Beyond Borders

Ever since its founding, Tuck has emphasized the importance of understanding the broad role of business in society.

For more than 10 years, the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship has done precisely that, making the examination of issues at the intersection of business and society a key component of the Tuck experience.

Now students and faculty will have the opportunity to examine these critical issues from a multicultural perspective through Tuck’s participation in the newly formed Council on Business and Society.

Comprised of five international business schools—Tuck, ESSEC (France), Fudan University’s School of Management (China), the University of Mannheim Business School (Germany), and Keio Business School (Japan)—the council will address a different issue each year and host a yearly international forum in a different location around the world to stimulate dialogue among corporate leaders, policymakers, academics, and students. Topics will range from sustainable development and health care delivery to financial regulation and international trade.

This year the council is focusing on corporate governance and leadership, with the first forum scheduled for November 2012 in Paris and hosted by ESSEC. Select faculty members from the five schools have already begun discussions in preparation for the forum and starting this winter, students from each school will work with faculty to study the areas of corporate governance and leadership from their own country’s perspectives. Working in small teams, students will then compare and contrast results across countries.

This new collaboration benefits Tuck on a number of levels, enhancing its ability to attract the most talented MBA students from around the world and providing them with a perspective that is not limited by geographic boundaries.  “It provides Tuck with opportunities for new ways to have an impact on important issues,” says Tuck dean Paul Danos, “and gives us greater visibility in the major markets of the world.”


—Christopher Percy Collier