learning to manage responsibility


The University of Nottingham Business School is now offering an MBA in corporate social responsibility. They claim that this is the first program of its kind in Britain. As far as I know it’s the first of its kind anywhere. Some MBA programs offer specialized degrees that lean toward social justice issues (like Brandeis’ Heller School offers an MBA for professionals managing organizations with social missions), but none specifically offer a training oriented to corporate social responsibility.

I’m still not sure what this means. The only clear differentiator in Nottingham’s objectives is that they will teach students to “critically evaluate at an advanced level the core business disciplines, while applying business ethics and corporate social responsibility issues across all management disciplines.” That is still pretty ambiguous though. It seems like you could categorize most kinds of training under that rubric (e.g. we teach accounting methods with a little of bit of ethics on the side).

Written by brayden king

May 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Posted in academia, brayden, education

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  1. Hello- I found your blog through a blog alert I receive that notifies me of these topics; I work for the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, and we have a program called Beyond Grey Pinstripes (BGP). BGP, a biennial survey and ranking of business schools, spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research. These programs and pioneering faculty are preparing students for the reality of tomorrow’s markets, equipping them with an understanding of the social, environmental, and economic perspectives required for business success in a competitive global economy.

    The survey results allow prospective and current students, faculty and administrators to compare best practice. For corporate recruiters and human resource executives, the results help identify the MBA graduates best equipped to lead business in the 21st century.

    Please feel free to come explore the research we have if you would like to hear about more schools that have MBAs such as the one The U. of Nottingham has launched. :)

    we also have a program that features selected case work from MBA classes that are dealing with these issues:

    I like the scope of your blog- i will def be back to read more about what topics you are looking into!



    May 9, 2007 at 5:41 pm

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