Grenoble Ecole de Management Director Shares Thoughts on Higher Education in Emerging Countries

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In his blog, Jean-françois Fiorina, GBSN ambassador and director of Grenoble Ecole de Management, emphasized the importance of higher education in emerging countries because these countries are now “actors in the worldwide educational ecosystem.” Fiorina discussed reasons why business educators should enter this geo-sector and the challenges that they may face in doing so. Click here to read Fiorina’s post

Better Business Practices Lead to Higher Rates of Productivity

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Because in most developing economies they are the predominant form of economic activity, from its beginnings GBSN has paid particular attention to what causes very small firms to grow. We worked for three years with Nigeria’s Enterprise Development Center, a remarkable institution, in creating a super-effective Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. Later GBSN partnered with Goldman Sachs in their ambitious 10,000 Women program, which included the creation and/or strengthening of entrepreneurship education institutions across the developing world. While these efforts succeeded in enabling owners to grow their small businesses, no systematic research had been undertaken which might show whether and how … Read More

Gawad Kalinga: Building Bridges the Link Businesses

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On the last day of the conference, about 40 conference attendees participated in our Networking Field Visit, which was a hands-on “social-volunturism” experience at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a nationwide nonprofit organization focused on integrated rural community development. A key aspect of the Founder and CEO, Tony Meloto’s concept is building bridges that link businesses, including multinational companies and low-income farmers in win-win value chains. The GK Enchanted Farm is a pilot site and breeding ground of social enterprises, formed with the values of using the best of the Philippines’ resources to provide sustainable solutions for … Read More

World Bank Group to Launch MOOC on Financing for Development After UN Summit Adoption

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The World Bank Group is launching a Financing for Development MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on November 16. A function of this course is to facilitate increased awareness about new global goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at a UN Summit in September of this year. These SDGs will require trillions of dollars over the next 15 years and welcome investments of all kinds- “public and private, national and global, in both capital and capacity”. The objective of this MOOC is to familiarize more people with the new development agenda, the critical role of the private sector, and the use … Read More

GBSN Welcomes Three New Schools

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GBSN is proud to announce the acceptance of three new schools into our network. We welcome Leuphana University of Lüneburg, University of Management and Technology: Pakistan, and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business to our expanding list of world-class member schools. GBSN works with our member schools to build management education capacity for the developing world through cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and capacity building programs to strengthen local business education. For faculty, students, businesses, NGOs, foundations and governments, GBSN is a resource for innovation, collaboration and growth. By fostering these connections, GBSN helps schools and faculty at different stages of … Read More

Additive Manufacturing and Design Thinking: Two Cutting Edge Approaches to Business Education

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Encouraging student connections to the “real world” is at the heart of pedagogical creativity. I was fortunate this month to learn about two approaches, one at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), the other at Umeå School of Business and Economics, both members of GBSN. Darden’s Professor Jeanne Liedtka ran a GBSN webinar on the Design Thinking, which is defined as “a human-centered innovation process that emphasizes observation, collaboration, fast learning, visualization of ideas, rapid concept prototyping, and concurrent business analysis.” If that sounds forbidding, think of students starting by trying to understanding people’s needs, discovering new possibilities, … Read More

New Research Sheds Light on the Positives of MOOCs

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Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been a highly debated topic of conversation from their inception in 2008. Many have argued on both sides about how effective they really are, as well as criticized the percentage of people that use them. However, in Harvard Business Review’s recent article Who’s Benefiting from MOOC’s, and Why, we see some very interesting statistics regarding its participants. The article argues that many of the skeptics are “overly pessimistic” and MOOCs provide real career and educational benefits for those who do complete the courses. The latest research shows that 72% of those surveyed reported career … Read More

The Rising Entrepreneurial Spirit in Young Africa

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In Walter Baets’ article, “What Young Africans want from Business Education Programmes,” he emphasizes the rising demand for “shorter, more modular business courses” that are more flexible and hands-on than the courses offered in the pursuance of the MBA. The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) recently revealed a growing interest by sub-Saharan youth in programs that are different from the run-of-the-mill business degree. Although the interest in an MBA is at recent highs in some nations, for example, Europe, the need in Africa for entrepreneurship is driving youth away from the traditional model for many reasons. They desire entrepreneurial … Read More