Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis has received the inaugural MBA Roundtable Innovator Award for its program called Critical Thinking@Olin. The educational initiative is designed to develop critical thinking skills in MBA students and has had measurable impact on graduates’ success in the job market.
The MBA Roundtable Innovator Award was created to recognize and promote innovative initiatives in MBA education and to acknowledge the institutions that are driving change in the field....
MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Finalists
Other finalists for the award were Babson College for its fast-track development of a common core curriculum for its four MBA programs; Dalhousie University for Canada’s first Corporate Residency MBA; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for its online MBA program and its integration with the university’s traditional MBA program; and University of Pennsylvania for its Global Modular Courses, an accelerated study abroad program.
"All of our finalists were pushing the envelope in terms of creating innovative initiatives" said Henry Eyring, a member of the selection committee, co-author of Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, and advancement vice president at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
"As a judge, I looked at them with the mindset of a venture capitalist—which initiative would I want to invest in? Washington University rose to the top. Their Critical Thinking@Olin initiative is unique, it’s replicable by other institutions, and it has clear outcomes"
Selection Committee Members
In addition to Lifschitz and Eyring, other selection committee members for the MBA Roundtable Innovator Award included Robert Grosse, director of the Center for Global Business Innovation and Transformation at George Mason University; Santiago Iniguez de Onzono, dean and professor of Strategic Management at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain; Michael Jewell, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business consultant, and founder and former CEO of Celebrate Express; and Dorothy Jones, senior director of innovation at Frito-Lay North America.
About the MBA Roundtable
The MBA Roundtable is a collaborative, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995, that facilitates the exchange of information and resources on MBA curricular innovation. More than 150 business schools from across the world are members of the MBA Roundtable. For more information, visit www.mbaroundtable.org.
About Olin Business School
Founded in 1917, Washington University’s business school offers 12 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. For more information, visit: www.olin.wustl.edu