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The Aspen Institute Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009

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The Aspen Institute, a premier non-profit, research organization for corporate social responsibility, offers the first comprehensive guide to the world’s leading global MBA programs in CSR—an indispensable guide for prospective students, universities, hiring companies, and libraries.

This guide provides an overview of how global MBA programs bring social impact management into their curricular and extracurricular programs. Social impact management, which includes environmental, ethical, and corporate governance issues, is the field of inquiry at the intersection of business needs and wider societal concerns that reflects their complex interdependency. Without an understanding of this interdependency, neither business nor the society in which it operates can thrive.

Each year business schools from around the world strive to differentiate themselves and attract the best and the brightest future business leaders, while prospective MBAs are looking for a program that will provide effective management skills to succeed in the changing face of business. The bottom line is no longer exclusively dedicated to financial returns. Rather, business leaders must also consider the environmental and social impacts of their decisions in order to compete in today’s marketplace. The MBA schools that participate in the Aspen Institute’s survey, and are therefore highlighted in the Aspen Institute Guide for Socially Responsible MBA Programs: 2008-2009, are leaders in integrating these issues into their MBA curricula.

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Ashridge Business School

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Ashridge Business School

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom http://www.ashridge.org.uk/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Central to the Ashridge MBA is the belief that business leaders require a broad, integrated and transferable portfolio of skills. The Ashridge MBA aims to develop individuals with the capabilities to achieve both personal and organizational success.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

General Management (1)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (1)

Orientation Activities (1)

Internship/Consulting (2)

Student Competitions (1)

Career Development (1)

Institutes/Centers (2)

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

Business in Society

This module raises students’ awareness of the changing social pressures and legislative requirements redefining the role of business in society. The symbiotic relationship between business and society is explored, including the impact of this relationship on corporate governance and the implications for students' leadership roles. The module provides students with tools and frameworks to integrate corporate responsibility into mainstream business practices and demonstrates how leading companies respond to these challenges to build sustainable business strategies.

 

Asian Institute of Management

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Asian Institute of Management

Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business / Makati City, Philippines http://www.wsgsb.aim.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

AIM’s mission has been to make “a difference in sustaining the growth of Asian societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible leaders and managers.” We have a responsibility to produce managers who possess integrity and high ethical standards and who will endeavor to humanize the corporation, understand the ethical implications of every management decision, and feel personal responsibility for their workers.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Business & Government (1)

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

Economics (1)

Entrepreneurship (5)

Finance (9)

HR Management (5)

International Management (2)

General Management (2)

Marketing (6)

Organizational Behavior (1)

Operations Management (1)

Strategy (2)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Development Management

Social & Development

 

AUDENCIA Nantes

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Audencia Nantes

School of Management / Nantes, France http://www.audencia.com

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Given their involvement in the global economy, MBA students need to be specifically exposed to global social responsibility and business ethics issues. Our aim at Audencia is to train MBA participants to become conscious of the importance of acting as socially and environmentally responsible leaders.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Business & Government (1)

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

International Management (1)

General Management (2)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Business Development

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

Business Ethics

This course seeks to enhance one’s ability to master ethical dilemmas, to refine the knowledge of one’s value system and to connect the various levels of the ethical issues in management. In this way, students discover the importance of the role played by a manager’s ethics in business, review the U.S. approach to business ethics, analyze new European approaches to the question, and discuss a criticism of business ethics ideology.

 

Babson College

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Babson College

School of Management / Babson Park, MA http://www3.babson.edu/mba/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Central to entrepreneurial thought and action at Babson are social venturing, global development and civic engagement, all of which are essential to preparing students to be social and environmental stewards. Babson’s philosophy is that entrepreneurship requires attention to global economic and social issues.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (2)

Business & Government (1)

Business Law (2)

CSR/Business Ethics (2)

Economics (3)

Entrepreneurship (11)

Finance (2)

General Management (4)

Marketing (4)

Organizational Behavior (1)

Operations Management (1)

Strategy (2)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (5)

Clubs & Programs (3)

Institutes/Centers (3)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

NOTABLE FEATURES

 

Bainbridge Graduate Institute

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Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Bainbridge Island, WA http://www.bgiedu.org/edu

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The hallmark of the BGI program is the infusion of sustainability considerations into every single course, including the traditional MBA core. Our goal is to produce graduates who will lead their organizations to a more sustainable future.

Toward that end, what is emphasized is systems thinking, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, management and leadership, sustainability and social justice, as well as the traditional functional business disciplines.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (1)

CSR/Business Ethics (2)

Economics (2)

Entrepreneurship (2)

Environmental (1)

General Management (4)

Marketing (1)

Operations Management (1)

Quantitative Methods (1)

Strategy (1)

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

Social Justice and Business

This course examines the role of business in community and society. Topics covered in this course include globalization, stakeholder analysis, community economic development, public-private partnerships, and social entrepreneurship.

 

Baruch College—The City University of New York

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Baruch College-The City University of New York

The Zicklin School of Business / New York, NY http://zicklin.baruch.cuny.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College educates leaders committed to global awareness, ethical practice, and responsible management. Issues of corporate governance and responsibility are woven throughout the curriculum and are reflected in the activities of our academic centers and students.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (1)

Business Law (1)

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

International Management (1)

Marketing (2)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (11)

Orientation Activities (1)

Student Competitions (1)

Clubs & Programs (2)

Institutes/Centers (5)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

The Societal and Governmental Environment of Business

 

Bentley College

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Bentley College

McCallum Graduate School of Business / Waltham, MA http://www.bentley.edu/graduate/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Bentley College has continually promoted a sense of ethics and social responsibility through teaching, research, and corporate and community relations. The Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility was created to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for, and commitment to ethics, service, and social responsibility in our research, curricula, and campus culture.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (2)

Business Law (2)

CSR/Business Ethics (5)

Finance (2)

General Management (5)

Marketing (1)

Organizational Behavior (2)

Strategy (1)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (13)

Orientation Activities (1)

Student Competitions (1)

Clubs & Programs (4)

Career Development (1)

Institutes/Centers (6)

 

Boston College

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Boston College

Carroll School of Management / Chestnut Hill, MA http://www.bc.edu/schools/csom/mba/home.html

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The Carroll School of Management at Boston College possesses a unique combination of resources and assets that position it at the forefront of the emerging emphasis on corporate citizenship and business involvement in social issues.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (1)

Business Law (2)

Finance (1)

Information Technology (1)

General Management (3)

Marketing (1)

Organizational Behavior (2)

Operations Management (2)

Strategy (2)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Leadership for Change

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (8)

Orientation Activities (1)

Internship/Consulting (3)

Student Competitions (2)

Clubs & Programs (4)

Career Development (1)

Institutes/Centers (5)

Concentrations (1)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

 

Boston University

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Boston University

School of Management / Boston, MA http://management.bu.edu/gpo/fulltime/mba/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Boston University's School of Management recognizes that often it's not the profit motive that drives students into management. During the past several years the Graduate School of Management at Boston University has expanded its activities, curriculum, research, and support for corporate social responsibility, social impact management, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, and environmental stewardship.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTABLE FEATURES

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

CORE COURSES:

COURSES*

This course develops a framework for analyzing ethical issues. Students then apply this framework throughout the course as ethical issues arise in discussions of legal issues. For example, no discussion of corporate governance would be complete without a consideration of a manager’s ethical obligations to shareholders and stakeholders.

 

Brandeis University

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Brandeis University

Heller School for Social Policy and Management / Waltham, MA http://heller.brandeis.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

A new generation of managers is needed to lead organizations in the effective pursuit of social missions in the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors. The Heller School's high standards for management education and its history of excellent policy research and activism are important assets for people contemplating careers as leaders of organizations with a social mission.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (2)

Business & Government (1)

Business Law (2)

CSR/Business Ethics (3)

Economics (1)

Entrepreneurship (1)

Finance (3)

HR Management (1)

International Management (2)

General Management (4)

Marketing (1)

Organizational Behavior (1)

Operations Management (1)

Public/Nonprofit Mgt (1)

Strategy (2)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

Economics

This course introduces various economic concepts. The concepts are useful in understanding markets and also some key management decisions. The course examines how the manager of an organization with a social mission must also work with revenues and costs as basic factors in decisions.

 

California State University, Chico

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California State University, Chico

College of Business / Chico, CA http://www.cob.csuchico.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The College of Business at California State University, Chico has integrated ethics and sustainable business practice issues into the curriculum in several of the required courses. Our goal is to provide MBA students with a foundation that includes social and environmental issues in the business decision making process.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

General Management (1)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (2)

Clubs & Programs (1)

Institutes/Centers (1)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

NOTABLE FEATURES

CORE COURSES:

Management of People and Organizations

The learning objectives for this course are to understand the basic management roles of mentor, facilitator, monitor, coordinator, director, producer, broker, and innovator; to know personal strengths and weaknesses in each of these roles; to understand what integrity means as a manager and how to manage according to personal integrity; and, to become aware of how American and international business practices are affecting climate change and what steps organizations can take to decrease their impact on the natural environment.

 

Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper School of Business / Pittsburgh, PA http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The Tepper School of Business annually evaluates how to best integrate business ethics, values and corporate responsibility into its curriculum. The Tepper School's academic format encourages that leadership, diversity, and ethics be integrated throughout all courses to educate students on the various dimensions that apply to different disciplines, topics, and situations.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (3)

Business & Government (1)

Business Law (1)

Economics (2)

Entrepreneurship (1)

Finance (2)

Information Technology (2)

General Management (3)

Marketing (3)

Organizational Behavior (3)

Operations Management (5)

Strategy (3)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Global Enterprise Mgmt

Biotechnology

KEY JOINT DEGREES

MBA & Public Policy

MBA & Civil and

Environmental Engineering

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (10)

 

Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University

Weatherhead School of Management / Cleveland, OH http://weatherhead.case.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

At the Case Weatherhead School of Management, we believe that management is a matter of world affairs, a noble profession, and that every global and social issue of our day is a business opportunity. The school has been an early pioneer bringing social entrepreneurship and sustainability into its core curriculum and throughout the entire fabric of the school’s learning environment.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTABLE FEATURES

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

CORE COURSES:

COURSES*

This class discusses the impact society experiences from the introduction of new information technology in corporations and industries.

Accounting (4)

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

Economics (1)

Finance (1)

HR Management (1)

Information Technology (1)

General Management (3)

Organizational Behavior (7)

Operations Management (2)

Public/Nonprofit Mgt (4)

 

Chapman University

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Chapman University

The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics / Orange, CA http://www.chapman.edu/argyros/programs/gradprograms.asp

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The Argyros School of Business develops business leaders who create value for their organizations by blending the capacity for sound economic reasoning and global perspectives with the qualities of individual initiative, accountability, effective communication, and integrity.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

Economics (1)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (2)

Orientation Activities (1)

Student Competitions (2)

Career Development (1)

Institutes/Centers (2)

NOTABLE FEATURES

ELECTIVE COURSES:

Corporate Governance

This course is a study of the constraints designed to make managers and directors act in their shareholders’ interest. Topics covered include choice of legal form of organization, ownership structure, corporate charter provisions including voting rules, antitakeover measures, stakeholders and corporate social responsibility, board of directors, CEO performance evaluation, boundaries of the firm, and international corporate governance. Emphasis is placed on how optimal practices vary across industry, strategy, and country and how they evolve.

 

Columbia University

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Columbia University

Columbia Business School / New York, NY http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Columbia Business School's philosophy is to provide a framework for students to think in broader terms about their role in business and society, and prepare them with the skills, knowledge, and experience to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The school ensures that environmental and social issues are woven throughout the core curriculum, elective courses, extracurricular activities, and in academic research.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (3)

Business & Government (1)

Business Law (2)

CSR/Business Ethics (1)

Economics (5)

Entrepreneurship (4)

Finance (6)

HR Management (1)

International Management (3)

General Management (8)

Marketing (6)

Operations Management (3)

Public/Nonprofit Mgt (2)

Quantitative Methods (2)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Social Enterprise

International Business

KEY JOINT DEGREES

 

Concordia University

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Concordia University

John Molson School of Business / Montreal, Canada http://www.johnmolson.concordia.ca/mba/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

The mission of John Molson School of Business is to “graduate employable students who are responsible community citizens.” We offer a wide array of opportunities for MBAs from not-for-profit organizations and make a concerted effort to integrate corporate social responsibility into core and elective courses.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (2)

CSR/Business Ethics (3)

Economics (2)

Finance (2)

Information Technology (4)

General Management (6)

Marketing (2)

Public/Nonprofit Mgt (1)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

Corporate Governance

Global Business

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (10)

Orientation Activities (2)

Internship/Consulting (4)

Student Competitions (1)

Clubs & Programs (3)

Career Development (1)

Institutes/Centers (3)

Concentrations (3)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

 

Copenhagen Business School

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Copenhagen Business School

Fredericksburg, Denmark http://uk.cbs.dk/

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

Our ambition is to make a difference in society. We believe that managers can only create true value for their companies when their management knowledge is leveraged by personal competencies. Developing competencies is a natural part of the quality assurance of CBS programs. The education environment at Copenhagen Business School focuses on reflective learning and developing individual talent.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTABLE FEATURES

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

CORE COURSES:

COURSES*

This course discusses the following topics: accounting for sustainability, the triple bottom line, and environmental costing.

Accounting (3)

Business & Government (1)

Economics (2)

Finance (1)

HR Management (1)

International Management (1)

Organizational Behavior (3)

Strategy (7)

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (7)

Clubs & Programs (2)

Institutes/Centers (6)

* Figures in parentheses indicate the number of courses/activities that, in whole or in part, integrate social, environmental, or ethical perspectives

 

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