Our aim in the following BSIS Impact Series is to showcase the distinctiveness and diversity of business schools who went through the BSIS process, and who will share with you the initiatives they developed, each linked to one of the BSIS impact dimensions.
As COVID-19 began its global spread in February and March 2020, Sasin’s traditional April start for new student orientation and face-to-face classes became untenable.
We saw this as an opportunity to create something new and unique for our students; taking advantage of the government-mandated lockdown to introduce blended learning to our programmes.
In a scant three months, we created a foundational, for-credit, blended learning programme, grounded in our school’s purpose: sustainability through an entrepreneurial mindset. This foundational programme not only covered the normal pre-MBA subjects of accounting, math, presentation skills, statistics, etc., but also encouraged reflection on life skills, meaning, personal values, and sustainability. This will become an on-going part of our programmes.
In a scant three months, we created a foundational, for-credit, blended learning programme, grounded in our school’s purpose: sustainability through an entrepreneurial mindset.
Sasin’s ‘Skills & Values Module‘ is an innovative, three-course-credit, foundational programme designed to give students the tools, concepts, and values they need to succeed not just in their degree program at Sasin, but in their business careers and in life. Through our online learning platform —SasinX—students explored the initial concepts of the module at their own pace and assessed their personal values and purpose.
For the entire 38 years of Sasin’s existence, we have consistently put accountability to all our stakeholders at the heart of what we do. For well over 10 years, Sasin School of Management has put sustainability at the core of our curriculum, where we firmly believe it belongs: sustainability of the environment, of society and, of course, of the business itself.
Already we are seeing positive results from the BSIS process. First, our sharpened impact focus has led to a clearer, more concise, and more easily communicated statement of Sasin’s positioning: Inspire. Connect. Transform. – for a better, smarter, sustainable world.
Second, the BSIS process provided a strong stimulus to improve the measurement of our impact and, most especially, our stakeholder communication of that impact. It also signalled to all the importance of impact to Sasin.
In addition, the BSIS process led us to an awakening and a breaking down of silos. Impact is not just about data and reports. Measuring impact encourages empathy across the school—a heartfelt understanding of how other parts of the organisation function, the problems they face, how we can assist each other, and how working together, we can improve overall impact.