Beyond Grey Pinstripes is the only MBA ranking focused on social and environmental impact.
Beyond Grey Pinstripes is an independent, biennial survey conducted by the Aspen Institute highlighting how academic institutions prepare students to meet the business challenges of tomorrow. Rankings are based on required and elective courses on social and environmental impact, and articles published on relevant topics.
The shooting of Trayvon Martin and ongoing investigation have caught the attention of the nation. Not only did the event lead to the creation of the largest ever created website petition (on Change.org, for George Zimmerman’s arrest), but it has brought the public’s attention back to an ongoing dialogue around the state of race relations in the United States. This month, we highlight how MBA programs are treating the topic of race.
Interpersonal Dynamics (Stanford University): This elective at Stanford Graduate School of Business engages students to dig deeply into how effective relationships are built and how minorities are treated in the workplace. During the course, students are encouraged to revisit personal experiences of their discrimination against others, explore their own feelings and beliefs, and re-evaluate their approach to this still-challenging issue.
Manager Race and the Race of New Hires (UC Berkeley Haas): Published in the Journal of Labor Economics by Jonathan Leonard and David Levine, this research from UC Berkeley faculty focuses on personnel data from a large U.S. retail firm to explore the relationship between the race or ethnicity of a hiring manager and the racial composition of new hires.
Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (Cornell University): The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University aims to educate the “next generation of neutrals.” Through undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees, training and certificate programs for professionals, consultation and technical assistance, and research and evaluation, this Institute focuses on programs dealing with workplace dispute resolution.
In spring 2012, the Aspen Institute announced the suspension of its MBA ranking. Aspen will continue to identify and celebrate innovative teaching and research at business schools around the world, and will, through its portfolio of work in business education, build upon the changes that Beyond Grey Pinstripes has encouraged over the past decade. Read the open letter from Aspen’s business education team explaining these changes.