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AACSB Highlights 21 Novel Approaches to Business School Collaborations and Their Impact

Press Release from AACSB International

TAMPA, Fla., April 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The complex needs of business, government, and society must be addressed through multidisciplinary, dynamic, and impactful partnerships. Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world's largest business education network—recognizes 21 business school collaborations as highlights of its 2019 Innovations That Inspire challenge.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world's largest business education alliance--connecting students, academia, and business. As a nonprofit membership organization AACSB's mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact within business education. With headquarters in North America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe, it is a global association of more than 1,600 institutions and organizations, across 99 countries and territories. Focused on preparing the future with responsible, global leaders through the highest quality of standards in business education, AACSB accredits more than 795 business schools worldwide. (PRNewsfoto/AACSB International)

An annual initiative, the challenge recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape. This year's focus emphasizes co-creation of knowledge—one of five opportunities identified in AACSB's Collective Vision for Business Education. With research and thought leadership as a foundation, the highlighted institutions are engaging in a wide range of collaborative partnerships to support new curriculum, establish new products or services, and impact industry and government policy.

Included among the highlighted innovations is Simon Fraser University's Embedding Project, which helps companies advance their sustainability efforts by embedding social and environmental factors across their operations and decision-making processes. In Brazil, Fundação Getulio Vargas has systematically worked to consolidate their applied research management model in order to value researchers focused on this activity and maximize the impact of research on organizations and society. Likewise at the University of Minnesota, the Medical Industry Leadership Institute aims to shape the future of the medical industry and drive innovation through cutting-edge leadership education, research, and market development.

"Business schools that engage across disciplines and with industry, inside and outside the traditional bounds of business and management, exemplify AACSB's vision for the future of business education," said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. "We are honored to recognize these 21 business schools as they lead by example, emphasizing their own areas of expertise and embracing collaborative approaches, all while addressing critical issues to drive social change."

Now in its fourth year, the Innovations That Inspire challenge has highlighted more than 100 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement or outreach, and leadership. To date, members of AACSB's Business Education Alliance have shared more than 800 innovations, creating a robust repository in AACSB's DataDirect system to inform and inspire fellow members and the industry.

For an overview of all featured innovations, visit aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.

About AACSB International
As the world's largest business education alliance, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to almost 1,700 member organizations, and over 800 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB's mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore. For more information, visit aacsb.edu.

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