Vol. IV No. 2  April 2011

Featured Topic


Nuclear Energy   


As the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant prompts new debate about the use of nuclear power, we call your attention to teaching materials at CasePlace.org related to nuclear energy:


Financial Impact of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants: Dominion Resources, Inc. 


U.S. Energy Policy after Japan: If Not Nuclear, Then What? 


Supply and Sustainability: Piecing Together the Energy Puzzle 

Click here to find additional teaching cases and articles.












Low-Wage Workers

On March 30, Aspen's Center for Business Education launched a business faculty network on "Teaching Business Students about Low-Wage Workers."  More than 20 business faculty from across the US participated in the network's first web conference discussing opportunities to integrate low-wage employee topics into traditional business school curricula.


Professor Zeynep Ton, from Harvard Business School, helped lead a lively dialogue that highlighted the latent opportunities to teach about low-wage employees in business school and the importance of low-wage employees to a company's operational performance.  


If you or someone you know would like to join this network, please contact Miguel Padro at .

Beyond Grey Pinstripes: MBA Campus Extracurriculars Highlight


The results of our MBA survey reveal exciting developments outside of coursework and faculty research. Beginning this month, we will begin highlighting interesting things happening on campuses as submitted by participating schools to the Beyond Grey Pinstripes MBA survey.   


University of Texas at Austin's Sustainability Web Portal: A university site for sustainability-related initiatives, providing information on university activities, operations, opportunities to get involved and leadership on sustainability issues.

Stanford University's Social Venture Structure Lab: Hands-on workshop for students considering starting a social venture that walked participants through issues of incorporating as a nonprofit vs. for-profit vs. hybrid organization. The workshop also helped students consider the implications of profit status on various aspects of the organization, including fundraising/financing, board governance, growth, and exit options. 

FED Announces National Essay
Contest Winners

Terry Williamson, an MBA student at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management, was named the National Winner of Creating Wealth By Sharing Wealth™ Essay Contest.

The essay competition, sponsored by the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), catalyzed college students' thinking on business principles and strategies required for the future success of our economy.

View the complete essays from all the national winners on FED's site. 
New This Week at CasePlace.org  

Check out these and other new materials at our "New @ CasePlace" page, updated weekly on CasePlace.org.
  • Canadian Telecommunications: Industry Regulation and Policy
  • Ethnic Consumers Consulting 
  • A Note On Women And Power 
  • Managing Disputes with Nonmarket Stakeholders: Wage a Fight, Withdraw, Wait, or Work It Out?
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Thanks to Center for Business Education Sponsors:

Nominate a Faculty Pioneer for our 2011 Awards 

Deadline:  April 29, 2011


For almost a decade, the Faculty Pioneer Awards have recognized exceptional MBA faculty leading the way on integrating social and environmental issues into their research and teaching. Nominations are open to all faculty members at any institution worldwide offering a graduate management degree.


To learn more about the program and past winners and to submit nominations, visit our website.  

Aspen Hosts Final Round of 2011 Business & Society International Case Competition on April 15    


Five finalist teams fly to NYC this Friday to present their recommendations to a panel of corporate representatives and compete for their share of a $40,000 prize pool.

For this year's global Business & Society Case Competition, 1,000 students at 25 leading business schools analyzed the U.S. expansion of a Chinese renewable energy company. The case - produced by the Yale School of Management - challenges students to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and environmental, social, and ethical issues.

Learn more about the case competition. 

Aspen Celebrates 2010 First Movers at IDEO NYC


On April 7, friends and supporters of the Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship gathered to celebrate the 2010 First Movers at the NYC offices of IDEO. This extraordinary group completed their third and final seminar this past week.  


Stay tuned for an announcement in mid-May about the incoming 2011 First Mover Fellows. In the meantime, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org/firstmovers to learn more about the 2009, 2010 classes and the First Movers Fellowship.

First Movers @ IDEO
Several 2010 Fellows, including Jeremy Neuner (NextSpace), Sally Madsen (IDEO), and Antoni Ballabriga (BBVA), exchange their "trading cards," baseball card-sized snapshots of their contact info and Fellowship projects, which guests were encouraged to collect during the reception.
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.

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