About the Conference

“Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development,” the 2017 GBSN Conference in Washington D.C., will focus on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, NGOs and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities.

Conference participants will examine the role business schools play in economic and social development, and assess the evolution of education in the face of recent world events, discussing questions such as:

How have Business Schools integrated social and environmental issues into their curriculums?
What are the cross-sectorial initiatives within business education that drive or reinforce economic development?
How are schools responding to fears of the perceived impact of globalization?


The Interactive Agenda will feature:

  • A Cross-Sector Dialogue with local business and development professionals, students and alumni to explore the opportunities and challenges at top of mind for these key stakeholders
  • Speakers from industry, business education and international aid sectors with an interest in reinforcing ties within the business and development ecosystems
  • Showcases of innovative business schools solving complex economic and educational challenges through partnership and innovation
  • Presentations of research on management education and its impact on development for low income and emerging communities.
  • Lots of networking opportunities to develop new ideas, partnerships and projects

Sessions at the GBSN Conference will address these questions and many more, highlighting opportunities and challenges in the areas of Collaboration/Interdisciplinarity, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Sustainability and the UN’s Global Goals, Impact Measures, and Globalization vs. Localization.

GBSN invites members of the international business education, economic development, policy and funder communities to participate and contribute to the conversation at this unique convening. Click here for more information.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets with an interest in building international connections and developing their school’s program quality, market relevance and regional impact
  • Development Professionals Management Consultants focused on economic development and social impact.
  • Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration
  • Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools

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The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening management, entrepreneurial and leadership talent for the developing world through better access to quality, locally relevant education. GBSN harnesses the power of a network of nearly 70 leading business schools that share a dedication to our mission to build management education capacity for the developing world.

Kogod School of Business at American University is a leader in business education in the Washington, DC area. Kogod offers a myriad of undergraduate programs, as well as a Full-time MBA and seven specialized master’s degrees. Our programs, which are rooted in experiential learning, prepare graduates to work and lead in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

GW’s School of Business is an international leader in education and research, which prides itself on training future leaders to be global problem solvers and socially responsible managers.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate; full-time, part-time, online, and executive MBA; specialty masters; PhD; and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community.