GBSN membership includes business schools on 6 continents that demonstrate leadership and innovation in their respective markets, as well as a commitment to GBSN’s mission.

GBSN Membership is a way for business schools to contribute to the advancement of management education for the developing world, build relationships with like-minded colleagues around the globe, engage in programs to train and mentor international peers, and find new opportunities to grow and develop as an institutuion and global leader.

Membership is selective. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by an Academic Advisory Board of GBSN member school representatives.

GBSN conferences, summits and webinars are open to all. Members do receive special reduced fees on events, and have access to special, members only networking events throughout the year at international gatherings.

GBSN works with wide range of institutions, not just our members, to facilitate international collaboration in all directions between educators so that schools at different stages of development can learn from one another. Through partnerships with industry, development agencies, foundations and schools GBSN programs build local capacity to deliver quality management education.
If you are a developing world business school looking to build your capacity – such as strategic planning, faculty development, program design or review – GBSN is here to help. Our networked approach and low management costs provide a cost-effective platform to build programs that will help you. We can also work with you to reach out to funding agencies, leveraging our experience and network to strengthen the proposal.

GBSN partners with funding bodies, such as aid agencies and foundations, to design and implement programs that build the capacity of local institutions to provide management education in the community. In programs that aim to enhance development in sectors such as agribusiness, health and entrepreneurship, local capacity to deliver training and support is critical to ensuring the sustainability of a program’s impact. GBSN has worked as a contractor, grantee and sub-grantee on programs that range from tourism to healthcare to education.
GBSN Membership is a way for business schools to contribute to the advancement of management education for the developing world, build relationships with like-minded colleagues around the globe, engage in programs to train and mentor international peers, and find new opportunities to grow and develop as an institution and global leader.

Membership is selective. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by an Academic Advisory Board of GBSN member school representatives.
GBSN member schools must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in their region and a commitment to GBSN’s mission.

Business schools that offer fully-branded degrees are invited to apply for membership. Satellite campuses are included as members when their parent institution joins and will not be considered for individual membership.

Applications are reviewed by our Academic Advisory Board on a quarterly basis and their decision is based on the following criteria:

  • Experience in developing countries
  • Commitment to engaging in GBSN activities, programs and events
  • Areas of specialization (e.g., executive education, MBA, entrepreneurship, etc.)
  • Type of accreditation
  • Membership in regional associations
  • Faculty profile
  • Strength in local market/regional context
  • Rankings

Applicants are encouraged to secure an endorsement by one or more current GBSN Members.

Annual Contribution for Member Schools: $5,000 USD annually

Discounts are available to qualifying institutions in the developing world.

Through partnerships with industry, development agencies, foundations and schools GBSN programs build local capacity to deliver quality management education. GBSN works with a wide range of institutions, not just our members, and encourages international collaboration in all directions between educators so that schools at different stages of development can learn from one another.

Since 2003 GBSN has brought together deans, faculty and administrators from around the world to advise, train, mentor, share and collaborate with their peers.

Some of GBSN’s programs have:

  • Advised an industrial group in Pakistan in establishing a high-quality business school for their local market
  • Supported the development of world-class “Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management” in Nigeria
  • Mentored faculty to develop hundreds of local teaching cases in Kenya and Senegal
  • Produced a feasibility study for a new business school in Bangladesh
  • Trained Public Policy faculty from across Africa to integrate cases into the classroom
  • Developed new entrepreneurship courses to be delivered virtually with a business school in Belarus
GBSN works with corporate partners in a number of ways, including through our Corporate Leadership Council. This is an exclusive group of industry leaders who contribute to GBSN’s efforts to increase the pool of management talent for the developing world.

We have worked hand in hand with corporate partners to help them meet their development goals, leveraging our network and experience to help ensure their programs in the developing world are sustainable and impactful.

Companies also have the opportunity to sponsor GBSN events, gaining valuable access and visibility to leaders in business education around the globe.

GBSN received support from a variety of sources to support our networking, capacity building and thought leadership activities, including: membership contributions, our Corporate Leadership Council, individual donors, program contracts, grants, event registration fees and sponsorships.