Chairman’s Corner: Furthering Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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After exactly a decade, GBSN returned to Nairobi for its 13th Annual Conference on November 7 – 9, 2018. The conference, co-hosted by Strathmore Business School and the Chandaria School of Business, USIU focused on how innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship can transform business. Over 100 management education, development and industry professionals from 34 countries convened to explore innovations in education and business. The GBSN conference provided me with a perfect setting for speaking about the innovation successes and challenges of Africa. For over a decade I have been editing the Global Innovation Index (GII) Report (www.globalinnovationindex.org). Extending beyond the traditional … Read More

Education is Critical in Innovation

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On November 7 – 9, 2018, the Global Business School Network held its 13th Annual Conference on “Transforming Traditional Sectors: Educating Entrepreneurial Leaders to Drive Systemic Change” co-hosted by Strathmore Business School and the Chandaria School of Business, USIU. The conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on how innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of educating entrepreneurial leaders can transform traditional sectors, including Mining & Oil, Agriculture, Tourism and Healthcare. The conference was sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management Global Programs, Monash Business School and Johnson & Johnson. Nicolas Nesbit, General Manager of IBM East Africa, opened the conference with his inspiring … Read More

Are Skills Gaps Global?

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The World Economic Forum recently issued The Future of Jobs Report 2018. The report is based largely on the views of business executives – mainly Chief Human Resources Officers in 20 countries. One of the key questions relates to what the authors call “emerging skills.”

GBSN Welcomes First Member School From Kazakhstan

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The Global Business School Network is proud to announce the acceptance of a new member, Narxoz Business School in Kazakhstan. The network now consists of 74 members in 40 countries. With an expanding presence in Central Asia, Narxoz Business School joins GBSN as the first member in Kazakhstan. Founded in 1963, Narxoz University lies at the heart of Central Asia, a region presenting both unique challenges and opportunities for new models of management education in emerging markets. Originally called the International Business School (IBS), Narxoz Business School continues to engage with innovative business projects, business research and MBA programs.  Through partnerships … Read More

WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business International Summer University Program Highlights

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In 2018, for the 29th time, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business hosted the International Summer UniversityWU (ISUWU) program during the months of July and August. ISUWU is one of WU’s many international short summer programs, which represent an important part of WU’s internationalization strategy.

Reflections from MDI 2018: Solving Africa’s Health Challenges

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As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN members have committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.  How will African countries reach this goal? Johnson & Johnson’s Management Development Institute (MDI) believes that by providing health workers with the management and leadership skills and tools, the efficiency and effectiveness with which scarce resources are used will improve thus strengthening overall health systems. The MDI for East African healthcare professionals took place August 5-11, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.  The training is delivered by Amref Health Africa using professors from GBSN member schools including the Chandaria School of Business at … Read More

GBSN Developing Deans Initiative: A Dean’s “Study Trip” to Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

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In July 2018, I had an opportunity to visit Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and its constituent Schools meeting their deans, directors and other senior administrators.  The opportunity was provided by Global Business School Network (GBSN) as an alternative to their Developing Deans Program. Here are my reflections based on my interactions and meetings at Cornell. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is an Ivy League business school that boasts a broad portfolio of academic programs. Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world (global rank 17 according to FT rankings 2018), the College is … Read More

ISM Dakar Hosts Management Development Institute Francophone Training for Healthcare Professionals

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The Global Business School Network (GBSN) is proud to have been managing the Johnson and Johnson funded Management Development Institute (MDI) for over a year now. In this time, the program has grown from 3 delivery partners to 5, who deliver 6 in-person trainings in 3 languages (English, French and Portuguese). The 2018 MDI trainings kicked off on July 22nd, 2018 with MDI Francophone in Senegal.  Our Executive Director, Fabienne Jolivert had the opportunity to take part and experienced first-hand the commitment of each participant to learn and share their experience with one another. 2018 marks the third round of … Read More

Fulbright Specialist Program Offers Opportunity to Two GBSN Members

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Cambodia has over 100 universities that offer MBA programs, which has led to an increase in competition and a decline in enrollment at the National University of  Management in Phnom Penh. Aside from standard university rivalry; many companies are establishing similar business programs for consumers (i.e banks offering programs in finance and banking). To differentiate itself, NUM was looking to develop a new Master’s Program in Management & Innovation.  Developing this specialized master’s program was ideal due to vast changes happening in the region and rise of interest in entrepreneurship. GBSN hosted a Cross-Border Coffee Break: Fulbright Specialist Program Offers Opportunity … Read More