Honoring Innovative Education

The Aspen Institute honors educators for designing courses with impact.

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S Business & Society Program has bestowed its 2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards on nine courses and the business faculty who teach them. The awards recognize “faculty who are redefining business education—providing learning experiences that equip managers of tomorrow with the context, skills and decision-making capabilities needed to lead in an increasingly complex business environment—and world,” according to the organization.

“2020 has underscored the need for fresh thinking on issues at the intersection of business and society,” says Business & Society Advisor Claire Preisser, and that type of thinking is reflected in both the form and content of the winning entries. For instance, a course on organizing in times of crisis is team-taught by instructors from several universities across multiple nations. A course on ethics and sustainability draws on the perspective and framework of indigenous peoples and sparks debates about centuries-old racial injustices embedded in modern social and economic systems.

The nine winners are:

  • +Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice
    Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks
    The Stephen M. Ross School of Business
    The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

  • Corporate Diplomacy: Aligning Stakeholder Analytics & Strategy
    Witold Henisz
    The Wharton School
    The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

  • Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
    Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, Peter McGhee, Amber Nicholson, Peter Skilling
    The AUT Business School
    The Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand

  • Ethics: Value-Based Leadership for Cosmopolitans
    Gianpiero Petriglieri
    Fontainebleu, France

  • Future of Work
    Siddhartha Saxena
    The Amrut Mody School of Management
    Ahmedabad University in Gujarat, India

  • Organizing in Times of Crisis: The Case of Covid19
    Leonhard Dobusch
    Faculty of Business and Management
    The University of Innsbruck in Austria
    Elke Schüßler
    JKU Business School
    Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria

  • Resource Allocation in Organizations
    Elizabeth Castillo
    College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
    Arizona State University in Tempe

  • Seminar in Business & Society
    Oscar Jerome Stewart
    Lam Family College of Business
    San Francisco State University in California

  • The 360º Corporation
    Sarah Kaplan
    The Rotman School of Management
    The University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada