The Future MBA: 100 Ideas for Making Sustainability the Business of Business Education (Greenleaf/Routledge)

What people are saying about the book below…

The Future MBA brings together 100 ideas on how to rethink management education in order to embed sustainability. Rather than a roadmap, the 100 ideas are meant to be a source of inspiration. Some ideas could be put into practice tomorrow, some would require a complete rethinking of the way we view business education, and others are meant to encourage more ideas…and more action, to turn management education into a key player in moving the sustainability agenda forward.

Future MBA is about rethinking and reinventing business schools to ensure that they train the kinds of sustainability leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that our businesses and the planet need. We need a new generation of graduates who are not only aware of, but can play a key role in moving the sustainability agenda forward and business schools are ideally placed to do this.


On April 28, 2020 I started a new 100 series exploring innovations in the time of COVID-19 for management education.  Click here to browse the ideas.

The story behind The Future MBA book and project

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For the launch of this book I posted 100 examples of innovative sustainability programmes. Click here to look through them and to sign up for the next 100.

What People Are Saying…

“A persuasive account, packed with novel and interesting ideas, on how management education can further play its part in equipping the next generation of graduates with the skills, capabilities and – importantly – the confidence they need to meet our ever growing sustainability challenge”.
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
“The Future MBA is one of THE MOST INTERESTING PROFESSIONAL BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME, and hugely enjoyable. The vast majority of authors take as a given the institutional and regulatory constraints within which business schools have been operating. Refreshingly, Weybrecht sees business schools as potential change agents for a better world.”
Guy Pfeffermann, CEO, Global Business School Network
“Her book challenges and intrigues in equal measure, such that any reader will surely embrace a number of her key ideas – and hopefully inspire new ways of thinking and doing among business school peers and colleagues.”
Simon Pickard, Director International Programmes, ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
“This inspirational book is jam packed with ideas, and is a call to action for students and alumni to push the boundaries of the impact that they and their business schools can have on creating a more sustainable world for all. A must read for all students interested in the positive role that business, and business education can play in society.”
Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact
“The Future MBA offers inspiring, yet practical, ideas to develop the responsible leaders of tomorrow.”
Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office
“Giselle Weybrecht’s new book provides us with insights and ideas that will shape management education for many years to come. It’s a blueprint for successful business schools in the 21st century.”
Professor Dipak C. Jain, Director, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
“Giselle Weybrecht’s innovative and inspiring book is an excellent example of the practical application of concrete and sharp ideas on how to advance the sustainability agenda within business programmes.”
Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO, EFMD
“I strongly recommend this to deans and directors of business schools, professors, experts at ranking institutions, policy-makers, and particularly to all students and candidates as it offers immense help in selecting an MBA, doctorate programme, or any management or leadership development programme.”
Danica Purg, President, CEEMAN and IEDC Bled School of Management
“This book will excite a lot of people. For some, it’s about putting business in wider context; for others, a rich source of advice on the future of management education; for still others, a call to lead from wherever you are in redefining how we do business. 100 strong ideas that together form A NEW MAP OF CRITICAL THINKING IN THE WORLD OF ACTION.”
Rich Lyons, Dean Berkeley Hass Business School
“In The Future MBA, Ms. Weybrecht REDEFINES THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN BUSINESS EDUCATION, helping us to think beyond the long-standing customs and traditions of higher education. Read it and you’ll come away believing, as I do, that business schools will not only change to survive, they will innovate to become vital engines of sustainable business and global prosperity.”
Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, AACSB
“Giselle Weybrecht’s new book is like a great brainstorming session—THE GOOD, PROVOCATIVE, IDEAS JUST KEEP COMING. As a whole, the collection of short essays provide a comprehensive, holistic checklist for reinventing a graduate business education that can create positive social and environmental impact.”
Evan Goodstein, Director Bard MBA in Sustainability
“Full of practical ideas that can be implemented by students and educators alike.”
Katie Kross, Managing Director, Centre for Energy, Development and the Global Environment, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
“I loved this smartly-packaged collection of ideas. It will provide much inspiration to deans, faculty, and students alike to rethink the role of business education in modern society.”
Claire Preisser, Associate Director, The Aspen Institute

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