September eNewsletter

GBSN September eNewsletter: Role of Business Education in Economic Development
Guy PfeffermannStephen Sacca

In the early 1990s, I was working for a non-profit public health management consulting organization. I spent most my time conducting short-term assignments that aimed to strengthen management systems of public, private and NGO providers of health services all over the world.

By coincidence, I started two, multi-year engagements with private, non-profit providers of women’s health services at the same time, one in Bangladesh and one in Romania. The objective was to assist them examine their cost and revenue structure and develop strategies to programmatically and financially sustain their organizations.

The size and structure of the organizations were similar, but the parallels ended there. They could not have been further from one another in one key facet – access to quality education.

In Bangladesh, the general population was well versed in the free market economy, where everyone from the street vendor to government officials understood the basic principles of capitalism. As a result, the initial phases of the engagement saw a quick uptake in the nuts and bolts of budgeting, revenue generation and associated simple management practices.
In contrast, Romania was far less encouraging. We faced a degree of skepticism about free market economy principles and, in fact, learned that teaching elements of capitalism was a huge challenge to a population that have not lived in such a system.

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Washington DC

Don’t Miss the GBSN 2017 Annual Conference

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

Dr. Nubi Achebo Johnson & Johnson’s Management Development Institute (MDI): Training the New Leaders in Town

As the coordinating partner for the MDI program, GBSN’s Program Officer traveled to Cape Town to witness the MDI program first-hand. GBSN member school, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) is the implementing partner for the Southern Africa region. This year, the South Africa MDI brought together 38 healthcare professionals from 6 African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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Zhejiang Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Scholarship Program for High Potentials from Developing Countries

GBSN member school, the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), offered up to 5 scholarships to graduate students enrolled in GBSN member schools from developing countries to its 2017 International Summer University ISUWU. Hear what that students had to say about their experience.
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Austin Okere Zhejiang University School of Management Hosts 2017 CEEMAN Annual Conference in Hangzhou

The 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference, co-organized and hosted by Zhejiang University School of Management in Hangzhou, China convened over 130 participants from over 30 countries on September 20-22, 2017. The conference themed, Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economics featured interactive discussions on latest trends, insights, key issues, opportunities and challenges in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability.

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Austin Okere Cave Hill School of Business Professor Launches Book “Managing in Developing Countries”

“There are no management textbooks for developing countries,”
“All our management material is North American based,”
“How do we teach management in the rest of the world when all the texts are western?”

For those of us teaching outside of the so-called ‘western world’ these are common complaints. Managing in Developing Countries aims to begin to fill this need, in the classroom, by addressing management issues from the perspective of those who are managers in developing countries.
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8th Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship: PhD Writing Workshop

PhD students have the possibility to apply for an exclusive PhD Writing Workshop. PhD students will discuss their current research paper with peers and senior researchers in small groups. Aim is to improve the quality of the papers and advance writing skills. Submission Deadline: 13 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.

UN Global Compact PRME Business for Peace (B4P) Working Group
GBSN members are invited to join a UN Global Compact Initiative PRME Working Group called Business for Peace (B4P). The Business for Peace Working Group value proposition, similar to that of GBSN, is all about convening, facilitating and catalyzing innovation around management education with a particular focus on B4P. The group supports applied research that will provide tools for incorporating B4P into management education, and encourage the sustained wide-spread integration of contributions to peace into company operations and strategy—while also helping to establish which business practices contribute most directly to peace.

Call for Participation Case Teaching Workshop Cotonou -Benin (West Africa)
The International Management Institute of Ivey Business School of Western University and the Academy of International Business (AIB) in partnership with the African School of Economics organize a case study workshop in Benin. The workshop is part of the “Initiative 39 countries,” whose aim is to improve the quality of management education in the 39 countries with the lowest GDP. The main objective of this initiative is to provide these countries with access to teaching materials. The workshop is designed to facilitate the development or enhancement of the skills needed for case study teaching. Participation in this workshop is free of charge and is open to all professors who teach in business or management schools in the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia , Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

William Davidson Institute 25th Case Writing Competition

This year’s competition celebrates 25 years of the William Davidson Institute’s focus on identifying, adapting and deploying best practices from the private sector to give emerging countries the blueprints for success in a market economy. Participate in its case writing competition and help commemorate William Davidson’s original vision, as well as 25 years of developing market-based solutions in low- and middle-income countries around the world, implementing and evaluating them on the ground, and disseminating our findings to the public.

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

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