Cross-Border Coffee Break: Designing the Best Tech-MBA for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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2 October 2018
10:00 - 11:00


The MBA-degree is inextricably intertwined with the previous industrial revolution, which shaped the USA economy in the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Then, the need of multinational enterprises for mass production and global competition through utilizing huge armies of workers with huge investments in physical capital shaped the curriculum of what is now known as the MBA.  But that time is past. The world is going through a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) characterized by digitization and automation. The MBA needs a radical shake up to reflect the nature of an era of exponential technological change, disruption, entrepreneurialism, transhumanism and self-learning algorithms.  Our age requires what Wim Naudé describes as a Tech-MBA for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Moreover, given that Africa did not industrialize adequately in the past and now need to be able to grasp the opportunities of the 4IR, and given that the young population in Africa is growing fastest in the world, it is imperative that any Tech-MBA be globally relevant in content,  approach and accessibility to be of use to the millions of new managers that will start their careers in developing countries in the near future.\

Join this virtual presentation to learn how Professor Naudé, former Dean of GBSN member Maastricht School of Management and Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen University, is working on designing the Tech-MBA for the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018
10:00am EDT


Cost: FREE
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Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship, Maastricht University
Research Fellow: IZA Institute for Labor Economics
Former Dean: Maastricht School of Management

Professor Wim Naudé is an expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and development. He is particularly interested how new technology impacts on development, and the role of entrepreneurs and the broader institutions of society in this regard. His current work is on artificial intelligence, the future of manufacturing, technology-inequality and climate technology entrepreneurship.

Professor Naudé is currently professor at Maastricht University and MSM and visiting professor at RWTH Aachen University. Between 2012 and 2018 he was the Dean of Maastricht School of Management. Under his innovative leadership the School became a member of the GBSN; was successful in substantially climbing the rankings (from 27th to 10th position in Western Europe according to the Eduniversal ranking of fulltime MBA programs); obtaining re-accreditation for its MBAs from AMBA, IACBE and NVAO and moreover was twice a finalist for the AMBA Innovation Award.

Before this he worked at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) in Finland and at Oxford University.

You can read his latest blog post on the 4th Industrial Revolution and Africa, written for the Global Development Network, here.