Category: Announcements

Tech MBA Program Honored in New York City

Rich Leimsider, Darrell Radson, Judith Samuelson
Rich Leimsider, Darrell Radson, Judith Samuelson

Dean Radson met with other award recipients of the Aspen Institute’s Top 100 MBA Programs at an event sponsored by Ernst & Young in New York City’s Time Square this past week.

Pictured to the left, Dean Radson is joined by Rich Leimsider, the Director of the Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute, and Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Business and Society Program of the Aspen Institute.

Of the 100 schools recognized through the Beyond Grey Pinstripes event about 50 were in attendance at the ceremony.

“We are proud to receive this recognition and will continue to strive toward program excellence,” Darrell Radson, stated regarding the event.

Read more about our recognition.

Tech MBA Program Receives International Recognition

top100-mba-awardMichigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics MBA program has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2009-2010 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. The school has ranked 58 on a list of the Top 100 business schools.

“Our faculty earned this recognition through their commitment to teaching and research in social, environmental, and ethical stewardship as it relates to business. Our Tech MBA program focuses on conducting sustainable business in a technologically rich, constantly changing world, and our faculty and students rise to that challenge, “ said Darrell Radson, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech.

While many MBA rankings exist, only one looks beyond reputation and test scores to measure something much more important: how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

This year, 149 business schools from 24 countries participated in an 18 month effort to map the landscape of teaching and research on issues pertaining to business and society. Relevant data collected in the survey, as well as the entire “Global 100” list of business schools, is available at:

“The best business students move quickly into the front ranks of business–and the attitudes and values they bring to the table are deeply influenced by their time in business education,” said Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. “Will they accept the status quo or act on their passion about the positive role business can play at the intersection of corporate profit and social impact? The schools that are competitive in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking are the real trailblazers–they assure that students have the right skill as well as the will to make things happen.”

“In these challenging economic times, the general public, not just scholars, are questioning whether the established models of business are broken,” said Rich Leimsider, Director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education. “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.”

Ruth Archer, Director of the Tech MBA program at Michigan Tech added, “Our students are very concerned about a sustainable future. They appreciate receiving a first-class MBA in managing technology and innovation at the same time that they learn how to integrate social value with corporate profitability. This recognition will enable us to attract more like-minded students.”

Sample Findings

  • 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% in 2001; 45% in 2003; 54% in 2005; 63% in 2007; 69% 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%, from approximately 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.
  • However, the percentage of schools requiring content in a core course on how mainstream business can act as an engine for social or environmental change remains low, at 30%.
  • Approximately 7% 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

“Supporting environmental sustainability is a major strategic goal at Michigan Tech. To support this goal and maintain our cutting edge graduate programs, we continue to integrate environmental sustainability management education, including application and tools. This ensures that our MBA grads have the latest management decision making tools upon entering their chosen careers,” stated Dana Johnson, Associate Professor of Operations Management in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech.

School highlights from this Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey cycle are featured in a new guidebook for prospective MBA students, titled The Sustainable MBA, which is already available at and the Aspen Institute’s publication website.

The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. We help business educators incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into teaching and research by offering targeted resources, networks and a platform to share cutting edge practice among peers.

As part of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, Aspen CBE maintains close ties with over 150 MBA programs in 28 countries. Our websites draw over 100,000 visits monthly and our events and networks attract over 1,000 participants each year.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

School of Business and Economics Student Participating in the STEM Conference

SherAaron Hunt
SherAaron Hunt

SherAaron Hunt, a student in the School of Business and Economics, is participating in the Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference.  This is the conference of choice to recognize the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and attract and leverage talent in innovation, professional, and technical positions.

A leading, high-level meeting of minority women in information technology, computer science, information science, bioinformatics, digital arts, and the system, the Women of Color STEM conference ist he place to connect with the key issues in U.S. job growth diversity, the critical shortage of women in IT careers, technological innovation, and women-owned IT ventures.

SherAaron will travel to Dallas, Texas over the weekend to connect with women mentors and employers in technology careers.

Web Conference with Ron Gettelfinger, President of UAW

Ron Gettelfinger
Ron Gettelfinger

The School of Business and Economics welcomes Ron Gettelfinger, UAW President, via web conference for a discussion on Monday, November 9th, at 11am in EERC B45.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy.

UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations.

Please join us as we discuss health care issues, policy, and the fate of the big three with one of the nations biggest advocates for national single-payer health care.

For more information, review the New York Times public profile on Ron Gettlefinger.

The following bio is taken from website.

About Ron Gettelfinger
Ron Gettelfinger was elected to a second term as president of the UAW on June 14, 2006, at the UAW’s 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. He was first elected to the union’s top leadership post at the 33rd Constitutional Convention in 2002.

Gettelfinger is an outspoken advocate for national single-payer health care that would make health care accessible and affordable for every man, woman and child in the United States. In January 2006, he called for a “Marshall Plan” to renew America’s industrial base through incentives to manufacture energy-saving advanced technology vehicles and their key components in the United States. Under Gettelfinger’s leadership, the UAW has continued its fight for fair trade agreements that include provisions for workers’ rights and environmental provisions; and the union has loudly criticized the corporate global chase for the lowest wage which creates a race to the bottom that no workers, in any country, can win.

For six years he served as the elected director of UAW Region 3, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky, before being elected a UAW vice president in 1998. A member of UAW Local 862 since 1964, Gettelfinger is proud to be called a chassis line repairman. The workers at Ford’s Louisville Assembly plant elected Gettelfinger to represent them as committeeperson, bargaining chair and president.

Ron is a graduate of Indiana University. He and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of two adult children, and they also have four grandchildren.

Reminder: Elevator Pitch Entry Deadline October 30.

dollarEnter to win up to $1,000 with your great idea! The third Annual Elevator Pitch Competition will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. The competition will be held in Dow room 641 at 5:30 PM and is open to all Michigan Tech and Finlandia University students. First place will receive $1,000 cash, second place $500 and third place $250. This year we will be adding an additional $200 prize for crowd favorite. Bring all of your friends and relatives to vote for your team.

How can you enter?

A team can consist of any number of students. You may have a team of 5 students that develop the idea and only one or two of them actually make the pitch. You may have a team that develops the idea and you get someone outside of your team to make the presentation.

All teams are required to submit a one page summary of their business idea via email to: by midnight October 30, 2009. From the email submissions the preliminary judges will select the top 10 – 15 teams to go to the finals on November 17th. All teams will be notified November 5, 2009, if they have been selected to move on to the finals.

View the pitch that won in 2008, by Kyle Marsh and Lauralee Kroll on youtube.