Responsible management is at the heart of the full-time MBA at Copenhagen Business School, and the core course involves a full 50 hours on the subject. CBS has embedded UN Principles for Responsible Management Education into its courses, and ranked 14th in the world in the Corporate Knights Better World MBA rankings in 2018.
This is all part-and-parcel of the “Scandinavian management style” that underpins everything that happens at CBS. A focus on social responsibility is in school’s DNA. Unlike some parts of the world, diversity is taken for granted here, and the school barely even boasts that up to 45% of its cohort is women. Over 90% is international.
Being based in cycle-friendly and green Copenhagen helps, and there are plenty of businesses in the area whose philosophy jives with the school’s. The general pleasantness extends to the campus itself, a state-of-the-art teaching facility in the Frederiksberg area, in a spectacular building that once served as a porcelain factory.
The second big theme at CBS is entrepreneurship: Students who want to set up their own businesses can go down an entrepreneurship track. The school is particularly looking for students with an entrepreneurial spark, stressing that Denmark has been voted Europe’s easiest place to do business by the World Bank. CBS has a network of mentors, investors, and others involved in startups who are happy to help budding entrepreneurs.
CBS students go through a Leadership Discovery Process to develop their ability to think, act, and lead responsibly, and all students can be matched with an alumnus to mentor them in their third trimester. The system seems to work well. Around half of students stay in Denmark after graduation, often working at big Danish firms — think the likes of Maersk shipping, Carlsberg beer, and Novo Nordisk pharmaceuticals.
Andreas Rasche, Associate Dean for the Full-Time MBA
We see a lot of student demand for sustainability and CSR, and this theme is naturally driven by being in Copenhagen, which is seen as a green and sustainable city. That makes it easy for us to take students to relevant businesses, so students know that this is not just talk, but there is real action behind it.
Scandinavia has a great reputation. When people come here they often want to stay, and the visa situation is that if they have an MBA here, they can. English is widely spoken, and it is not a problem in big companies if you are not fluent in Danish. We have a strong careers team, and over the years we have had a good track record in helping people find jobs in the larger firms here.
Anoush Hashemi, MBA 2019
I was looking at an MBA for some years. I was at UCLA, and my background was in marketing and then IT, mainly in the healthcare industry. I was wondering how I could have the most impact, in the U.S. or in one of the cutting-edge countries that embrace sustainability and clean tech. CBS was an easy choice for me.