Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Unpacking Corporate Purpose: A Report on the Beliefs of Executives, Investors and Scholars

May 1, 2014

Most commentary on corporate purpose and corporate governance is couched in narrow assumptions about what corporate executives and investors believe. Rather than assume, we have commissioned independent research to ask executives, investors and scholars to unpack what they really believe about the purpose of the corporation. Twenty-eight one-hour interviews were conducted in late 2013 and early 2014...

Unrealized Potential: Misconceptions About Corporate Purpose and New Opportunities for Business Education

May 1, 2014
The dominant conception of the corporation today is that firms exist to maximize value for shareholders. Unfortunately, a narrow understanding of this paradigm causes many business leaders to believe that they are legally and morally obligated to maximize stock price for their investors. This conventional wisdom unnecessarily constrains thinking about the role of corporations in the long-term health of...

Meeting the Talent Challenge, Business Education Symposium Report - 2013

October 30, 2013

In New York City on September 26-27, 2013, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program hosted a symposium focused on exemplary teaching at the business and society interface.  This conversation had a special emphasis on the changing market for business education itself and what these changes mean for the kinds of teaching that we have celebrated across the years: teaching that ensures...

Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA Programs

September 21, 2011

The Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA Programs is a global ranking of leading business schools innovating in social and environmental impact. The ranking includes 149 schools from 22 countries, and is based on coursework offerings and published faculty research. The data used to build this ranking is available at www....

strategy+business: In Search of the Silver Lining

Judith Samuelson
December 2, 2009

In her recent article for strategy+business, Judith Samuelson reviewed the best business books of 2009 on the topic of management, “In Search of the Silver Lining.”

Overcoming Short-termism: A Call for a More Responsible Approach to Investment and Business Management

September 9, 2009

Twenty-eight leaders representing business, investment, government, academia, and labor joined the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program’s Corporate Values Strategy Group (CVSG) to endorse a bold call to end the focus on value-destroying short-termism in our financial markets and create public policies that reward long-term value creation for investors and the public good.

The statement...

Where Will They Lead? 2008 Executive Summary PDF

April 1, 2008

Results of the Business and Society Program's third survey of MBA students on their attitudes toward the role of business in society.

A Closer Look at Applied Sustainability Centers

March 1, 2008

This edition of A Closer Look discusses the rise of academic centers with a focus on applied sustainability, primarily in environmental subjects, and examines a number of those centers in detail. Our hope in offering this information is to provide a survey of the current sustainability landscape, help schools learn from each other's experiences and inspire greater collaboration and creativity.

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Aspen Principles for Long-Term Value Creation: Guiding Principles for Corporations and Investors

June 18, 2007
Long-Term Value Creation: Guiding Principles for Corporations and Investors, a.k.a. the Aspen Principles, are explicitly written as aspirational guidelines for good business practice. In subscribing, and moving over time to implement these outcome-oriented principles in their own organizations, operating companies and investors are leading by example and taking a stand that a long-term focus is critical to...

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