Global MBA Competition to Promote Role of Business in Bettering Society

Global MBA Competition to Promote Role of Business in Bettering Society

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:15am

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New York, Feb. 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - This spring, students at 25 leading business schools will compete for bragging rights and over $30,000 in scholarships by innovating at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social impact.  Through the analysis of a new business case study co-authored by the Yale School of Management and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, students participating in the Aspen Institute’s 2014 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition will explore the significant and positive influence that a well-managed business can have in society.

“All too often, we hear about the damage done by the private sector,” said Nancy McGaw, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.  “The fact is that there are many innovative leaders in business who are leveraging the tools of business to improve our world.  This competition, now in its fifth year, helps students acquire the skills and perspectives these leaders possess.  It gives students a chance to practice making the kinds of decisions that drive business success and produce lasting social benefits.”

Next month, students will tackle a complex, real-life business decision being undertaken by a company in transition based outside of the United States.  Separate competitions at each of the 25 partnering schools will determine first place campus winners, whose work will be reviewed by a panel of academic judges to determine five honorable mentions and five finalist teams.  Finalists will be flown to New York City, where they will present on April 4 to a panel of corporate judges and social sector thought leaders, as well as join an invitation-only reception generously hosted by BNY Mellon.  All finalist teams will receive prize money, with the first place team receiving $15,000 and $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

The 25 outstanding schools partnering on the 2014 competition are:

  • Audencia Nantes, School of Management (France)
  • Baruch – CUNY, Zicklin School of Business
  • Boston University, School of Management
  • Business School Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Silberman College of Business
  • Fordham University, Graduate School of Business
  • Lamar University, College of Business
  • Middlebury College, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business
  • Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business
  • The American University in Cairo, School of Business (Egypt)
  • University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business (Canada)
  • University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
  • University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie School of Management
  • University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics (Finland)
  • University of London, London Business School (United Kingdom)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management
  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
  • University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)
  • Villanova University, Villanova School of Business
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics (Canada)
  • York University, Schulich School of Business (Canada)


We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2014 corporate partners, without whom this program would not be possible: BNY Mellon, Bertelsmann, Liquidnet, Lockheed Martin, and The Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Learn more about the 2014 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition by visiting the competition’s official website:


The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. We help business educators incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into teaching and research by offering targeted resources, networks, and a platform to share cutting-edge practice among peers.

As part of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, Aspen CBE maintains close ties with over 150 MBA programs in 28 countries. Through dialogue and path-breaking research, the Program creates opportunity for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.