Low Wage Workers
Aspen CBE is working with Hitachi on research involving workforce development, looking at the question, "'How
are MBA programs teaching and researching the role of low-wage workers in the US economy?"
Hitachi and Aspen CBE share the belief that employer-based support systems for low wage workers can both
improve company profits and employee livelihoods. Relevant work at the university level can ensure strong
research on best practices and the preparation of future business leaders who are ready to manage these issues.
The project will include the following components:
- A Closer Look at Business Education: Low-Wage Workers in the United States
This white paper gives a comprehensive review of current best practices in MBA education related to low-wage
workers in the US economy.
- Teaching Module on Low Wage Work in the Coming Economy available at CasePlace.org
This teaching module addresses key issues around low-wage work in the American economy. Its purpose is to
introduce the theme of low-wage work and discuss competing sides of the issues it raises for managers, as well as
provide examples of solutions businesses have used to address some of the challenges raised by low-wage work.
Aspen CBE staff worked with prominent MBA faculty to develop this teaching module. Modules are intended for use
in MBA classrooms, designed for easy use by faculty.
- Web conference on Low Wage Work
Aspen CBE will host an online convening, moderated by CBE staff and featuring the faculty author of the teaching
module and a Hitachi Foundation representative, to share their knowledge with a wider influential group of faculty
who are researching and teaching on low-wage worker issues.