QUIZ: What do these pictures have to do with management education and development?
The one with the red balloon shows the
Brasserie du Printemps, which sits atop the famed Paris department store. The Council on Business &
Society's inaugural international forum gathered there to dinner November
The Council is a global
alliance of schools of management that involves faculty, students, business
leaders and policy makers. The founding members are ESSEC Business School (a GBSN member); Keio Business
School; School of Management, Fudan University; Tuck
School of Business at Dartmouth (a GBSN member); and University of
Mannheim, Business School. ESSEC's Pierre Tapié hosted the first International
Forum, and the four other Deans participated actively. The next Forum will be
hosted in Tokyo in early 2014.
International Forum's theme: "Corporate Governance and Leadership --
Business Performance and Responsibility" is highly relevant to the developing
world, as the relationship between business, government and society is vital to
successful economic and social development.
discussed at the inaugural forum will also resonate in the developing world. I
found the panel discussion about women on boards particularly relevant and
enlightening. Viviane de Beaufort of ESSEC summarized her research about
"Women and their relationship to power: still a taboo or a new corporate
governance model?" (See
the presentation here) While there are different opinions concerning the usefulness
of quota for female board members, there was not the slightest doubt that
mixed-gender boards operate more effectively.
In another panel,
Peter Solmssen, General Council, Siemens, gave a riveting account of massive
corruption and how it was overcome. I was struck in particular by his
observation that bribes did not result in additional sales. Future forums may
focus on such issues as health management, again of great import to the
The second picture is a view from
Grenoble, where I had the pleasure of meeting Dean Loïck Roche and many of his
team. Grenoble Ecole de
Management (GEM) joined GBSN after the Delhi conference this year.
to impart management skills to engineers of companies based in Dauphiné, GEM
runs some 40 programs ranging from Masters in Fashion, Design and Luxury
Management to a Doctorate in Business Administration program, which emphasizes
applied research and is therefore of particular interest to developing world
candidates. GEM is engaged in training-of-trainers, notably by means of its
University Lecturers' Skill Enhancement Program.
GEM is deeply
involved not only with BRIC countries, but also with other parts of the
developing world, most notably Africa. It partners with Morocco's ESCA (a GBSN member) in the Institut
Euro-Africain de Management based in Casablanca,whose tag line is
"Educating Leaders for Africa". GEM undertook programs funded by the
European Union under PAPTE (Programme d'aide et d'assistance aux pays tiers
et émergents) in countries including Romania, Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal,
Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon and Benin. GEM's joint DBA program with India's
Management Technology, Ghaziabad (a GBSN member) is another example of
long-term cooperative capacity building.
Together with other
European schools, GEM is engaged in creating a common Masters in
Entrepreneurship and International Development in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria,
strengthening local teaching capacity and offering common executive education
programs. GEM also runs courses with Nigeria's Petroleum Technology Development
Fund involving training of local trainers.
I found these visits
very energizing. They brought home to me vividly once again the wealth of
energy, talent, experience and interest in collaborating with the developing
world of GBSN member schools.
Guy Pfeffermann is the CEO and founder of the Global Business School Network.