GBSN July eNewsletter: Addressing the Management Skills Gap in Africa
Greetings from Guy
The existence of two organizations illustrates what is wrong with too many academic programs around the world and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa: the National Association of Unemployed Graduates in Nigeria and the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana.
Such shortcomings can be found also in management education. In July GBSN partnered with the Center for Global Enterprise – created by Sam Palmisano, former CEO and Chairman of IBM – to convene a group of experts at IESE Business School’s campus in New York City to bring their knowledge to the table about the Management Skills Gap in Africa. The round table brought together academics, business, think tanks and foundations to discuss the disconnect between so many higher education programs and employer expectations.
In a nutshell, employers are looking especially for “soft skills” and practical work experience. “Socio-emotional” skills are especially important. Specifically, five skills are most likely to increase chances of success in finding employment: social skills, communications and higher-order thinking skills, all supported by the interpersonal skills of self-control and positive self-concept. A positive self-concept is particularly important to younger persons’ workforce success. As is true of any innovation, unless they can be scaled up so as to broaden access to job-relevant education their usefulness will remain limited.
Co-hosted by: American University Kogod School of Business, George Washington University School of Business and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland College Park
Showcase Your Institution at the 2017 Annual Conference!
At the 2017 Annual Conference, GBSN is offering an opportunity to its member schools to showcase a program, center, research, innovation or news topic that is relevant to GBSN’s mission or the conference theme. The Member Poster Showcase is also an opportunity for schools that are not able to attend the conference to highlight their institution. The intent is to capture and promote information on best practices, lessons learned, innovations, school centers, etc., from GBSN’s members across the globe. Submission Deadline: October 9, 2017.
Global Business School Network Names Stephen J. Sacca as CEO
GBSN announces the appointment of Stephen J. Sacca to succeed retiring founder and longtime CEO Guy Pfeffermann effective September 5, 2017. Mr. Sacca is coming to GBSN from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he served as director of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program, a 12-month, in-residence master’s degree program for high potential, mid-career executives from all over the world. Mr. Pfeffermann will continue his work with GBSN as a member of the Board of Directors. Read more
GBSN Participates in Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Global Forum
GBSN’s COO, Page Buchanan, represents GBSN at the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) 2017 Global Forum in New York City. The forum celebrated 10 years of growing business school commitment to responsible management education and, more recently, to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. What were her takeaways?
National University of Management and SKK Graduate School of Business Establish MBA Student Exchanges
Following an introduction between two member school ambassadors at the 2015 GBSN Annual Conference in Manila, Philippines, a student exchange emerged from two GBSN member schools in Asia: the SKK Graduate School of Business and the National University of Management. What were the outcomes? Read more
ESCA Ecole de Management Wins EFMD Case Writing Competition MENA Business Cases Category
GBSN member school, ESCA Ecole de Management was awarded for its case study written by Dr. Zoulikha Maaroufi about a Moroccan success story: DIAMANTINE “From Old Fashion To A Fast-Fashion Retailing Power-House: How Diamantine Reinvented The Traditional Ready-To-Wear Market In Mena Region.” Read more
Soumitra Dutta of Cornell University Assumes Chairmanship of AACSB International’s Board of Directors
Soumitra Dutta, founding Dean of SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, began a one-year term on July 1, 2017, as chair of the board of directors of AACSB International. Dutta succeeds Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Read more
ProInspire Fellowship in Digital Finance
The recently launched ProInspire Fellowship in Digital Finance is 12-month paid fellowship offers a rare chance for established professionals (7+ years of relevant experience) to take their careers to the next level while working to help millions of people around the world build a bridge out of poverty. The program seeks to advance global financial inclusion as a tool for poverty alleviation by bringing expertise on digital finance and fintech to the U.S. Government. ProInspire Fellows in Digital Finance will have a hands-on role in furthering these efforts through a unique public service and learning opportunity. Deadline: August 31, 2017
Call for Papers: Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship “Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship”
Leuphana University of Lüneburg invites papers that contribute to the promotion of evidence-based entrepreneurship. Purely conceptual papers are as welcome as theory-driven empirical work applying qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. A variety of perspectives is appreciated to advance evidence-based entrepreneurship. in entrepreneurship (Frese et al., 2012) and related fields like management (Rousseau, 2006) there is a large gap between scientific knowledge and what is put into practice. Evidence-based entrepreneurship (EBE) seeks to close this gap by pursuing “science-informed practice of entrepreneurship” (Frese, Rousseau, & Wiklund, 2014, p. 209). Deadline: 15 September 2017
The call for papers is open for the International African Entrepreneurship Symposium organized by both Entrepreneurship and Leadership Research Group of ESCA Ecole de Management and AIREPME, a French Association of Research on Entrepreneurship and SME. Researchers around the world interested in Africa are invited to contribute to the symposium entitled “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development in Africa” that will be held on November 23, 2017 at ESCA Ecole de Management Casablanca, Morocco. Deadline: September 3, 2017.
The American University in Cairo: African Graduate Fellowships
The African Graduate Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for bright, highly motivated African students interested in pursuing a master’s degree at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Each year, fellowships are offered to nationals of African countries (not including Egyptians) for full-time study (nine credits or as required by the program) in any of the graduate programs offered at AUC. Fellowships are awarded for two academic years and the intervening summer session. Deadline: February 1, 2018 for the Fall semester.
The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set an ambitious plan of action for the next 15 years, which ultimately requires commitment from all stakeholders in all countries across the world. ABIS welcomes high-quality submissions which advance its knowledge on relevant topics related to SDGs. The special issue does not favor any special theoretical perspectives or methodological approaches and is open to conceptual as well as empirical contributions. Under the patronage of Viscount Etienne Davignon – Belgian Minister of State & Honorary Advisory Board Chairman of ABIS – we will award the best project/initiative that has successfully contributed to the UN SDGs through a business-academic partnership. Deadline: September 7, 2017.