Details for Anisfield School of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate

Institution is part of

Ramapo College of New Jersey


Mahwah, NJ, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

24 Jul 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

30 Jul 2019

Sharing Information on Progress (2019)

Sharing Information on Progress for PRME: Anisfield School of Business - View Report

Period Covered: Jul 2017 to Jul 2019

We present this report as a baseline for our future PRME endeavors. The report summarizes the results of three studies we have undertaken to assess our current baseline commitment to the PRME. We share our progress to date on 1) our faculty’s baseline stated adherence to the PRME at the beginning of our signatory status, 2) our faculty’s baseline research at the intersection of business and societal challenges.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey incorporates corporate responsibility, ethics, and sustainability considerations in a number of ways, as highlighted below:

Student Learning Goal: Ethics: Ethical considerations are an integral part of our Anisfield School of Business (ASB) AACSB Assurance of Learning assessment process. The following goal/outcome is assessed at least twice in every five-year accreditation cycle: Our students will consider the moral implications of business actions and processes, and propose ethically sound solutions. Students will detect ethical dilemmas and offer potential alternatives and solutions.

Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Core Curriculum: Our ASB core curriculum includes BADM 301 Ethics in Business (which counts as a requirement in the ASB core and as a general education requirement (in the “Values & Ethics” category) for the college overall); in addition, sustainability and corporate social responsibility are topics covered in the other core courses such as: MKTG 290 Marketing Principles & Practices; ACCT 222 Managerial Accounting; MGMT 370 Operations Management, IBUS 326 Fundamentals of International Business; and INFO 315 Computer Law & Ethics.

Management Curriculum: Our Management program is undertaking a program re-design, part of which involves establishing social impact as an informal learning goal throughout the curriculum, culminating in a capstone experience focusing on the 2030 sustainable development goals. The program is also developing a course in Social Entrepreneurship, with a proposal to be submitted in Fall 2017.

New Interdisciplinary Major in Sustainability: The Anisfield School of Business is contributing to a new college-wide interdisciplinary major in Sustainability that is scheduled to begin Fall 2018. In Fall 2016 we developed and gained approval for a new course, BADM 210 Business and Sustainability, which will be one of three required foundational courses for the major. The course will also count towards the college’s general education requirements, in the “Values & Ethics” category.

Student Community Service Organization: Enactus: Enactus is a student club, housed in ASB and open to all majors and levels, whose mission is the application of business concepts and practices in the service of social good. Enactus members have produced business plans, performed training, secured microloans, and cultivated volunteers and donations for a range of non-profit organizations. The club has won several regional competitions based on the extent and impact of their work.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Ethics/Social Responsibility Scholarship by Anisfield School of Business Faculty: Recent Examples

Rikki Abzug (2016): The Nonprofit Sustainability of Nonprofit Sustainability (presentation at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Annual Conference)

Rikki Abzug, Alexandre Olbrecht, and Murray Sabrin (2015): Nonprofit Financing to the Rescue? The Slightly Twisted Case of Local Educational Foundations and Public Education in New Jersey (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly)

William Frech (2013) Teaching Social Business: Evolution of a Syllabus (Journal of International Business and Economics)

Mary Ellen Harvey (2015): The Effect of Employee Ethical Ideology on Organizational Budget Slack: An Empirical Examination and Practical Discussion (Journal of Business & Economics Research)

Teresa Hutchins and Tammi Redd (2015): Costa Rica (book chapter in The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: A Country-by-Country Analysis of Responsible Business and Social Entrepreneurship)

Changhee Lee (2016): The Corporate Social Responsibility Information Environment: Examining the Value of Financial Analysts' Recommendations (Journal of Business Ethics)

Cherie Sherman (2014): Mass-bestosis: Examining the American Asbestos Litigation Phenomenon (International Journal of Business & Applied Sciences)

Sridevi Shivarajan (2015): Understanding the Role of Technology in Reducing Corruption: a Transaction Cost Approach (Journal of Public Affairs)

Sridevi Shivarajan (2013): The Poor as Suppliers of Intellectual Property: A Social Network Approach to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation (Business Ethics Quarterly)

Gladys Torres-Baumgarten (2014): Institutional Voids and Illegal Mining in South Africa (presentation at Academy of International Business NorthEast Regional Conference)

Gladys Torres-Baumgarten (2014): MultiLatinas Leadership Role in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Efforts in Latin America (presentation at Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress)

We plan to continue to encourage such scholarship as that shown above. Further, we have just gotten approval for a subscription to Bloomberg Intelligence which will include data on Environmental, Social, and Governance analysis.

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