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University of Michigan and INSEAD Faculty Members Receive 2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards

On September 30, the Aspen Institute announced the winners of its 2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards, an initiative that draws attention to new ideas on the role of business in creating a sustainable and inclusive society. The awards recognize faculty who are redefining business education through the exceptional courses they teach. Among this year’s winners, two professors from GBSN member schools, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Gianpiero Petriglieri, were honored for their visionary teaching.

Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, received an award for his course, “+Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice.” The experimental design class weaves together frameworks and research from anthropology, social psychology, sociology and industrial design in order to develop holistic solutions to global problems. As part of the curriculum, student teams explore leverage points between university-generated intellectual capital and opportunities to build a sustainable solution to an unmet need at scale. The course gives students the opportunity to think broadly and break down traditional organizational boundaries in business education.

Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, was recognized for his core leadership course, “Ethics: Value-based leadership for cosmopolitans,” in which he invites students to uncover the values implicit in the theories and tools they are acquiring and to consider the impact of those theories and tools on lives and societies. In his curriculum, Professor Petriglieri taps into the liberal arts and social sciences, calling upon students to critically evaluate the highly functional or idolized vision of leadership among the “globally mobile.” The leadership course encourages students to suspend the relentless focus on functional performance that often impedes acknowledging, engaging with, and learning from, cultural performances.

We encourage you to continue exploring the role of business in creating an inclusive, sustainable society by joining us at our Virtual Conference in November. Motivated to address the most pressing needs of society and enabled by digital innovation, business schools have been redefining the boundaries of their work. Many are at the forefront of efforts to rethink business as an engine of innovation for tackling the grand challenges of society. GBSN Beyond is about the bold efforts of leading business schools to move beyond business and borders to positively impact society and generate inclusive and sustainable growth. GBSN Beyond will convene global leaders in academia, government, and industry to collectively explore the critical role of business and entrepreneurship education in our global future. Participants will look ahead and consider our futures Beyond the Classroom, Beyond Graduation, and Beyond the Administration of our schools by sharing ideas and opportunities for generating greater global impact. https://gbsn.org/conference/gbsn-beyond/