November 05, 2008

NEW YORK -- Suresh Muthulingam of UCLA Anderson School of Management has been named a winner of The Aspen Institute's 2008 Dissertation Proposal Award.  This annual award recognizes doctoral students for their innovative and cutting-edge research in the area of social impact management. Applications came from academic institutions from ten countries around the world.

Muthulingam's primary research interest, which he is investigating in a series of essays for his dissertation, is the adoption of environmentally sustainable operating practices.  Further, he hopes to develop models which aid businesses in understanding the benefits of adopting these sustainable practices.

Meng Zhao of the Said School of Business at Oxford University was named a winner of The Aspen Institute's 2008 Dissertation Proposal Award.  His research analyzes key aspects of European venture philanthropy investments -- over 300 social projects by 40 funds. His work aims to provide a fine-grained understanding of the organization of social innovation by specifying and formally measuring the structure and the contingent nature of social innovation.

"We're thrilled to learn of the exciting new research that top-notch doctoral students are conducting in the social, ethical, and environmental space," said Rich Leimsider, Director of Aspen CBE.  "Suresh and Meng are outstanding examples of the future of highly sought after business school educators -- brilliant aspiring scholars who understand the importance of the role of business in making the world a better place."

Winners were selected by a panel of award-winning business school faculty from around the world. Review criteria included the scholarly contributions of the student's research, the clarity of materials submitted, and its applicability to the intersection of business and social, environmental, and/or ethical issues.

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Suresh and Meng were recognized at an awards ceremony at Ernst & Young's National Headquarters in New York City. They received an award stipend as well as publicity in print and online materials. 

About the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education
The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. We offer business educators targeted resources to incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into their teaching, research and curriculum development and to share cutting edge practice among peers.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "intellectual capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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