2020 EFMD Annual Conference

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7 June 2020 - 9 June 2020

emlyon business school


Every year, 550+ participants from across the management education sector – educational institutions, associations and companies – attend the EFMD Annual Conference to address the challenges in management development at large.

Professionals at different administrative and managerial positions from all over the world make it a dynamic networking opportunity.

Learn and reflect with industry peers and thought leaders that come together to tackle burning subjects such as education in the current geopolitical context, collaborative research, creative leadership and digital learning strategies.

Keep your finger on the pulse of global management education and development and join us for this exciting event.

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Sunday 7 June
  • 18:30 – 19:30
    • Registration open
  • 18:30 – 21:00
    • Welcome reception at Palais de la Bourse, Place de la Bourse, 69002 Lyon
Monday 8 June
  • 08:00
    • Bus transfers from conference hotels to emlyon business school
  • 08:15
    • Registration & welcome coffee
  • 09:00 – 09:30
    • Welcome
      • Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD & EFMD Global Network
      • Conference Chair: Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES
  • 09:30 – 10:30
    • Opening Plenary
  • 10:30 – 11:15
    • Coffee break
  • 11:15 – 12:30
    • Breakout sessions: EFMD Debates (2 statements of 10′, 20′ of moderated discussion, 35′ group discussion)
      • A1 SDGs/ climate change: In the current debate about climate change, students take an active role and expect their universities to pursue their SDGs. How can business schools comply when their business models require extensive travel for students and faculty?
      • A2 Digital & AI: Artificial intelligence and digitalisation are major challenges for universities. What are the possibilities and limitations of technology?
      • A3 Thriving in Ecosystems: Business schools will increasingly provide their services in ecosystems. These are platform-based and part of networks; they reflect diverse and fluid business models. This session explores the opportunities associated with this transition by looking at examples around the globe.
      • A4 Student mobility in the current geopolitical context: Nationalism is on the rise in many countries around the globe. How does this influence student mobility and how can universities make sure to attract the right students internationally?
      • A5 Future of jobs & work: AI, automation and digitalisation – what will tomorrow’s jobs look like and how can business schools prepare their students for the future?
  • 12:30 – 14:00
    • Lunch
  • 14:00- 15:15
    • Plenary 2: The 50 Year Learning Cycle – a conversation
      • With an increasing lifespan, lifelong learning becomes more and more important. Are business schools prepared to cater for a diverse audience ranging from generation Z students to senior executives? Are new providers better equipped to service different types of students?
      • Moderated by Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES
  • 15:30 – 16:00
    • Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 16:30
    • EFMD Annual General Assembly
    • Chaired by Alain-Dominique Perrin, Chairman of the Board, EFMD & EFMD Global Network
  • 16:30 – 17:00
    • EFMD Global Network Annual General Assembly
    • Chaired by Alain-Dominique Perrin, Chairman of the Board, EFMD & EFMD Global Network
  • 17:00 – 17:30
    • Award Ceremony
    • Moderated by Griet Houbrechts, Senior Advisor, EFMD
  • 17:30
    • Return transfers to conference hotels
  • 19:00
    • Bus transfers
  • 19:30
    • Conference dinner
  • 23:00
    • Return transfers to conference hotels
Tuesday 9 June
  • 08:00
    • Bus transfers from conference hotels
  • 08:30
    • Registration & welcome coffee
  • 09:00 – 10:00
    • Plenary 3: Leadership & Organisation – Decison making in the current global context
    • How can universities tackle the current challenges and implement changes to make their institutions futureproof?
  • 10:00 – 10:30
    • Coffee break
  • 10:30– 11:45
    • Sharing Best Practice Sessions: Case studies on leadership and organisation
      • B1 The emlyon business school case: changing the business model: The story of how emlyon business school has changed their business model and how their new campus will help to develop new ways of learning.
      • B2 Well-being, personal health & sustainable performance: How can you create a working culture that offers employees a healthy work-life balance and allows them to perform at their best?
      • B3 Managing individual academic performance: Not all researchers perform well in the classroom and not all professors are great researchers. How can you manage academic careers to give your faculty the chance to do what they like and what they are good at?
      • B4 Creativity & design: Machines will take over many jobs in the future. Human creativity will therefor become a decisive competitive advantage. How can you foster your students creativity?
      • B5 Interdisciplinary approaches: How interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management can help to transform business and society.
  • 11:45 – 12:45
    • Plenary 4: Opportunities for Peace and Progress
  • 12:45 – 13:15
    • Closing Remarks by the Chair and Welcome to the 2020 Conference
    • Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES
  • 13:15 – 14:15
    • Lunch
  • 14:30
    • Return transfers to conference hotels