What is Impact?

Impact is the provable benefits of research in the real world. It’s not judged by traditional methods – such as citations – simply appraised by factors we can see and feel in wider society. Impact emerges differently across various disciplines, but ultimately it is about connecting academic research to the world around us.
It is also driven by other dynamics, including funder requirements, research assessments and, of course, societal shifts and changing environments. While these are clear points of focus, the real significance comes from making impact meaningful to you, your partners and your research. We believe that maximum benefit comes from planning impact – enabling you to create and navigate compelling pathways for your research.
Consider the definition of ‘impact’…

GBSN Partners with Peaqs for the Africa Business Plan Challenge

GBSN is pleased to present its’ Africa Business Plan Challenge in a completely virtual format and has teamed up with Danish Edtech Startup Peaqs, in providing a platform to facilitate the competition. Peaqs is not so much a system for the organizers, as it is for the competition itself where student entrepreneurs continuously upload, display and refine their business cases in a kickstarter-like fashion. Judges, mentors and other key stakeholders can also logon and interact with the entrepreneurs via a comment function and a gamified stock market, where they play the role of ‘investors,’ and can allocate their funds in support of the projects they think are the best.

Leading High Performing Teams in Turbulent Times

Professor Manfred Kets de Vries and professor Graham Ward from INSEAD have a discussion on how the psychodynamic orientation to leadership can be helpful to guide people through the present crisis. Referring to Kets de Vries’ recent eBook, Journeys into Coronavirus Land: Lessons from the Pandemic, leadership in times of crisis is one of the subjects.

New Member Spotlight: Western Governors University

WGU remains true to these roots with a principal mission to “expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.”

Dean’s Networking Session

On November 4th, Dan LeClair, CEO of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), Soumitra Dutta, GBSN Chairman and former Founding Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, and Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a sponsor of GBSN Beyond, hosted a deans’ networking session to discuss the global impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential of a new US presidential administration.

New Member Spotlight: Athena School of Management

GBSN is pleased to welcome one of our newest members, Athena School of Management. Athena School of Management is one of India’s most exclusive Business Schools located in Mumbai. Athena’s vision is to create Future Leaders in Business & Society who have the ability to “ask the right questions”. Their pedagogy focuses on Experiential Learning, International Exposure, Corporate Interface & Character Building. Athena has been ranked as India’s Best Emerging Business School in 2019 & 20. Athena is the only Indian Business School to be shortlisted as a Finalist for the AMBA Excellence Awards 2021 in the Business School Impact Category.

Sharing Best Practices in the New World of Blended Learning

The 2020 calendar year has brought many novel experiences in teaching for most faculty. Our campuses have been closed for months and we have been forced to move our classes online. Teaching online has brought into stark reality the complexities of delivering high quality learning experiences remotely. Not only did we have to adjust to… Read more >

New Member Spotlight: Stanford Seed, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

GBSN is pleased to welcome one of our newest members, Stanford Seed, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. Stanford Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business initiative that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives, with the ultimate vision of ending the cycle of global poverty. The program was established in 2011, implemented in West Africa in 2013, in East Africa in 2016, and expanded to India and Southern Africa in 2017.

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 >

ESCA Named Top Business School in 2020 Eduniversal Ranking

ESCA Ecole de Management, a GBSN member school, has been ranked as the top business school in Morocco by Eduniversal, an international rating agency that specializes in higher education. Headquartered in Paris, Eduniversal conducts a ranking of the top 1,000 business schools around the world every year. According to the agency, “The ranking recognizes the… Read more >