Institute for Business in Society


IBiS designs innovative courses for students and executive leaders, develops cases and teaching materials, convenes programs of broad impact, and supports the creation and dissemination of leading research.

Freeman in Classroom

Integrating Cases into Existing Courses

Professors of current courses are utilizing and incorporating IBiS cases into their classes, enhancing students' understanding of subjects such as sustainability and government regulation through the existing Darden curriculum.

New Models of Business in Society

IBiS Academic Director R. Edward Freeman developed and taught the massive open online course (MOOC) through Coursera. "New Models of Business in Society" examines the critical role that business plays in society and discusses the new models of business that are changing the way that companies create value. Read about Freeman and his course on the IBiS blog.

The National Debt

IBiS Academic Director Mary Margaret Frank has developed a cross-disciplinary elective to engage students from a variety of discliplines including law, business, public policy, public health, nursing, and engineering. After gaining common knowledge on the subject, this seminar allows the students to decide what issues are most pertinent for young adults to understand. Then students work in teams to produce an online educational series about the national debt, which will aim to increase awareness among young adults.

Field Work in Social Enterprise: Reducing Poverty in Charlottesville

IBiS provided support for an innovative new course for U.Va. undergraduate students focused on fostering social enterprise as a path to poverty alleviation. Read more about the course here: "Entrepreneurial Dreams Can Beat Local Poverty, U.Va. Class Proposes."

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