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GWSB Climbs In Aspen Institute Ranking

The Aspen Institute’s biennial “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” survey ranked GWSB 11th out of 149 for its work in integrating social, environmental and ethics issues into its MBA program.  That’s up from 13th place in 2009.

The Aspen survey is an alternative to traditional surveys that assess and rank business schools using financial measurements such as students’ post-graduation salaries.  Instead, Aspen spotlights schools whose innovative MBA programs have infused ethics, social and environmental content into their curricula and scholarly research.

“We are passionate about teaching social responsibility and training ethically minded business leaders,” said Dean Doug Guthrie.  “Our rank in the ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ survey reflects our emphasis on what we consider fundamental components of the business school curriculum.”

Tim Fort, a business ethics specialist who heads the School’s Institute of Corporate Responsibility, said this year’s 11th place rank is notable because business schools are increasingly devoting resources to ethics, social and environmental issues.

“It demonstrates that we can hold our own with anyone,” said Fort, who said he joined the School of Business faculty six years ago in part because of its reputation in this field.

“Corporate responsibility has gone mainstream, and so the heavyweight schools – like Stanford and Michigan – are now competing hard in this area,” he said.

The institute, which based its findings on 18 months of research, said the collected data reflected the fact that more business schools are offering coursework in social, environmental and ethics areas; more faculty are conducting relevant research; and more business students are exposed to that content.

The survey research included gathering material from thousands of courses, faculty abstracts and examples of institutional support – such as joint degree opportunities and extracurricular offerings – from 149 schools in 22 countries for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

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Posted by gwsb on October 25, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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