CANCELLED – Innovation in Action Final Showcase

This event was cancelled due to concerns associated with Covid-19.

On March 16 @ 4pm five U-M student interdisciplinary teams will pitch on stage for the chance to win in the Innovation in Action program. Students are excited to share their ideas with a live audience. From an aggregator platform to battle fast fashion & address clothing waste to providing reproductive support for adolescents to addressing Detroit’s housing needs by informing contractors of resources, the competition is fierce and it would not have been possible without your help! This event will take place in the Robertson Auditorium in the Ross School of Business and a reception will follow in the atrium to celebrate all Innovation in Action participants.

Come cheer your favorite team as they compete for a $10,000 first price, a $7,500 second prize, and a $5,000 third prize, plus a unique $2,500 Poverty Solutions Award.  Attendees can get in the mix by selecting a $1,000 Audience Choice award, chosen live during the event.

The featured speaker is Alisyn Malek, Co-founder of May Mobility, a company that uses technology to create a better, cleaner and more accessible way to get around.  Alysin was named a top automotive professional under 35 to watch by LinkedIn, and worked in electronic technology with General Motors.

This event is co sponsored by The Center for Socially Engaged Design and B+I’s +Impact Studio.

Marcus Collins Chats about Cultural Contagion in Social Impact Marketing


March 11, 2020 – Ann Arbor, Michigan – In one of the final public Ross events before its closure to the coronavirus pandemic, the Impact Studio brought together faculty director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Marcus Collins for a lively discussion about the ironically named “Cultural Contagion” that forms the basis of Collins latest research.  The event took place at Ross School of Business on Wednesday, March 12th from 5-7 pm, and was live streamed.

Why do some things catch on and others don’t? How do ideas get adopted and become a part of culture? The interactive conversation focused on how brands propagate and become ingrained within cultures. He shared insight on how we can use these same levers to influence people to do good and have a positive impact on society.

Mr. Collins is parttime U-M LEO professor in Marketing and Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner. Previously, he led the Social Engagement practice across Steve Stoute’s New York advertising agency, Translation. There, Marcus leveraged the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of ‘social.’


“Igniting Impact” Conference Brought together Business People and Researchers for Maximum Impact


ANN ARBOR – March 13, 2020 – Last week on March 5-6, Business+Impact at Michigan Ross sponsored a conference on business research for social impact at the Ross School of Business. “Igniting Impact: Enhancing Business Practice and Research through Greater Collaboration” was co sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business and Society program and Responsible Research in Business and Management. Focused on translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into practical solutions to address global challenges, this conference gathered top thinkers from U-M and across the country to discuss and brainstorm ways for business and other disciplines to take responsibility for these goals.  

In the opening session, Ach Adhvaryu and Anant Nyshadham, co-founders of Good Business Lab, and corporate partner the Gap, shared their formula for using research to find a common ground between worker wellbeing and business interests, with a particular focus on factories abroad.

A dinner keynote (Watch video) on the first night focused on how “Uberization” is re-shaping labor markets around the world, creating greater convenience for consumers but greater precarity for workers. Panelists included Mike Bishop, former US Congressional Representative and co-president, IPSE.US (The Association of Independent Workers); Lindsey Cameron, Professor of Management, Wharton School; Carrie Leana, Professor of Management, University of Pittsburgh; Azariah Lehman, Chief Administrative Officer, iWorker Innovations. They shared what the latest research tell us about how to take on this dilemma and what new business opportunities are being created.

On the second day, the conference opened up two “Choose Your Adventure” breakout session periods, where award-winning researchers were paired with business executives to lead dialogues on pressing problems and evidence-based solutions. Brief presentations were followed by very active brainstorming sessions, where participants collaborated on specific solutions to the issues and goals stated.

That Friday, the lunch speaker, Sridhar Tayur (Carnegie Mellon University; founder, OrganJet) shared his experience in using research to transform the organ transplant industry (Watch video).  And as a closers, Doug Guthrie, Apple (Watch video); Christopher Marquis, SC Johnson Professor of Management, Cornell University; Xun (Brian) Wu, Professor of Strategy, Michigan Ross (Watch video) discussed the ongoing trade war with China and the potential risks and opportunities of doing business in China. 

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finals


Finals Schedule
Friday, February 21: 

9:00 – 11:35 am   MBC Track Finals (Seigle Impact Track, Innovation Track, Invention Track) Four finalists each track: 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

12:30pm Winners of each track announced 

1:30 – 3:15 pm  MBC Best in Business Pitches (First place winner of each track) 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

3:15 – 5:30 pm  MBC Reception (lower level Ross building):
3:15 – 4:15 pm     Team Showcase (all Track Finalists will table)
4:15 – 4:45 pm      Elevator Pitch Competition (all Track Finalists) 
5:00 – 5:15 pm      Awards announced

The Track Finals take place in the morning from 9:00-11:35am. All twelve teams will pitch to a new panel of judges. Pitches will include business plan for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

At 12:30pm, ALL TEAMS will be present when the winner of each track (and places 2-4) are announced. Those three winners will present again in the afternoon to a new panel of judges for a chance to win an additional $5,000 Best in Business Prize. 

Every Finalist team will participate in the MBC Student Startup Showcase from 3:15-4:15 pm, where there will be tables and talking about each venture to attendees. There is a Showcase cash award to be won. 

Every Finalist team will choose one team member to give a 60-second elevator pitch to the crowd. Yes, there are cash awards for this as well.

At 5:15, the winners of all awards will be announced, there will be big checks and lots of photos.

ALL portions of the day are open to the public.



Here’s how the $100,000 in cash prizes is allotted:
$15,000 MBC track winner (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$7,500 MBC track runner-up (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$1,500 MBC track Finalists (two in each of the 3 tracks)
$5,000 OneMagnify MBC Best in Business Award 
$5,000 Williamson Award for Best Business/Engineering team 
$5,000 Sillman Undergraduate Award
$2,000 MIC Investment Committee Award
$500 MBC Showcase Award
$500 MBC Elevator Pitch 1st Place
$250 MBC Elevator Pitch 2nd Place
$100 MBC Elevator Pitch 3rd Place
$250 MBC Round Two Participation Awards (all teams who continue on in the competition will receive this award along with any additional awards)


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ross


Join Michigan Ross Director of Diversity and Inclusion and current students from our MBA DEI committee for this overview of DEI initiatives in the Full-Time MBA Program. We’ll briefly highlight what differentiates Michigan Ross, provide an overview of our history in DEI, and share how we’re working to ensure DEI is at the core of what we do at Ross.

Recommended Audiences:
Full-Time MBA Students – Prospective

Winter 2019: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit

Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit. 

Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion. 

Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Free Parking provided in WSU lot 62.

For more information, please click here.

Dates: Feb 7, 14, 21,28; March 21, 28; April 4, 11
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.

Queer Students Abroad

Queer students who have travelled out of the US will share their experiences living, traveling and/or working abroad. Learn about how their identities impacted their experience, as well as helpful resources to plan your own experience abroad. This event is a partnership between the International Center, the Spectrum Center, and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). Register using the ticket link!

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Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of January, we will address Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being.  Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:


Due to high interest in these workshops, we must cap attendance at 25. We aim to keep the numbers of participants at a size that can accommodate the space capacity of the +Impact Studio and provide meaningful group discussion.

The Choice II Reconvenes U-M’s Best and Brightest to Consider Methods and Modes for Impact Decisionmaking

Business+Impact again brought together U-M scholars on Fri, Dec. 13, 2019 to ponder  how society should make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organization’s ability to flourish.

Featured participants included Tom Malone, former CEO of Summa, and Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.


Detailed Agenda from the Event

Opening Remarks

The Five Pure Types: A Gathering of Experts
Our day begins with talks by five brilliant Michigan faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches.  Each will provide a working introduction to one of the five institutional forms. How is it defined? When does this institution work well? When doesn’t it? In which allocative and decision-making domains do we see this institution? What spillovers does the institution produce?

  • Markets: Betsey Stevenson (Ford School) (Watch Video)
  • Hierarchies:  Elizabeth Popp Berman (Organizational Studies) (Watch Video)
  • Democracies: Lisa Disch (Political Science) (Watch Video)
  • Communities: Rebecca Hardin (SEAS) (Watch Video)
  • Algorithms: Paul Resnick (Information) (Watch Video)

Keynote: Tom Malone (Watch Video)
In his recent book, SuperMinds, Tom Malone describes how technology increases the potential efficacy and power of humans interacting through institutions. Technology, sometimes in the form of algorithms and often through improved production and allocation of knowledge and information, improves democracies, hierarchies, markets, and self-organized communities.

Dyads: Real World Choices
In The Vanishing American Corporation, Jerry Davis demonstrates how technological advances have led to more market-based transactions and fewer formal organizations (hierarchies) and how that trend has produced a variety of spillovers. Here, we bring in a collection of experts to discuss other dyadic variants of The Choice that occur in the real world.

Spillovers, Flourishing, and Context
The Choice framing emphasizes spillovers across institutions. In this panel, Scott Page (UM-Ross) (Watch Video) will provide some general framing on the types of spillovers that might arise as well as describe a potential taxonomy of spillovers to structure the afternoon’s charrette.

  • Jenna Bednar (Political Science) will propose human flourishing (rather than GDP) as the aim of society and frame The Choice within this broader objective. (Watch Video)
  • Oscar Ybarra (Psychology) will describe evidence for psychological spillovers. (Watch Video)
  • Last, Jerry Davis (UM-Ross) will show how context matters by taking a deep cross-national dive in Uber. Why does Swedish Uber not resemble the US version and how did Uber thrive in India? (Watch Video)

A Deep Dive: The Legal Choice  (Watch Video)
Orly Lobel (Univ. of San Diego Law) and JJ Prescott (UM Law) take a deep dive into how new technology disrupts settled normative regulation choices, and how policymakers should think about leveraging choices to support emerging platform markets, algorithmic capacities, and a changing labor market. 

Micro-Charette: Gigs!
In this session, we will break into small groups to consider the direct and spillover effects of the gig economy. How would we measure spillovers from gig work? How do gig jobs impede and enable flourishing? In what contexts should we encourage or prevent gig employment?

Closings and Openings
We end the day with closing (summary) and opening (new directions for research) thoughts by some key participants. Among our speakers

+Impact Studio Winter All-Campus Open House

This Fall, B+I opened a campus hub for design and impact, called the +Impact Studio. It is a collaboration area that serves an educational community passionate about designing for impact. The +Impact Studio is located on the second floor with entrance through Blau Hall at 700 East University. Drop by and see the space, take part in some fun creative activities, and invite your friends!  Snacks will be provided. Come any time between 2 and 4 pm.

Information about the space will be provided via video screens and printed materials, and the event will feature interactive activities.