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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Nov/Dec 2003 : Headlines

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Educating Effective Leaders
Six MBA programs recognized for environmental and social impact training.


A new report released in October by The Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute challenges business schools to better arm graduate business students with skills critical for effective leadership in a changing world. The report, Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship, highlights six cutting-edge schools preparing future executives with a solid training in environmental and social impact management. The report also recognizes nine schools with significant activity and 21 schools with moderate activity. The report includes data reported from 100 business schools in 20 countries.

“We’ve seen positive change this year and a lot of innovation taking place in selected schools,” said Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP). “But the reality is too many MBA students still graduate without an understanding of social impact and environmental management.”

Recognized in Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003 as schools with cutting-edge MBA programs are:
* George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management, Washington, DC
* University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, MI
* University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, NC
* Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA
* Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT
* York University’s Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada

These schools were recognized for setting a high standard and are among the few schools that focus on the relationship of social, environmental and financial factors, often referred to as sustainability or the triple bottom line.

On average, these six schools offer four times as many courses with this type of content as other schools that participated in the survey. In addition, they report an extensive array of extracurricular activities and have faculty who conduct research on social and environmental topics. Each of the six schools reports a wide range of innovative programs and courses. The programs and courses in these MBA programs are exceptions to otherwise peripheral coverage of these and other related issues by the majority of business schools. Only half of the schools report more than one required course with social and environmental content. Moreover, faculty at only one in seven schools has conducted a substantial amount of the research on issues of environmental and social impact management.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003 also cited seven outstanding professors for their contributions to scholarship and outreach in the business sector. The Faculty Pioneer Award recipients are: Thomas N. Gladwin, University of Michigan Business School for Lifetime Achievement; James E. Austin, Harvard Business School, for Institutional Leadership; Chi Anyansi-Archibong, School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University, for External Impact; S. Prakash Sethi, Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, for External Impact; Andrew J. Hoffman, Boston University School of Management, Rising Star; Timothy L. Fort, University of Michigan Business School, for Academic Leadership; and Alyson C. Warhurst, Warwick Business School, for Academic Leadership/European Faculty Pioneer.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship is the fourth in a series started in 1998. Its companion Web site, www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org is the only source for prospective MBA students to access a global database of more than 1,000 courses and 800 extracurricular activities at 100 business schools.


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