The Nottingham School of Business ranks in the top 100 MBA programs in the world on general lists like the Economist 2011, and has an elite EQUIS ranking for being the best MBA program to focus on social outcomes in the UK. Nottingham?s course requirements include innovative social components that lead the world in shifting focus from pinstripes to real substance that has the chance to make a positive impact. For example, Nottingham has a unique focus on business ethics, and all MBAs are required to take classes that include environmental, social, and ethical considerations through faculty teaching and research. Uniquely, they also offer a program in Corporate Social Responsibility, which places even more emphasis on ethical business models, and changing business culture to factor in the human component.
The University of Amsterdam, offers programs in Business and Sustainability and Corporate Social responsibility. MBAs at this university focus on the "personal? side of business, recognizing that teaching future managers to be more human and relatable is a very strong advantage for their graduates. The curriculum for these ethical focuses is largely theory based, and looks at the effects of environmental changes on large corporations, studying reactions of firms and businesses already in place to see different models of engagement with social responsibility and sustainability. However, their continual focus on the importance of people underlies their commitment to ethical considerations.
The Business School of Lausanne, located in Switzerland, offers a variety of MBA programs, including the Executive Masters of Business Administration in Sustainable Business, for its students. This program is leading Switzerland and much of the world because of its unique views on sustainability. While many programs are just beginning to teach environmental ethics in order to produce more competitive placement rates, the School of Lausanne firmly believes that ecological problems are everyone?s concern, and their dedication to sustainability comes from a scientific grounding in ecology. For example, they announce on their website that to their school, sustainability is NOT a buzzword, but offer information about how the world in 2007 was actually over half capacity to sustain itself, and that each person?s average footprint exceeded two planets to sustain themselves. Lausanne recognizes that "being green? permeates all ways of life, and is in fact an important way of thinking, living, and doing business, a belief they instill in the future leaders of business.
These three European business schools are continuously reforming the way they teach in response to social changes occurring throughout the world and in business. Their programs illustrate how an academic and social field of study can change and adapt as necessary. Not only are these 3 programs offering focuses demanded in the realm of international business and producing ethical business leaders with high levels of placement, but many MBA programs are looking to these European schools for new modes of instruction. Moreover, many would argue that this new way of teaching, with a curriculum focus on social responsibility and ethics, is the way of the near future, and that other programs need to compete with schools that offer programs in sustainability and social responsibility.