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GBSN May eNewsletter: Business Schools Protecting Wildlife?
Greetings from Guy
Guy PfeffermannIn last month’s Newsletter I wrote about meeting leaders of organizations who come from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, for example science, engineering, public administration, healthcare, or economics. Having been trained in these disciplines management education may not be on their radar screens; yet good management skills are needed in order for the hospitals and other organizations which they run to function effectively. It is often necessary to build cross-cultural bridges in order to get these leaders to appreciate that “management matters” and therefore that relevant management education can improve their outcomes.

Today I am extremely pleased to announce that another such a “cross-cultural bridge” has been built, one that my heart is especially set on: GBSN’s new initiative designed to enhance leadership and management skills of wildlife conservancies. How will this new initiative achieve this?

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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

Great Lakes Campus GBSN, Strathmore and Stellenbosch Business School Convene Roundtable on Wildlife Conservation Leadership and Management

On 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 GBSN Helps Bring the J&J Management Development Institute (MDI) to Lusophone Africa

As part of GBSN’s work with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) on the MDI for healthcare professionals, GBSN is expanding the program to Lusophone Africa with GBSN member school Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE) as the implementing partner. GBSN’s Program Officer, Stephanie Blochinger, had the opportunity to travel to Maputo, Mozambique with the program partners from J&J and Nova SBE.
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Zhejiang Reflections from the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) Connect 2017 Conference

GBSN’s Network Engagement Officer, Fabienne Jolivert recently attended the AABS Connect Conference at the American University of Cairo. The conference convened close to 80 participants to contribute and reflect on the theme of “African Business Schools: Advocates for Better Business.” What were her takeaways?
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Austin Okere ESSEC Business School and Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce in Japan Sign a Double Degree Agreement

GBSN member school, ESSEC Business School, signed a Double Degree agreement with Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce, enabling the Global BBA students at ESSEC to better understand Japan’s business and economic environments. The agreement will also allow Keio University students to complete two semesters in the Global BBA program.

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Out in the field Austin Okere’s Five Forces Model for Analyzing the Future of Banking

Having enjoyed centuries of monopoly, assured by the support of regulation, the erstwhile secured future of traditional banks is facing a heightened threat of disruption from Financial Technology companies (or FINTECHs), who are exploiting pent-up customer dissatisfaction and new technologies such as block chain, coupled with the significant boost in smartphone adoption and pervasive broadband to disrupt the sector.
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Website homepage Zhejiang University Celebrates 120 Years of Excellence

Zhejiang University celebrated its 120th anniversary on Zijingang campus on May 21st 2017. Government leaders, distinguished alumni, guests from partner universities, faculty and students attended this historic event.
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Call for Chapters: Indigenous Management Practices in Africa: A Guide for Educators and Practitioners
While a good number of African business schools teach theories and practices based on western models, concerted efforts are yet to be made to unpack indigenous management practices that shape the way business gets done in the continent. Could there be management guidelines crafted by Africans for Africans? This proposed book seeks to tease out the common management practices across the sub-regions of Africa that correspond to the western management curricula. Chapter contributors would be required to provide short cases to reflect the practices that they describe. Since Africa is made up of five sub-regions, contributors would be required to capture the common practices that exist in the sub-regions of the continent. Deadline: June 23, 2017

Call for Proposals: African Review of Economics and Finance Conference
The African Finance and Economics Consult, in collaboration with the GIMPA Business School, Accra, Ghana, is organizing the 2017 African Review of Economics and Finance Conference on August 30-31, 2017. The theme for the conference is ‘Macroeconomic Volatility and External Imbalances.’ The AREF conference welcomes proposals from policy-makers, academics, research think tanks for special sessions. People interested in organizing a special session should prepare a description of its overall purpose and include the abstract of the different contributions.

Call for Papers: 5th International Conference on Systems of Innovation and the New Role of Universities
Call for Papers for the 5th International Conference on Systems of Innovation and the New Role of Universities (COSINUS) in Oxford on the 11th-12th January 2018 is open! The conference theme is ‘University-Industry interactions in a time of turbulence-Opportunities and Challenges.’ This conference will cover a wide range of topics around the issue of university-industry interactions with a greater focus placed on the new role of universities and its impact on the social and economic development both at the national and regional levels. Deadline: August 31, 2017.

Call for Workshop Leaders at EduTECH Asia 2017: Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace
Are you in expert in ed-tech tools or Google apps? Or can you help educators analyze and/or track student performance? Are you well-versed in the different growth mindset theories? Or do you have the right professional development skill set to help educators develop their careers? If the answer is yes, then you should be leading one of these workshops at EduTECH Asia. The 2017 Conference themed “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workplace” will be November 8-10 in Singapore.

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

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