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Corporate Knights 2020 MBA Ranking

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In the 18th annual Corporate Knights Better World Top 40 MBA, Nottingham University Business School ranks 5th globally and 3rd in the UK for sustainable management education and faculty research.

This year, the School has reached its highest ever position in this ranking, rising six places since 2019. 

2020 Corporate Knights Top 40 Better World MBA ranking

Toronto-based Corporate Knights is the world’s largest circulation magazine focused on sustainable business. Its Better World MBA Ranking has an 18-year history evaluating the extent to which MBA programmes integrate sustainability knowledge and skills into business education.

The ranking recognises MBA programmes with an implicit dedication to and focus on sustainable development.  Its aim is to amplify the work being done in MBA programmes around the world to advance the notion and practice of clean capitalism – “an economic system in which prices incorporate social, economic and ecological benefits and costs, and actors know the full impacts of their actions.”

To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 150 MBA programmes around the world, including the top 100 in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2020 as well as all AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champion accredited business schools.

Full-time MBA programmes are evaluated across five key performance indicators:

  • the number of sustainability-focused articles published by faculty in peer-reviewed journals and citations (50%)
  • the number of core MBA courses that incorporate sustainable development topics (30%)
  • the business school's research institutes and centres that focus on sustainable development issues (10%)
  • faculty diversity (10%)

Leadership in sustainability education

Nottingham University Business School has a long history of teaching and research leadership in responsible business and sustainable finance. The School is committed to educating future business leaders to take both an ethical and sustainable perspective on business practices and growth.

All Nottingham MBA students take a core course, Sustainable Decisions and Organisations, that focuses on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability. A wide range of practitioners are involved and students present their sustainable strategy to a board of business leaders as well as to journalists in a press conference.

As well as the School’s leading International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, among its research centres and institutes evaluated for this ranking are the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL); the Africa Research Group; and the Neo-demographic Laboratory for Analytics in Business (N/LAB).

All have a key focus on research in many areas of economic, social and environmental sustainability and work with international collaborators, companies and organisations in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Nottingham's Dean, Professor Duncan Angwin said:

Our global ranking at number five illustrates our capacity to deliver critical, contemporary and responsible business education. It acknowledges and rewards our fundamental mission to develop forward thinking leaders who bring ethical, inclusive and creative capabilities to their management practice.  Being placed in the top echelon of business schools situates Nottingham as one of a global handful of business schools that deliver advanced management education with a clear view of emerging leadership paradigms for a changing world. In terms of teaching, research and practice, NUBS has been recognised as working at the very pinnacle of its sector while working to influence sustainability as a vital consideration in organisational practice, institutional improvement and governmental policy to empower markets to foster a better world. It is our privilege to support our students, their organisations and their communities to seek better, more sustainable ways of working now and into the future.

Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights, said:

Every MBA should be a sustainable MBA, and the Better World business schools are showing us how.

About Corporate Knights

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance, including the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Corporate Knights was named Magazine of the Year in 2013 and won the SABEW Canada Silver Award for Investigative Reporting in 2019.

Corporate Knights 2020 Better World MBA Ranking

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2020




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