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A change in focus at AACSB

Posted By Guy Pfeffermann, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lisa Leander, GBSN’s Membership Officer, and I were among some 1,300 participants in the International Conference and Annual Meeting of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations, with accredited schools in 43 countries and territories. Discussions touched on topics such as the importance of research, innovative pedagogies, entrepreneurial leadership, global collaborations and alliances, innovative operational models, the impact of online education, and many more. For us, it was a great opportunity to meet old friends and meet new business school deans. Jim Dean of Kenan-Flagler, a member of GBSN’s Board of Directors, whose school is a member of our Executive Board, and his wife, took us out to an incredible San Diego Asian fusion restaurant (see us in the picture on the right).

What struck me most about the conference was growing interest in the developing world. At last year’s New York conference a lot of attention was paid to the globalization of management education, but the focus was mainly on the "BRIC” countries. This year, the focus widened from "emerging markets” to the developing world as a whole. Not only that, but for the first time in my experience, GBSN’s core tenet – how management education can reduce poverty – figured prominently. Dean Garth Saloner from Stanford Graduate School of Business held the rapt attention of a plenary session as he showcased the mission and future work of Stanford’s new Institute for Innovation in Developing Countries. One of their early achievements is bringing to the market low-cost infant warmers for premature and low-birth-weight babies in the developing world.

I am thrilled that AACSB and Stanford’s GSB have joined GBSN member schools in the conviction that business education has a huge role to play in powering development.

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