Chairman’s Corner: Furthering Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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After exactly a decade, GBSN returned to Nairobi for its 13th Annual Conference on November 7 – 9, 2018. The conference, co-hosted by Strathmore Business School and the Chandaria School of Business, USIU focused on how innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship can transform business. Over 100 management education, development and industry professionals from 34 countries convened to explore innovations in education and business. The GBSN conference provided me with a perfect setting for speaking about the innovation successes and challenges of Africa. For over a decade I have been editing the Global Innovation Index (GII) Report (www.globalinnovationindex.org). Extending beyond the traditional … Read More

Education is Critical in Innovation

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On November 7 – 9, 2018, the Global Business School Network held its 13th Annual Conference on “Transforming Traditional Sectors: Educating Entrepreneurial Leaders to Drive Systemic Change” co-hosted by Strathmore Business School and the Chandaria School of Business, USIU. The conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on how innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of educating entrepreneurial leaders can transform traditional sectors, including Mining & Oil, Agriculture, Tourism and Healthcare. The conference was sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management Global Programs, Monash Business School and Johnson & Johnson. Nicolas Nesbit, General Manager of IBM East Africa, opened the conference with his inspiring … Read More

National University of Management Hosts SKK Graduate School of Business 2019 MBA Class

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The 2019 full-time MBA Program class at the SKK Graduate School of Business (SKK GSB) in South Korea, recently participated in a global field trip to fellow GBSN member school, the National University of Management (NUM) in Cambodia. Following an introduction between two GBSN ambassadors, Steve Paterson from NUM and Eric Shih from SKK GSB, at the 2015 GBSN Annual Conference in the Philippines, these two GBSN member schools began conducting annual student exchanges. This year’s group of MBAs included students from 13 countries: Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, UK, US, and South Korea. The purpose … Read More

National University of Management Phnom Penh Launches Social Innovation Lab

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The National University of Management in Phnom Penh just launched its new Social Innovation Lab which is part of the EU funded South-East Asian Social Innovation Network (SEASIN) with additional support being provided by the telecom SMART Axiata.  The SEASIN network includes partner universities from Europe (Scotland, Spain and Portugal) plus South-East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia). The Social Innovation Lab will serve as both an events space for presentations and interactive workshops and also as an incubator to help develop and launch new social ventures. While the primary target is university students, the NUM Social Innovation Lab is … Read More

Ashesi University College Ambitiously Aims to Educate Ethical Leaders in Africa

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Ashesi University College has one ambitious mission for its students: ethical leadership. The institution’s curriculum focuses on applying ethical models and gender inclusion into the African workforce. The private liberal arts college in Ghana’s Eastern region uses their continental and global position as motivation to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa, which remains to be a constant struggle within the region. The institution established Africa’s 1st ever institutional honor code. Ashesi’s reputation is one that raises the bar for higher education and leadership training in Africa. As the African continent remains that with the lowest … Read More

Member Spotlight: AUN Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

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This blog was written by Ahmad Hosseini, Dean of American University of Nigeria School of Business and Economics. He reflects on his experience participating in the AUN Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.  In this five days of event I had extraordinary opportunity to meet and work with about 200 young high school students from seven different high school in the Yola area who attended our Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. I saw the energy and optimism that these kids brought to our boot camp. The last day of the boot camp was the day when students met the investors and pitch for their … Read More

Impact of Agribusiness Management Program on Cassava Production in Ghana

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This blog was written by Marian Tandoh Wordey, the Business Development Advisor for CAVA – Cassava Adding Value to Africa, a cassava value chain project where she directly supervises field business facilitators in cassava value chains within the southern sector of Ghana. Marian recently participated as a panelist in the Agribusiness Dialogue Breakout Session at the GBSN/EFMD Joint Conference in Africa this past November. Her bio is below. Marian Tandoh Wordey is a Business Development Expert and Agri-business specialist with over 13 years of experience, working with Multi-National Agro-Processing company, Agri-business and Value Chain projects, SMEs, etc. She has a … Read More

The Rising Entrepreneurial Spirit in Young Africa

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In Walter Baets’ article, “What Young Africans want from Business Education Programmes,” he emphasizes the rising demand for “shorter, more modular business courses” that are more flexible and hands-on than the courses offered in the pursuance of the MBA. The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) recently revealed a growing interest by sub-Saharan youth in programs that are different from the run-of-the-mill business degree. Although the interest in an MBA is at recent highs in some nations, for example, Europe, the need in Africa for entrepreneurship is driving youth away from the traditional model for many reasons. They desire entrepreneurial … Read More

Top African Schools to Collaborate on Entrepreneurship

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Press release from ESCA ecole de Management A consortium of leading African business schools from five major countries have signed a novel partnership agreement, which commits them to sharing resources, expertise and research to give a much-needed boost to entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development on the continent.The newly formed African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship (AAAE) will promote and develop academic cooperation – particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship, small business development, innovation and start-ups – through research, case study development, the academic exchange of students and faculty as well as academic materials and publications, professional internships and technical cooperation. … Read More