Six months ago I joined the Global Business School Network (GBSN) for what I call the three P’s—the purpose, the potential, and the people. So you might ask, have I found what was looking for? Is the purpose everything I thought it was? What is GBSN’s potential? Have I connected with new and interesting people? It seems like a good time to reflect on my experience and share thoughts about the journey.
GBSN promotes the expertise and interests of our members by providing a platform to communicate news and open opportunities to global audiences and share how they are innovating in management education to the benefit of their colleagues around the world. The New Member Spotlight series serves as a way for new member schools to introduce themselves to the network.
My recent trip to South Africa saw my personal and professional worlds collide in a way I had not intended. After much indecisiveness, I determined at the eleventh hour to make the forty-eight-hour roundtrip from Washington D.C. to Cape Town. I was headed home for the first time in over six months to first, hug my dog, and second, graduate from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) with a Master of Business Administration. Since I was headed to the region, we seized the opportunity to check-in with our five South African member schools. As a … Read More
Institutional Profile Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Moscow, Russia school.skolkovo.ru Dean: Marat Atnashev GBSN Main Ambassador: Violetta Grigorieva, International Partnerships & Faculty Relations Director Accreditation: EQUIS The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is one of the leading private business schools in Russia and the CIS. It was founded in 2006 by a group of partners including Russian and international companies as well as individuals. Four values define SKOLKOVO’s school identity: openness to the world, entrepreneurial leadership, lifelong learning, and partnership. With those precepts in mind, the school strives to educate transformational leaders for Russia and the Eurasian region, connect Russia … Read More
What if we took a group of high performing managers from Canadian paper mills and placed them in the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia. Would they succeed? Regardless of whether you answered yes, no, or maybe, your responses to questions like this one can reveal a lot about the work we’re doing at the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Since we were created by the World Bank 17 years ago, our vision has been for the developing world to have the management talent it needs to generate prosperity. We want to achieve that vision by “improving access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.” As my experience grows with GBSN, so does my respect for the local relevance part of our mission. Here are three ways that we are prioritizing local relevance in our work.
The present-day business community calls for digital-savvy, problem-solving graduates. Today’s digital generation of learners and busy working professionals desire flexibility, convenience and real-world relevance. Business schools have had to adapt to meet these needs. GBSN member, The Open University is dedicated to offering a flexible higher education, accessible to students anywhere in the world. Since its beginnings over forty years ago, The OU has pioneered distance learning – and now its pioneering all over again with use of digital technology.
For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. Ainura Kaldarova from Narxoz Business School in Kazakhstan recently visited the OU after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here Ainura recalls her month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow.
For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. John Olukuru from Strathmore University Business School in Kenya recently visited The Open University after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here John recalls his month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow. Indeed, this was a very different academic life – I arrived at The Open University on 7 … Read More
I am a proud beneficiary of the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) training offered by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. My name is Kennedy Musyoka, a Doctoral student at the United States International University (USIU) – Africa (www.usiu.ac.ke). GSERM was not only worth an experience but also a game changer for me!! GSERM gave an opportunity of a lifetime in regard to my Attitude, Skills, and Knowledge. These were enhanced in a way that cannot be described. One has to attend the GSERM training to experience. My very special acknowledgments go to the Global Business School Network … Read More
While the acceleration of innovation presents a formidable challenge for most business school leaders, it also presents an exceptional set of opportunities for the few who dare to innovate and change. The few who are inspired to re-imagine the future and take risks. The few who are disciplined to execute with determination and resilience. So how should business school leaders react to these accelerations in the pace of innovation?