University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 24, 2011 09:00 ET

Haskayne MBA in Canada's top 3 for social, environmental, and ethical programming

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2011) - The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary ranks among the top schools in the world in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA curriculum.

The school ranked #3 in Canada, #9 outside the US, and #35 worldwide on a list of the Top 100 business schools issued in the Aspen Institute's 2011-2012 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and ranking of business schools that highlights MBA programs leading the way in addressing issues related to social and environmental stewardship.

Haskayne shares the company of such world-renowned business schools as Stanford, Yale, and Kellogg (Northwestern University) in the top 35, even placing higher than Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) and INSEAD (France).

"We're thrilled to be moving up in the rankings by 16 places over the last survey in 2009-10," says Jim Dewald, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs at the Haskayne School of Business. 'It shows us that our renewed commitment to incorporating principled leadership across the MBA curriculum – including ethical business practice, socially responsible behaviour, and community service – is making the impact we hoped it would."

This year, 149 business schools from 22 countries participated in the effort to map the landscape of teaching and research on issues pertaining to business and society. The survey marked the first opportunity since the global economic downturn to comprehensively measure the extent to which MBA programs have altered the content of their courses, and whether faculty are pursuing research that questioned assumptions about the role of business in society.

Sample Findings

  • Schools are adapting their curricula to focus on responsible decision-making in business and to examine the social and environmental context in which business operates and thrives.
  • The core curriculum is changing across disciplines, including finance, accounting, marketing and management, with a striking increase in content on social, ethical and environmental issues in required courses.
  • There has been an increase in the percentage of schools requiring students to take a course dedicated to business and society issues.
  • Social Entrepreneurship courses are gaining far greater prominence across MBA programs.
  • Faculty research covering relevant headline topics of the past few years, such as the recession and climate change, increased significantly compared to previous cycles.

The complete ranking of the Top 100 MBA programs is online at www.beyondgreypinstripes.org.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact: University of Calgary
    Kim Lawrence, Director, Communications and Marketing
    Haskayne School of Business
    403.220.3375 or Cell: 403.970.5146
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