Dan LeClair

Connecting Across Sectors for Greater Impact: Welcome to GBSN Beyond

What does a former President of Malawi have in common with the VP for Talent and Development at Amazon Web Services, former Chief Operational Risk Officer of the World Bank, Head of Human and Child Rights at the Ingka (formerly Ikea) Group, and the VP for Social Impact at Visa CAMEA? They all are keynote… Read more >

Celebrating the Spirit of GBSN Beyond

Nine years ago I read about a $150 million gift to start an innovation center at Stanford University. What’s special about an innovation center in Silicon Valley? Well, the gift was specifically to alleviate poverty by creating the Stanford Institute for Innovation for Developing Economies. The institute, known as Stanford Seed, would bring together scholars… Read more >

Inclusivity and GBSN

For Otago Business School, it was essential to fully integrate the First Peoples of New Zealand in its new Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr) program. To deliver on such a promise and others like it, the school has two senior leadership positions, Associate Dean Māori and Associate Dean Pacific, charged with incorporating perspectives in the design… Read more >

Strengthening Disaster Resilience: The 2021 HUMLOG Challenge

Major hazards constantly threaten our communities, and climate change and population growth will only accelerate and exacerbate the threats. Yet, as these examples (and the Covid-19 pandemic) show, it is not easy to respond effectively and recover quickly from disasters. It is important to learn from our experiences, identify potential problems in advance, and develop and deploy workable solutions.

Business Education and the Inevitable Change

Just like in business, in business education the winds of change are always blowing. Unlike business, however, these winds usually seem to pass without significantly impacting the industry. In recent years, however, the pressures have been mounting. And the Covid-19 pandemic has spread the view that profound change is inevitable.

Women and Business Education: It’s About Realizing Our Full Potential

When I was a teenager one of the popular television news magazines aired a segment about women who wanted to become firefighters. Although I’ve lost track of the details, I will never forget my reaction. It was nothing short of a profound awakening. In the segment, women candidates were shown doing physically demanding tests, such… Read more >

5 Ways B-Schools Can Accelerate SDG Progress in the Context of Covid-19

It’s not as if the world was on track to achieve the by 2030. Of the 38 targets assessed in, the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development declared we hadn’t made sufficient progress on 37 of them. Now, the Covid-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across all 17 Goals and threatens to turn back progress by years in several areas, such as poverty, hunger, education, and justice.

Meanwhile, in business schools, scholars have been engaged in an epic struggle to replace the dominant intellectual foundations of business with new ones that better reflect the needs of society and the changing rules of business. While there has been steady progress, anyone familiar with higher education knows that paradigm shifts can be painfully slow. It’s not just about what we should start teaching, it is especially challenging to identify and remove the content we should stop teaching.

GBSN Highlights from 2020 and Looking Ahead to 2021

We held our annual Members Meeting last Thursday, 3 December, with more than 50 participants from 30 countries. As with anything that GBSN does, the meeting was designed to be interactive and thought provoking. The agenda included a pre-meeting for Asian members, two networking breakout groups, an insightful presentation on “Skill, Reskill and Upskill –… Read more >