One-Third Of Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class Of 2020 Donates To The Give-A-Day Fund, Receives $10,000 Match On Giving Blueday

During the University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, the student-run Give-A-Day Fund at the Ross School of Business received thousands of dollars in donations from nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff, which unlocked a $10,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor.

So far in 2019, more than one-third of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class of 2020 have donated to the Give-A-Day Fund, which supports full-time MBA impact interns with funding from their fellow students. 

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Now Open: The +Impact Studio At Michigan Ross Is Taking On Society’s Greatest Challenges

This article was original written by Michigan Ross News

OCTOBER 15, 2019  ANN ARBOR — It’s official, the new +Impact Studio is up and running at the Ross School of Business, and MBAs and other graduate students from across the University of Michigan are already at work figuring out how to translate faculty insights into tangible business solutions to the world’s challenges. 

The +Impact Studio, which is part of the Business+Impact initiative at Ross, encompasses an interdisciplinary action-based learning course; a collaboration space; and a campus hub for programming and events. In addition to translating academic research into real-world impact, the studio also seeks to train students on how to be architects to create new kinds of enterprises.

By design, the interdisciplinary +Impact Studio course brings together the diverse talent and expertise of U-M’s top-ranked graduate schools to take on society’s greatest challenges. This year, the students in the class are divided into two different groups: one focused on using the latest fintech research by Michigan Ross finance professor Bob Dittmar to improve financial inclusion, and the other on scaling a technology developed by Ross marketing professor Eric Schwartz on how to identify lead in Flint water pipes so that it can have a greater impact in Flint and beyond. 

“In this course, it is incredibly rewarding to bring together graduate students from five different schools on campus to learn design methodologies and immediately apply them to pressing challenges in society,” said Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, faculty director of the +Impact Studio and instructor of the course. “The +Impact Studio course provides rare and valuable skills and a set of experiences employers across sectors are asking for.”

With long-term interests in making an impact in healthcare, Gautam Kandlikar, MBA ’20, enrolled in the +Impact Studio course because he said there hasn’t been a good way to define and address larger healthcare problems beyond simply providing care and how to go about tackling them. 

“What I like about this course is that professor Sanchez-Burks is taking really big and difficult-to-solve societal problems like poverty, and forcing us to think about them in different ways so that we can develop solutions by incorporating tools from business, design thinking, and new ideas we are being introduced to,” said Kandlikar. “I’m excited to explore those methods in the class so that I can apply them to healthcare and in my future career.” 

To celebrate the grand opening of the space, an open house was recently held at the +Impact Studio. At the event, Michigan Ross students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the business community were able to get a firsthand look at how the space was designed to facilitate collaboration and idea generation. 

“The physical space itself was designed around ‘users’ (students), based on observation of how they work together as teams,” said Jerry Davis, associate dean of Business+Impact at Michigan Ross. “Each part of the +Impact Studio provides a functional space for different ways of working and creating, from small group discussion work to quiet contemplation to interviewing to big presentations of work in progress. The space and the work and the course are all perfectly aligned.”

Kandlikar agreed the space was fulfilling on its promise, providing a great space to step back and think about problems, a place to have insightful conservations, and a source of creative inspiration with its bright pops of color. 

“It’s nice to be able to come into this sacred atmosphere where I’m only thinking about the problems in the class and having access to resources that I need,” he said. “Since my like-minded classmates and I are looking to make social impact a big part of our careers, this course and this space provide us with the perfect platform to explore achieving something really meaningful in a safe environment.” 

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Michigan Ross Dean signs open letter on immigration

October 15, 2019 – Michigan Ross Dean Scott De Rue joined 62 other business school deans and US CEOs in authoring a letter to administration and congressional leadership today about the effects of restrictive immigration on business school enrollment and the future of the US economy. The message appears as an open letter in the Wall Street Journal DC edition today.

Maintaining that Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill” description for the US welcomes immigrants, the signatories asked that leaders work to change a “dangerous negative trend” that turns away “hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled immigrants for no other reason than that they failed to win the H-1B lottery.” The letter suggested that lower-than-normal foreign student numbers in America’s universities are adversely affecting America’s crisis in filling STEM jobs.

In addition to this open letter, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will be releasing an evidence-based white paper today on the same topic. 

Read a full copy of the open letter here.


Ted London Wins Book Award for “The Base of the Pyramid Promise”

AUGUST 2019 – The International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) awarded Ted London the 2019 Humanistic Management Book Award for Practice for his book, The Base of the Pyramid Promise.

The book draws on over 25 years of experience across some eighty countries, and offers concrete guidelines for how to build better enterprises while simultaneously alleviating poverty. London outlines three key components that must be integrated to achieve results: the lived experiences of enterprises to date—both successes and failures; the development of an ecosystem that is conducive to market creation; and the voices of the poor, so that entrants can truly understand what poverty alleviation is about. London provides aspiring market leaders and their stakeholders with the tools and techniques needed to succeed in the unique, opportunity-rich BoP.

Ted London is an internationally-recognized expert on enterprise strategy and poverty alleviation. He is Vice President of the William Davidson Institute and a faculty member at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

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Net Impact @ Ross Awarded Gold Chapter Status

Earlier this summer, in recognition of their hard work as a chapter, Net Impact @ Ross received Gold status from Net Impact Central. The chapter accomplished a great deal in the 2018-2019 year and NI Central said it was excited to see what your chapter does this school year.

Net Impact Central will be announcing the full list of Gold chapters on their site to share Net Impact @ Ross’  great stories with the larger Net Impact community.  As a Gold chapter, Net Impact @ Ross has also been entered into the running for Chapter of the Year and is promised special status at the 2019 Net Impact Conference in Detroit Oct. 24-26.

Business+Impact is proud of this extraordinary club and close partner in the work of impact for business.

Michigan Ross MBAs Share the Insights They Learned About Teamwork on Day 2 of Business School

Just one day after arriving on campus, the most diverse class of Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA students ever were faced with an ambitious business challenge presented by Amazon and the Sanger Leadership Center. This year’s Business + Impact Challenge asked students to develop innovative ways Amazon could use its resources to create ethical and profitable impact for those living on less than $2 a day in India.

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Popularity of Social I’s and E’s

Keyword Volume

PPC Comp.


corporate social responsibility
  22,200 9.05 Very high
social responsibility
  14,800 1.47 Medium
social entrepreneurship
  9,900 5.46 Very high
impact investing
  6,600 41.98 Very high
social change
  5,400 0.66 Low
social enterprise
  5,400 5.82 Very high
community impact
  4,400 1.12 Medium
social impact
  3,600 6.73 Very high
corporate social responsibility definition
  3,600 1.39 Medium
what is corporate social responsibility
  2,900 2.72 High
social responsibility of business
  1,600 12.64 Very high
social good
  1,600 4.1 Very high
social innovation
  1,300 9.87 Very high
impact of social media
  1,300 4.25 Very high
centre for social innovation
  1,300 3.08 Very high
social impact bonds
  1,300 10.06 Very high
social implications
  1,000 0.23 Very low
social impact jobs
  880 4.39 Very high
social impact definition
  880 2.08 High
center for social change
  880 5.47 Very high
social entrepreneurship definition
  880 3.11 Very high
impact company
  880 3.47 Very high
social enterprise definition
  720 2.33 High
social impact investing
  720 56.01 Very high
social impact theory
  590 1.1 Medium
corporate social responsibility companies
  590 12.87 Very high
social entrepreneurship examples
  590 6.37 Very high
social bonds
  590 0.37 Very low
social investment
  590 41.42 Very high
social aspects
  590 0.02 Very low
social venture
  590 2.29 High
social impact consulting
  480 20.51 Very high
social enterprise alliance
  480 7.11 Very high
social sector
  480 0.03 Very low
pay for success
  480 0 Very low
  480 0.1 Very low
social effects
  390 0.05 Very low
impact investing funds
  390 63.91 Very high
enterprise social network
  390 61.69 Very high
what is social impact
  390 4.78 Very high
social consequences
  390 0 Very low
impact center
  390 2.49 High
media impact
  320 4.81 Very high
social entrepreneurship companies
  320 11.84 Very high
impact consulting
  320 2.8 High
social lab
  320 0 Very low
  320 1.07 Medium
social impact fund
  320 26.31 Very high
impact measurement
  320 3.88 Very high
social significance
  320 0 Very low

We Face Incredible Global Challenges — But I’m Committed To Helping My Fellow Students Rise To The Occasion

April 22, 2019

by Grant Faber, BBA ‘19 / MS ‘21

More than 70 billion farm animals are killed for food each year, along with trillions of sea animals. And about 67 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 per day. These depressing statistics represent some of the worst problems that conscious beings on Earth face: existential risk, factory farming, and global poverty respectively.

Effective altruism (EA) is a philosophy and international social movement that uses evidence and rigorous research to determine the most effective ways to identify and solve these kinds of problems. And, I’m happy to say, it recently found its way into Michigan Ross.

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Workshop on Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

On Friday, March 22, 2019 a workshop co-sponsored by Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact gathered for the purpose of discussing social impact in terms of effective altruism, which is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible.

This event was presented through the prism of business and effective altruism. Jerry Davis of Ross introduced B+I, and Prof. David Manley of U-M Philosophy talked about Effective Altruism, and lastly Trevor McCarty and Nicholas Hollman of EA @ Michigan discussed their club. Following these talks, there was an activities portion where workshop participants had input on how to accomplish the workshop’s goals.

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