Six months ago I joined the Global Business School Network (GBSN) for what I call the three P’s—the purpose, the potential, and the people. So you might ask, have I found what was looking for? Is the purpose everything I thought it was? What is GBSN’s potential? Have I connected with new and interesting people? It seems like a good time to reflect on my experience and share thoughts about the journey.
With just 7 weeks in my new role as CEO of GBSN, I approached the GBSN Annual Conference with great anticipation. Since my arrival in Washington in early September I had witnessed the tremendous efforts of Fabienne Jolivert, Network Engagement Officer, and Nicole Zefran, Marketing and Communications Officer, other staff and our interns as they planned the myriad details associated with the one-day Annual Members Meeting and two-day (and night!) conference. Without previous experience attending these events, I did not know what to expect. I was not disappointed! In fact, I was overwhelmed with inspiration in so many ways. The … Read More
Did MBAs cause the global economic crash of 2008? Can the proliferation of entrepreneurship education programs in Africa be the thrust the continent needs to achieve the development economists predicted? Will more business schools in China be able to prepare the next generation of leaders to innovate? These, somewhat provocative, questions speak to the complicated relationship between business education and economic development. In theory, there is a causal relationship between an increase in people educated in business and growth of the economy in which they work. However, in practice the two parts are incorporated in a web of political, social, … Read More
This week I had the pleasure of representing GBSN at the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Global Forum in New York. The forum celebrated 10 years of growing business school commitment to responsible management education and, more recently, to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. I left the forum with a renewed sense of excitement and urgency for our mission. The 17 goals define the critical, interdisciplinary opportunities that will shape how businesses, governments, schools and international development organizations invest and measure impact within local communities and on a global scale. The intersection between these goals and GBSN’s mission is … Read More
This year’s annual conference (gbsn.org/2017dc) will go back to the raison d’être of GBSN: the intersections between business education and development. Everyone knows what “business education” is, but “development” is one of those fuzzy Alice-in-Wonderland words that mean very different things to different people. Sociologists, psychologists, engineers, economists, political scientists and others each think of “development” in very different ways; not even within academic disciplines is there consensus on what constitutes “development”. One of my economics professors used to say that, like a giraffe, it is very hard to describe a developing country but when you see one, you know … Read More
Last year, business schools in Kabul and Phnom Penh joined the Network as the first members from those countries, enriching its unique potential for melding experiences across far-flung regions of the world. GBSN works in three intersecting areas: networking and knowledge sharing, capacity building programs and thought leadership, to promote the importance of management education in economic and social development efforts. To enrich such international collaboration myself, GBSN staff, advisors and members present at international conferences in both the business education and development sectors. In 2016 my GBSN colleagues were active in Accra for our Annual Conference, Minsk for one of … Read More