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2013 Business & Society Competition To Challenge MBA Students Worldwide

Students at 25 leading business schools will compete this spring for recognition and $35,000 in scholarship funds by exploring the significant and positive influence that well-managed business can have in society. Through the analysis of a new business case study co-authored by the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School, the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition inspires future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive environmental and social impact.

“More than ever before, business leaders are responsible for contemplating and acting on how industry can best tackle societal issues that have direct impact on long-term business success,” said Nancy McGaw, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.  “Now in its fourth year, this preeminent case study competition aims to inspire the kind of visionary leadership needed at the critical nexus of business and society.”

Over the course of an intense three and a half days, students will analyze and respond to a new case study focused on a real-life business decision being undertaken by a major company.  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 to a panel of corporate judges and 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 schools partnering on the 2013 competition are:

•       Audencia Nantes, School of Management (France)

•       Baruch – CUNY, Zicklin School of Business

•       Business School Lausanne (Switzerland)

•       Case Western Reserve University, The Weatherhead School of Management

•       Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

•       Curtin University, Curtin Graduate School of Business (Australia)

•       Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business

•       Fairleigh Dickinson University, Silberman College of Business

•       Griffith Business School (Australia)

•       Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración – IESA (Venezuela)

•       Lamar University, College of Business

•       New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

•       Temple University, Fox School of Business

•       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 Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management

•       University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

•       University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)

•       University of Wyoming, College of Business

•       Villanova University, Villanova School of Business

•       Western Michigan University, Haworth College 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 corporate partners, without whom this program would not be possible: BertelsmannBNY MellonChanging Our World, Inc.Levi Strauss & CoMarsh & McLennan CompaniesThe Motorola Solutions FoundationThe Newell Rubbermaid Foundation and S&P Capital IQ.

Learn more about the 2013 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 mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners.


Laurie Ginsberg

Senior Program Manager

The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education

(212) 895-8008│

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