Ideas Worth Teaching Awards

Bringing visibility to 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 The Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program seeks courses from around the world that move past outdated 20th century frameworks and reframe what it means to be a leader in business.

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2017 Award Recipients


These courses were chosen with support from our Award Selection 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


2017 Submissions

We received a record number of nominations in 2017, 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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