Aspen Business & Society International MBA Case Competition


Congratulations to the winners of the Aspen Institute’s 2011 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition!

  • First Place: Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics (Canada)
  • Second Place: Villanova University, Villanova School of Business (United States)
  • Third Place: ESADE Business School (Spain)
  • Fourth Place: Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business (United States)
  • Fifth Place: IESA (Venezuela)

The 2011 competition introduced an innovative case study produced by the Yale School of Management that asked students to take on the role of consultants advising Trina Solar, a China-based company, on expanding its presence within the United States. Many strategic decisions must be made against a turbulent political environment. Solar installations require government subsidies to make the energy economically viable, so tracking these subsidies and encouraging their continuation is of crucial importance. In addition, Chinese companies like Trina had to anticipate U.S.-China trade relations that could change the economics of trade or lead to outright bans on importation. If you are a faculty member interested in accessing an inspection copy of this year’s case study, please contact us.

You are invited to view the written submissions of the five finalist teams submitted for Round One of the 2011 competition, as well as their PowerPoint presentations crafted for Round Three, the Finals, in New York City:

Pictures from the 2011 Finals will be available shortly on this website.

Thanks to all of our partnering schools, dedicated judges, and generous sponsors for making this year’s competition a great success!

There is so much excitement around this year’s competition, and rightfully so – you are joining more than a thousand students from 25 outstanding business schools who will tackle a brand new case study challenging you to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and environmental, social, and ethical issues. You are stepping into a difficult real-life business decision, not unlike the multi-dimensional challenges that you’ll be responsible for addressing as a business leader of a new generation.

This program offers a meaningful opportunity for reflection on the significant and positive influence that business can have on society. Plus, you’ll be competing for one of the largest case competition prize pools in existence.

There’s a lot of information contained in these pages, and much more coming in the next few weeks. We suggest you begin this experience by learning more about the history of the competition by looking under the “About” tab above.

Good luck!


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Information about the 2011 Competition will be posted shortly!


Congratulations to the winners of the Aspen Institute’s 2010 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition!

  • First Place: The Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • Second Place: Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
  • Third Place: Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Fourth Place: University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics
  • Fifth Place: Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

The 2010 Competition introduced a newly commissioned case study written by Professor Oana Branzei for Ivey Publishing that asked students to take on the role of consultants preparing a strategic sustainability plan for The Tata Group, an India-based, multinational conglomerate. Free inspection copies of this case study will be made available to registered faculty of

Pictures from the final round of competition in New York City will be posted shortly on the Media page of this website.

Thank you to all 2010 participating schools and partnering companies for making this year’s Competition a great success – we look forward to 2011!