Business schools are increasingly at the forefront of a variety of sustainability-related efforts, and a gamut of innovations in this area are shared within the Innovations That Inspire collection, from the environmental to the socially responsible.
I’M the Change
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (India)
The focus of this initiative is to enable students to understand the ethos of sustainability, social responsibility, and distributive justice through the hands-on execution of live social projects. The initiative is a step toward addressing a critical unmet need in today’s world, namely “the role, responsibilities and purpose of business,” as underscored by Srikant M. Datar et al. in their seminal book Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads.
The initiative is a three-credit, required course that runs for six months. The desired learning outcomes are for students to appreciate, through experience, the societal contexts and challenges of people who are unlike themselves, and for the students to develop an understanding of social responsibilities in individual as well as business contexts. The pedagogy is premised on the “Know-Do-Be” philosophy outlined in Rethinking the MBA.
Student groups are exposed to underprivileged communities across different religions, ethnicities, cultures, languages, and livelihoods. Each student group then focuses on making a contribution to the community, proposes an implementation plan with concrete deliverables, and executes it on the ground.
About Innovations That Inspire
From a pool of 315 submissions spanning 33 countries, the 2017 Innovations That Inspire collection demonstrates business education’s engagement across disciplines, with diverse groups, and with business practice. Thirty-five of these innovations were featured at the 2017 Deans Conference and are available for public browsing. The complete collection of Innovations That Inspire, including the 2016 Innovations That Inspire collection, can be found using AACSB’s DataDirect.