Business School Competitions: Friendly Rivalries, Real Challenges - Part Three

by Crystal Mario March 15, 2013

Business School Competitions: Friendly Rivalries, Real Challenges - Part Three

Today's post is our final installment in this week's 3-part series focusing on business school competitions, written by Crystal Mario.

Part Three: Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business and Society International MBA Case Competition

More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools are participating in Aspen Institute's 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition.  On April 19, 2013, in New York City, five team finalists will compete for international recognition, scholarships, and donations to their charity of choice.  This year’s case is co-authored by the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School.  The case presents a complex, real-world business issue that requires keen attention to social and environmental stewardship and values-based leadership. Rivanna is a sponsor for this event and we are currently making the awards.

The Aspen Institute has been promoting and supporting values-based leadership for many decades, and has played a pivotal role in moving business school education beyond its traditional “shareholder value” approach.  I can remember discussing the Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes at my own business school in 2001 – a time when even the most thoughtful, progressive thinkers about business, society, and the environment were struggling to be heard.  B-school thinking and “Pinstripes” itself have evolved since then; today, the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) collaborates with business educators at over 150 MBA programs in 28 countries.

It is an honor for our company and a personal joy for me to play a part in these business school challenges.  As anyone who runs a B Corp will tell you, for even the most capable teams with the best of intentions, integrating corporate profitability and social and environmental value is an uphill climb.  Tomorrow’s business leaders need every opportunity to hone the skills required to meet the social and environmental challenges ahead. Friendly competitions based on real-world challenges are a great method for preparing our next generation of global leaders.

If you’re interested in judging, following, participating in, or sponsoring a student competition, Net Impact can point you to most of the upcoming events.

Don't forget to check out part one and part two of this series!

Crystal Mario
Crystal Mario


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