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GBSN March eNewsletter:The Quality of Management and its Impact on Economic Growth
Greetings from Guy
Guy PfeffermannSome years ago I had a conversation with one of the research pioneers in measuring the quality of management across firms and its impact on economic growth. I asked why academics had paid so little attention to what seemed to me a very important issue. My interlocutor laughed and told me how he had presented his research results to an audience consisting about half and half of business school faculty and academic economists. The talk was met with deafening silence, as the economists, believed firmly, as classical theory would have it, that market forces will weed out sub-par managers who then are automatically replaced with better ones. The business faculty, on the other hand, found the research without the slightest interest because it was self-evident to them that better management invariably leads to better outcomes. I mention this anecdote because I still come across leaders of organizations that play important roles in economic and social development, yet management education is only rarely on their radar screens. Why is that?
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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

Great Lakes Campus Great Lakes Institute of Management Launches Great Lakes International University

GBSN member school The Great Lakes Institute of Management recently launched the Great Lakes International University in Andhra Pradesh. The launch of this new university proposes a unique educational experience that integrates the basics of management with cutting edge technology.
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Dr. Nubi Achebo The Open University Offering Faculty Fellowships to GBSN Member School Faculty

The Open University Business School is offering two fellowships to supporting faculty from the GBSN network to visit the institution for a period of 3-6 weeks to work and learn about the Open University approach to distance and online learning. Applications are being accepted.
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Guy with Refugees UVA Darden Launches New MOOC on Financial Accounting Fundamentals

GBSN member school, The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has recently launched a new MOOC, “Financial Accounting Fundamentals,” a five-week beginner level course taught by Luann Lynch, Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration.
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Austin Okere MIT Sloan School of Management’s Healthcare Lab Focuses on Transforming the Industry

At the MIT Sloan School of Management, students learn first-hand about the changing industry through its cutting-edge H-Lab. Now in its 4th year, the course provides MIT students with a multidisciplinary action-learning approach to understanding the business challenges and opportunities in healthcare, and offering solutions.

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Out in the field Amédée Prouvost Appointed to the GBSN Board of Directors

Amédée Prouvost, the Director of Operational Risk at The World Bank Group, has been appointed to the GBSN Board of Directors. As Director, Operational Risk, Amédée Prouvost is responsible for operational risk, business continuity, and enterprise risk governance – and he serves as Secretary of both the Finance & Risk Committee (under the CFO) and the Enterprise Risk Committee (under the CAO).
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Website homepage The Association of African Business Schools Pilot an Accreditation Program

The Association of African Business Schools, among their many efforts to increase quality of higher education, has just launched a pilot accreditation program to benchmark the foundation for high-quality management education in Africa.
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Call for Proposals: eLearning Africa Conference 2017
In Africa, context is all-important. No-one can afford to ignore it. It is a vital factor in decisions affecting investment, job-creation and development. In education and training, an understanding of context is essential. As new communication technologies extend the reach of opportunity, it is crucial for educators, policy makers, partners and investors to take account of the local context and conditions.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Director of Alumni Engagement

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is looking for someone to fill the position of Director of Alumni Engagement. As Tuck’s leader of alumni engagement, the Director has a direct and lasting influence on the lives and careers of the exceptionally talented individuals that each year join an alumni network that The Economist has ranked number one among MBA programs – leaders of business, government, and civil society who aspire to become the difference in the world of business and beyond.

Call for Proposals: World Conference on Online Learning Teaching in a Digital Age
The Call for Proposals for the World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning is now open. ICDE World Conference is looking for forward-thinking, novel and student-oriented submissions for the World Conference relating to one or more of the five tracks flowing from the conference theme of “Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning”:

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