Business School Sustains Top Ranking for Social, Ethical and Environmental Stewardship

Posted on September 21, 2011

For the third consecutive time, Duquesne’s graduate school of business has been ranked among the world’s top business schools for preparing MBA graduates for leadership in social, ethical and environmental stewardship.

In the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, the Donahue Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 25 among the top 100 schools in the world, a group known as the Global 100. Beyond Grey Pinstripes is an independent ranking of business schools administered by the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit educational organization founded in 1950 to develop values-based leadership skills.

The Aspen Institute is funded largely by major philanthropic organizations, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation. The Washington, D.C., and Aspen, Colorado, based institute, through its partners around the world, aims to help current and future leaders prepare for a wide variety of complex problems through fellowships, seminars and other initiatives.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a biennial examination of business school curricula that gauges the ability of coursework to prepare future executives to address critical and developing commercial and societal issues. In addition to looking at coursework, the survey evaluates faculty research in areas germane to social, ethical and environmental topics.

According to Aspen Institute, competition to be listed on the Global 100 is growing, with more schools taking part in the survey and marked improvements in the strength and quality of submissions.

“Our ranking relative to peer schools and the resources these schools allocate toward the integration of sustainability into business curriculum reinforce our ability to continuously be among the top schools overall and among the elite small schools considered best-in-class,” said Dr. Robert Sroufe, holder of the business school’s Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness.

Business Dean Alan Miciak agreed. “Our sustained high ranking by the Aspen Institute underscores the quality of our graduate business programs across the board,” Miciak said. “The philosophy that informs the MBA Sustainability program—a business education that is first and foremost an ethical business education—is the same that informs all of our graduate programs.”

Representatives of the Donahue Graduate School of Business are invited to an awards program for the Global 100 schools at Bank of America headquarters in New York City on Oct. 21.

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