Developing Deans: Combining International Best Practice with Innovation

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Business school deans and directors face similar challenges when first assuming their positions: setting strategy, managing risks, supporting faculty, and leading a diverse group of stakeholders. For institutions in the developing world, these tasks require resourceful leadership that combines international best practice with locally relevant solutions. GBSN hosted a Cross-Border Coffee Break on Developing Deans: Combining International Best Practice with Innovation on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The virtual conversation, led by Rohit Verma, Dean of External Affairs at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, served as an introduction to the GBSN Developing Deans Program, which is currently accepting applications. The … Read More

Greetings from Guy: Addressing the Management Skills Gap in Africa

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The existence of two organizations illustrates what is wrong with too many academic programs around the world and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa: the National Association of Unemployed Graduates in Nigeria and the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana. Such shortcomings can be found also in management education. In July GBSN partnered with the Center for Global Enterprise – created by Sam Palmisano, former CEO and Chairman of IBM – to convene a group of experts at IESE Business School’s campus in New York City to bring their knowledge to the table about the Management Skills Gap in Africa. The round table … Read More

MIT Sloan School of Management welcomes inaugural Asia School of Business class to Cambridge campus; Students meet with former governor of Malaysia’s central bank

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  CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As a part of a six-week program in the United States, the inaugural MBA class of the Asia School of Business (ASB), located in Malaysia and established in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, is visiting the Sloan campus for one month where they will enroll in courses taught by the top-ranked School’s faculty. The ASB students will visit companies in the Boston area and learn about MIT’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Their arrival was marked by a visit with Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the former governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, … Read More

Greetings from Guy: An African Success Story

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I invite you to join me in celebrating a great African success story. Its central character, Mame Yauto Faye was recently awarded a prestigious Berkeley’s Oasis Award as one of three “women who are changing the Sahel.” The other protagonists are Amadou Diaw, Founder and President of Senegal’s Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM), Eric Guichard, Founder and CEO of GRAVITAS Capital, Michiel Leenders and Louise Mauffette formerly of Canada’s Ivey Business School; Lluis Renart of Barcelona’s IESE Business School; and last but not least, Conrad Person, Michael Bzdak and Rene Kiamba of Johnson&Johnson (J&J), the champions of that company’s Management … Read More

Greetings from Guy: “Management Matters”

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Some years ago I had a conversation with one of the research pioneers in measuring the quality of management across firms and its impact on economic growth. I asked why academics had paid so little attention to what seemed to me a very important issue. My interlocutor laughed and told me how he had presented his research results to an audience consisting about half and half of business school faculty and academic economists. The talk was met with deafening silence, as the economists, believed firmly, as classical theory would have it, that market forces will weed out sub-par managers who … 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