2011: Generating Leadership: Developing human capacity in emerging markets
Mexico City, Mexico
Over 140 participants - business school deans, faculty, business, NGO and foundation leaders - from nearly 30 countries came together for the 6th annual Global Business School Network Conference to focus on generating leadership in emerging markets. Hosted on IPADE Business School’s historic campus in the heart of Mexico City, participants debated a range of topics surrounding this year’s theme, including the challenges of scaling the impact of business education, developing responsible global leaders and the value of accreditation for schools in developing countries. All agreed on the need to make management education more relevant to local conditions so as to better meet employers needs.
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2010: Innovation for Impact: Business schools at the crossroads of development
Washington, DC, USA
Over 150 participants joined us for the 2010 GBSN Annual Conference, which focused on the innovative and entrepreneurial ways business schools are collaborating with academia, NGOs, businesses, and the public and private sector to strengthen development through improved management and business education in emerging markets.
2009: Partnerships in Practice: Local managers for a globalized world
Cape Town, South Africa
More than 90 representatives of business schools, foundations, civil society, government and companies representing 23 countries came together for the 4th Annual Global Business School Network Conference on June 8-9, 2009. Participants discussed the potential of sustainable partnerships among those who share a stake in educating and developing managers, and how best to craft such partnerships as an effective approach towards accelerating development. Issues addressed included faculty development; responsible leadership training; and the global crisis and the response of business schools. Participants also discussed the role of business schools in agribusiness development, health management, and entrepreneurship education.
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2008: Unlocking Potential: The importance of management education
The third annual meeting of the Global Business School Network (GBSN) was held on July 9‐10, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. Throughout the discussions, the importance of management education for national development was often highlighted. The message from the private sector was clear – business schools must be more relevant. They were challenged by the CEO Roundtable to produce graduates who could navigate the challenges of the local environments while negotiating the complexities of a global economy.
2007: Nurturing Business Education in Africa
The second annual meeting of the Global Business School Network (GBSN) Academic Advisory Council (AAC) was held on April 27, 2007. This year’s objective was to align commitments from top business schools with the needs of those in the developing world. Some common themes emerged from the discussion including the need for business schools to define their own strategy amidst the multitude of possible paths, while maintaining flexibility in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Additionally, schools must ensure their strategic direction is a good fit given their particular context.
Hanover, New Hampshire
On April 28, the Center for International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth hosted a meeting of the International Finance Corporation’s Global Business School Network (GBSN). Participants assessed their past experiences in developing country initiatives, and representatives from GBSN’s Africa Advisory Group shared perspectives from the business community on challenges and opportunities for business education in Africa. Special guests from the developing world as well as representatives of companies active in target countries attended the meeting. The Chairman of the recently established Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and several governing board members attended the meeting to share their first-hand perspectives.