Boundaries are everywhere in business education. They inform business scholars about which journals they are supposed to publish in for tenure and promotion. Boundaries help us to neatly organize degree programs into categories, such as MBAs and specialized masters, based on objective criteria. Boundaries can be physical; it is not uncommon for university-based business schools to be physically separated from the main campus.But the environment has changed. Our traditional boundaries have become less helpful. They supported a focus on quality improvement, but are hindering efforts for impact leadership. Quality is about rules and rubrics. Impact is about creativity and collaboration.
On Monday, September 28, the University of Maryland, a GBSN Member School, announced their Robert H. Smith School of Business will be led by new dean, Prabhudev Konana, beginning January 2, 2021. He currently serves as Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation at the William H. Seay Centennial Professor of Information Management and as Distinguished Teaching… Read more >
In 2017, to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, organized a conference on promoting diversity and inclusion. The idea came from a concern about the growth of populism, protectionism and xenophobia around the world. It was felt that a Canadian narrative about the benefits of an open… Read more >
Two months ago, we announced something new and different would take the place of our regular annual conference this year. It would be more inclusive and reflect a strong commitment to action in pursuing our mission. And it would demonstrate support for the schools that make our mission achievable. We named it GBSN Beyond and… Read more >
The results of the 2020 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII), released on September 2nd provide a timely window on the state of global innovation (you can read the report at: https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/Home ). I founded the Global Innovation Index (GII) 13 years ago, and over the last decade, the GII has evolved into a valuable… Read more >
Thank you to our 2020 Summer Interns! We will miss you Stephanie Erskine, Charlotte Norris, Shannon Crowe, and Josh Erhard.
The Covid crisis has forced colleges and universities to move to fully online instruction over the last months. Some may yet continue in a fully online mode for parts of the next academic year. However, looking ahead beyond the pandemic, it is very likely that education will not revert back to the “way it was before the pandemic”. Education will evolve to become hybrid in nature integrating the best what in-person instruction can offer and the unique aspects of what online education can provide. Some of these changes, such as flipped classrooms were already starting to appear before the Covid pandemic but these trends will accelerate now. While a small minority of faculty were doing flipped classes before, the vast majority of faculty will integrate such approaches and shift to a different mode of learning and class discussion.
July was a big month for the Global Business School Network (GBSN). With leadership from the Board of Directors and network, and the hard work of the team, we achieved five milestones in our transformation to a “purpose-driven network organization” and efforts to significantly scale our impact. Transitioned to a new website Quietly, we switched… Read more >
Dr. Enase Okonedo is the Dean of Lagos Business School (LBS), Nigeria. In conversation with Soumitra Dutta and Dan LeClair of GBSN, Enase Okonedo discusses the changing equation of businesses and governments with respect to society across the globe, and particularly in Africa.
It is vitally important for business schools to lead the way forward during these uncertain times. GBSN has focused efforts around encouraging network members to think beyond their own institutions and work together to develop innovative solutions and more robust and resilient systems. We must explore the longer-term implications of the coronavirus outbreak for business… Read more >