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Beyond grey pinstripes
Beyond grey pinstripes
Professor Andrew Pettigrew
Professor Andrew Pettigrew

Internal News - 12 October 2007

Bath MBA recognised for integrating social and environmental issues

The School of Management has been included in the latest edition of the Aspen Institute’s prestigious international ranking of MBA programmes.

The Institute’s survey, Beyond grey pinstripes 2007-8, recognises the school’s demonstration of significant leadership in integrating social and environmental stewardship into the Bath MBA curriculum and wider school research.

The biennial survey, which was sent to 600 institutions around the world, ranked the School of Management 60th in a list of the world’s top 100 business schools, putting it in the top 10 in Europe and top three in the UK.

The research undertaken by Bath's faculty is ranked eighth in the world; an indication of the very high quality of those teaching on the programme.

A key feature of the survey is that it looks at how well social and environmental issues are incorporated into the development of future business leaders.

Dean of the School of Management, Professor Andrew Pettigrew, commented: “I am delighted to see the school take its place in the Beyond grey pinstripes ranking.

“The ethos of our world-class MBA programme is to look beyond business processes and techniques to emphasise the importance of self-awareness, intuition, cross-cultural sensitivity and entrepreneurship skills.

“It also entails having a socially responsible and ethical approach to business and management, and it is gratifying to see the success of this approach being recognised by such a prestigious publication.

“The school has been committed to incorporating social and environmental stewardship into its programmes for many years with our ground-breaking MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice having led the way in introducing a new way of thinking to our students when it was launched 10 years ago.

“My thanks go to all my colleagues who have brought such commitment and enthusiasm to this vital area of our work and who have helped us achieve this excellent result.”

Rich Leimsider, Director of the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE), said: “This year’s survey tells us that society and the environment are becoming significant issues on campus, not just for students, but in the dean’s office and in many classrooms.”

Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, said: “In the Beyond grey pinstripes survey, success is measured not by how much new MBA graduates earn, or how many offers they get, but by how well prepared they are to guide a company through the complex relationship of business and society, where issues relating to the environment or the well-being of a community can impact a company’s performance and reputation.”

The complete ranking of the Beyond grey pinstripes 2007-2008 ‘Global 100’ business schools can be found in the related links section.


The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education seeks to create business leaders for the 21st century who are equipped with the vision and knowledge necessary to integrate corporate profitability with social value. To that end, it offers programs that provide business educators with the resources they need to incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into their teaching, research and curriculum development. As part of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (Aspen BSP), Aspen CBE maintains close ties with over 100 MBA programs in 23 countries. Its websites draw over 75,000 visits monthly and its events and networks attract over 1,000 participants each year.