October 2011



Impact-focused MBA Ranking Released   



The Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012 Top 100 MBA ranking is now available. The Aspen Institute's unique survey and ranking addresses the integration of social and environmental impact into MBA education.


This year's survey marked the first opportunity since the global economic downturn to measure the extent to which MBA programs have altered the content of their courses, and whether faculty are pursuing research that questions assumptions about the role of business in society.


This year, 149 schools from 22 countries submitted data, including over 6,000 course descriptions and 6,000 faculty research abstracts. In addition, the survey team collected information on schools' extracurricular activities, institutes and centers, joint degrees and specializations. 

Congratulations to our Top 10 MBA programs in Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011-2012:  


#1    Stanford Graduate School of Business

#2    York Univ., Schulich School of Business (Canada)

#3    IE University (Spain) 

#4    Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business     

#5    Yale School of Management

#6    Northwestern, Kellogg School of Management     

#7    University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

#8    Cornell University, Johnson  

#9    University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler  

#10  UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business  


To explore trends in our data, view the Top 100 MBA Programs ranking, and read more about our participating schools' offerings, visit our newly designed website at www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.  


Read coverage of Beyond Grey Pinstripes in the news  this month:  


Bloomberg Businessweek on Beyond Grey Pinstripes  

Fast Company coverage of Beyond Grey Pinstripes   



New Solar Case Study from Aspen's 2010 MBA Case Competition Released Online

One of the many positive outcomes of Aspen's annual Business & Society International MBA Case Competition is that a brand new teaching tool - the case study created specifically for the competition - is authored and then made available to business instructors worldwide.


This year's case study, "Trina Solar: Expanding in the U.S. Market," was written by Jaan Elias and his talented team at the Yale School of Management.  


If you are interested in learning more about the case, look out for a web conference with the Yale case writing team in the coming weeks.  


Learn more by clicking here.



Call for Cases: oikos Case Writing Competition 2012

Download Call for Cases! oikos is pleased to announce the Call for Cases for the 2012 oikos Case Writing Competition. The competition aims to promote the development of new, high quality teaching cases in the field of Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship.


The judging committee of the oikos Case Writing Competition 2012 is composed of more than 40 leading international scholars. The closing date for submission is October 28, 2011.


A double-blind feedback is given to each case contributor. The award for the first prize will be 5000 Swiss Francs. Winning certificates will be presented at the Academy of Management Conference in Boston, Massachusetts (Aug. 3-7, 2012).


For more information on the oikos Case Writing Competition, please visit the Competition webpage.

To download inspection copies of the 2011 winning cases, please visit the oikos online Case Collection. 



New Piece challenging the role of Institutional Investors

The Millstein Center at Yale SOM and the Committee for Economic Development have published a new working paper, Are Institutional Investors Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? 

The essay argues that institutional investors now have a significant impact on the whole economy but too little is known about how they are governed. It calls for new research on governance and other practices of these investors.

Download the essay here. 


On Our Radar


View upcoming conferences, business school faculty / senior administrator position openings and other announcements.  



Thanks to the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education sponsors:

Faculty Pioneer Award Winners Announced 


This year's Faculty Pioneer Award winners are: Lynne S. Paine (Harvard Business School) for Lifetime Achievement, David L. Levy (UMass Boston) as Faculty Pioneer, and Jonathan Becker-Blease (Oregon State University) as Rising Star. Congratulations to our winners!


Dubbed the "Oscars of the business school world" by the Financial Times, the Faculty Pioneers program celebrates business school instructors who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into the MBA curriculum.

To read more about the program and our fantastic winners and finalists, click here.


Economics and Peace Teaching Materials       


If peace is good for business, why don't we teach about peace in business schools? 

With the support of the Institute for Economics and Peace, we've created an online collection of teaching materials dedicated to teaching business students about the relationship between business and peace.  We welcome your contributions to this collection. 


This initiative grew out of the Economics and Peace Faculty Network. 



National Entrepreneurship Network of India announces new course offering for business faculty

"Practical Ethics: Succeeding in a Transparent World" is built on the foundation of 'Giving Voice to Values' (www.GivingVoiceToValues.org).

Download dates and details here.


A New Idea for MBA Programs, from IDEO

Get your students involved in design thinking and social impact! OpenIDEO is an online community that tackles pressing global issues like maternal health  and education. In the classroom, OpenIDEO challenges are living examples of collaboration, design, and innovation. Their latest challenge is sponsored by Amnesty International. Here's how one Wells College professor used OpenIDEO in her class.



New This Week at CasePlace.org  

Check out these and other new materials at our "New @ CasePlace" page, updated weekly on CasePlace.org.

  • Corporate Social Engagement: How Aramex Crosses Boundaries 
  • Better Place: Shifting Paradigms in the Automotive Industry 
  • Ndlovu: The Clock Ticks 
  • Tropical Salvage: From Recession to Expansion 
  • How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa 


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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.