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MBA Program Honored for Social and Environmental Stewardship

A recent survey nsamed the Lally School of Management and Technology’s MBA program one of the top programs in the country that incorporates environmental and business issues.   

The report, Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship, was released by the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute’s Initiative for Social Innovation through Business. The findings were based on a survey of more than 313 schools with MBA programs. The full report can be found at www.wri.org/wri/ bschools.

“Altruism and social responsibility are finding a bigger place in B-school curriculum,” Business Week said in its coverage of the report.   

Rensselaer was included among schools such as Cornell University’s Johnson School, George Washington University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.   

“Social and environmental issues are extremely important in the global business community as we move into the next century,” says Joseph Ecker, dean. “The Lally School’s program in environmental management and policy prepares graduates who understand the strategic importance of social and environmental issues.”   

The environmental management and policy program at Rensselaer is led by Bruce Piasecki, director and associate professor of environmental management; Frank Mendelson, assistant to the director; David Hopkins and Peter Skinner, adjunct professors of environmental management; and Kevin Fletcher, Ph.D. candidate and instructor. Currently there are 50 students in the environmental management program that began in 1992.   

While environmental and social awareness play an increasingly important role in the bottom line for many companies, business schools have been slow to respond to the need for employees trained to manage these business issues, according to the report.

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