At 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.
The priority level for training or acquiring
PhD-level professors is high throughout the developing world.
Quality of faculty and salary expectation are
major challenges for many institutions.
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
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.
here to participate in the survey today
Nora Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Business School Network.