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Can Business Schools Collaborate to Train More PhDs?

Posted By Nora Brown, Friday, December 14, 2012

Nora BrownAt this year’s conference in Delhi a lively discussion about the need for more PhD-level faculty for developing world schools led to a new idea. Training PhDs is intensive work, so why not build a collaborative program that takes advantage of technology to train graduate students using the resources of several universities, who would collaborate on teaching and mentoring.

Needless to say, it is an exciting prospect. As a first step, GBSN decided to conduct a survey of deans and directors throughout the developing world to determine exactly what their need for PhD-level faculty is today, what they anticipate it to be in the future, and what they are doing to fulfill that need. The preliminary results are fascinating. They have come in from across the globe and are telling us three very important things.

1. The priority level for training or acquiring PhD-level professors is high throughout the developing world.

2. Quality of faculty and salary expectation are major challenges for many institutions.

3. Certain topical areas, including Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Leadership, Strategy and Entrepreneurship are especially difficult to train or recruit for.

Most of these schools are either recruiting faculty from other institutions or sending their junior faculty away to advanced their training. Few are working collaboratively or utilizing online learning to reach their goals. However, every single one of them told us that they intend to increase their levels of PhD-level faculty over the next five years. Our preliminary survey shows a significant need for an option that will help schools build their talent pool.

PD Faculty Source Chart 

Curious? Here is a summary of the preliminary survey.










We are now opening up the survey to any school in the developing world and hope that you will take a few minutes to share your experiences with us. Please pass this survey along to your network and encourage your colleagues to join in our effort to build management education capacity for the developing world. This survey is just the first step in this effort to help schools develop their faculty and improve their programs.

>> Click here to participate in the survey today


Nora Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Business School Network.

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