Society is demanding a higher level of responsibility from business and the time has come for academics to step up to the challenge. Turns out, Canada’s Schulich School of Business at York University is doing just that.

One of Realized Worth’s most widely read articles was, ‘MBA Program Trashed on Harvard Business Podcast.’ In the article, we examined some of the push-back MBA programs are facing and why. One central issue in the discussion deals with the tendency of MBA programs to reflect on trends and new ideas rather than developing them. For more on this line of thought read ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Is Just Good Business.’

In spite of this common miss, there are yet some business schools that are keeping pace with current issues – if not pushing the envelope. While there are numerous categories of MBA rankings today, only one evaluates MBA programs on criteria beyond just test scores and reputation. The Aspen Institute measures how well business schools are “preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.”

We wish to extend our congratulations to the Schulich School of Business at York University, here in Toronto, Canada. Schulich was ranked number one in the world yesterday, ahead of an amazing line up of prestigious schools.

The Top 20:

1. York (Schulich)
2. U. of Michigan (Ross)
3. Yale School of Management
4. Stanford Graduate School of Business
5. Notre Dame (Mendoza)
6. UC Berkeley (Haas)
7. RSM Erasmus
8. NYU (Stern)
9. IE Business School
10. Columbia Business School
11. U. of Virginia (Darden)

12. Cornell (Johnson)

13. GWU School of Business

14. U. of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

15. Simmons School of Management

16. Duke (Fuqua)

17. Wisconsin School of Business

18. Duquesne (Donahue)

19. U. of New Mexico (Anderson)

20. U. of Denver (Daniels)

According to the Institute, Schulich received “high marks for the extraordinary number of courses available to students that contain environmental, social and ethical content as well as for the number of relevant scholarly articles being published by the School’s faculty members.”

Dean Dezö J. Horváth, was thrilled with Schulich’s ranking. In response, Horváth said, “The untold story regarding today’s stellar achievement is the contributions of so many of our faculty members – professors from a wide range of backgrounds who are also actively contributing cutting-edge research in business matters related to sustainability, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Our academic expertise is not confined to a few areas, but is broad-based and cross-disciplinary, with Schulich professors from different backgrounds teaming up to produce research that sheds new light on how to understand and better manage a number of longstanding business challenges.”

The survey covered 149 schools of business from 24 countries. More information about the data collected in the survey as well as the full list of the “Global 100” business schools can be found at: www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.

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