The Aspen Institute Announces 2010 Business & Society Case Competition for MBA Students

February 11, 2010

Contact: Justin Goldbach
Program Manager
Business & Society Program, The Aspen Institute
(212) 895-8053│

New York, NY, February 11, 2010 – Students from 25 leading business schools worldwide will have a chance to compete for recognition and $40,000 in prize money by exploring the significant and positive influence that business can have on society.  Through the analysis of a new business case study focusing on international management challenges, the Aspen Institute’s 2010 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition aims to inspire future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and social and environmental impacts.

Learn more about the 2010 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition by visiting the Competition’s official website:

“Current business students are tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.  “We are inspired by the participating business schools; they are looking for opportunities to teach their students that it is possible to change the world through thoughtful and long-term business investment, business strategy and risk management.”

Students will have one weekend to respond to a new case study addressing international management challenges.  On-campus competitions will determine first place campus winners, whose work will be reviewed by academic judges to determine five finalist teams.  Finalists will be flown to New York City and stay at the W New York hotel, where they will present to a panel of corporate judges and join an invitation-only reception with friends of the Aspen Institute.  All finalist teams will receive prize money, with the first place team receiving $20,000 and $3,000 to donate to a 501(c)(3)-designated charity of their choice.

This year’s partnering schools are:

  • Baruch – CUNY, Zicklin School of Business
  • Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business
  • Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School of Business
  • Case Western Reserve University, The Weatherhead School of Management
  • Curtin University of Technology, Curtin Graduate School of Business
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business ٭
  • Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business
  • ESADE Business School
  • IE Business School
  • IESA Business School
  • Lamar University, College of Business
  • New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business ٭
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management ٭
  • Temple University, Fox School of Business
  • The George Washington University School of Business
  • University of Arkansas, Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
  • University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics
  • University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ٭
  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
  • University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School ٭
  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business ٭
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics
  • Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management
  • York University, The Schulich School of Business

٭ Founding schools were original participants in the Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition, sponsored in the ‘00’s by JP Morgan Chase.  The continued partnership of these institutions was a major driver behind the creation of this new case competition.

The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. We help business educators incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into teaching and research by offering targeted resources, networks, and a platform to share cutting-edge practice among peers.

As part of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, Aspen CBE maintains close ties with over 150 MBA programs in 28 countries. Our websites draw over 100,000 visits monthly. Through dialogue and path-breaking research, the Program creates opportunity for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership.


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