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AACSB International Recognizes the Heider College of Business for BlueBox

AACSBCreighton University’s Heider College of Business was among 21 business schools recognized for innovative collaboration at the AACSB International (AACSB) 2019 Innovations That Inspire challenge.

The Heider College of Business was recognized for the BlueBox, a product designed by Charlie Braymen, PhD, CFA, an associate professor in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and his colleague Dustin Ormond, PhD, assistant professor of business intelligence and analytics, along with Steve Maaske, an innovation analyst in Creighton’s RaDLab, and Josh Nichols, Creighton College of Arts and Sciences ’18.

The BlueBox is a one-stop charging station and a wireless hotspot through which educational materials can be accessed on mobile devices and tablets. The device has the potential to revolutionize education and the general dissemination of knowledge in parts of the world where textbooks are not always accessible and the internet is not always reliable.

An annual initiative, the challenge recognizes institutions from around the world who serve as champions of change in the business education landscape. This year’s focus emphasized co-creation of knowledge—one of five opportunities identified in AACSB’s Collective Vision for Business Education. With research and thought leadership as a foundation, the highlighted institutions are engaging in a wide range of collaborative partnerships to support new curriculum, establish new products or services, and impact industry and government policy.

Now in its fourth year, the Innovations That Inspire challenge has highlighted more than 100 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement or outreach, and leadership. To date, members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance have shared more than 800 innovations, creating a robust repository in AACSB’s DataDirect system to inform and inspire fellow members and the industry.

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