The Aspen Institute Announces 2011 Business & Society Case Competition for MBA Students

February 24, 2011

Contact: Laurie Ginsberg
Senior Program Manager
The Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program
(212) 895-8093 |

New York, NY, February 23, 2011 – Students from 25 leading business schools from around the world will compete next month 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 an innovative, new business case study, the Aspen Institute’s 2011 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition aims to inspire future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and environmental, social, and ethical issues.

“This distinctive case competition challenges students at 25 outstanding business schools to connect the dots, to make informed decisions at this critical intersection,” said Nancy McGaw, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.  “Seeing how creatively and wisely they wrestle with these complex issues gives us great confidence in the next generation of business leaders.”

Students will have one weekend to analyze and respond to a new business and society-focused case study.  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 Hotel New York, 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 $2,000 to donate to a 501(c)(3)-designated charity of their choice.

Corporate sponsors and corporate judges for the 2011 competition will be announced soon.  Judges in 2010 included: Oana Branzei, Assistant Professor, Strategy, the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario and Head Case Writer of the 2010 Competition; Beth Colleton, VP of Green is Universal, NBC Universal; Reg Foster, Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM; Gary Hattem, Managing Director, Community Development Finance Group at Deutsche Bank and President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Erik Joule, Head of Men’s Merchandising, Design, and Licensing, Levi Strauss & Co.; Robert S. Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, Co-Chairman of Draper, Richards and Kaplan Foundation, and Senior Director, Goldman Sachs, and; Maureen Scully, Associate Professor in Management, the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The 25 partnering schools for the 2011 competition are:

  • Audencia Nantes, School of Management (France)
  • 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, Curtin Graduate School of Business (Australia)
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business
  • ESADE Business School (Spain)
  • Griffith University, Griffith Business School (Australia)
  • IE Business School (Spain)
  • Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (Venezuela)
  • Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School
  • Lamar University, College of Business
  • New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, E. Philip Saunders College of Business
  • Saint Joseph’s University, Erivan K. Haub School of Business
  • Temple University, Fox School of Business
  • University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
  • University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics (Finland)
  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
  • Villanova University, Villanova School of Business
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics (Canada)
  • Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management
  • York University, Schulich School of Business (Canada)

Learn more about the 2011 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition by visiting the Competition’s official website:


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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