Societal Impact Awards

Recognizing outstanding approaches and achievements in business education.

Societal Impact Awards Focus

Business schools and business are a force for good in society. Through their activities, b-schools have the opportunity to make a difference to society and to address significant issues at a local, national, or international scale.

We seek to recognize outstanding approaches or achievements in business education that are having a positive impact in their community or in society more broadly. SBAA is aligning this award with both the AACSB Collective Vision for Business Education and the AACSB 2020 Standards for Business Accreditation which call for business schools to be a force for good. As such, we seek to recognize innovative strategies or programs that have a significant positive societal impact.


The awards include cash prizes for the winners. There will normally be two award winners ($1,000 each). The winners will register for and attend the 2024 Annual Meeting of the SBAA (November 10-12, 2024) where they will present their work and receive their awards.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for consideration, a submission must meet the following criteria.


The submission must originate from an SBAA member institution

One Submission

Only one submission is allowed per SBAA member university per year


Submissions must be original or show substantial noteworthy new findings


Programs must be endorsed by their Dean and apply through the Dean's office


Submissions must contain all the components listed in the call for proposals


Winners must attend the 2022 SBAA annual meeting and present their project

2022 Annual Meeting Sponsors

Many of our member schools participate in sponsorship to make our events possible.