February 27, 2013

Drucker School selected for Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition class

Next month, the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management will participate in a case study competition celebrating innovation at the intersection of corporate profitability and environmental, social and ethical issues. The Drucker School is one of 25 leading business schools chosen to engage in the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. Students at these institutions will analyze a brand new case study – co-authored this year by the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School – and give deep thought to the potentially positive role that a well-managed business can have in society.

“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.”

“We are excited to be a participant in the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education case competition once again,” stated Dean Bernie Jaworski, “It fits the Drucker mission of impact leadership not simply within the organization, but in society more generally.” 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. This year’s scholarship prize pool is $35,000, with the first place team receiving $15,000 and $1,000 to donate to a charity of the team’s choice.

More information may be found at: http://www.AspenCaseCompetition.org.

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management offers a variety of professional and doctoral degrees, including MBA, EMBA, and the MS in Financial Engineering. It has expanded the traditional path in business education, offering innovative programs, such as the MA in Arts Management, an MA in Politics, Business, and Economics, and its focus on management for creative industries.
Named for the father of modern business management education and world-renowned author and consultant, Peter Drucker, and accomplished global business leader and philanthropist, Masatoshi Ito, the school produces graduates who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a deep desire to make a difference by doing well while also doing good.

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. Our websites draw over 100,000 visits monthly. Through dialogue and path-breaking research, the Program creates opportunity for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership.