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Management professors at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Spain’s ESADE Business School received the 2013 Faculty Pioneer Awards from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program for their demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating complex business and society issues into their teaching. Wharton’s Mauri F. Guillen and ESADE’s Nicola M. Piess were selected for this year’s honor.

Aspen said that this year’s selection criteria are designed with a very specific objective in mind: to identify and recognize faculty who are ensuring that their students examine critically the purpose of the corporation.

“To be prepared for the complex challenges they will face in their careers, today’s business students must examine basic assumptions about what role business can and should play in society,” says Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Business & Society Program.  “It is no longer adequate – or accurate to say business simply has to create value for shareholders.  This year’s winners and finalists are exceptional because they require students to wrestle with broad questions about the primary responsibilities of business.”

Nominations for these awards were submitted by academics around the world. Self nominations are not considered.  This year’s award winners and finalists were selected by Aspen Institute staff in consultation with academic advisers:  Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business, New York University; Dr. Bruce Hutton, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; and Dr. Anita McGahan, The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.