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The Weekender: MBA Programs Focused on Creating a Better World

November 24, 2018

The Weekender features a longer form publication or multimedia production from a reputable source. We select articles or things to watch or listen to that discuss issues and opportunities we deem just off the radar for many business people, students, and faculty. We aim to expand the mind, broaden the heart, and sharpen the analysis. Have a great weekend!


My notes

Corporate Knights, a publication and news organization based in Canada, has published an annual ranking of MBA programs around the world that their methodology ranks along various social impact and environmental criteria. They use publicly available information and rely on schools to fill in the blanks. The methodology isn't flawless and Penn State Smeal has never ranked highly...but I always find it helpful to review the list, check out the methodology and take stock in how we are doing.


Schools are assessed in four areas and here is my quick take:

  • institutes and centers

    • Metric: # of institutes and centers focused on sustainability 

    • Smeal: we have had a de facto "center" since 2008 and will have an official Center by 2020

  • curriculum

    • ​Metric: # of core courses focused on sustainability

    • Smeal: we have no core courses within the MBA program focused on sustainability; this is an area we are working on (in fact, the current class of 2nd year MBAs are finalizin