Microgrant Awards Assist Integration of Raw Case Into B-School Curriculums

Instructors from 25 business schools were invited to apply for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Microgrant Program, an annual program that awards $1,500 honorariums to support adoption of the Institute’s featured case study from the Business & Society International MBA Case Competition.  This year’s “raw” case, IBM Corporate Service Corps, was authored by the Yale School of Management in collaboration with its Global Network for Advanced Management partners University of Ghana Business School and EGADE Business School. Only schools who participated in the case competition were eligible to apply, and those with the most compelling descriptions for how they would incorporate the case into their future teachings were awarded grants.

The case focuses on the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC), a global pro bono consulting program that has evolved over the past decade to become the largest corporate assistance program in the world. The goals of the CSC program are threefold: (1) To provide leadership training to the most promising IBMers, (2) to increase brand recognition in emerging markets, and (3) to improve the communities served by IBM’s host organizations. As the CSC enters its second decade, IBM challenged students to look for ways in which it could increase social impact while preserving the more tangible aspects of its program.  

Successful applicants described how the case would benefit their upcoming courses, many of which focus on issues at the intersections of business and society, such as Strategies in Sustainability, International Entrepreneurship, Leading People and Organizations, and Sustainable Business in a Global Economy.  Gregory Stoller, Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, noted, “I am very impressed with the case as it forces business students to think outside traditional disciplines, equally appeals to those with non-business backgrounds (i.e., liberal arts), and emphasizes the value of global responsibility.”

As the case author, Yale SOM is prohibited from participating in either the competition or the microgrant program.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

  • Stephanie Schleimer, Griffith University
  • Gregory Stoller, Boston University
  • Stefan Baumeister, University of Jyväskylä
  • Bud Bilanich, University of Denver
  • Tammy Kowalczyk, Appalachian State University


To learn more about the the IBM CSC case study, watch the full-length trailerThe IBM CSC case study is available for purchase through Study.Net.