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Too much of a good thing at GBSN 2012 Conference?

Posted By Lisa Leander, Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Lisa Leander

As I read through previous year’s conference evaluations a recurrent complaint from participants arises: You have too many interesting sessions at the same time, I can never choose!In fact, if this were an interview question I would consider it one of those "weaknesses” you are secretly proud to admit. (i.e. Oh I am just SO organized and detail oriented, it really is a horrible weakness.)

As always, this year’s conference will provide ample networking opportunities to build relationships and develop partnerships. However, for those times when you aren’t meeting a fellow colleague over high tea and curry, or chatting on the bus while you visit a local industry site, you’ll once again have some decisions to make. I am "sorry” to say that we are building another exciting and comprehensive agenda full of sessions on this year’s theme "Management Education Powering Development”.

Here is a preview of just a few of the sessions we’ll be offering at GBSN 2012.

Have you ever wondered what is the best way to scope for new student experiential learning projects?How to determine whether they align with your goals and how to incorporate them into your curriculum? Join us for this nuts and bolts session on how to actually secure a project. A business school professor will share her secrets on scoping projects while a former client will share their successes and challenges so you can fully prepare your clients BEFORE they accept a student team.

Are you almost ready for accreditation, but just not quite there yet? Have you wondered how to measure quality without an AACSB or EQUIS measuring stick? Join the session, Going Beyond Accreditation: How to Measure Quality,for a practical discussion on this complicated subject.

How do you know that what you are teaching is actually making a difference? What are the ways to measure the impact? Assessing Impact of Management Programs and Projectswill review actual methodologies and surveys carried out by different business schools along with the presentation of survey results.

Curious about the landscape of management education in Africa? We will bring together deans, directors and faculty from Africa, and elsewhere, to learn about what is happening in management education in the region from recent research survey work in the breakout session: Catalyzing Management Education in Africa.

So the dilemma is, which session will you attend? (The bad news… this isn’t all! The full agenda is at www.gbsnonline.or/2012)

For those of you who haven’t figured out how to create an evil twin to attend extra sessions for you, go ahead and complain. If this is the only problem I have to worry about, then I will consider this conference a success.

For more information on the 2012 GBSN Annual Conference and the agenda please visit:

Lisa Leander is the GBSN Member Services Officer and she coordinates the GBSN annual conference.

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