Call for Contributions

The Call for Contributions is now closed. Thank you to all those who have shown interest. We have received over 40 proposals to the different sessions of our conference and have started the review process. Participants should expect to hear back from us by April 14th, 2017.

Contributions should be aligned to the following five (5) conference sub-themes:

1. Collaboration/Interdiciplinarity

Focusing on inter-academic collaboration and integrated approaches to business education that foster stronger technical skills and broader perspectives in graduates.

2. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Presenting successful PPP models that facilitate long-term economic development.

3. Sustainability and the UN Global Goals

Highlighting how business and management institutions are working towards creating a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

4. Impact Measures

Revisiting how we measure outcomes and successes in business and economic development.

5. Globalization/Localization?

Analyzing the dilemma of global and local strategies and the implications for the sectors of education, business and development.

General Information

  • All Proposals should be submitted through the online system by March 13th, 2017.
  • Applicants will receive information about the status of their submission from GBSN by April 14th, 2017 at which point additional information and interviews may be requested.
  • GBSN Membership is not required to submit an application, however special consideration will be given to proposals that include faculty or staff of GBSN Member Schools.
  • Schools and organizations that have not presented at or attended a GBSN conference in the past are strongly encouraged to submit proposals
  • Selected speakers will receive a code for a significant discount on conference registration
  • The GBSN conference does not provide a peer-review process for research or publication. Research, cases or other publications submitted should have practical relevance to the selected theme and do not have to be exclusive to this conference.

Submitting a Proposal

Applicants may submit more than one proposal, and may propose more than one type of conference session per topic. Note that in the case of multiple submissions under the same theme that only one will be chosen for inclusion on the agenda. While GBSN will consider including the same person or representatives from the same institution in multiple sessions, every effort will be made to ensure diversity of perspectives and expertise on the agenda.

Answers must be typed or pasted into the boxes provided in the online form. Please clearly describe the topic proposed, the format of the session, the panelists involved and how they will contribute to the overarching theme of the conference. Note that there is a 250-word limit for all short-answer questions with the exception of the title of your proposal, which has a 15-word limit. Applicants are encouraged to be specific and concise.

The authors of the published contributions will keep the copyright of their work (the conference organizers will ask one-time permission to publish the works in the proceedings and share presentations online). Abstracts may be included on GBSN’s website and conference reports.

GBSN reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants.

Submissions must include:

  • Name and Contact information for the Point of Contact for the submission (does not necessarily need to be the lead presenter)
  • Brief description of the core activities of the organization(s) presenting (250 word limit)
  • Name, title, institution and contact information for all proposed presenters/facilitators (up to 3)
  • Title of Proposed Session (15 word limit)
  • Overview of the content of the session (250 word limit)
  • Description of the interactive structure of your session and how you will meaningfully engage participants (250 word limit)

For questions regarding the conference or application procedures please email Fabienne Jolivert at fjolivert at or call +1.202.628.9043.

Types of Conference Sessions

Cross Sector Dialogues: There will be 6 simultaneous Cross Sector Dialogues during which at least two Dialogue Facilitators with experience in the education, industry, or development fields will lead a roundtable discussion on the intersection of business education and economic development in a sector of their choosing. Examples of sectors include entrepreneurship, agribusiness, health, online education, etc. The audience for these dialogues will include business educators, professionals in the development sector and industry with training needs or interest in economic development. Duration: 90 minutes.

Research Roundtable Discussions: Simultaneous roundtable discussions will feature and discuss research in various topic areas. In a World Café format, participants will have the opportunity to select to attend multiple presentations about current and relevant research on trends in the marketplace and how business schools are responding to market needs. Presenters will repeat their presentation twice for 30 minutes each, with a 10 minute Q&A at the end. Duration: 40 minutes.

Innovation Showcases: There will be 4 short, practical showcases by educators of innovative approaches at their institutions in the plenary session. Presenters are asked to share relevant and transferable examples of how their business school is impacting economic development in their region. Duration: 12 minutes per presentation.

Discussion Sessions: There will be simultaneous discussion sessions specific to the higher education sector. Presentations and facilitated discussions should be around design, delivery, promotion, impact, administration of business schools and management education in context of the conference theme. Examples could include working across disciplines in your institution, promoting a new executive education program with an ethical bent, etc. Duration: 75 minutes.