“In these challenging economic times, the general public, not just scholars, are questioning whether the established models of business are broken,” said Leimsider. “‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ schools are thoughtfully pursuing new approaches. They are preparing students who take a more holistic view of business success, one that measures financial results as well as social and environmental impacts.”
Key findings from the survey:
- The percentage of schools surveyed that require students to take a course dedicated to business and society issues has increased dramatically over time but at a slowing rate: 34 percent in 2001; 45 percent in 2003; 54 percent in 2005: 63 percent in 2007; 69 percent in 2009.
- Since 2007, the number of elective courses offered per school that contain some degree of social, environmental or ethical content has increased by 12 percent, from 16.6 to 18.6 electives.
- The proportion of schools offering general social, environmental or ethical content in required core courses has increased in many business disciplines – accounting, economics, finance management, marketing, operations management – since the last survey in 2007.
- The percentage of schools requiring content in a core course on how mainstream business can act as an engine for social and environmental change remains low, at 30 percent.
- Approximately 7 percent of faculty at the surveyed business schools published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed business journals that address social, environmental or ethical issues. The titles and abstracts of the 1,211 articles are available at www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.
The Aspen Institute maintains a searchable database of recognized curriculum at its Web site: www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org. Featured Darla Moore school courses include “Organizational Behavior” and “Managing Cross-Border Teams,” both taught by Dr. Elizabeth Ravlin, and “Leadership and Ethical Behavior,” taught by Dr. David Sluss.
The Darla Moore school partners with the Aspen Institute to house curriculum honored with the Page Prize, an award sponsored by the Darla Moore school to recognize curricula from around the world that emphasize environmental sustainability. For more information on the prize, go to http:/moore.sc.edu/about/initiatives/pageprize2009.aspx.