The Work of Business Schools: How It Is Changing and Why That Matters

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How would you describe the work of business schools? Most people go straight to the teaching. Business schools teach business and management through a wide range of degree programs and executive education, helping learners to build and navigate careers as managers. Those more familiar with the industry add that business schools conduct objective and rigorous research to inform practicing managers and policy makers, as well as support teaching. In short, business schools develop skills, insights, and opportunities for organizations and the people who manage them.

The Voice of Business Schools Should Not be Silenced

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Brazil’s Fundaçao Dom Cabral (FDC) is what I call “a business school with a heart”. Ranked 8 th worldwide by the Financial Times for customized executive education, it trains about 40,000 executives from mid-size and large companies every year. All FDC’s activities are informed by a Covenant drawn up in 2006, which expresses the institution’s commitment to ethics in its relations with all its stakeholders. I quote Article VII: “Ethics: concentrating on practicing loyalty, trust and transparency in our relations with third parties while recognizing our mistakes and correcting our paths”. Disasters Last week I was privileged to participate in … Read More

Chairman’s Corner: The Global Innovation Index and Reflections from China

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I was invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Annual Meeting of the New Champions which was held in early July in Dalian, China.  Also, I was pleased to be part of a high profile launch of the Global Innovation Index in New Delhi on 24th July. I will use this blog to share some of my reflections from these two professional engagements.

Returning to China after a gap of some months is always interesting as the country seems to continue to change at a fast pace. I had taken part in several prior editions of the WEF’s Annual Summits in China and it is interesting to see how the WEF China Summit has now become focused exclusively on technology and innovation. This is not surprising per se as China’s rise in the technology domain is now recognized by many.

New Member Spotlight: Universitas Gadjah Mada

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Institutional Profile Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia www.ugm.ac.id Dean: Eko Suwardi, Ph. D. GBSN Ambassadors: Kusdhianto Setiawan, Ph. D., Vice Dean for Assets, Finance & Human Resources and Prof. Mahfud Sholihin, Ph. D., Vice Dean for Academics and Student Affairs Accreditations: AACSB and National Board Accreditation With its 5500 students ranging from undergraduate, master, and doctorate program, FEB UGM has 13 study programs which covers 3 programs: Accounting, Economics, and Management. FEB UGM states its vision “to be the leading faculty of economics and business in Indonesia by rising to international challenge” and its mission as “Enriched by our vibrant international … Read More

Purpose, Potential, and People: Reflections on My First Six Months as CEO of the Global Business School Network

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Six months ago I joined the Global Business School Network (GBSN) for what I call the three P’s—the purpose, the potential, and the people. So you might ask, have I found what was looking for? Is the purpose everything I thought it was? What is GBSN’s potential? Have I connected with new and interesting people? It seems like a good time to reflect on my experience and share thoughts about the journey.

GBSN Members in South Africa

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My recent trip to South Africa saw my personal and professional worlds collide in a way I had not intended. After much indecisiveness, I determined at the eleventh hour to make the forty-eight-hour roundtrip from Washington D.C. to Cape Town. I was headed home for the first time in over six months to first, hug my dog, and second, graduate from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) with a Master of Business Administration. Since I was headed to the region, we seized the opportunity to check-in with our five South African member schools. As a … Read More

Prioritizing Local Relevance in the Global Business School Network

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What if we took a group of high performing managers from Canadian paper mills and placed them in the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia. Would they succeed? Regardless of whether you answered yes, no, or maybe, your responses to questions like this one can reveal a lot about the work we’re doing at the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Since we were created by the World Bank 17 years ago, our vision has been for the developing world to have the management talent it needs to generate prosperity. We want to achieve that vision by “improving access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.” As my experience grows with GBSN, so does my respect for the local relevance part of our mission. Here are three ways that we are prioritizing local relevance in our work.

The Beauty of Online Education

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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.

Escaping the Purgatory of Research Through GSERM

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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

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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?