GBSN Welcomes 3 New Member Schools to the Network

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The Global Business School Network is pleased to announce the acceptance of three new member schools: Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, ESMT Berlin in Germany and the PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University in China. The network now consists of 76 members in 40 countries. Founded in 1982, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University was the first Asian school to cultivate fruitful partnerships with top business schools in the United States – including Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Together, Sasin and its partners created … Read More

Lisa Leander Returns to GBSN as Senior Advisor

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When I left GBSN in 2016 after eight exceptional years of managing membership, my goal was to gain practical experience in understanding how to grow a small business and deliver a curriculum.   I have had some incredible experiences running an international growth accelerator for women business owners of small and medium enterprises.  Through online courses, modules, assignments and in-person trainings, I spent time working one-on-one with women business owners in developing countries.  From understanding ideal customers, to analyzing revenue channels or navigating financial ratios, I experienced first-hand the challenges and successes business owners face in the developing world.   It was … Read More

CEO’s Message: Creating Locally-Relevant Content and Experiences

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Dear GBSN Member Teams, Thank you for such a warm welcome to the Global Business School Network (GBSN). It has been a little more than a month since I started as CEO. During that time I met many of you and have been energized by the work we are doing together. Your commitment to improving access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world is palpable. And that makes GBSN truly distinctive and vital to the future not only of management education, but also of business and society. As you read this letter, the GBSN Experiential … Read More

GBSN Welcomes HEC Montréal and the Goa Institute of Management to the Network

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The Global Business School Network is pleased to announce the acceptance of two new member schools: HEC Montreal in Canada and the Goa Institute of Management in India. The network now consists of 73 members in 40 countries. The Mission of the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) is to create knowledge & nurture leaders for sustainable business and an inclusive society for India and the world while maintaining strong & ongoing commitment to Goa.  As a leading business school in an emerging market, GIM is concerned about issues that are important to developing countries. GIM joins GBSN with the belief … Read More

The Future of Management Education is Experiential

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For me this brief interaction pointed to three interesting developments in management education. First, it provided an example of the blurring boundaries between what companies and business schools do. Second, it revealed some of the key advantages of ‘learning by doing” to develop managers and leaders. Third, it demonstrated the importance of context in creating meaningful and effective learning experiences.

Media Rankings and the Challenge of Change in Management Education

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If you could change anything — anything at all — about your business school, what would it be? In one form or another, that basic question is placed before every business school leader. Whereas “nothing — nothing at all” might once have sufficed for the sake of continuity and tradition, it’s no longer viewed as an acceptable response. Business school leaders, like the rest of us, live and lead in an economy described by terms and phrases such as disruptive, exponential growth, Fourth Industrial Revolution, automated, and VUCA. The time to think that business schools can continue teaching what they have, the same way, to the same people, in the same places, and with the same faculty is over. This article is about how business schools are stepping up to the challenge of change and what rankings can and can’t do to support them.

GBSN Board of Directors Names Dan LeClair as Chief Executive Officer

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GBSN is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan LeClair as Chief Executive Officer effective February 12, 2019. Dan LeClair is a widely recognized expert on business education. For over 30 years, LeClair has dedicated his career to supporting higher education organizations to innovate and achieve growth in core programs and services. “Dan LeClair’s appointment will increase GBSN’s effectiveness and make the organization fit for the future,” said Soumitra Dutta, Chairman of the GBSN Board of Directors. “His extensive experience in business education will help accelerate innovation across the GBSN network.” Combining a deep knowledge of business schools, an extensive … Read More

Chairman’s Corner: Reflections from Davos

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It has been about a week since I returned from the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. It takes a few days to recover from the hectic pace of speed-dating type of meetings, chance encounters in the corridors with business titans, listening to global leaders opining on the state of the world and a large number of competing cocktails and dinners each evening. I still have a long list of to-do items from last week that need attention. The Davos meeting has been criticized for being an exclusive meeting of global elites who are disconnected … Read More

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