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GBSN June eNewsletter: Business Schools Encouraging Innovation
Greetings from Guy
Guy PfeffermannI want to pay tribute to Professor Soumitra Dutta, Dean of Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his brainchild, the Global Innovation Index (GII), a project he launched at INSEAD, another GII partner, joined later by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Dutta is a longtime friend of GBSN.

Capturing innovation systematically across geographies and over time is a daunting proposition. Each annual GII Report focuses on a different theme. Innovation in agriculture and food systems is this year’s topic. I found the 2014 Report, which focuses on human resources, to be particularly germane to GBSN’s advocacy of pedagogies which encourage innovation: “Education systems that narrowly focus on test-based academic performance and numbers of students enrolled in science and technology subjects are not necessarily those that will produce young people with the creativity, critical thinking, and communications skills that innovative societies require.” Indeed “school assessment methods may provide a barrier [to innovation]” (p. xviii and xix). Perhaps surprisingly, “graduates of tertiary arts programs are among the most likely to contribute to product or service innovation” (p. xix). The list of desirable personal qualities of the innovative workforce resonates with those which good business schools are striving to impart: entrepreneurship, tolerance, self-confidence, leadership, creativity, activeness and risk propensity (p. 97). The multiple components of the GII illustrates well the distinction which Paul Roomer, the World Bank’s Chief Economist, draws between “things” (such as physical infrastructure) and “ideas.” Most of them relate to intangibles.

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Washington DC

Washington DC

GBSN 2017 Annual Conference “Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development”

November 1 – 3, 2017
Washington D.C.

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

Member Poster Showcase

At the 2017 Annual Conference, GBSN is offering an opportunity to its member schools to showcase one program, center, 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.

Great Lakes Campus NUM Smart Start Innovation Program

INSERT LEAD TEXTOn May 10th key stakeholders from government, private sector, academia and civil society gathered in Nairobi and discussed leadership and enterprise management education needs and opportunities in wildlife conservation on the African continent. What were the outcomes? A pilot management program was proposed.
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Dr. Nubi Achebo Wilfrid Laurier Officially Opened the New Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Students will now be attending the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at the newly named facility, Lazaridis Hall. Through its innovative design and cutting-edge technological capabilities, Lazaridis Hall will cultivate Canadian business education for a global economy compelled by innovation and entrepreneurship. The vision behind Lazaridis Hall is to create an “active learning building” that offers a revolutionary practice of collaborative education.

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Zhejiang TUM School of Management Earns EQUIS Accreditation

GBSN member school, TUM School of Management, has earned the EQUIS accreditation. The EQUIS award complements the AMBA accreditation for TUM’s Executive MBA programs received as early as 2015. It is also a further step towards the “Triple Crown”, the full set of three top accreditations.
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Austin Okere Chicago Booth MBAs Work on Real Consulting Projects to Drive Social Impact in India

GBSN member school Chicago Booth School of Business’ Global Social Impact Practicum (GSIP) takes its students out of the classroom and into the field. Through this experiential learning opportunity, students explore issues of international economic development by addressing a business question posed by Tata Trusts.

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Out in the field Interdisciplinary Teams Developing Solutions for a More Sustainable City – Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Developing more sustainable cities require interdisciplinary solutions. It is this mindset that has framed the Heath Futures Lab, a five-week long interdisciplinary unit focused on ‘Innovations in Health and Well-Being for Limerick City’. The lab utilises design principles to organise the interaction between 14 recent graduates across a range of disciplines.
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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

EFMD Strategic Leadership Program for Deans
The new Strategic Leadership Programme 2017 brings together new deans and directors of business schools with experienced leaders of excellent business schools to discuss developing and implementing strategies in a combination of case studies/experience sharing, intensive discussions and workshops on problems faced by participants.The focus of the program is on five interconnected, central themes that any dean and director faces in one or the other form, and with priorities that may vary between business schools and over time. Program Dates: 24-27 OCTOBER 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.

CEEMAN in partnership with Emerald: 23rd Annual Case Writing Competition
CEEMAN and Emerald are delighted to launch the 23rd Annual Case Writing Competition. The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies, and at the same time promote the development of case-writing capabilities in those countries. In the spirit of a fully inclusive competition, global submissions are encouraged. Deadline: 23 June 2017

Global CalendarCheck out more upcoming events happening in the business eduction community at the GBSN Global Events Calendar

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