Vol. II No. 6 April 2009
Aspen Institute Center For Business Education: Preparing leaders for social and environmental stewardship. E-newsletter
Featured Topic:
Organizational Behavior
As scholars, commentators, and government officials struggle to understand the causes of the current economic crisis, insight into the psychology and sociology of the sometimes dysfunctional ways that people act in groups may go a long way toward helping to avoid similar problems in the future.  This Closer Look examines how OB skills can enable managers to use an understanding of workplace dynamics to express their own best selves and to help shape positive organizational cultures in the workplace.

Closer Look: Organizational Behavior

Case Study: Innovation and Collaboration at Merrill Lynch
Case Study: Naiveté or Boldness?

Aspen Staff Visit aSSIST

Aspen CBE team members Rich Leimsider and Justin Goldbach visited South Korea in March to learn about the unique MBA curriculum at the Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies (aSSIST).  They spoke with faculty, staff, and students about the work of the Center for Business Education and learned about the school's unique program design around ethics, storytelling, teamwork, and technology.  Rich and Justin also joined senior faculty members in visiting several Seoul-based organizations to learn about corporate social responsibility initiatives in South Korea.
Aspen CBE's Recent Releases
  • Featured Collection on Mining and Metals
  • Giving Voice to Values Curriculum
  • The Aspen Institute Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs
CBE Announcements
Aspen CBE and CWRU Collaborate on 2009 Global Forum 
Aspen CBE and Case Western Reserve University will collaborate on the upcoming Second Global Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB).
The conference, to be held on June 2-5, 2009 at Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio, will take the concept of "management-as-design" as its starting point.  Defined as a "creative problem-solving" and "out of the box thinking" approach, management-as-design envisions large scale innovation to unleash human creativity and harness business to benefit people and planet.  For more information, please visit the conference web site.
Partner Organization Announcements
Third Annual CUMBA CSR Conference
The CUMBA CSR conference is the biggest and most influential student-led CSR  conference in Hong Kong.  The upcoming conference  will be held on May 6, 2009 in the Hong Kong Convention and  Exhibition  Centre. This year's conference theme is "Creating Sustainable Impact-CSR as a Competitive Edge".  For more information, please visit the CUMBA web site.
Publications Library
Calendar Explore the Center's entire Publications Library, including journal articles written by Aspen Institute staff, speeches, audio recordings, and a variety of thought leadership pieces...
The Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education encourages future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and social impacts.  Our goal is bold and long-term: to radically re-orient the MBA degree to embrace the principles of corporate citizenship and sustainability.
Aspen Launches First Movers Fellowship
The Aspen Institute has launched the First Movers Fellowship Program, an innovation lab for exceptional individuals in business today who are implementing breakthrough strategies to create profitable business growth and positive social change.
Over the course of a year, Fellows participate in three seminars built around core themes: reflection, innovation and leadership. Working with each other, and with a team of mentors inside their organization, they will learn how to convert a compelling hypothesis about a new idea they want to implement into new products, services, processes and business models. The program will also provide them with the skills they need to lead change within their organizations. 
For more information and to view biographies of the inaugural class of Fellows, please visit the program web site.
CBE Announcements
Web Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Information Technology Sector 

Aspen CBE is co-sponsoring a web series on business and society issues with Walden University.  The topic of the first web conference in the series will be "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Information Technology Sector". Speakers will include Dan Bross of Microsoft, Michael Gordon of the University of Michigan, and Ahmed Naumaan of Walden University.  The web conference will be held on May 19th at 1pm EST. To RSVP, please email . 
Aspen CBE Co-Sponsors Conscious Capitalism Conference with Bentley University

Building on the resounding success of the first practitioner-centric Conscious Capitalism® conference which was held in Austin in November 2008, this first academic conference is intended to lay the intellectual and conceptual foundations of the field, and to identify key research questions. It will feature two days of presentations by leading thinkers on the fundamentals of business definition, purpose and stakeholder orientation.  The conference will be held on May 28 and 29, 2009.  For more information, please visit the conference web site.
Join The Aspen Institute 's Socrates Society
The Socrates Society brings together a diverse group of emerging leaders to engage in expert moderated seminars on contemporary issues. The program invites you to join five dynamic seminars, as well as a teen Socrates seminar in Aspen from June 26-29, and the annual Socrates Society benefit dinner on June 28 featuring New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. To learn more, please visit the Socrates Society web site.
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