Announcing the 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award Winners

May 8, 2018

Awards will be given to 20 exceptional business school courses that inspire and equip future business leaders to tackle the issues of our time.

Jaime Bettcher
Program Manager
Business & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

NEW YORK, NY, May 8th, 2018 – Following on a tradition of recognizing innovative business professors since 1999, this year the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program is awarding 20 exceptional courses that inspire and equip future business leaders to tackle the issues of our time.  The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards honor extraordinary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that is redefining excellence in business education –  and ultimately in business practice.

Syllabi for these award-winning courses and additional details about the teaching approaches are available online at Full biographies of the winners and the selection criteria for the award are also available on this site.

Award Winners:

Alternative Economic Models  – Audencia Business School
Sandrine Stervinou

Business Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film – College of Business, Stony Brook University
Jadranka Skorin-Kapov

Economic Growth, Technology and Structural Change – UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales
Peter Kriesler

Economic Inequality Seminar – Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
James Freeland & Edward Freeman

Fault Lines and Foresight – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Regina Abrami

Human Capital Sustainability – School of Business, George Washington University
Patrick McHugh

Impact Investing and Social Finance – DAmore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
Sara Minard

Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations – Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Jerry Davis & Chris White

Issues in CSR – Coller School of Management, Tel-Aviv University
Talia Aharoni

Management of Services: Concepts, Design, and Delivery – Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Zeynep Ton

Peer-to-Peer Economies – McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Melissa L. Bradley

Prospering for the Long-Term – Ivey Business School, Western University
Tima Bansal

Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems – Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Rebecca Henderson & George Serafeim

Sustainability & Environmental Accounting – Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Dror Etzion

Sustainability Tools & Processes for New Initiatives – PalumboDonahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University
Robert Sroufe

Sustainable Business in Iceland – Ross School of Business, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Andrew Hoffman

Technological Change at Work – School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Adam Seth Litwin

The End of Globalization? – School of Management, Yale University
David Bach

Urban and Regional Economics – Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jaime Luque

Why Business? – School of Business, Wake Forest University
Matthew Phillips, Adam Hyde & James Otteson

The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards were established to celebrate curricula that bring to life the promise of meaningful work in business – showing students the “choice points” available to firms and managers in realms like sustainability or the future of work.  This year’s winning courses focus on critical social issues ripped from the headlines – populism, water scarcity and artificial intelligence among them – and illuminate how and why these issues are business issues.  Collectively, these courses paint a picture of what is possible in management education

“At a time when business leaders face intense scrutiny about their role in social issues, these award-winning faculty are bravely challenging the ‘norms’ of what is taught in business school—and creating leaders who can navigate a highly uncertain environment,” explains Claire Preisser, Associate Director of Aspen BSP.

The Ideas Worth Teaching Award winners will be recognized at Working Towards Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue, a convening in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 25-26, co-hosted by Aspen BSP and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. This invite-only gathering will bring together approximately 75 faculty and business practitioners to promote and build a body of knowledge around job creation, job quality and economic security.

A record number of award nominations were submitted by respected academics, business leaders and students from around the world.  Award winners were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with academic advisers:  Professor Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business, New York University; Professor Maureen Scully, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Dean Peter Tufano, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

The Aspen Institute is proud to recognize the achievements of these award winners and share their course curricula and pedagogies with our global network of faculty, deans, and business practitioners.

The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), founded in 1998, works with business executives and scholars to align business decisions and investments with the long-term health of society—and the planet. Through carefully designed networks, working groups and focused dialogue, the Program identifies and inspires thought leaders and “intrapreneurs” to challenge conventional ideas about capitalism and markets, to test new measures of business success and to connect classroom theory and business practice. The Business and Society Program is most known for the First Movers Fellowship, for dialogue on curbing short-termism in business and capital markets, and for fresh thinking about the Purpose of the corporation. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.  The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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