Business and Society Program
Business and Society Program
The Business and Society Program’s work has generated major media coverage in the business and educational press including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones News Service, Business Week, Business Week on-line; Financial Times, American Way magazine (American Airlines), CNNfn/Market Call, Green Biz.com, BizEd, Chronicle of Higher Education, and AP wire stories that reached dozens of other outlets, including university periodicals and newspapers. The article from Dow Jones News Service was reprinted in over 20 other publications.
Selected press mentions include:
The Mania for Measuring That Will Send You Off Target
Stefan Stern, The Financial Times, July 24, 2007
The Quarterly Trap
Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail, June 19, 2007
Put Your Values to Work (Jan 2006)
What differentiates an abstract value statement from a dedicated business plan in corporate decisionmaking? Co-authored by Nancy McGaw, this article from the Harvard Management Update, a newsletter of Harvard Business School Publishing, recommends ten action steps for meaningfully integrating corporate value into everyday management practice.
The New Rigor: Beyond the Right Answer (Sept 2006)
The old decision rules of business, which equate profit or share price maximation with corporate purpose, are fast expiring in today's complex business world. In this Academy of Management Learning & Education article, Judith Samuelson looks beyond the financial bottom line to consider new attitudes necessary for successful and sustainable business.
The HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2006 (Feb 2006)
In the sixth annual Harvard Business School List, Judith Samuelson and Claire Preisser propose Idea #17: That a special set of "vanguard companies" are the key to decisively shifting the short-term biases of today's business world to a longer-term orientation for good.
M.B.A.'s With Three Bottom Lines: People, Planet and Profit
Abby Ellin, The New York Times, January 8, 2006
Best in Class
Jeremy Caplan, Time, December 11, 2005
B-Schools Ranked on Social Studies
Business Week Online, November 1, 2005
Best MBA Programs for Social and Environmental Stewardship
David Biello, Business Ethics, Fall 2005 (PDF 662KB)
Keynote Address to the AACSB International Deans, February 10, 2003: The State of Affairs for Management Education and Social Responsibility (Dec 2005)
Reprinted by the Academy of Management Learning & Education, this speech by Mary Gentile and Judith Samuelson asks how management education can respond effectively to the challenges facing business today, and actually become part of the solution rather than merely a critical bystander.
Get Aggressive About Passivity (Nov 2005)
If managers always acted on their values, heroic whistle-blowing might never be required. But, research shows, people don't think that doing the right thing is part of their jobs. Co-authored by Judith Samuelson and Mary Gentile, this Harvard Business Review article features BSP's brand-new curriculum project, Giving Voice to Values.
Developing Leaders for a Sustainable Global Society (Sept/Oct 2005)
Asking business leaders to make decisions that produce superior financials and simultaneously contribute to social progress and protect environmental quality is a tall order. Nancy McGaw shares the results of BSP's research into leadership development with representatives from firms around the world.
Training Managers for the Future (Feb 2005)
In the wake of corporate scandels, this article by Mary Gentile explores the challenges of corporate governance that need to be addressed in order to re-train business's managers and leaders. Originally published in the February 2005 issue of E Journal USA, a publication of the U.S. Department of State.
SP Jain joins the likes of Kellogg and Michigan
Candice Zachariahs, Economic Times (India), October 3, 2004
A Question of Ethics: How to Teach Them?
Christopher Stewart, The New York Times, March 21, 2004 (payment required)
Climate Change for Students
Sarah Murray, Financial Times, March 15, 2004 (subscription required)
Virtue Is In Vogue At Business Schools
Ron Alsop, CollegeJournal.com
Starting the Journey Toward Corporate Responsibility
Cori Cunningham, onphilanthropy.com, December 5, 2003
Schools Broaden Social Focus
Linda Anderson, Financial Times (UK Edition), October 13, 2003 (subscription required)
B-Schools with Broader Bottom Line
Mica Schneider, Business Week Online, October 3, 2003
Business Students Debate Ethical Principles and Social Impact
Nien-he Hsieh, William S. Laufer, and Mark S. Schwartz, The World Bank Institute's Development Outreach, July 2003.
Scandals are a Matter of Personality: The Aspen survey reflects the changing attitudes of MBA students to corporate culture
Della Bradshaw, Financial Times (UK Edition), May 25, 2003
MBA Students Want Programs to Put More Emphasis on Ehtics, Survey Finds
Elizabeth Crawford, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21, 2003 (subscription required)
Ethics Lacking in Business School Curriculum, Students Say in Survey
Lynnley Browning, The New York Times, May 20, 2003 (subscription required)
The Voice of the Stakeholder: Is Sustainability Sustainable? Twelve works argue there is value in "corporate values." (Fall 2003)
This article, co-authored by Judith Samuelson, published in Booz Allen Hamilton's strategy+business, examines 12 books which discuss and argue for sustainable enterprise. The authors review the challenges shared by corporate executives, shareholders and stakeholders in implementing sustainable policies and overall corporate social responsibility.
MBA's Would Rather Quit Than Fight Values
Katherine S. Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2002.
Business Ethics After Enron
Judith Samuelson, Ford Foundation Report, Summer 2002
An interview with Judith Samuelson, Business Week Online, 6/11/2002
Most Business School Programs Tend to Transform Concerned Consumers into Corporate Consultants
Della Bradshaw, The Financial Times, 4/8/2002 (subscription required)
Integrating Altruism into Business Programs
International Herald Tribune, 3/19/2002
Learning to Put Ethics Last
Mica Schneider, Business Week, 3/11/2002
The Virtue Matrix: Calculating the Return on Corporate Responsibility
Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business Review, 3/1/2002
Now is the Time to Clarify True Meaning: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Sarah Murray, The Financial Times, 1/21/2002 (subscription required)
BEYOND GREY PINSTRIPES 2001: Many Obstacles Remain to the Teaching of Social and Environmental Issues
Sarah Murray, The Financial Times, 11/5/2001 (subscription required)
Socially Responsible MBAs?
Mica Schneider, Business Week, 10/31/2001
Giving Voice to Values: Missing the Point on Biz Ethics, Mary C. Gentile, The Providence Journal, July 5, 2007
Please note: The Business and Society Program was formerly The Aspen Institute's Initiative for Social Innovation through Business.