Business schools are at a turning point and are having to take a hard look at their value propositions, sense of purpose and identity.
Motivated to address the most pressing needs of society and enabled by the digital innovation, business schools have been redefining the boundaries of their work. Many are at the forefront of efforts to rethink business as an engine of innovation for tackling the grand challenges of society. Similarly, business education has been on the front lines when it comes to the fault lines of globalization, pressing forward with international collaboration, global recruitment, and cross-cultural education. This conference is about the bold efforts of leading business schools to move beyond business and borders to positively impact society and generate inclusive and sustainable growth.
We are far from achieving our collective aspirations. Technology is advancing faster than our ability to build appropriate frameworks and institutions as well to develop new skills and move to industries and places where new jobs are being created. There are many obstacles to leading the transformation of business education—its infrastructure, traditions, and culture were built for previous industrial revolutions, not the fourth one. Meanwhile, nation states have been more inclined to take care of themselves and close their borders than to bear the load of global leadership required to address the most important issues, such as climate change. This conference aims to help schools to overcome these challenges.
This year’s GBSN conference will convene global leaders in academia, government, and industry to collectively explore the critical role of business and entrepreneurship education in our global future. Participants will push beyond traditional confines to share ideas and opportunities for generating greater global impact, especially in the most rapidly growing and developing areas of the world. Through bold visionary speakers from academia and beyond, along with hands-on interactive breakout sessions, we invite you to come with us on this journey as we explore the world of tomorrow, today.
Some important questions that will be addressed include:
Are business schools ready to take a lead role in transforming business and addressing the most pressing challenges facing humankind?
How do we provide management and entrepreneurship education that is both effective and accessible?
Can business schools be a significant catalyst for innovation and job creation that leads to inclusive and sustainable development?
Who Should Attend?
The GBSN Annual Conference is a premier international forum attracting some of the world’s foremost management educators from around the globe, as well as leaders in the development, corporate and public sectors to share ideas and network with a focus on strengthening management education for the developing world. The conference is a unique opportunity to network and to learn about trends and best practice in delivering management education around the globe.
Business School Deans, Directors, Faculty and Administrators
from developed, emerging and frontier markets
Professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society
dedicated to addressing social and economic challenges effectively and efficiently
with an interest in wider stakeholder collaboration to address social and economic challenges