Business and Society at Owen

In today’s global business world, companies and executives are often required to consider the competing demands of business, individuals, society and the environment. Leading businesses are recognizing that corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives are good for people, society and the planet, as well as effective business strategies for improving the bottom line. At Owen, we are dedicated to equipping students not only with fundamental management skills, but also with the ability to understand how business can be a powerful mechanism for social and environmental change.

For students interested in social responsibility, environmental management and social enterprise, Owen provides a number of opportunities to learn about the intersection of business and society. Both inside and outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to discover what a career in business can accomplish for them and for the world.

Engagement in the Classroom

In addition to a foundation of exceptional analytical, strategic thinking and teamwork skills, Owen’s curriculum provides students an understanding of social and sustainability issues in business. Beyond the core curriculum, focused study is available through elective courses and independent projects.
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Involvement through Clubs and Community

Through Owen’s many extracurricular activities, research and learning centers, consulting projects, case competitions and conferences, there are many ways for students to get exposure to using business skills to make a social and environmental impact.
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Jim Schorr on Corporate Social Responsibility

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Business and Society: Guatemala

Business and Society Gallery

View the Owen community engaged in activities and events that make an impact.


Meet Faculty, Students & Alumni

Some of Owen’s faculty, students and alumni have chosen to make a difference in business and society through their research and professional pursuits. 

Learn more about Owen’s faculty, students and alumni who are making an impact in society through business.


Learn about Careers with Impact

The management skills developed at Owen can be applied serving as a board member of a charitable or community organization; working as part of a public-private-nonprofit collaboration; or in business roles helping companies become more socially responsible. Students interested in pursuing these opportunities may be interested in some of the following organizations:

  • Education Pioneers
  • The Broad Center
  • Building Excellent Schools
  • Grameen Foundation
  • Net Impact
  • MBA Non-Profit Connection
  • CommonGood Careers
  • U.S. Government—Presidential Management Fellows Program / MBA Fellows Program
  • CDC Development Solutions: MBA Enterprise Corps and MBAs without Borders