Aspen Institute Business and Society Program Announces 2014 Faculty Pioneers

September 24, 2014

 For Immediate Release
Contact:  Patricia King
Program Coordinator
Business & Society Program, The Aspen Institute



Aspen Institute Business and Society Program Announces 2014 Faculty Pioneers

New York, NY, September 24, 2014 – The winners of this year’s prestigious Aspen Faculty Pioneer Awards being announced today share one trait – they’ve developed innovative ways to teach business school graduate students how government and business can work together to solve problems and create opportunities. 

This year’s honorees include:


  • Mary Margaret Frank, Associate Professor and Academic Director, Institute for Business in Society, at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
  • Ryan D. Cabinte, Associate Dean, MBA/MPA Program at Presidio Graduate School.
  • “Rising Star” Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood, Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.    


“Solving our most pressing social and environmental challenges today requires working across sectors, and business thrives when public policies and practices reflect commercial realities,” says Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. “Business school students must be given the opportunity to assess the comparative advantages of each sector. Only then can they learn how these sectors collaborate to create outcomes that contribute to commercial success and to our collective well-being.” 

Surprisingly, these lessons are too rarely taught in business schools today, notes Claire Preisser, the manager of the Faculty Pioneer selection process. 

“Too much of business education is based upon the outdated notion that business and government are working at cross purposes,” Preisser said. “It’s important to honor those Faculty Pioneers who are challenging this idea and showing business students how to maximize the contributions of both sectors.”

Syllabi from the courses taught by these faculty and additional details about their approaches to teaching are available at   Selection criteria for the 2014 award are also available on this site. 

Faculty Pioneer Award Winners and Finalists will be recognized at an award ceremony in New York on Thursday, October 16.  The ceremony will be part of a symposium on business education, organized by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and hosted at the Ford Foundation.  The symposium will focus on how business schools can most effectively prepare students to lead companies in ways that produce a vibrant economy that works for all.

Finalists for this year’s faculty pioneer awards are: 


  • Anat R. Admati, George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
  • Tim Johnson, Assistant Professor of Public Management and Public Policy, Atkinson Graduate School of Management,  Willamette  University.
  • Andrew A. King, Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.
  • John F. Mahon, Murphy Chair and Professor of Management, Maine Business School, University of Maine.
  • Barry M. Mitnick, Professor of Business Administration and of Public and International Affairs, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.


Nominations for these awards were submitted by respected academics around the world.  Self-nominations are not considered.  This year’s award winners and finalists were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with academic advisers:  Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business, New York University; Dr. Bruce Hutton, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and Dr. Anita McGahan, The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  Selection criteria for this year’s award are available at

Building on over 60 years of Aspen Institute Programming, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program helps established and emerging business leaders put values at the heart of practice.  Through dialogue, research, and outreach, Aspen BSP creates opportunities for executives and educators to explore new routes to business sustainability and values-based leadership.  For more information, visit

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Faculty Pioneer Award Winner
Ryan D. Cabinte
Presidio Graduate School

Ryan Cabinte is the Associate Dean of the MBA/MPA dual degree program in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School.  His academic areas of interest include innovations in corporate form, intersectoral strategy, law and governance as well as novel approaches to moving capital to mission-driven organizations.  Dean Cabinte is a graduate of Yale University, Boston University School of Law, and Presidio Graduate School.

Before Presidio Graduate School, he worked at an impact investing private equity firm focused on sustainable businesses.  He also has nearly a decade of experience as a litigator.  His practice areas included environmental law, consumer protection, toxic torts, securities, corporate and fund formation, and intellectual property.  Dean Cabinte has also served as a strategic consultant and legal advisor to numerous social entrepreneurs and sustainability ventures.

Faculty Pioneer Award Winner
Mary Margaret Frank
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Mary Margaret Frank is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society at the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. Her research, teaching and curriculum development are at the intersection of private, government and public sector engagement.  She received her Ph.D. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Before Darden Business School, she taught at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. She began her career exploring the effect of tax policies on corporate and investor behavior. Her interest in the intersection of the public and private sectors evolved over time into a broader exploration of cross-sector engagement on societal issues in order to affect change. She currently serves on the board of directors and as chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Female Health Company (FHC). 

Rising Star Faculty Pioneer Winner
Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood
Business School National University of Singapore

Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood is Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy & Policy at the National University of Singapore where he studies and works with multinational and indigenous companies on their emerging market strategies.  He joined the NUS faculty in 1999, after obtaining an economics degree from Oberlin College (1992) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1999), and an interim stint as a management consultant in Chicago.  From 2012 to 2014, Pasha has worked as a Professor at IMD Lausanne where he continues to teach in its flagship Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program in Singapore.

He has also taught at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and is a member of the Asian Service Business Research Institute (ASBS) at Waseda University.  In 2002, Professor Mahmood won the Haynes Prize from the Academy of International Business (AIB) for the most prominent scholar in international business (under 40).  At NUS, he teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and directs the popular “Business Strategies for Asia” program for senior executives.  He sits on the faculty advisory boards of the Evian Group at IMD, and the recently created SONY Reverse Innovation Community (SRIC).

Faculty Pioneer Finalist
Anat Ruth Admati
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Anat R. Admati is the George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on corporate governance and banking.

In recent years, Professor Admati has been active in the policy debate on financial regulation.  She is the author, with Martin Hellwig, of the book The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It (Princeton University Press, March 2013, see as well as research and policy papers and short commentaries.  In April 2014 she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Professor Admati received her BS from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her MA, MPhil and Ph.D. from Yale University and an honorary doctorate from University of Zurich.  She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the recipient of multiple fellowships and research grants, and a past board member of the American Finance Association.  She has served on a number of editorial boards and is currently a member of the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.

Faculty Pioneer Finalist
Tim Johnson
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

Tim Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Public Management and Public Policy in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.  A native of the western United States, he graduated from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College in 2004 and worked as a Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany from 2004 to 2006.  Since 2005, his research articles have appeared across the social sciences in journals such as Nature, Economics Letters, The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Political Psychology, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Upon earning his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2011, Professor Johnson joined the faculty of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and began developing course materials in support of the school’s mission of training students for managerial positions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  Those materials culminated in the development of Politics & Public Policy for Managers—a required course that trains managers how to create value via their interactions with government.

Faculty Pioneer Finalist
Andrew A. King
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Andrew A. King is Professor of Business Administration at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  He is an authority on innovation and corporate environmental performance.  His research established when firms can find ways to profitably reduce their impact on the environment.  His empirical tests of the efficacy of industry self-regulation helped change both private and public policy.  His research now explores open source innovation and knowledge sharing. 

Professor King was an early advocate of scholarship on what is now called “sustainability.”  With students and colleagues, he helped found the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.  Professor King is an innovator in business education.  He is the author of several teaching cases and modules.  With Bob Burnham (Tuck), he has created games to illustrate competitive game theory, cooperative game theory, technology diffusion, market signaling, and ecosystem management.  Professor King has been a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, an Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer, and an Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award winner.  His thesis won the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Zannetos Prize.

Faculty Pioneer Finalist
John F. Mahon
Maine Business School, University of Maine

John F. Mahon is the John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy/Professor of Management at the Maine Business School, University of Maine.  He was the founding director of the School of Policy and International Affairs at UM and has served as Provost ad interim; and Dean, College of Business Public Policy and Health. 

Prior to Maine, he was a Professor of strategy and policy/chair of the Strategy and Policy Department at the School of Management, Boston University.  He received his D.B.A. from Boston University, his M.B.A. (with honors) from Bryant College, and his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author or co-author of over 275 cases, papers and book chapters.  His research and teaching interests focus on: (1) how organizations shape/influence public policy; (2) how organizations use reputation; (3) how organizations plan and execute strategies; and (4) how organizations anticipate/ respond to organizational crises.  Professor Mahon has won 12 national awards for his research and writing during the period 2008 – 2011, including the University of Maine’s Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.

Professor Mahon chaired the Social Issues in Management Division of the National Academy of Management and was president/co-founder of the International Association for Business and Society. He serves on the board of the Issue Management Council in Washington DC. He was the Editor of Business&Society (2004 – 2007) and serves on the editorial boards of Business&Society, Case Research Journal, and the International Journal of Public Affairs

Faculty Pioneer Finalist
Barry M. Mitnick
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Barry M. Mitnick is Professor of Business Administration and of Public and International Affairs in the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Professor Mitnick received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in physics from Columbia University, and his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He served as Program Chair and Division Chair of the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy of Management, and is the recipient of the Sumner Marcus Award from SIM.  He also received the Best Article Award from the International Association for Business and Society and served as that organization’s Treasurer.

Professor Mitnick was one of the originators of the theory of agency in 1973, and has continued to develop it and its extensions and applications, such as the theory of testaments, in a number of contexts.  His book, The Political Economy of Regulation: Creating, Designing, and Removing Regulatory Forms (1980) is considered a classic treatise in its field.  Besides agency, he has written in such areas as corporate political activity, reputation (with John Mahon), corporate social performance, business ethics, corporate governance, the nature of the public sector, and strategic management.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Mitnick teaches courses on Business & Politics, Market Manipulations (a business history course), and Managerial Ethics and Stakeholder Management.

Professor Mitnick serves as Associate Editor of Business & Society, has served on the editorial boards of several journals in management and political science, and has also been Book Review Editor for two publications in the area of Down syndrome.


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