GBSN is collaborating with member schools to develop a program that prepares, supports and connects new and aspiring business school deans and directors to lead institutions in a developing country context. The Developing Deans program will take a unique approach by providing participants the opportunity to learn about best practice in running a business school from a world-class institution, adapting that best practice to their own context, and developing a leadership approach that complements their specific school and environment. The program emphasis is on building connections among international colleagues in person and online, with a heavy emphasis on mentoring and experiential learning through regional site visits at business schools around the globe and an Applied Leadership Project at their own institution.

Program Summary

The Developing Deans program features:

  • Residential Sessions

    at leading business schools around the globe

  • Regional Leadership 360 Site Visit

    Hosted by a GBSN Member School

  • Virtual Coaching and Mentoring

    6 hours provided by experienced deans from GBSN’s network

  • Applied Leadership Project

    to address a challenge the participant is facing at their institution

  • Network of International Colleagues

    to provide ongoing support


A cohort of 20-30 participants will be chosen through an application process. Successful applicants will be an Associate Dean/Director or Dean/Director appointed within the last 5 years or who has recently transitioned to a new school, or senior faculty with aspirations to become a dean or director, working at a school of business, management or economics with operations in a developing country. Applications will be considered with a goal of a geographically diverse cohort.

Program Timeline

** Tentative Schedule

July 23-27, 2018 Foundational Residential Session in New York: Benchmarking at a World Class Business School

Hosted by Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, the first session covers the myriad areas of responsibility of deans and highlights practices at a world-class institution. This session will provide knowledge and tools on business school administration for participants to apply immediately to their own institutions. Participants will identify a challenge at their institution and begin to design a plan for their Applied Leadership Project.

August – October 2018: Applied Leadership Project planning with 3 hours of virtual coaching with an experienced Dean or Director.

November/December 2018 Regional Leadership 360 Site Visit: Adapting Best Practice in a Developing Country Context

GBSN member schools in 5 regions will host site visits, tentatively: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The cohort will split into regional groups for these 3-day visits focused on a 360 degree look at leading a business school in a developing country context, highlighting innovations in teaching and administration, as well as approaches to responding to unique operating environments in various regions. Participants will shadow Deans/Directors at the GBSN member school host, observe classes, interact with students, and meet with other campus leaders to discuss various topics such as fundraising, managing and motivating people, faculty performance assessment and student recruitment.  

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December 2018 – February 2019: Applied Leadership Project implementation with 3 hours of virtual coaching from an experienced Dean or Director.

March 2019 Advancing Residential Session: Developing Your Leadership Approach and Plan for Your School (TBD)

This 3-day program with the entire cohort back together will focus on change management, leadership, risk management and future planning for deans operating in developing world contexts. As the last of the residential sessions, the participants will present their Applied Leadership Project results and receive certificates of completion.

Application and Cost

More information on the program details, cost and application process will be announced in early 2018.


For any questions and inqueries, please contact GBSN’s Program Officer, Stephanie Blochinger at