Innovating For The Future

The 30 spotlighted schools and their innovations from AACSB's Innovations That Inspire" initiative.

An American school is training African executives to navigate capital markets. A Latin American school has focused its studies on sustainable development. A school in New Zealand translates faculty research into papers that can be easily understood by external stakeholders. These are only a handful of the fresh new initiatives that recently have been developed by AACSB member schools around the globe.

AACSB International is recognizing these creative programs through its “Innovations That Inspire” initiative,  for which the organization invited schools to submit details of their groundbreaking ideas in four specific categories: research and scholarship, pedagogy and learning, outreach and engagement, and strategy and administration. More than 200 schools from 35 countries responded with details of close to 300 innovations. Thirty of them will be spotlighted on February 1 at the 2016 Deans Conference in Miami, Florida

Articles about innovations at additional institutions will appear in the May/June issue of BizEd, which will focus on how schools are engaging with their communities and having an impact on business, education, and society. In the coming months, members also will have access to the full portfolio of submissions via AACSB’s benchmarking database, DataDirect. Details of the 30 spotlighted innovations can be seen at In addition, here’s a quick peek at the 30 spotlighted schools and their innovations.

California State University, Northridge, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Created a large-scale automated follow-up system that provides benchmarks on student earnings, employment, and industry over a ten-year period.

Colorado State University, College of Business. Developed the online tool ACTIV82LRN, which allows students to engage in social learning by answering questions and evaluating the answers of fellow students.

ESSCA School of Management in France. Promoted interaction between students and recently graduated entrepreneurs.

HEC Montréal in Canada. Created an experiential business history class where students cycle for 12 days and 500 kilometers to get a firsthand look at the forces behind Quebec’s industrial development.

Iowa State University, College of Business. Established an international live case study that allows students to observe a complete supply chain while traveling abroad.

Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business, in Georgia. Developed a research doctoral program for nontraditional students.

Lancaster University, Lancaster University Management School, in the U.K. Played a major role in implementing governmental policy by designing and delivering a £32 million national program that enabled economic regional growth.

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in the U.K.. Partnered with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to devise honors tax degree programs.

Massey University, Massey Business School, in New Zealand. Demonstrates research relevance to external stakeholders through its Research Translation Competition.

Open University Business School in the U.K. Created free online learning resources.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Administración. Created the Changemaker Academy of Social Innovation to promote the sustainable development of the planet.

S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in India. Involved faculty, staff, students, and alumni in a timed, zero-cost social media campaign around authenticity.

Sakarya University, Faculty of Management, in Turkey. Places its foreign students as interns in several small- and medium-sized export companies in the city of Sakarya.

Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Uses its SMU-X Initiative to encourage students to collaborate in interdisciplinary and hands-on ways.

SolBridge International School of Business in South Korea. Considers its student debating club an instrument for promoting social change, with students as change agents.

St. Mary’s College of California, School of Economics and Business Administration. Created a new Digital Driver’s License faculty program to ensure that faculty members are comfortable teaching online.

The George Washington University, George Washington School of Business in D.C. Collaborates with the Milken Institute and the International Finance Corporation Treasury to train mid-level African professionals.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Created the Leadership App for its comprehensive MBA Leadership Immersion program.

The University of Oklahoma, Michael F. Price College of Business. Restructured its associate dean and executive staff into three dedicated areas; incorporated the Office of Economic Development into the business school.

The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management. Developed Professional Online Portfolios that allow students to showcase their core knowledge, leadership potential, and personalities to potential employers.

Universidad del Pacifico, School of Business Sciences, in Peru. Collaborated with Peruvian public university faculty on programs to strengthen their teaching and research capabilities in the fields of business, economics, and public management.

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management in Belgium. Created the multidisciplinary TRIAXES program in which students from business, engineering, and design departments develop and market a new product.

University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Management. Created a space exclusively for management undergraduates that facilitates learning and builds community.

University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, in Canada. Supported Professor Piers Steel, one of the founders of the social science research tool metaBUS.

University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Runs the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center, an on-campus facility that allows students to pursue research opportunities with UD faculty and JPMorgan Chase employees.

University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science, in South Africa. Introduced a core module that exposed students to political, social, and economic challenges before they embarked on their international immersions.

University of Queensland, UQ Business School, in Australia. Created a two-page template to provide novice researchers with a simple tool to confidently “pitch” a new research proposal to an academic expert.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business. Introduced language designed to spark new conversations and shifted school efforts from delivering classroom teaching to inspiring student learning.

Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria Business School, in New Zealand. Established six Partnership Professorial Chairs focusing on issues of critical importance to local and regional stakeholders.

Wake Forest University, School of Business, in North Carolina. Deployed a faculty evaluation approach that allows faculty to pursue excellence in six different paths and increases instructional quality and research productivity.