GBSN Events

March 2024 Cross-Border Collab


DATE & TIME

Thursday, 7 March, 2024

8:00am EDT

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Emma Martens, emartens@gbsn.org


GBSN Members are Invited to February’s Cross-Border Collab: Charting a Course for Business in Bhutan

With a mandate to accelerate the country’s economic development, Dalston Pung recently joined the Royal University of Bhutan as President of its GEDU College of Business Studies. Join the March Collab for a conversation about what development means in a country like Bhutan, which has only recently opened itself to the world, and how a local business school and global network of business schools can contribute. Explore efforts to build the first-ever Himalayan Business Forum and consider how GBSN can work with the school to benefit the world as well as Bhutan. GBSN Members can join this exclusive opportunity to ask questions like:

  • How can GEDU College of Business Studies contribute to Bhutan’s unique economic development challenges?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities in establishing the Himalayan Business Forum, and how will local-global partnerships be leveraged for success?
  • How can GBSN collaborate with the GEDU College of Business Studies to benefit both Bhutan and global business education initiatives?

Guest Speaker

  • Dalston Pung

    President, GEDU College of Business Studies
    Royal University of Bhutan
    Bhutan

When?

Thursday, 7 March, 2024

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 2:00pm Lagos
  • 6:30pm Mumbai
  • 9:00pm Singapore

Register

Cross-Border Collabs are not open to the public and are only open to GBSN Members. 

What are Cross-Border Collabs?

Cross-Border Collabs are exclusive gatherings for GBSN members, focused on engaging our community to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time. Facilitated by topic experts, these session will provide a place for our members be active participants in our mission of improving management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. Collabs are held monthly on every first Thursday of the month. Collabs are an exclusive opportunity for member school ambassadors, deans and leading faculty members.

February 2024 Cross-Border Collab


DATE & TIME

Thursday, 15 February, 2024

8:00am EDT

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Emma Martens, emartens@gbsn.org


GBSN Members are Invited to February’s Cross-Border Collab: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Business Education 

In the February Collab we will be joined by Arum Perwitasari, Academic Relations Specialist from ETS Global to discuss the pivotal role of critical thinking in business education and its significance for both academic and professional success.  
Despite its recognized importance, a substantial gap exists in understanding what critical thinking truly entails, how it should be effectively taught, and the appropriate methods for assessment (Paul, Elder, & Batell, 1997). This Collab will give GBSN Members the opportunity to unravel the complexities surrounding critical thinking in the context of business education, drawing insights from key and peripheral themes within business and business education literature.  
Together with the ETS team we will trace the evolution of business education, examining the shift from degree-based to competency-based models, and propose actionable frameworks for fostering critical thinking within business schools. Attendees will explore strategies for promoting and assessing critical thinking, along with practical suggestions to address challenges hindering its acquisition through assessment practices. 
We invite GBSN Members to join us in exploring key questions like:  

  • How can educators effectively integrate critical thinking into business education? 
  • What challenges do academic institutions face in transitioning from degree-based to competency-based models, and how can collaborative efforts support this shift? 
  • What strategies and assessments can universally promote and evaluate critical thinking in diverse business education contexts? 

Guest Speakers

When?

Thursday, 15 February, 2024

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 1:00pm Lagos
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 8:00pm Singapore

Register

Cross-Border Collabs are not open to the public and are only open to GBSN Members. 

What are Cross-Border Collabs?

Cross-Border Collabs are exclusive gatherings for GBSN members, focused on engaging our community to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time. Facilitated by topic experts, these session will provide a place for our members be active participants in our mission of improving management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. Collabs are held monthly on every first Thursday of the month. Collabs are an exclusive opportunity for member school ambassadors, deans and leading faculty members.

Academic Careers and Research Culture in Africa

Date: Monday, 27 November, 2023

Time: 8:00am ET / 2:00pm CET

Location: Online

Contact: Emma Martens, emartens@gbsn.org

While the number of PhD faculty in African institutions has been steadily increasing, institutional systems and cultures have been slow to change and very few offer meaningful support for the kind of research needed for successful academic careers. What does this mean for African scholars? How do they balance career ambitions and institutional priorities? What strategies can professors at any career stage use to advance their research agendas and, at the same time, contribute to transforming their institutions? How can schools both inside and outside of Africa work together to improve the research culture at African institutions? This webinar will address these and other questions.

Speakers

  • Dan LeClair, Ph.D

    CEO
    Global Business School Network
    USA
  • Olof Brunninge

    Academic Director of International Development Collaboration, Associate Professor Business Administration
    Jönköping International Business School
    Sweden
  • Theresia Busagara

    Lecturer, Department of Finance & Coordinator Internationalization
    University of Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

When?

Monday, 27 November, 2023

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 2:00pm Lagos
  • 6:30pm Mumbai
  • 9:00pm Singapore

Partners

African Academy of Management

The mission of Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) is “to foster the general advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa”. This exciting organization brings together people with an interest in management in Africa. Membership in AFAM provides a platform for building collaborative and supportive relationships for and with African and other scholars in the Diaspora who engage in, or who have an interest in research on management and organizations in Africa.

Webinar: GBSN for BHR Gender and Agriculture Cluster Workshop

Business school research on access to remedy for marginalised workers

22nd November 2023 at 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 9am EST via Zoom. Joint event co-hosted by the research clusters on agriculture and on gender of the GBSN for BHR impact community

Access to remedy is one of the greatest failings of and most critical areas for growth within the business and human rights movement. The aim of the workshop is to bring together business school researchers interested in access to remedy for marginalized workers. 

We will discuss concrete examples from the agriculture industry to understand the situation of marginalized workers, where and why current remedy practices fall short, and what needs to change to provide remedy that is effective and accessible. A specific focus will be given to: 

  • the availability and typology of grievance mechanisms,
  • the blurred line between formal and informal grievances,
  • the lack of a gendered approach to grievance mechanisms, and
  • the gap between access to grievance mechanisms and access to remedy.

Initial findings will be shared from a research project led by the Nottingham University Business School on grievance mechanisms available to agricultural seasonal migrant workers in the UK. A case study on access to remedy for women migrant workers employed in the Fair Food Programme will also be presented. 

Watch the Recording

Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions
  • The case of the agri-food sector in the UK
  • The case of the Fair Food Programme in the US
  • Discussion and development of a research agenda 

What factors make seasonal migrant workers particularly vulnerable to exploitation? Why are existing grievance mechanisms insufficient for providing remedy? 

The case of the agri-food sector in the UK, Oana Burcu, Nottingham University Business School

Post-Brexit, the UK agricultural sector has been facing challenges with recruitment from new countries. Workers burdened by debt due to illegal recruitment fees and employer-tied visas may endure exploitative conditions, lacking knowledge of rights and access to grievance mechanisms. Marginalized workers on temporary contracts may accept exploitative conditions rather than claiming their rights. Our project aims to develop a tailored non-state-based grievance mechanism that can guarantee effective access to remedy for human rights abuses to seasonal migrant workers in the agricultural sector in the UK.

How can effective remedy be implemented? How can remedy programs meet migrant workers’ needs, in particular women migrant workers’ needs? 

A rights-holder approach to access to remedy, Alysha Shivji, EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

The case of the Fair Food Program represents the first operating worker-driven social responsibility model, that acts as an operable context for dialogic approaches to remediation, including with a specific gender approach. The remedial mechanisms of the Fair Food Program, which are designed and implemented around workers-rights-holders, include worker-driven audits and a 24-hr multilingual complaint hotline.

For more information, please contact the organizers:

Dr Lara Bianchi, Nottingham University Business School, lara.bianchi@nottingham.ac.uk

Dr Samentha Goethals, SKEMA Business School, samentha.goethals@skema.edu

Dr Berit Knaak, University of Geneva, berit.knaak@unige.ch 

Seminar: Introduction to the ILO-GBSN-UNIGE Teaching Resources

Thursday, 25th January 2024, 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 9am EST via Zoom. Joint initiative by the International Labour Organization, the GBSN for BHR impact community and the University of Geneva. 

Increasing consumer awareness on human and labor rights, investment requirements on ESG performance, and a growing number of due diligence laws, require human rights expertise and new management skills. Students are demanding that business schools adapt to these developments.

The International Labor Organization, GBSN for BHR, and the University of Geneva joined forces to create teaching resources that integrate human rights in management education and equip students with the skills to navigate complex supply chains and operating environments responsibly.

The teaching resources are ready-to-use modules that include presentation slides and accompanying teaching notes, background readings, and teaching experiences from lecturers who have discussed the topic from different perspectives. They are available open source and require no prerequisites from lecturers or students. The resources can be adapted for different regions and class levels.

In the seminar, we will go through one of the teaching resources together to show how the resources are structured and how human rights connect to different management disciplines. We will address questions such as how to get started if you are new to human and labor rights, how to adapt the module to fit into your course, and practical concerns such as options to co-teach or using video-material from the experts who created the resources, as well as other questions you may have.

Speakers

  • Charles Autheman

    Consultant and Professor | Modern Slavery & Supply Chains Cluster Lead
    HEC Paris
    France
  • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

    Director, Center for Business and Human Rights
    Geneva School of Economics and Management; NYU Stern School of Business
    Switzerland
  • Berit Knaak

    Senior Research Associate | Agriculture Cluster Lead
    Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Université de Genève
    Switzerland
  • Alix Nasri

    Forced Labour Specialist
    International Labour Organization
    Switzerland

Watch the Recording

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to the teaching resource and its components
  • Context on why forced labor in the fishing industry?
  • Experiences with using the teaching resources in class
  • Questions & Answers

If you’re looking for teaching resources that link academic insights and current challenges in management practice, this might be for you!

Contact

For more information about the seminar, please contact Julianna LaBelle.

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres | Part VI: Financing the Energy Transition


DATE & TIME

Tuesday, 28 November

10:00 – 11:30 EDT/ 17:00 – 18:30 CET

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Home Page


General Information

The transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources is not just an environmental imperative; it’s an economic one as well. To power this transformation, innovative and robust financing mechanisms are essential. In our exploration of “Financing the Energy Transition,” we delve into the financial strategies, investments, and policies that are shaping the future of energy.

Register and join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community’s final installment of Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres, a multi-part series exploring key elements of the energy transition journey through the lenses of different contexts across the global north and global south. 

Discover how nations and regions in the Global North and South are navigating the path towards a greener future. Gain insights into the strategies, investments, and collaborative efforts that are driving change on a global scale. We’ll uncover the common ground and unique dynamics that shape the energy transition narrative from both perspectives.

As we strive to accelerate the shift toward cleaner and sustainable energy sources, understanding the nuances of financing from both hemispheres becomes imperative. This session will provide a platform for thought leaders, experts, and visionaries to shed light on the diverse approaches, challenges, and innovations in financing the global energy transition.

Date & Time

Tuesday, 28 November at 10:00am EDT – 11:30am EDT/17:00 – 18:30 CET

Co-Hosted By:

  • Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

More information coming soon.

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres | Part V: Regulatory Environments


DATE & TIME

Tuesday 3 October

10:00 – 11:30 EDT/ 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Home Page


General Information

As the world grapples with the urgent need to address climate change and shift towards sustainable energy sources, understanding the complex interplay between policy and regulatory environments and the energy transition becomes paramount. This session delves into the unique challenges and opportunities that the global North and global South face in their respective journeys towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.

Register and join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community’s next installment of Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres, a multi-part series exploring key elements of the energy transition journey through the lenses of different contexts across the global north and global south. 

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion that delves into the intricate dynamics of incentive structures, policy frameworks, regulation and government intervention that are shaping the transition to sustainable energy sources. With a keen focus on the disparities and needed collaboration between the Global North and the Global South, Part V: Policy and Regulatory Environments, panelists will explore the complex interplay of incentive structures, policy frameworks, regulation and government intervention that shape the transition to sustainable energy sources. We’ll explore the ways in which these interventions both reflect and shape economic realities and social considerations in pursuit of a just energy transition.

Date & Time

Tuesday, 3 October at 10:00am EDT – 11:30am EDT/16:00 CEST – 17:30 CEST

Co-Hosted By:

  • Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

Featuring

  • Madeleine Klein

    Managing Director of Policy & Market Strategy
    ENGIE Distributed Solar
    USA
  • Dr. Nandi Malumbazo

    Senior Lecturer
    African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) and School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
    South Africa
  • Ntokozo Ngcwabe

    Deputy Director General
    Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE)
    South Africa
  • Leonie Reins

    Professor for Public Law and Sustainability
    Erasmus School of Law
    Netherlands

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres | Part IV: Skills & Development in Business Education


DATE & TIME

Tuesday 29 August

10:00 – 11:30 EDT/ 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Home Page


General Information

Join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community in the next installment of Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres, a multi-part series exploring key elements of the energy transition journey through the lenses of different contexts across the global north and global south. 

In Part IV: Skills and Development in Business Education, experts from academia and industry will explore the critical talent needs of a sustainable and low carbon energy economy, as well as the role of business schools in supporting a transitioning workforce. We’ll explore questions such as: 

  • What new roles are emerging and where are the greatest gaps in availability of talent to fill these new roles? 
  • What specific knowledge and skills enable individuals trained in traditional disciplines like finance, marketing, and strategy, to be better prepared for careers in this sector? 
  • What is the current state of the leadership pipeline for the energy sector, at both local and multinational levels? 
  • How can business schools best support the workforce development, entrepreneurial ecosystem, and organizational strategy insights needed to power the energy transition and sustain economic growth and development?

Date & Time

Tuesday, 29 August at 10:00am EDT – 11:30am EDT/16:00 CEST – 17:30 CEST

Co-Hosted By:

  • Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

Speakers

  • Kelly Collins

    Senior Director of Graduate & Alumni Career Services
    C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
    USA
  • Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim

    Associate Professor of Operations Management & Chair at UN PRME Chapter Africa
    American University in Cairo
    Egypt
  • Mpho Mookapele

    Chief Executive Officer
    Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA)
    South Africa
  • Diana E. Páez

    Senior Director, Energy & Mobility
    William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan
    USA

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres | Part III: Technology


DATE & TIME

Tuesday 25 July

10:00 – 11:30 EDT/ 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Home Page


Join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community in Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Part III: Technology as we convene a multi-part series to explore key elements of the energy transition journey, through the lens of the global north and global south. During this discussion, hear from topic experts from academia and industry as we explore how technology plays a role within the global energy transition. Join us as we dive deeper into how the technology advancements on energy efficiency can achieve a sustainable and low carbon future.

Technology plays a crucial role in spearheading the green energy transition, revolutionizing our approach to energy generation, distribution, and consumption. It presents innovative solutions that combat climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Notably, significant progress has been made in renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power, making them more efficient and cost-effective, resulting in their widespread adoption. Smart grid systems leverage technology to optimize the integration of renewable sources into the energy grid, ensuring efficient energy distribution. Additionally, energy storage technologies, such as advanced batteries, play a pivotal role in seamlessly incorporating intermittent renewable sources by storing surplus energy for future use. While technology contributes to mitigating the environmental impact of traditional energy sources, it also creates fresh economic opportunities and fosters sustainable development.

Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge the challenges and limitations associated with technological advancements. Integration of new technologies necessitates the concurrent evolution of policies, markets, human interactions, and adoption. To delve further into the opportunities and challenges concerning technology in the energy transition, please join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community in their six part series, “Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Part III: Technology.”

Date & Time

Tuesday, 25 July at 10:00am EDT – 11:30am EDT / 16:00 CEST – 17:30 CEST

Co-Hosted By:

  • Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

Speakers

  • Dr. Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal

    Associate Professor – Department of Technology and Operations Management
    Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University
    Netherlands
  • Thembakazi Mali

    Senior Vice President for Research and Technology
    Sasol
    South Africa
  • Thabo Molekoa

    Chairman
    MD Siemens Energy
    South Africa
  • Jos Röling

    Senior Architect
    IBM Global Business Services, Center of Competence for Energy and Utilities
    Netherlands

More information coming soon.

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres | Part II: Repurposing Legacy Assets


DATE & TIME

Tuesday, 27 June

10:00 – 11:30 EDT/ 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

LOCATION

Hosted on Zoom.

CONTACT

Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org

Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres Home Page


The world is undergoing a transition to an energy future that involves reducing the environmental impact of energy use while ensuring modern energy access for a growing global population. This will require reducing the emissions of existing hydrocarbon fuels, developing renewable energy sources, and deploying new energy use and efficiency technologies.

Join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community as we convene a multi-part virtual series to explore key elements of the energy transition journey, through the lens of the global north and global south. The second session in our series is Repurposing Legacy Assets. During this discussion, hear from topic experts from academia and industry as we explore the challenges and benefits of repurposing legacy fossil fuel infrastructures for a low carbon energy future. Join us as we dive deeper into how the actions of various stakeholders, specifically financial institutions, companies and governments, can find a path to a more orderly transition.

Date & Time

Tuesday, 27 June

  • Singapore: 10:00PM
  • Beijing: 10:00PM
  • Sao Paolo: 11:00AM
  • Washington D.C. 10:00AM
  • Lagos: 3:00PM
  • Cape Town: 5:00PM
  • Dubai: 7:00PM
  • Mumbai: 8:30PM

Co-Hosted By:

  • Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

Speakers

  • Thulani Sikhulu Gcabashe

    Founder and Executive Chairman
    BuiltAfrica Holdings
    South Africa
  • Wouter Jacobs

    Academic Director of the Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks
    Erasmus University
    Netherlands
  • Eveline Otten

    Energy Transition Advisor
    Shell Netherlands
    Netherlands
  • Dr. Stanley Semelane

    Head of Stakeholder Relations, ESG & Sustainability
    Sasol Limited
    South Africa
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