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The Future of Fashion Teaching Module (December 2010) Companies across all industries are facing the challenges of business sustainability, debating how best to address these risky issues while also embracing their opportunities for competitive advantage. This Teaching Module uses the context of the fashion industry to discuss topics that are shaping the future of all industries. These topics include sustainable resource management, the challenges and opportunities of global growth, workforce management, and the role of ethical consumption in business.


 

Reports

  • New Leaders, New Perspectives: A Survey of MBA Student Opinions on the Relationship between Business and Social/Environmental Issues. Conducted in the last months of 2008 by Net Impact in partnership with the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, this survey gathered the opinions of 1,850 MBA students, representing over 80 graduate business programs.
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  • A Closer Look at Applied Sustainability Centers discusses the rise of academic centers with a focus on applied sustainability, primarily in environmental subjects, and examines a number of those centers in detail. Our hope in offering this information is to provide a survey of the current sustainability landscape, help schools learn from each other's experiences and inspire greater collaboration and creativity.
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  • 2008 Student Attitudes Survey (April 2008) This study examines MBA student attitudes based on research conducted in October 2007 at 15 leading MBA programs in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. This research began in 1999 when the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program began studying MBA student attitudes on the role of business in society and the impact of their MBA education on these attitudes.
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  • 2003 Student Attitudes Survey (2003) This research study continues the work started in 1999 at the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program. This research reports documented our2003 research findings on the impact of MBA education on student attitudes.
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  • 2001 Student Attitudes Survey (2001) This research began in 1999 when the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program began studying MBA student attitudes on the role of business in society and the impact of their MBA education on these attitudes. This research reports documented our research findings.

     

  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011 Rankings (Fall 2011, The Aspen Institute) is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools that highlights how academic institutions prepare students to meet the business challenges of tomorrow.
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  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2009 Rankings (Fall 2009, The Aspen Institute) is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.
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  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2007 Rankings (Fall 2007, The Aspen Institute) is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.
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  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2005 Rankings (Fall 2005, The Aspen Institute and the World Resource Institute) is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.
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  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003 Rankings (Fall 2003, The Aspen Institute and the World Resource Institute) Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship, the fourth in a series of reports by the Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute spotlighting schools and faculty worldwide at the forefront of incorporating issues of social and environmental stewardship into the fabric of their MBA programs.
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  • Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2001 (Fall 2001, The Aspen Institute and the World Resource Institute. This survey was conducted with the intent of filling the gap left by rankings and reconnects the skills businesses need and the training business schools provide. The report spotlights schools and faculty at the forefront of incorporating social and environmental stewardship issues into the fabric of their MBA programs.
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  • The Value of Corporate Values ( Spring 2005) An Aspen Institute / Booz Allen Hamilton global survey of corporate behavior finds that leading companies are crafting a purpose drive identity.
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  • Integrating Sustainability into Management Education: A Status Report The purpose of this paper authored by Nancy McGaw and Mary Gentile is to provide an overview of approaches taken by leading business schools around the globe to build the capacity of graduate students to: 1) Understand business practices that “promote sustainable development and consumption patterns to alleviate poverty and increase the quality of life for all people,” and 2) Recognize the “tremendous power of the private sector and business activity to harness resources to create sustainable good and services that are valued locally and globally.”
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Thought Leadership

  • The HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2006 (Feb 2006) In the sixth annual Harvard Business School List, Judith Samuelson and Claire Preisser propose Idea #17: That a special set of "vanguard companies" are the key to decisively shifting the short-term biases of today's business world to a longer-term orientation for good.
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  • Put Your Values to Work (Jan 2006) What differentiates an abstract value statement from a dedicated business plan in corporate decision making? Co-authored by Nancy McGaw, this article from the Harvard Management Update, a newsletter of Harvard Business School Publishing, recommends ten action steps for meaningfully integrating corporate value into everyday management practice.

 

  • Keynote Address to the AACSB International Deans, February 10, 2003: The State of Affairs for Management Education and Social Responsibility (Dec 2005) Reprinted by the Academy of Management Learning & Education, this speech by Mary Gentile and Judith Samuelson asks how management education can respond effectively to the challenges facing business today, and actually become part of the solution rather than merely a critical bystander.

 

  • Get Aggressive About Passivity (Nov 2005) If managers always acted on their values, heroic whistle-blowing might never be required. But, research shows, people don't think that doing the right thing is part of their jobs. Co-authored by Judith Samuelson and Mary Gentile, this Harvard Business Review article features BSP's brand-new curriculum project, Giving Voice to Values.

 

  • Developing Leaders for a Sustainable Global Society (Sept/Oct 2005) Asking business leaders to make decisions that produce superior financials and simultaneously contribute to social progress and protect environmental quality is a tall order. Nancy McGaw shares the results of BSP's research into leadership development with representatives from firms around the world.

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  • Training Managers for the Future (Feb 2005) In the wake of corporate scandals, this article by Mary Gentile explores the challenges of corporate governance that need to be addressed in order to re-train business's managers and leaders. Originally published in the February 2005 issue of E Journal USA, a publication of the U.S. Department of State.
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  • The Voice of the Stakeholder (Sept 2003) This article discusses the importance of listening to stakeholders in today's business reality. Drawing on 12 recent publications, the authors both identify and address five challenges in realizing a vision of social responsibility by relating to stakeholders: (1) convincing leaders that the social impact of business decisions matters, (2)changing corporate behavior, (3) choosing the stakeholder groups to engage, (4) choosing partners for deeper alliances, and (5) institutionalizing stakeholder dialogue.

 

 

Speeches

  • The Key to Business Happiness: Aligning Personal and Professional Values. This speech was given by David Langstaff at the the John A. Berges Ethics lecture at Notre Dame, on November 17, 2009. David Langstaff is a member of The Business and Society Program's Advisory Board.
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  • Corporate Governance and Accountability. This paper was presented by Mary Gentile at the 3rd Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS). The conference, entitled "The Challenges of Sustainable Growth: Integrating Societal Expectations in Business," was held on September 27-28, 2004 in Ghent, Belgium.
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  • AACSB International Deans Conference Keynote Speech. This speech addresses the state of affairs for management education and social responsibility. Keynote address to the AACSB International Deans Conference by Judith Samuelson, Founder and Executive Director of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program. Written by Mary C. Gentile and Judith Samuelson. Delivered February 10, 2003.
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  • The Conference Board Corporate Contributions Council Speech. Leadership and Values: Moving Beyond the Ethics Debate. Here, Judith Samuelson, Founder and Executive Director of The Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, lays out the key challenges facing business today in the arenas of ethics and CSR. Delivered September 22, 2003.
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  • Liderazgo y Valores: más allá del debate sobre la ética. Judith Samuelson, fundadora y directora ejecutiva del programa Negocios y Sociedad del Instituto Aspen, establece los retos que las empresas enfrentan actualmente in las áreas de ética y responsabilidad social corporativa.

 

 

Closer Looks at Business Education

Our Closer Look series looks at the extent to which global MBA education is preparing future managers for the social, environmental, and ethical complexity of modern business.

 

Each report is included in the Aspen Institute's CasePlace.org newsletter, which reaches tens of thousands of people monthly. It has also been issued directly to more than fifty journalists and 2,000 MBA academics and administrators around the world. This is another way that we are hoping to raise the profile of our Beyond Grey Pinstripes participating schools.

 

*Starting in 2008, Closer Looks may revisit some topics that have been covered in the past. These 2008 Closer Looks are using new data from the 2007-2008 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, whereas pre-2008 Closer Looks relied on data from the 2005-2006 survey.

 

 

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