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GBSN Welcomes Cornell and American to the Network

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Friday, November 30, 2012

Page Schindler BuchananGBSN is proud to add American University’s Kogod School of Business and Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business to our growing list of member schools. American and Cornell join a network of over 50 world-class business schools that spans 26 countries on 5 continents. GBSN works with our member schools to build management education capacity for the developing world through cross-border networking, knowledge-sharing and programs to strengthen local business education.

As members the schools will have the opportunity to participate in GBSN’s robust network, share knowledge and perspectives with peers around the world, and engage in capacity building programs.

Both American and Cornell’s membership in GBSN continues a longstanding commitment to educational excellence and international impact.

Kogod School of Business, American UniversityAmerican University’s Kogod School of Business has a strong record of offering academic programming with a focus on emerging markets. They look forward to working through the network to develop consulting projects, establish student exchanges, initiate more international programs and connect faculty with similar research interests.

Last year Kogod sent more than eighty undergraduate and graduate students abroad to Chile, Greece, Argentina, Turkey and China as part of their international business courses. Kogod was the first business school established in Washington, D.C. and today they hold AACSB accreditation and are members of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE). In addition, they offer a one week intensive on-campus institute for graduate students and working professionals focused entirely on emerging markets. And the semester-long course "Peace through Commerce” partners Kogod students with entrepreneurs in conflict regions to support and develop business plans.

Johnson School at Cornell UniversityCornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management joins GBSN as part of a larger focus on global issues by their new dean, Soumitra Dutta. "I believe that business schools need to take a leadership role in educating future global leaders and to help solve some of the most critical problems in education, poverty, food availability, climate change, etc.,” said Dean Dutta. "I believe that membership in Global Business School Network provides us the opportunity to improve our school’s activities globally as well as create a vehicle for us to help others.”

Over the last five years the Johnson school has increased its global activity, including hiring new global faculty and establishing the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative, profitable business opportunities which address global sustainability challenges and help transform the impacts of private enterprise on the world. Additionally, Johnson’s established the Emerging Markets Institute in 2010 to provide research, education and outreach on emerging market business, with a primary goal of developing leaders who can successfully lead in emerging markets as they grow and solve their complex business and societal issues.

GBSN aims to address one of the most pressing concerns for businesses and NGOs alike in the developing world: the lack of an educated workforce with the skills and knowledge to build businesses and lead teams to success. Instead of encouraging talented students to leave their communities for education, which often leads to a "brain drain,” GBSN is promoting quality business education at home. By building the capacity of local faculty, modernizing educational methods and developing programs that meet local needs, GBSN provides a sustainable solution to meet the management needs in the developing world.

In addition to supporting educational programs, GBSN also aims to strengthen business schools’ role as knowledge generators and disseminators of innovation. In this way they are able to contribute to the development of businesses and social programs beyond the walls of the classroom.

We look forward to having the Johnson and Kogod schools as part of our network. Please email for more information on membership, or to find out how to reach out to your fellow GBSN member schools.


Page Schindler Buchanan is the Communications and Media Officer for the GBSN.

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