The World’s Leading Distance Learning Provider: The Open University Business School Faculty Fellows

GBSN Member Schools

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.

The Beauty of Online Education

News from GBSN

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.

The Open University Life and Learning Analytics

Internship/Fellowship

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

Escaping the Purgatory of Research Through GSERM

News from GBSN

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

Chairman’s Corner: Leading in a World of Innovation Acceleration

Business Education, News from GBSN

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?

Evaluating the Impact of Global Business Schools on the SDGs

Business Education

It’s clear that business schools play a critical role in advancing the SDGs through higher education. But how can we ascertain these impacts and best practices for the SDGs? While good works advancing the SDGs proliferate throughout global business schools, presently, there is no comprehensive reporting system dedicated to sharing specifically how these schools contribute to the SDGs.To begin to address this information and management gap, the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University has developed the SDG Dashboard–a new reporting and data analytics tool that allows business schools to showcase and share their SDG-related best practices.

Administrative Science Quarterly and the Sonoco International Business Department at the USC Darla Moore School of Business Hosts Conference and Paper Development Workshop on Globalizing Organization Theory

Business Education, GBSN Member Schools

Administrative Science Quarterly and the Sonoco International Business Department at the Univ. of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business are pleased to co-host a conference and paper development workshop titled “Globalizing Organization Theory.” We will begin with a two-day conference to discuss how organizational scholarship is expanding into international contexts, and that is followed by a paper development workshop where authors will receive feedback from top scholars in the field. The call for submissions provides details on the theme and submission process.

Chairman’s Corner: Reflections from the 20th OECD Forum

Business Education

The OECD held the 20th anniversary Forum in Paris on 20-21 May. The Forum has grown significantly over the last couple of decades and brings together a wide range of government ministers, leaders from the public and private sectors, representatives from civil society including not-for-profits and college students. Each year, the OECD chooses a theme for the Forum. Perhaps aptly, the theme for this year was “World in eMotion.” It was a play on words to emphasize the rapid pace of change being brought about by digital technologies. The Forum had a rich agenda with many sessions exploring different facets … Read More

The Craft of Doing Research

Business Education, GBSN Member Schools, Research, Students

In the framework of my PhD project, I undertook a research stay at Middlesex University Mauritius (www.middlesex.mu) at the beginning of 2019. In return for the university’s hospitality, I agreed to develop a research workshop series and thus to contribute to the university’s research goals. Together with Adeelah Kodabux and Denisha Seedoyal-Seereekissoon (current PhD students at Middlesex University Mauritius), we designed five workshops on the “Craft of Doing Research.” The workshops were targeted at current and future PhD students from Middlesex University Mauritius to provide valuable inputs on designing research projects successfully. Thanks to the support of the Global Business School Network, four of the five sessions were conducted by experienced scholars from different GBSN member universities.