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Business school among top 50 for stewardship education

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2009 – 10 edition of “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.

The Moore school ranked No. 42 on a list of the Top 100 business schools, ahead of such prestigious schools as Sloan at MIT, Kellogg at Northwestern University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“This ranking demonstrates the Darla Moore school’s commitment to teaching and research that examines how business practices intersect with social, environmental and ethical issues,” said Hildy Teegen, dean of the Darla Moore school. “With our strategic focus on sustainable enterprise and development, we have sought to infuse our curriculum with these topics and to recruit outstanding faculty with expertise in these areas.”

The “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” survey examined the data from 149 schools worldwide to determine how well they are preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, called the Darla Moore school and other top schools “trailblazers.”

“The best business students move quickly into the front ranks of business, and the attitudes and values they bring to the table are deeply influenced by their time in business education,” said Samuelson. “Will they accept the status quo or act on their passion about the positive role business can play at the intersection of corporate profit and social impact? The schools that are competitive in the ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ ranking are the real trailblazers. They assure that students have the right skill as well as the will to make things happen.”

Rich Leimsider, director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education, said “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” schools are ushering in a new approach to business.

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