Business School Graduates, Key to a Sustainable Future

Business Education

Takeaway on recent article Business Because by Seb Murray, B-Schools Embrace Sustainability to Give MBAs Careers with Social Impact Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Even with these positive developments, there is still much work to be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward clean energy. Companies often introduce new business operation plans at the executive level, but leaders do not always have the skills and knowledge necessary to drive sustainable development. For this reason, the focus is now being directed toward business school students. “Business schools are educating tomorrow’s business leaders, … Read More

Honoring Thomas J. Bata’s Legacy

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Thomas J. Bata would have turned 100 last year. He was a visionary who improved the lives of hundreds of millions by putting functional affordable shoes on their feet, half a century before people started talking about “basic needs” or “social enterprise”. Our friendship was one of the best things in my life. Last week, his spirit and values were celebrated in Kenya, a country he loved dearly. The Bata Legacy Award challenged entrepreneurs 35 and younger to identify a community need in East Africa and propose a creative, viable business solution that embraces the values that guided Bata throughout … Read More

UNCTAD Business School for Impact Program Launches 1st Round of Summer Internships

Business Education, Resources and Opportunities

UNCTAD’s Business Schools for Impact has just launched its first round of summer internships for business graduates who want to make a difference. Some 20 internships are available in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with businesses ranging from start-ups to mid-sized, and commercial entities to social impact firms and foundations. These internships are intended to give impact-minded students an opportunity to make a difference, while gaining valuable experience in the field. Participating businesses are small with limited resources. Interns will therefore have a rare chance to immerse themselves in helping find real solutions for substantive challenges facing … Read More

GBSN Program Spotlight: A Broader Definition of Business

Business Education, News from GBSN

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) published a blog by Amanda Bullough & Marti J. van Liere, which highlights a recent GBSN Program with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Business education should include lessons from market-based approaches to international development goals in developing countries In a global economy, it makes good business sense to invest in sustainable development. Business students who understand this have the potential to become the world’s future business leaders. However, if one were to ask the typical business school graduate how to tackle development goals or what mechanisms work best, he or she probably … Read More

Higher Education Included in Sustainable Development Goals

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The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank are attracting thousands to Washington, DC, this year, an unusually large number. This year is particularly important for international development because it ushers in the United Nations’ new “Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030)” as the “Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015)” come to an end. The draft SDGs may be good news for developing world universities, including business schools. Higher education was not mentioned in any of the MDGs eight goals, but only primary education. That should not necessarily have prevented development agencies, such as the World Bank and regional development banks, from focusing … Read More

Business Education Should Focus on Relevance

GBSN Member Schools

This article by Bibek Banerjee of IMT, Ghaziabad was published today by Business World Management education plays an essential role in today’s dynamic business environment because of the positive consequences associated with the curriculum and pedagogy practiced in B-Schools. For schools to be competitive, it is very important to consider how much balance is required in loading the curriculum with theories from the ‘western’ world and those from the ’emerging’ world. Over the last decade, India has witnessed an exponential growth in terms of number of institutes imparting management education to aspirants. With rapid globalization and technological changes in the … Read More

Smith School, UMD MBA Students Win Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Case Competition

GBSN Member Schools, News from GBSN

Last Friday I was privileged to take part in an uplifting show of creativity and analytic brio by five competing teams of MBA students. They came to Washington DC at the invitation of the University of Maryland Robert H Smith School of Business’ Center for International Business Education and Research. The Smith School is a member of GBSN’s Executive Board. Each of the teams – ranging from three to five students – had ten minutes to present recommendations based on a highly complex case, followed by ten minutes of questions and answers with the jury of five, of which I … Read More

HEC Paris and WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Join the Network

GBSN Member Schools, News from GBSN

GBSN is proud to announce the acceptance of two new schools into our network. We welcome the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and HEC Paris to our growing list of member schools. These schools join a network of over 70 world-class business schools that spans 32 countries in 6 continents. GBSN works with our member schools to build management education capacity for the developing world through cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and capacity building programs to strengthen local business education. For faculty, students, businesses, NGOs, foundations and governments, GBSN is a resource for innovation, collaboration and growth. By fostering … Read More

How Do Company Executives See the Quality of Business Schools Around the World?

Business Education, News from GBSN

How do company executives see the quality of business schools around the world? The World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey gives us an answer. Each year more than 13,000 business leaders rate the quality of business schools on a scale of 1 (worst) to 7 (best). The average for 146 countries falls neatly in the middle of the range, at 4.2. The chart shows regional variations. Has the perceived quality of business schools changed over the past few years? The world average score has remained remarkably stable between 2007 and 2014, but masks considerable variations. Scores improved remarkably in Portugal, … Read More