Connecting Dots in Time and Space

Business Education

I much enjoyed reading a recent book by a former GBSN colleague and friend, Jim Dean, and his co-author Deborah Clarke: “The Insider’s Guide to Working with Universities. Its tag line: Practical Insights for Board Members, Business people, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Alumni, Parents, and Administrators.” This core of the book – as far as I know the first of its kind – explains to very senior non-academic people, especially corporate CEOs who become presidents, deans, trustees and such, of academic institutions how universities differ from businesses, and what makes them tick. My favorite quote: “From 1948 to 1953 former Supreme Commander … Read More

Chairman’s Corner: The Global Innovation Index and Reflections from China

Business Education, News from GBSN

I was invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Annual Meeting of the New Champions which was held in early July in Dalian, China.  Also, I was pleased to be part of a high profile launch of the Global Innovation Index in New Delhi on 24th July. I will use this blog to share some of my reflections from these two professional engagements.

Returning to China after a gap of some months is always interesting as the country seems to continue to change at a fast pace. I had taken part in several prior editions of the WEF’s Annual Summits in China and it is interesting to see how the WEF China Summit has now become focused exclusively on technology and innovation. This is not surprising per se as China’s rise in the technology domain is now recognized by many.

Predatory Publishing’s Threat to Emerging Economies

Business Education, Research

Much attention has been given to how business schools in emerging economies can develop the quality and relevance of their teaching and research programmes, acknowledging the huge potential such development would unlock for those economies and the world. Some of this attention has, understandably, focused on researchers and the need for them to improve the scope and quality of their publications so that they ‘rank’ alongside those from developed economies.

New Member Spotlight: Universitas Gadjah Mada

GBSN Member Schools, News from GBSN

Institutional Profile Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia www.ugm.ac.id Dean: Eko Suwardi, Ph. D. GBSN Ambassadors: Kusdhianto Setiawan, Ph. D., Vice Dean for Assets, Finance & Human Resources and Prof. Mahfud Sholihin, Ph. D., Vice Dean for Academics and Student Affairs Accreditations: AACSB and National Board Accreditation With its 5500 students ranging from undergraduate, master, and doctorate program, FEB UGM has 13 study programs which covers 3 programs: Accounting, Economics, and Management. FEB UGM states its vision “to be the leading faculty of economics and business in Indonesia by rising to international challenge” and its mission as “Enriched by our vibrant international … Read More

Prioritizing Local Relevance in the Global Business School Network

Business Education, News from GBSN

What if we took a group of high performing managers from Canadian paper mills and placed them in the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia. Would they succeed? Regardless of whether you answered yes, no, or maybe, your responses to questions like this one can reveal a lot about the work we’re doing at the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Since we were created by the World Bank 17 years ago, our vision has been for the developing world to have the management talent it needs to generate prosperity. We want to achieve that vision by “improving access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.” As my experience grows with GBSN, so does my respect for the local relevance part of our mission. Here are three ways that we are prioritizing local relevance in our work.

The World’s Leading Distance Learning Provider: The Open University Business School Faculty Fellows

GBSN Member Schools

The present-day business community calls for digital-savvy, problem-solving graduates. Today’s digital generation of learners and busy working professionals desire flexibility, convenience and real-world relevance. Business schools have had to adapt to meet these needs. GBSN member, The Open University is dedicated to offering a flexible higher education, accessible to students anywhere in the world. Since its beginnings over forty years ago, The OU has pioneered distance learning – and now its pioneering all over again with use of digital technology.

The Beauty of Online Education

News from GBSN

For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. Ainura Kaldarova from Narxoz Business School in Kazakhstan recently visited the OU after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here Ainura recalls her month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow.

The Open University Life and Learning Analytics

Internship/Fellowship

For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. John Olukuru from Strathmore University Business School in Kenya recently visited The Open University after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here John recalls his month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow. Indeed, this was a very different academic life – I arrived at The Open University on 7 … Read More

Chairman’s Corner: Leading in a World of Innovation Acceleration

Business Education, News from GBSN

While the acceleration of innovation presents a formidable challenge for most business school leaders, it also presents an exceptional set of opportunities for the few who dare to innovate and change. The few who are inspired to re-imagine the future and take risks. The few who are disciplined to execute with determination and resilience. So how should business school leaders react to these accelerations in the pace of innovation?

Administrative Science Quarterly and the Sonoco International Business Department at the USC Darla Moore School of Business Hosts Conference and Paper Development Workshop on Globalizing Organization Theory

Business Education, GBSN Member Schools

Administrative Science Quarterly and the Sonoco International Business Department at the Univ. of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business are pleased to co-host a conference and paper development workshop titled “Globalizing Organization Theory.” We will begin with a two-day conference to discuss how organizational scholarship is expanding into international contexts, and that is followed by a paper development workshop where authors will receive feedback from top scholars in the field. The call for submissions provides details on the theme and submission process.