A Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools: Case Study

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Business school rankings have been criticized, to blindly “follow the money” with their strong focus on salaries and economic performance, thereby reflecting the values and expectations of the times the rankings were created. Rankings are increasingly seen as out of touch with changing demands on business and business schools to address issues of social impact and sustainability. The newly created Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools (PIR) provides an answer to these demands. This paper presents a case study on the new PIR. It first provides an overview of the critique of current business school rankings. It highlights emerging trends towards including social impact and sustainability in the business school landscape, with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, research initiatives, accreditations, and rankings. It then presents and discusses in detail the new PIR launched in January 2020 at the WEF in Davos and its initial reception. This new “by students and for students” rating reaches out to students to assess their own business schools on how they perceive them in creating a positive impact on and for the world.

Authors Dyllick-Brenzinger, Thomas & Muff, Katrin
Journal or Publication Title 14
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2 November 2020
Volume Vol. 12
Number 22
Page Range 9551
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229551
Depositing User Prof. em. Thomas Dyllick-Brenzinger
Date Deposited 01 Jun 2021 14:07
Last Modified 01 Jun 2021 15:17
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/263245


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Dyllick-Brenzinger, Thomas & Muff, Katrin (2020) A Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools: Case Study. 14, Vol. 12 (22). 9551.


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