Celebrating 20 exceptional courses that are redefining excellence in business education – and ultimately business practice.

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Bringing visibility to the courses that change the world.

The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards celebrate exceptional courses that are preparing future business leaders to tackle society’s largest challenges and create a more inclusive, just, and sustainable version of capitalism. The Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program is honoring 20 remarkable courses from around the world that are redefining excellence in business education – and ultimately business practice. Our 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Award winners paint a picture of what is possible in management education.

These courses were chosen with support from our Advisory Committee:

  • Bruce Buchanan

C.W. Nichols Professor of Business Ethics; Director, Business & Society Program; Professor of Marketing

Stern School of Business, New York University

  • Maureen Scully

Associate Professor of Management

College of Management, University of Massachusetts

  • Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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This Year's Recipients



We received a record number of nominations, making it apparent that courses looking to challenge conventional business school approaches to private enterprise and markets are growing both in number and in breadth of topics covered. We are honored to recognize all of the nominations as courses working to inspire and equip students to be more thoughtful about their influence as business leaders on the world around them.  

135 Nominations received from 16 countries, over 6 continents


20 Years Supporting Faculty 

Aspen BSP has been awarding excellence in business school teaching since 1999. 

To find out more about previous awards, click below.


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