The COVID19 outbreak continues to cause disruption to business schools across the world. Every business school and organization has had to take quick and decisive steps to protect their students and staff, as well as do their part to “flatten the curve” wherever they are. Some schools have had to close entirely, while others have had to move courses entirely online. It is vitally important for business schools to lead the way forward during these uncertain times.

We must think beyond our own institutions and develop collaborative solutions and more robust and resilient systems. And we must explore the longer-term implications of the coronavirus outbreak for business and society. For GBSN that means taking a lead role in and for the developing world, which is particularly vulnerable for a variety reasons.

With borders closing and social distancing being encouraged, GBSN is working on different ways to leverage technology to keep our network connected. As the outbreak worsens now is the time to share ideas and learn from one another.

GBSN is committed to providing platforms for digital information sharing and learning across our industry. 

Join the LinkedIn Group

This LinkedIn group is a place to share information, resources, experiences, tools and ideas about how business schools around the world have been addressing the issues and challenges surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak.

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While we struggle to control the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives today, thoughts are also turning to what the world will look like once COVID-19 no longer presents a crisis. While much uncertainty remains about the duration of the current crisis, there is a growing consensus that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the world. In more ways than one, our behaviors have probably been changed forever. It is likely that governments, businesses and society will witness significant changes in the coming months and years.

At GBSN, we are keen to explore the contours of the world after COVID-19, the world that is emerging as a result of the extraordinary times we are experiencing today. To do so, we are reaching out to our community to better understand the many ways in which the world after COVID-19 will be different for our key stakeholders including governments, businesses, universities and students. We are seeking perspectives to the question of whether 2020 represents a global turning point.

The World After COVID-19 Interview Series

GBSN Emerge

The GBSN Emerge Interview Series features brief interviews with relevant professionals across the higher education sector. Interviewees range from member school representatives, business leaders, and our broad network of partners. The series hopes to create an information-sharing platform by fostering conversations around the world. Topics of discussion may range from relevant current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, to business and member school entrepreneurial ideas, and best practices.

COVID-19: Lessons from South Korea

GBSN Emerge Interview Library

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Upcoming Webinar

Webinar Library


Ulrich Hommel
Founding Partner

Andrea Longaretti
Global Head of Recruitment & Admissions
IE University

Jerker Moodysson
JIBS, Jönköping University

Thijs van Vugt
Director Analytics/Consulting Team


Ulrich Hommel
Founding Partner

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD
ESMT Berlin

Martin Möhrle
Director, Corporate Services
EFMD Global Network

Dominique Turpin
Former President & Dean of External Relations
IMD Business School

The Future of Project-Based Learning: A Conversation with Mike Barger

Mike Barger
Executive Director, Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Business Schools and the Call to Community Action Part 3

Joanne Li
Professor of Finance
Ryder Eminent Scholar Chair
Florida International University College of Business

Tashina Giraud
Director of International Operations & Relation
Kedge Business School

Viviane Barreto
Associate Dean for Global Strategy
Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC)

The Human Element of Online Learning

Larry DeBrock
Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta
Clinical Professor of Business Administration
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Norma Scagnoli
Senior Director of eLearning
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Business Schools and the Call to Community Action Part 2

Cristina Giménez Thomsen
Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences
Director, Identity and Mission

Jean Jinghan Chen
Dean of Faculty of Business Administration
Director of Business Research and Training Center (BRTC)
Chair Professor in Accounting and Finance
University of Macau

Kamil Senhaji
Groupe ISM

Business Schools and the Call to Community Action

Christopher B Yenkey
Associate Professor of International Business
University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business

Kathleen Riach
Professor in Organisational Studies (Management)
University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School

Luis Borrallo
Director Community Service Centre
Strathmore Business School


Mathias Falkenstein
Founding Partner

Andrew Jack
Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Sanjeev Khagram
Thunderbird School of Global Management, ASU

Thijs van Vugt
Director Analytics and Consulting


Anil K. Gupta
Michael Dingham Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Africa and the COVID-19 Crisis

Carl Manlan
Chief Operating Officer
Ecobank Foundation

Dan LeClair



Hélène Michel
Professor of Gamification and Innovation
Grenoble Ecole de Management
François Thérin
Senior Consultant 
David Capodilupo
Assistant Dean of Global Programs
MIT Sloan
Hunter Travis
MIT Sloan



Ronit Avni, Founder & CEO, Localized
Sean O. Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business
Julia Zupko, Director of Career Development, Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University

Moving the HBS MBA Online

Like other schools around the world, in the two weeks between March 9 and 22, Harvard Business School moved its MBA program completely online. How was it done? What was learned? What does the future hold?

GBSN CEO, Dan LeClair, sat down with HBS Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs, Srikant Datar, who led a 35-person task force charged with making it happen.

Recruitment During a Downturn


Franziska Ewald
MBA and International Engagement Lead
Esade Careers, Esade Business & Law School

Amber Wigmore Álvarez
Chief Innovation Officer
Highered EFMD Shared Career Services

David Serés
HR VP South East Asia & South Korea
Boehringer Ingelheim

Stepping Up Your Online Game

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many educational institutions around the globe to move online in just a matter of days. While many administrators have thought or hoped that this situation is going to be short-lived, the current developments indicate the opposite: online teaching is here to stay! With this realization, pressure by faculty and students mounts for administrators to step up their online game and to improve the experience for their faculty and students.

In this webinar, presented by GBSN, XOLAS, EFMD and IE Business School, we discussed the steps an educational institution has to take to becoming an online powerhouse.

Business Schools and the Coronavirus Webinar #1

GBSN, with support from EFMD, offered two separate webinars to learn and share ideas about how business schools have been addressing the issues and challenges. . Both webinars were moderated by GBSN’s CEO, Dan LeClair.


Roberto Macció, Director, Executive Education Custom Programs, IESE Business School (Spain)

Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go, MD, Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management, Asian Institute of Management (Philippines)

Mayvilyn S. Chavez, HR Director, Asian Institute of Management (Philippines)

Leona Tam, Associate Dean, International, and Director, UTS Business School Programs – Shanghai, University of Technology Sydney Business School (Australia)

Zhou Li, Assistant Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (China)

Business Schools and the Coronavirus Webinar #2


David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)

Carolyn Egri, Associate Dean for Research and International, Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business (Canada)

Charles O. Ivenso, Director, Finance & Administration, Lagos Business School (Nigeria)

Felix Papier, Dean of Pre-Experience Programs, Director of the Grande Ecole, ESSEC Business School (France)