business leaders with our highest aspirations for capitalism and democracy. Our annual Business Education Symposium, our Undergraduate Consortium, our website and our MBA Case Competition all contribute to this ambition. We welcome your thoughts and engagement in our work!

Note for Researchers

Each cycle of Pinstripes was the result of over 18 months of rigorous research – designing the survey, outreach to MBA programs around the world, data collection and analysis – looking at how well MBA programs incorporate social, environmental and ethical issues into the training of future business executives. In 2011, the last year data was collected, approximately 12,000 courses and faculty research abstracts and 4,000 examples of institutional support (e.g. extracurricular activities, joint degree opportunities) were collected. The Beyond Grey Pinstripes database contains detailed information from 150+ global MBA programs. 


The 2011-2012 Ranking Report

Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA Report

Download the 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA Programs Ranking Report.

Visit the Beyond Grey Pinstripes archives for additional ranking reports.

Contact Us

Please email us at with any questions or comments.