GBSN develops programs that build the capacity of schools in the developing world in areas such as pedagogy, program design, administration, strategy, research, case writing and international partnerships. By supporting the knowledge, skills and tools to teach management and entrepreneurship effectively in a community, we can impact the regional economy and job market for years to come.
Through partnerships with industry, development agencies, foundations and schools GBSN develops programs that support a wide range of educational institutions, not just our members.
Focus on Local Institutions
We build the capacity of local institutions to deliver quality management education that is relevant to their market. A local business school with the ability to deliver a valuable and relevant educational program will provide the employers, government and entrepreneurial sector quality talent that is rooted in the community long after aid dollars have moved on.
Member School Experts
We draw on member faculty, deans and staff to train, advise and mentor their peers. GBSN’s network allows us to build diverse teams, typically pairing experts from top schools in both developing and advanced countries.
Custom Program Design
Our programs vary in scope, region and activity based on the needs of our partners. Programs may stand alone as an initiative of one business school, or can be part of a larger development project that incorporates management education as an element to enhance sustainability and impact.
Since 2003 GBSN has engaged our members to build the capacity of business schools in the developing world. This portfolio highlights the variety of ways GBSN has improved access to quality, locally relevant management education around the globe.
Enhancing the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations that are devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations
Trained faculty in Belarus to develop and deliver virtual entrepreneurship courses through regional centers
Aided the development of a “Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management” in Nigeria that became a model for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program
Trained and mentored faculty to develop hundreds of local teaching cases in Kenya and Senegal
Advised an industrial group in Pakistan in establishing a business school for their local market
Trained Public Policy faculty from across Africa to integrate cases into the classroom
Assessed and supported African businesss schools to deliver management development program for healthcare professionals
Designed monitoring and evaluation framework for an agribusiness entrepreneurship training program in Africa
Produced a feasibility study for a new business school in Bangladesh
Advised a Nigerian company on an approach to establishing career centers at local universities
Conducted a workshop on how to establish and run action-based learning in Malaysia
Advised a state administrative school in Nepal on revising curriculum for officials
Program Areas of Activity
GBSN designs and implements capacity building programs that enhance the skills and knowledge of faculty, review and update curricula, and benchmark educational programs with peers around the globe to help schools better understand how to serve their markets.
Advising, training and mentoring by peers from GBSN member schools can help a business school improve pedagogy, research, case writing and curriculum.
GBSN Faculty Training and Program Development programs can address
- Case Writing and Teaching
- Online/Blended Teaching
- Experiential/Action Learning Projects
- Benchmarking Study Tours
- Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
- Degree programs
- Management in Targeted Sectors (e.g. Healthcare, Agribusiness, Conservation, Tourism)
- Student Support Services (e.g. career center, alumni engagement)
- Doctoral thesis advising
GBSN works with stakeholders in key sectors (e.g. health, agribusiness, wildlife conservation) to develop programs that build local institutional capacity to supply critical management talent for specific markets.
GBSN works with employers, aid agencies, foundations and NGOs that are operating in the developing world to embed management education into broader economic and social development efforts. This approach enhances the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of these programs. Sector-specific programs can take a number of forms:
- Workshops to convene stakeholders around sector-specific management education issues
- Capacity assessment of local institutions to partner on development projects
- Training of trainers on sector-specific management issues and experiential teaching methods
- Development of curricula for sector-specific management courses
- Development of locallty relevant, sector-specific cases through training and mentoring of faculty
GBSN draws on the expertise of our member schools to build advisory teams with diverse experience and expertise to support new and existing business schools. By engaging GBSN to advise on a strategic plan, feasibility study or capacity assessment, schools can tap into a unique resource that focuses on incorporating international best practice with local relevance.
GBSN believes that sustainable business education is rooted in a community. We can work with foundations, industry and institutions that want to invest in local management education by assessing the capacity of local partners, and providing guidance that is tailored to their unique operating environment.
- Strategic Advisory Committees
- Feasibility Studies
- Capacity Assessment of Institutions
By reflecting on the successes – and failures – of capacity building programs, GBSN can help organizations understand how to affect lasting change. From designing a monitoring and evaluation framework to writing cases about completed programs, GBSN can work with your organization to ensure you are capturing and communicating the important information about your program’s impact.
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Interested in developing your school's capacity? Do you want to integrate local management education into a program? Curious about engaging GBSN to help reach your goals?Contact Us Today
“Enterprise development was still new in Nigeria when we started, but we wanted to be the best. We wanted to benchmark ourselves with the top players, not in Africa, but around the world.
Our network was limited, but we found a partner and ally in GBSN.”
Peter Bamkole, Founder/Director, Enterprise Development Center, Nigeria