2019 Innovations That Inspire Highlights

Business schools are change-agents, creating environments where out-of-the-box thinking thrives. Through Innovations That Inspire, AACSB highlights ways that business schools—within its greater Business Education Alliance—are globally transforming face of higher education.

The 2019 Innovations That Inspire challenge invited members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance to identify ways they are inspiring new approaches to thought leadership and increasing its impact through the co-creation of knowledge—a key opportunity of AACSB’s Collective Vision for Business Education.

The highlights of this year’s challenge represent 21 examples of how business schools are producing new curriculum, research, programs, and thought leadership. Their collaborative efforts are multidisciplinary, dynamic, and impactful, and AACSB is honored to recognize them.


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Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

Innovation Title: Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI)

Based on an annual survey of HR executives, the Recruitment Confidence Index measures anticipated changes in attracting and recruiting personnel and provides a think tank for HR executives in Greece.

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Asian Institute of Management

Innovation Title[email protected]

Championing industry-government-academia partnerships through research and development and “techpreneurship,” [email protected] seeks to help grow businesses, improve developing Asian economies, and build the Philippines’ data analytics capacity.

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Creighton University

Creighton University, Heider College of Business

Innovation TitleThe BlueBox Project

Through the BlueBox Project, students and faculty develop and deploy open-source educational materials through electricity- and solar-powered computers and charging stations located in remote regions worldwide.

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Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo

Innovation Title: Innovating the Applied Research Model

Since 2015, FGV EAESP 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.

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George Mason University, School of Business

Innovation Title: Business for a Better World Initiative

Mason’s BBWI addresses the world’s “wicked” challenges through innovative curricula, cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research, and robust private-public partnerships, empowering leaders to create a better world.

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Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Innovation TitleLegal Analytics Lab

The Legal Analytics Lab is developing a world-class research program in the use of text mining and machine learning to detect patterns, predict outcomes, and derive insights related to compliance, regulatory, litigation, and transactional risk.

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HEC Montréal

Innovation TitleDigital Innovation for Humanitarian Logistics

To help aid organizations better plan their responses to humanitarian crises, researchers and graduate students work in collaboration with them to develop innovative decision-making tools that enable robust, cost-efficient, and timely relief solutions.

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Hult International Business School

Hult International Business School

Innovation TitleBeyond Translation: Relevant Research in Practice

Driven to develop research that impacts business and society, Hult has transformed its research culture in a way that stimulates the creation, dissemination, use, and benefit of applied and relevant research across Hult’s global faculty.

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Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia, School of Business

Innovation TitleGerontechnology Laboratory (GT Lab)

The GT Lab was established to deepen awareness and understanding of the health and well-being, active aging, and safe working and living of older adults through assistive technology-based research.

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Nicolaus Copernicus University

Nicolaus Copernicus University in ToruĊ„, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management

Innovation TitleElderly Unemployed Vocational Activation Strategy

This strategy aims to set incentives for public employment services, businesses, and researchers to form local alliances and develop new effective measures that help integrate Poland’s over-50 unemployed population into the regular labor market.

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Rice University

Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

Innovation TitleRice Business Wisdom

Translating the most exciting research from Rice Business scholars into writing that is concise, compelling, and free of charge, Rice Business Wisdom shares Rice intellectual capital with ambitious employees and leaders of businesses, families, and communities.

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Rowan University

Rowan University, Rohrer College of Business

Innovation TitleBuilding Bridges Between Disciplines

Through Studio 231, a learning laboratory and makerspace, Rowan University connects students and faculty from disciplines across campus to work on early-stage research and commercialization projects.

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Santa Clara Leavey

Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business

Innovation TitleNo Produce Left Behind: Measuring Farm-Level Food Loss

To tackle the twin problems of on-farm food loss and local food insecurity, multidisciplinary student teams worked with faculty and staff members to develop reliable estimates of unharvested, edible produce that help food banks provide nutritious food assistance as well as reduce the environmental impacts of farming.

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Simon Fraser U

Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business

Innovation TitleEmbedding Project

The Embedding Project is a global public benefit research project that helps companies advance their sustainability efforts by embedding social and environmental factors across their operations and decision-making.

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Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Innovation TitleEnsuring Societal Impact Through Business Research

LKCSB actively promotes societal impact from business school research through a coordinated and collaborative approach combining internal funding calls, concept development feedback, securing of corporate and public partners for co-creation, and seed funding for big ideas.

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Toulouse Business School

Innovation TitleStrategic Research Analysis Corporate Project

The SRA Corporate Project is a academic-industry collaboration where students and faculty work together with a firm on a research-intensive question initiated by practitioners' needs and resulting in research reports and publications.

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Innovation Title‘Working Toward Shared Prosperity’ Dialogue

Michigan Ross partnered with the Aspen Institute to convene a dialogue among academics and practitioners in business, labor, government, and nonprofits to translate research findings about employment and prosperity equity into useful insights for practice. 

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University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

Innovation TitleMedical Industry Leadership Institute

The Carlson School of Management’s 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.

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia, UniSA Business School

Innovation TitlePartnered Research for Global Brand Impact

UniSA Business School’s Ehrenberg Bass Institute for Marketing Science operates a unique corporate sponsorship program that engages marketers globally, funds fundamental research, and delivers in-market impact through industry-ready, evidence-based services and tools.

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UNSW Sydney, UNSW Business School

Innovation Title: UNSW Sandbox Method for Transformative Research

The UNSW Sandbox Method is a translational, multidisciplinary research methodology for co-creating business and social impact that aims to bridge the academic-practice gap and provide a platform for high-impact research.

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Villanova University

Villanova University, Villanova School of Business

Innovation TitleLab for Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research

The Laboratory for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Research provides a physical space for VSB faculty and students to conduct research studies using experimentation, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and other primary sources.

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