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These Business Professors Have Ideas Worth Teaching

May 8, 2018  • Business and Society Program

As corporations around the world strive to adapt to growing pressures of environmental sustainability and social consciousness, are business schools preparing future leaders to navigate the challenges of a new corporate ethic?

It’s a question that the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (BSP) is seeking to address.

With the launch of its new Ideas Worth Teaching Awards, BSP is redefining excellence in business education – and practice – by showcasing 20 novel courses from business schools around the world. The courses are harbingers of a new mindset required in corporate leadership: one that unites business principles with real-world societal issues.

The courses, which are being offered to students at their respective universities, encourage students to think beyond the basic tools of the individual business disciplines and to challenge underlying assumptions of the business world, integrating social and ethical considerations into curricula while honing students’ management skills. The goal of these courses is to not only revitalize 21st century management education, but also to equip young leaders with the tools to lead global corporations in just, creative and sustainable ways.

Take a look at the full list of this year’s award winners, grouped by theme:

  • Alternative Economic Models (Sandrine Stervinou, Audencia Business School)
  • Economic Growth, Technology and Structural Change (Peter Kriesler, UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales)
  • Economic Inequality Seminar (James Freeland & Edward Freeman, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia)
  • Impact Investing and Social Finance (Sara Minard, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University)
  • Peer-to-Peer Economies (Melissa L. Bradley, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University)
  • Urban and Regional Economics (Jamie Luque, School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Environmental Sustainability
  • Fault Lines and Foresight (Regina Abrami, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Sustainability & Environmental Accounting (Dror Etzion, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University)
  • Sustainability Tools & Processes for New Initiative (Robert Sroufe, Palumbo-Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University)
  • Sustainable Business in Iceland (Andrew Hoffman, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Employment & Social Sustainability
  • Human Capital Sustainability (Patrick McHugh, School of Business, George Washington University)
  • Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations (Jerry Davis & Chris White, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)
  • Management of Services: Concepts, Design, and Delivery (Zeynep Ton, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Technological Change at Work (Adam Seth Litwin, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University)
Purpose & Leadership
  • Business Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film (Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, College of Business, Stony Brook University)
  • Issues in CSR (Talia Aharoni, Coller School of Management, Tel-Aviv University)
  • Prospering for the Long-Term – (Pratima Bansal, Ivey Business School, Western University)
  • Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems (Rebecca Henderson & George Serafeim, Harvard Business School, Harvard University)
  • The End of Globalization? (David Bach, School of Management, Yale University)
  • Why Business? (Matthew Phillips, Adam Hyde & James Otteson, School of Business, Wake Forest University)

In recognizing that business education is “one of the key leverage points in shifting future business practice and philosophy,” BSP will showcase the myriad efforts by leading business schools to advance management education as the corporate field evolves – efforts that reflect the Program’s overarching objective: “Aligning Business with the Long-Term Health of Society.”

You can learn more about the awards, including past winners, here.

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