Call for Contributions

Lead the conversation around measuring the impact of business schools by preparing a session proposal for the GBSN 2019 Annual Conference. Our highly interactive sessions provide participants with the practical tools and knowledge they can apply in their own work. We invite you to help shape the future of management education by proposing a session.

The GBSN Annual Conferences bring together business school deans, administrators and faculty with representatives from the corporate, government and non-profit sectors to network, share best practices and form new partnerships to advance management education in emerging economies.

Session moderators, presenters and facilitators will receive a discounted registration fee.

Key Dates
  • February 4, 2019:

    Call for Proposals Opens

    April 1, 2019:

    Call for Proposals Closes

  • April 26, 2019:

    Selected speakers are notified

    May 10, 2019:

    Selected speakers to confirm acceptance

GBSN seeks a diversity of perspectives for conference sessions across 3 sub-themes in 4 interactive format types.

Types of Sessions
Pre-Conference Workshop:

These 3-hour sessions provide participants the opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in a particular area of interest. Since they occur before the start of the conference, presenters are allocated a 3-hour time slot to delve deeper into the presented topic.  Pre-conference workshops provide a collaborative and active-learning environment for the participants. Attendees should leave with skills, knowledge and resources they can apply in their own environment. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: accreditation, teaching methodology, strategy, partnership development, quality control, online learning, and digital technologies. Attendees are charged an additional fee to participate in these sessions.

  • Duration: 3 hours (includes a 30-minute coffee & tea break)
  • These workshops will occur the morning of Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
  • Up to 3 proposals will be accepted for Pre-Conference Workshops.
  • As part of the proposal, presenters are highly encouraged to include a tentative outline of the workshop and examples of resources that will be used.
Solution Room:

The Solution Room is designed to provide peer-supported advice and solutions to an institution’s most pressing challenge. The presenter(s) will pose a challenge or issue their institution is facing. The presenter(s) will then work with the participants to brainstorm creative solutions to address the challenge. This session is ideal for institutions who are looking to build new programs and initiatives or are facing a strategic issue and are seeking ideas and advice from their peers.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • 3 proposals will be selected to be included on the conference agenda.
Innovation Showcase (Individual Speaker):

These short, practical showcases of innovative approaches to management education will be featured in a plenary session.  Presenters are asked to share relevant and transferable examples of how their business school is addressing some aspect of the conference theme.

  • Duration: 12 minutes per presentation
  • 3 proposals will be selected to be included on the conference agenda.
Break-Out Session (Individual Speaker or Panel):

Break-out Sessions include short presentations and facilitated discussions around the design, delivery, promotion, impact or administration of management education relevant to the conference theme. Examples could include working across disciplines in your institution, promoting executive education with an ethical stance, building a sector-specific program in collaboration with industry, etc. Panels that are composed of stakeholders from business schools, private and public sector organizations are encouraged. Proposals can be submitted as a full panel or as an individual speaker. Individual speakers with similar topics will be combined into one session as appropriate.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Up to 9 sessions will be chosen for inclusion on the conference agenda.
How to Submit a Proposal

Proposals are required to be submitted through the online form. Submissions must include:

  • Proposed Session Title (15-word limit)
  • Preferred Session Format (Pre-Conference Workshop, Solution Room, Innovation Showcase, Breakout Session)
  • Overview of session content that includes the objectives and what participants will take away from the session (250-word limit)
  • Description of the interactive structure of your session and how attendees will be meaningfully engaged (250-word limit)
  • Additional resources (For Pre-Conference Workshop Only)
  • Additional session contributors (if applicable)
  • Name and contact information for the main point of contact of the proposal
General Information
  • Applicants may submit more than one proposal. In the case of multiple submissions, only one proposal can be selected for inclusion on the conference agenda. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity of perspectives and expertise is represented on the agenda.
  • GBSN Membership is not required to submit a proposal; however, priority consideration is given to proposals that include faculty or staff from a GBSN Member School.
  • Organizations and higher education institutions that have not presented at or attended a GBSN Annual Conference in the past are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.
  • GBSN reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants.
  • The GBSN Annual Conference Steering Committee does not peer-review research or publications. Research, cases and other publications submitted should have relevance to the selected theme and are not required to be exclusive to this conference. Authors of published contributions will keep the original copyright to their work (conference organizers request one-time permission to publish the works in the proceedings and to share presentations online). Abstracts may be included on GBSN’s website and conference reports.
  • Pre-Conference Workshop presenters are expected to register and attend the main conference.
  • Speakers whose proposals are chosen will receive a code for a significant discount on conference registration. GBSN does not cover speaker fees, travel or accommodation.
Deadline: April 1, 2019


Questions regarding the Call for Proposals and the submission process may be sent to Nicole Zefran at