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October 26, 2009
(Albuquerque, NM) UNM's Anderson School of Management has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the just released Aspen Institute's 2009-2010 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. The Anderson School ranked 19th on a list of the Top 100 business schools.
"I applaud the Aspen Institute for encouraging business schools to acknowledge their debt to society," said Anderson Dean Doug Brown. "It not only broadens our perspective; it extends our horizons."
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. For this period, 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: www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.
The survey found that social and environmental issues in business school curricula have increased dramatically over time. The Anderson School has been a leader in this trend by featuring a required course in its curriculum for the MBA focusing on social responsibility and ethical behavior since the 1970s. In recent years, eight of the nine other required courses in Anderson's core curriculum have incorporated topics, projects, and cases that highlight social and environmental issues. Nineteen elective courses taught to MBAs at Anderson also feature some attention to these issues, for example, Fraud Examination in accounting, Management of Financial Institutions in finance, Marketing and Society in the marketing area, and Environmental Sustainability and Business in the organizational studies department.
According to Dr. Jeanne Logsdon, Rust Professor of Business Ethics, "Anderson faculty members in all departments do an excellent job of incorporating current social and environmental concerns into their courses. Budget realities limit Anderson's ability to create many new graduate courses, as other business schools have done in recent years, but we have been using the resources we have to bring attention to these important issues."
In terms of extra-curricular activities associated with the Anderson School, the New Mexico Ethics Alliance, housed in the school's Pillmore Center for Ethics, is dedicated to creating and sustaining ethical cultures and conduct within New Mexico's communities, businesses, organizations, and governments. Anderson hosts a highly respected online program in business ethics for managers. In addition, the student chapter of Net Impact (Students for Responsible Business) is very active, and as a result of this positive experience, school alumni have started a Net Impact Professional Chapter for the New Mexico business community.
The Anderson School faculty also received recognition in the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey for scholarly research on topics related to social, environmental and ethical issues that was published in 2007 and 2008. Eleven publications on these topics were authored by eight faculty members.
The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.
The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (505) 277-6471.
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