Brown School launches first social work-based social entrepreneurship program

Interest in social entrepreneurship — using innovation and enterprise to address social problems — has exploded, but training has always been from a business perspective. This fall, the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis will be home to the first social entrepreneurship program based in a social work setting.

MBA class defies trends, breaks records

First year MBA students at Olin get a head start on the school year with a two week boot camp that involves serious academic work, team building exercises, career counseling and socializing. Jackson Nickerson, PhD, the Frahm Family Professor of Organization & Strategy, greeted the class with this challenge: “I dare you to take full responsibility to transform your thinking and change your life forever.”  Nickerson teaches a course in critical thinking custom-designed for Olin students.

Olin Business School bestows awards

The Olin Business School honored three alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award at its annual dinner April 24 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Mahendra R. Gupta, Ph.D., dean and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management, also presented the Dean’s Medal, an honor given to friends of the school whose […]

Olin Business School to present distinguished alumni awards

The Olin Business School is honoring three alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Dean’s Medal on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at its annual dinner at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis in Clayton. Mahendra Gupta, dean of the business school, will also present the winners of the Olin Award, a new award that recognizes the practical impact of Olin’s academic research.

Business schools need to improve interdisciplinary communication to make the MBA relevant

Joe Angeles/WUSTL PhotoCorporations enjoy cross-curricular classes at the Olin School of Business’ Knight Center for Executive Education.The debate over the relevance and future prospects of business schools is not new. The same issues have existed since the beginning of formal business education in the late 1800s. The current state of the debate, fueled by declining MBA applications and high profile legal cases involving MBA-trained executives, has proceeded in ignorance of this history, according to Bill Bottom, the Joyce and Howard Wood Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.