Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools at TUM School of Management

“Guiding Business Schools from being the best in the world to being the best for the world” – The Positive Impact Rating will be launched soon at TUM School of Management, giving our students the chance to evaluate our school on how it is solving societal and sustainable challenges. 

The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a rating by students, for students, that can contribute as a  lever of change for transformation in business schools. The results can be used as a tool to drive student-led sustainable development in cooperation with schools.  

The collection of data in TUM SOM is being organised by the TUM SOM Student Council, who will distribute a survey across campus through email campaigns, social media, and more.  Students take responsibility for assessing the positive impact of their own schools, providing a  unique opportunity for the student voice to be heard.  

The PIR is the first time that students around the world assess their business schools on their positive impact. Sophie Charrois, President of Oikos International and PIR Supervisory Board member, is aware that “more and more students all over the world seek an education that prepares them as change agents and leaders of tomorrow. Oikos International is proud to have been part of the PIR from the beginning to provide them with a global assessment of schools that focus on these competencies”.  

The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions, that sit within three areas: Energizing, Educating, and Engaging. Business schools are then provided with a defined social impact and a tool that they can use for change.  

Katrin Muff, President of the Positive Impact Rating Association, said: “PIR is designed as a tool to improve and transform business education. It enables schools to understand what a positive impact for society is, according to their students. The PIR highlights the potential for  improvement, even for leading schools.”  

The PIR was created by concerned business school experts together with global NGOs – WWF,  Oxfam, and UN Global Compact. International student associations Oikos, AIESEC and Net  Impact are also part of the PIR, which is supported by VIVA Idea and Fehr Advice.  

The overall PIR score of the business school is used to position the school on one of five levels.  The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement.  

The results of the 2021 Edition of the Positive Impact Rating will be launched at the World  Economic Forum in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland in May.  

We need at least 50 Bachelor and 50 Master students to be considered in the ranking, which is why your participation is crucial! The link to the survey will be sent to each TUM School of  Management student to their campus email address around January 11th. The survey will be open until February 26th, but if you don’t want to wait until that time, you can contact fkr@tum-som.com and we will send you the link to the survey right away.

Additional Information

Want to know more about how the Positive Impact Rating captures the voice of students to provide a new tool for change? Check out the following material we’ve gathered for you:  

  • Webinar “Using the PIR as a tool for change: positive impact tips from leading schools” – a recorded online forum for students and staff to hear from leading schools and the Positive Impact Rating team on how to maximise the opportunities from the  Positive Impact Rating. (Click Here)  
  • 2020 Edition Report – Find out how and which schools were rated in the first edition of the PIR (Click Here)  
  • “A Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools: Case Study” by T. Dyllick and K.  Muff – A very insightful research paper about how and why the PIR provides an answer to the rising demands to address issues concerning sustainability and social impact on businesses and business schools. (Click Here, Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9551)

We want you to raise your voice and get involved – now is your chance to help create an opportunity for change and development!  

Your Student Council TUM SOM

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