The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with business schools, industry, foundations and aid agencies to improve access to quality, locally relevant management education for the developing world.
With a growing network of over 90 leading business schools on 6 continents, we foster cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration both within our network membership and with the broader business education and development communities.
Within the context of the emerging economies mission, GBSN builds activities and programs that enable the creation of new knowledge, provide meaningful experiences, and build relationships that can transform management education, as well as provide broad visibility to our member schools as a champion and change maker for economic and social development.
Our international events and capacity building programs engage our network members to advise, train and mentor regional educators. And through publication, partnership and speaking opportunities we advocate for the importance of management education in economic and social development efforts.
For the developing world to have the management talent it needs to generate prosperity.
To improve access to quality, locally-relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.
From Our Founder
“In over 40 years as a development economist at the World Bank I saw vast amounts of money, resources and human potential go to waste. It wasn’t just money these emerging markets needed, but human capacity to effectively manage resources and productively lead teams.”
Looking around, I found few efforts to build management education for developing nations. And I knew that to end the cycle of poverty, these emerging markets countries needed leaders who could apply international best practice with local relevance.
From this, the Global Business School Network (GBSN) was born. Starting as a program of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank, where I was Chief Economist at the time, we began with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Today GBSN is an independent 501(c)3 organization with member schools on 6 continents and a global mission.
Since 2003, we have been a leader in promoting management education as a critical component in successful international development.
GBSN’s members are a selected group of top international business schools committed to using the power of business to create a better world. Our network connects these leaders in business education with each other and with corporations, NGOs, civil society and educators in emerging markets looking to grow.
Through networking opportunities and capacity building programs, the network, including our Corporate Leadership Council and foundation partners, advance management education. Together we strengthen the next generation of leaders for the developing world.
I hope you will join us in our work, as a network grows exponentially stronger with every new partner. Whether you are a leading business school, corporation, NGO, foundation, student or school looking to build your own capacity, I invite you to get involved.