The Future of Business Education

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Many of those who reflect on the future, appeal to the past for guidance on the premise that “the future is contained in the past” – frequently doing so successfully in situations where problems are well defined and tractable, where history repeats itself in a discernable pattern or evolves following a well-established trend, alternatively where known lead-lag relationships provide early signals of future developments. The history of management education provides a case in point illustrating how educational content follows business-led practices, technological progress or, by exception, mere fads or silver bullets, as some examples may illustrate. A century ago business … Read More

ESSEC Business School earns its AMBA accreditation and the “triple crown”

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ESSEC Business School has recently earned its AMBA accreditation and joins a group of the world’s leading, international business schools to hold the “triple crown.” In 1997, ESSEC was the first school outside of North America to be accredited by AACSB International and in 2003 the school obtained its EQUIS accreditation. Now, with the acquisition of the AMBA accreditation, ESSEC joins an exclusive circle of business schools with the triple accreditation. The AMBA accreditation is important for business schools and its students alike as it provides an international standard of excellence that serves as proof of the institutions exacting academic … Read More

Universidad EAFIT Professor Wins Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula 2016

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Dr. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Professor of Management at GBSN member school Universidad EAFIT was awarded the Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula 2016 grand prize for her submission entitled Ethics and Social Responsibility. Ethics and Social Responsibility is an undergraduate course that takes a broad view of corporate social responsibility and the role of businesses in sustainable development. This course is aligned with the purpose of training responsible future managers, which are value generators for companies and society committed to working for an inclusive and sustainable global economy. This course presents an emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals … Read More

Strathmore Business School Launches New Agribusiness Program

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GBSN executive board member school, Strathmore Business School, will launch an agribusiness training program in March of 2018. The program will be the first of its kind available in Africa and aims to provide youth with relevant skills to be successful in the agriculture industry. “The program will integrate both theoretical and industrial relevance to address the current trends in the sector,” said Dr. George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School. Strathmore is partnering with US-based maker of Massey Ferguson tractors and Fortune 500 company AGCO in the two-year agribusiness program. The program will initially target youth ages 20-30 years old. … Read More

Zhejiang University School of Management Hosts 2017 CEEMAN Annual Conference in Hangzhou

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GBSN member school, Zhejiang University School of Management, summarizes program highlights and key takeaways from the 2017 CEEMAN Annual Conference, Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economics. The 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference was co-organized and hosted by Zhejiang University School of Management in Hangzhou, China September 20-22, 2017. More than 130 participants from over 30 countries joined the event, including deans and directors from business schools and universities, representatives of international management development associations, business leaders and entrepreneurs, political leaders and change makers, and international publishers. The conference themed, Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economics … Read More

Reflections: Bangladesh and Romania – A Common Goal but Worlds Apart

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In the early 1990s, I was working for a non-profit public health management consulting organization. Although based in the US, I spent most my time conducting short-term assignments that aimed to strengthen management systems of public, private and NGO providers of health services all over the world. By coincidence, I started two, multi-year engagements with private, non-profit providers of women’s health services at the same time, one in Bangladesh and one in Romania. The objective was to assist them examine their cost and revenue structure and develop strategies to programmatically and financially sustain their organizations. The size and structure of … Read More

Cave Hill School of Business Professor Launches Book “Managing in Developing Countries”

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  For those of us teaching outside of the so-called ‘western world’ these are common complaints. There are many calls for research and teaching that focuses on the non-western world, particularly developing countries. Managing in Developing Countries aims to begin to fill this need, in the classroom, by addressing management issues from the perspective of those who are managers in developing countries. The book will be available in early September from the Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge). It is primarily intended as a text for a basic management course at the undergraduate level; however, it has also been used at … Read More

Exploring the Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development

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Did MBAs cause the global economic crash of 2008? Can the proliferation of entrepreneurship education programs in Africa be the thrust the continent needs to achieve the development economists predicted? Will more business schools in China be able to prepare the next generation of leaders to innovate? These, somewhat provocative, questions speak to the complicated relationship between business education and economic development. In theory, there is a causal relationship between an increase in people educated in business and growth of the economy in which they work. However, in practice the two parts are incorporated in a web of political, social, … Read More

Tribute to Guy Pfeffermann’s Contributions to Global Economic Growth

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GBSN is a member of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), which is a consortium of 30 member NGOs that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking opportunities for self-reliance. Below is a tribute blog article to GBSN’s founder, Guy Pfeffermann, that VEGA recently published. VEGA wishes to recognize Guy Pfeffermann, founder and head of VEGA Member Global Business School Network (GBSN), for his leadership and untiring commitment to generating economic growth by building institutional capacity through management training. After 15 years at GBSN, Pfeffermann is stepping down as … Read More

Mobile-First Micro-Learning Platform Gnowbe Announces 4 New Global Advisors

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Gnowbe attracts global thought leaders in Harvard, Facebook, EdTech, ExecEd, HR and Learning SINGAPORE, Sept. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon valley- and Singapore-headquartered start-up Gnowbe, a market leader for mobile-first, micro-learning, today announced the addition of 4 new advisors to join their experienced, global team to help with aggressive growth and development. The new advisors include: Gnowbe attracts global thought leaders in Harvard, Facebook, EdTech, ExecEd, HR and Learning (PRNewsfoto/Gnowbe Pte Ltd) Gnowbe attracts global thought leaders in Harvard, Facebook, EdTech, ExecEd, HR and Learning (PRNewsfoto/Gnowbe Pte Ltd)   Professor John J-H Kim, Senior Lecturer (EdTech Innovation Expert), Harvard Business … Read More