GBSN Podcast

Episode 14: Rough Diamonds – Rethinking How We Educate Future Generations

In this episode, GBSN CEO Dan LeCLair is in conversation With Wilfried Vanhonacker about his latest book, “Rough Diamonds”. Based on over 40 years in education around the world, Wilfried shares in the book and in this discussion some of his observations, questions, and reflections on formal education as we know it and have come to accept it. And In doing so, in Rough Diamonds provides a critical look at what formal education has morphed into. It paints according to Wilfried… a worrisome picture.

Episode 13: The Business Schools Will Have No Future if We Don’t Do This!

What would a business school look like if one started with a blank sheet of paper and did not benchmark other business schools? What would the content be? Who would teach? What would it cost? In this session, we will look at how business schools got to be where they are because of the Ford and Carnegie reports over half a century ago, the advent in 1987 of the first of the major rankings, and the drivers of accreditation. Join one of GBSN’s new members, Coventry University Business School for this session, as Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Business and Law), makes the case for a major overhaul of the structure and positioning of business schools for the future.

Episode 12: The Future of Project Based Learning: A Conversation with Mike Barger

Every March since 1992, the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan deploys student teams all over the world for its Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course. 2020 was different. How did the school modify MAP for the lockdowns? What did they learn? What comes next? Join GBSN’s CEO, Dan LeClair and Mike Barger, Executive Director, Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation, for a discussion around project-based learning, summer internships, and how to plan for the upcoming academic term.

Episode 11: Business and Human Rights: Practical Challenges of Conducting Research with Impact

In the emerging academic field of Business and Human Rights (BHR), conducting research with real-world impact is the declared objective of many researchers. It is a field in which individual research interests and advocacy for human rights are often closely aligned. In this podcast we will provide examples from the work conducted in the context of the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights. Panelists: Dorothée Baumann-Pauly Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, Geneva School of Economics and Management, Switzerland; Serra Cremer Iyi, Consultant, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Geneva School of Economics and Management, United Kingdom.

Episode 10: Thriving in a New Era of Globalization: A Conversation with BCG’s Arindam Bhattacharya

How are organizations adapting to the disruptive forces transforming globalization, such as economic nationalism, technological transformation, environmental crisis—and, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic? For nearly two decades at BCG, Dr. Arindam Bhattacharya has worked closely with some of the world’s leading global companies, helping leaders to navigate the complex and rapidly changing environment. In this GBSN cross-border webinar, he talks with GBSN CEO, Dan LeClair, about that experience and his new book, Beyond Great, and offers insights into the future of business education as well as business.

Episode 9: Competency-Based Online Education for Scale – Lessons from Western Governors University

Learn about Western Governors University’s competency-based approach to online education and its faculty model providing students with personalized support as they progress toward completion of a credential. The speakers will discuss WGU’s strategies to scale while maintaining industry relevance, and provide a preview of the skills-focused direction of its program development and redevelopment efforts. The majority of WGU students are non-traditional and/or come from under-served populations. WGU is working to develop innovative products that address access and equitable attainment, creating pathways between talent and opportunity.  Presenters: Michelle Love, Chair of the MBA Program; Ningchun Han Product Development Owner, WGU College of Business; Michael Whalen Skills Architect, WGU College of Business.


Episode 8: Talent For Africa – Session 5: Powering Digital Transformation

Digital transformation plays a central role in the sustainable development of Africa. Yet the continent does not yet have the tech talent to enable this transformation. How do we develop the skills to support the needed investment? How can business, academia, government, and civil society work together to create an environment that unlocks the full potential of Africa’s aspiring entrepreneurs? Panelists: Philip Thigo – Director for Africa, Thunderbird School for Global Management, Arizona State University, USA; Kizito Okechukwu – Board Vice President and Interim President, Digital Africa, South Africa; Meriem Zairi – Senior Managing Director MENA, SEAF, Morocco.

Episode 7: Talent For Africa – Session 4: The Business of Sustainable Development

Africa accounts for 17% of the world’s population yet emits less than 5% of the world’s carbon emissions. Africa boasts a massive talent population, but also demonstrates the highest rate of education exclusion. Session four investigates the various components of sustainable development, from female participation in the workforce to healthcare resources to relevant education, and what the continent is doing to address some of these broader goals.  Panelists: Mamokgethi Phakeng – Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Carl Manlan – Chief Operating Officer, Ecobank Foundation, Togo; Tavneet Suri – Editor in Chief for VoxDev; Associate Professor, MIT, USA.

Episode 6: Talent For Africa – Session 3: The Future Workforce – Learning and Development in the 4th Industrial Revolution

In this session, we tackle some of the more pressing questions related to Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Does Africa have the capacity to educate the young while delivering on the growing needs for upskilling and reskilling the workforce? How is technology changing the mix of knowledge and skills that African organizations need?  Panelists: Rebecca Harrison – CEO and Co-Founder – African Management Institute, Kenya; Enase Okonedo – Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria; Nick van Dam – Chief of the IE University Center for Corporate Learning Innovation, IE University, Spain.

Episode 5: Talent for Africa – Session 2: Transformative Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This session focuses on developing talent for transformative leadership, the kind that can build a more inclusive and sustainable Africa. It explores the role of business and business schools as catalysts and enablers of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Panelists: Darius F. Teter – Executive Director, Stanford Seed, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA; Anna Ekeledo – Executive Director, AfriLabs, Nigeria; Dr. Michael Moscherosch – Director, Johnson and Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge, Johnson and Johnson, USA.

Episode 4: Talent for Africa – Session 1: Africa’s Talent Challenges in a Changing World

In this kickoff session, panelists touch on the broad range of pressing talent challenges that will be had throughout the series and provide a bird’s eye view of how these relate to Agenda 2063, and the Africa that Africans want. Panelists:  Patrick Awuah -Founder and President of Ashesi University, Ghana; Amadou Diallo -CEO, Middle East & Africa DHL Global Forwarding, UAE; Caren Wakoli – Founder & Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Foundation Africa, Kenya.

Episode 3: Jean-François Manzoni – Progress requires delayed gratification

Jean-François Manzoni is the President of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), where he also serves as the Nestlé Professor. In conversation with Soumitra Dutta and Dan LeClair of GBSN, he discusses trust in governments, innovation in executive education, and leading in a crisis. This interview was conducted 10 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Episode 2: Sangeet Chowfla – Virtuous cycles becoming vicious cycles

Sangeet Chowfla is the President & CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). In conversation with Soumitra Dutta and Dan LeClair of GBSN, he discusses the importance of connectedness and trust, as well as the changing value equation in higher education. This interview was conducted 9 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Episode 1: Peter Tufano – “Winning the War and Winning the Peace”

Peter Tufano is Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. In conversation with Soumitra Dutta and Dan LeClair of GBSN, he discusses how lessons from World War II can aid government, business, and the education sector to win the war against COVID-19, and win the peace in a post-COVID world. The interview took place 10 weeks after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.


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