Three Ross Faculty Receive Aspen Award for Exceptional Business Courses

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Earlier this year, The Aspen Institute, a well-respected education and policy organization, named two Michigan Ross offerings to its annual list of exceptional business courses and said they would receive Ideas Worth Teaching Awards.

Ross was the only school with more than one class on the list.

This week, the three Ross faculty responsible for those courses––Jerry Davis, Chris White, and Andrew Hoffman –– officially received those awards during a joint event with The Aspen Institute and Michigan Ross, called “Working Towards Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue.”

Davis and White teach Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations, an MBA elective. Andrew Hoffman taught the 2017 Sustainable Business in Iceland, a 2017 Global Practicum course for undergraduate, Master of Management, and Master of Accounting students.

The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards are given to “exceptional courses that inspire and equip future business leaders to tackle the issues of our time.” The institute is honoring a total of 20 courses from around the world.  

“At a time when business leaders face intense scrutiny about their role in social issues, these award-winning faculty are bravely challenging the ‘norms’ of what is taught in business school—and creating leaders who can navigate a highly uncertain environment,” says Claire Preisser, associate director of Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (BSP).

Working Towards Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue,” is an invitation-only gathering in Ann Arbor Oct. 25-26, co-hosted by Aspen BSP and Michigan Ross. The two-day dialogue is exploring the incentives and constraints that are increasing business decisions about hiring, compensation, training, and job quality; examining recent and on-the horizon changes in labor, capital and product markets; and determining leverage points of change.

Speakers include faculty and administrators across Ross, the Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy, the U-M School of Information, and the U-M Law School. The event also attracted professors and researchers from other top business schools, such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT Sloan, as well as leaders from the private sector, such as WalMart and Steelcase.