Wharton’s Lauder Institute Director, Prof. Mauro Guillen, Earns Aspen Institute “Faculty Pioneer” Award

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Wharton Professor recognized for innovative MBA course on the complexities of responsible business management

Philadelphia, PA  – The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania today announced that Wharton Professor of Management Mauro Guillén has won the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute for conceptualizing and designing curriculum for the class, International Political Economy of Business Environments. The course, offered to the joint degree students of the Lauder Institute, examines the role of the corporation in society and the impact of different macroeconomic policies on business, corporate governance, and institutions for innovation.  The course also explores the impact of trade blocs, monetary unions and the rise of industries producing green products and clean energy.

Aspen’s Faculty Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educating students about healthy capitalism, the responsibilities of business management, and the decision rules that make for success while limiting burdens on society.  Each Lauder class starts in May with on-campus lectures, and continues in the fall semester after the students go through a two-month summer immersion which enables them to write articles about topics related to the role of the corporation in different parts of the world. The articles are later published through Knowledge@Wharton, the school’s online business journal.

“We are excited to have the Aspen Institute recognize our work at the Lauder Institute.  The fundamentals offered through our International Political Economy of Business Environments curriculum give future business leaders an understanding of different institutional environments and the conditions for responsible business management,” said Mauro Guillén.  “It has become almost a mantra for our students to respect the critical role private corporations and enterprises with regard to the public good.”

The Lauder Institute offers a joint-degree program in international management, integrating the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences or a JD from Penn Law.  The Lauder Institute offers a “Global Program” of multi-cultural study but also offers advanced language studies such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish and includes a two-month, in-country immersion program.

About Faculty Pioneer Award Winner Mauro F. Guillén:

Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professor in International Management at the Wharton School. He previously taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves as the Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

He is an elected fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society and of the Sociological Research Association, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His current research deals with corporate governance, the role of the corporation of society, the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. He is the author of 10 books and over 30 scholarly articles.

About the Lauder Institute:

The University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, founded in 1983, combines a world–renowned Wharton MBA with a Master’s in International Studies. Advanced language and foreign culture training, a two-month in-country immersion program, and a Master’s Thesis from the School of Arts & Sciences all prepare Lauder Fellows for the ever-evolving global economy. This year’s offerings include the new Global Program for students who are already fluent in several languages. Graduates join the diverse, supportive and committed worldwide Lauder community – continuing a nearly 30-year tradition of international business leadership.  The Lauder Institute also offers an MA/JD joint degree. For more information, visit www.lauder.wharton.upenn.edu.

About the Aspen Institute:

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

About the Wharton School:

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.

About the School of Arts & Sciences:

The School of Arts & Sciences provides a foundation for the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. The School enrolls 6500 undergraduates, admits approximately 250 students each year into its 32 doctoral programs, and offers a wide range of programs for lifelong learning. International studies are a vibrant enterprise at the School of Arts & Sciences. In addition to offering instruction in 50 languages, the school is home to an array of centers, programs and institutes dedicated to the study of world regions and contemporary global issues and conflicts.