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New Member Spotlight: Bentley University

New Member

Bentley University

Bentley University is more than just one of the nation’s top business schools. It is a lifelong-learning community that creates successful leaders who make business a force for positive change. With a combination of business and the arts and sciences and a flexible, personalized approach to education, Bentley provides students with critical thinking and practical skills that prepare them to lead successful, rewarding careers. The university enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and PhD students and is set on 163 acres in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston. To learn more about Bentley University, please visit www.bentley.edu.

Accreditations: Bentley is a member of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development, the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts, the European Foundation for Management Development, the European Doctoral Programs Association in Management and Business Administration, the Principles for Responsible Management Education, the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the College Board.

Dean: William Read

GBSN Ambassadors: Natalie Schlegel, Executive Director of International Education and Rick Oches, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Emerging Markets Institute or Center

W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics: a consulting organization whose vision is a world in which all businesses contribute positively to society through their ethically sound and responsible operations. Our mission is to help create organizational cultures that align effective business performance with ethical business conduct.

Network Engagement

Ways the institution will support the GBSN mission to improve access to quality management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world:

At Bentley University, we strive to redefine business as a force for good locally and globally. Our business education philosophy has long focused on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Our faculty’s interdisciplinary research, thought leadership, and teaching excellence have contributed to our reputation not just for accounting and finance but equally for our commitments to business ethics, sustainability (UN PRME, President’s Climate Action) and to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our hands-on learning through community and corporate partnerships are central to our DNA. We bring our sense of commitment to our local and global communities as well as our track record of collaboration to GBSN’s mission.

Institutional Contributions to the Network Platform in the First Year:

Bentley is looking forward to contributing our expertise and practice in areas such as business ethics, corporate responsibility and service learning. We can share examples of how UN Sustainable Development Goals inform our teaching and how we center triple bottom line thinking in our business education. We also intend to humbly listen and learn from members and partners. We are committed to play a role as a force for social development and economic growth in the developing world.

“GBSN membership will provide Bentley an opportunity to share our expertise and practice in the areas of business ethics and corporate responsibility, including social justice and racial equity. In addition, Bentley University looks forward to benefitting from the knowledge and experiences of fellow member institutions in these critical areas.” – William Read, Dean of Business

Institutional Engagement with Fellow GBSN Member Institutions:

The W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, established in 1976, is one of the world’s leading research and educational institutes in the field of business ethics. Bentley’s considerable expertise in business ethics could be a useful resource to fellow GBSN member institutions. In addition, GBSN member institutions should find Bentley’s recently launched Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) major for undergraduates a timely response to the growing importance of DEI in the workplace. Students choosing to pursue a DEI major can elect two pathways: a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a focus on critical and theoretical approaches to social justice; or a Bachelor of Science degree, which emphasizes the importance of DEI in organizational strategy.

The biggest challenge facing management in your community and how the institution addresses this challenge:

The biggest challenge facing management in our community is to help businesses to continually strive for carbon neutrality, zero waste generation, and a socially just and inclusive community. Recognized as one of the most “environmentally responsible” educational institutions in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, Bentley continues to identify innovative ways to reduce its carbon footprint as well as find creative approaches to educate the campus community on the intersectionality of social justice, racial justice and climate justice.

Highlighted Innovative and Impactful Program:

Bentley’s Center for Women in Business (CWB) offers custom in-house workshops that provide attendees with powerful DE&I tools and knowledge to help create and foster more inclusive organizations. These workshops are interactive, grounded in research, and positive in approach. More than 100 companies have partnered with the CWB on diversity and inclusion-related issues.

GBSN promotes the expertise and interests of our members by providing a platform to communicate news and open opportunities to global audiences and share how they are innovating in management education to the benefit of their colleagues around the world. The New Member Spotlight series serves as a way for new member schools to introduce themselves to the network.