Business School Associations

North America

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education.

The Association of American International Colleges and Universities is a leadership organization of American international universities, whose members provide responsible delivery and quality assurance of American higher education outside the United States.


The European Foundation for Management Development is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development with 750 member organizations in 81 countries.

Chartered ABS
The Chartered Association of Business Schools is the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. We support our members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

The Central and East European Management Development Association is an international management development association established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth in quality of management development in central and Eastern Europe.

Association of MBAs
The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Our accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programs.

Spanish Association of Business Management Schools’ mission is to foment quality Business Management training, serve the Corporate Community, and develop corporate knowledge within the scope of its competence by being a unifying link among business management schools.


The French Foundation for Management Education has for over 40 years been instrumental in the development and the quality of management education in France through a body of management Faculty drawn from institutions within its network.


The Association of African Business Schools is an association of leading business schools throughout the African Continent that promotes excellence in business and management education through capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement.

The South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) assists in creating an effective means of leveraging information, skills and expertise between business schools and assists to develop the business education sector in line with international standards.

The West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN) is a sub-regional network of Management Development Institutions and Business Schools whose interests are human capacity building, management consultancy, training and publications.


The primary purpose of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools is to provide leadership and representation in order to advance the quality of business and management education in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) was formed in 1988 as a network of management schools and has since grown into a powerful body of B-schools in the country with a membership of about six hundred Institutes.

Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia is an international not-for-profit association with the initiative of leading management development institutions in the South Asian region.

Central Asian Foundation for Management Development – is an international non-governmental, non-profit public association of educational institutions of Central-Asian region.

The Russian Association of Business Education (RABE) was established in 1990 to create “an effective system of business education in Russia that will provide home consumers with up-to-date means and resources for professional workforce training.”

South America

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions.

The Caribbean Management Development Association (CaMDA) is a formal grouping of Private and Public Sector Professionals and institutions who are in the business of management development education and training.

Currently, the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA) has 182 member institutions, both privately and publicly owned, in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Oceania.

Development Organizations

USA & Canada

Acumen Fund
The Acumen Fund’s mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas.

CDC Development Solutions
CDC Development Solutions (CDS) leverages public, private and volunteer resources to strengthen SMEs and the institutions, governments, and industries that drive economic growth in emerging markets.

Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

The Canadian International Development Agency is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance whose aim is to engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada’s effort to realize its development objectives.

Kauffman Foundation
The Kauffman Foundation’s vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.”

Cisco Entrepreneur Institute

The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute is focused on fostering entrepreneurship around the globe. Working with local public and private sector organizations, Cisco’s mission is to help communities and nations harness the power of entrepreneurship for economic and social prosperity.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Launched in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact.


The Society for International Development (SID) is a global network of individuals and institutions concerned with development, which is participative, pluralistic and sustainable.


The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) fights poverty through quality development assistance.

South America

Acción Emprendedora
Acción Emprendedora is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the small businesses sector in areas of high social impact through a process of training, technical assistance, and support in the obtainment of financing.


African Business Development Association
ABDAS is an independent voluntary association that actively promotes Industry and Commerce by encouraging the establishment of new businesses, regional and international.

The African Business Roundtable is dedicated to achieving an African private sector led regional economic integration and sustainable economic development of Africa, based on good corporate governance and competitively open market systems.

Business Action for Africa
Since its launch in 2005, Business Action for Africa has emerged as an innovative international platform for harnessing the collective energy of business in support of Africa’s development.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation
The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an Africa-based and African-funded not-for-profit institution dedicated to the promotion and celebration of excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurship across Africa.


The Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) is a leading non-profit organization affiliated with the League of Arab States, which was founded in 1961 with the mandate of promoting and advancing administrative development in the Arab region.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s mission is to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security, and facilitating a favorable and sustainable business environment.