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Business School Linkages Dialog in Tanzania

Posted By Brent Chrite, Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Brent ChriteOn July 27th over seventy (70) representatives from local business schools, along with public and private sector stakeholders met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for an interactive dialog on the role of business schools in Tanzania’s social and economic development strategy. There is now a strong consensus on the part of the key stakeholders in Tanzania that any long-term development effort must be based on a vibrant and competitive private sector. Local business schools provide much-needed talent to local enterprises, thereby assuming a critical role in the long-term competitiveness and performance of Tanzania’s private sector organizations.

The Business School Linkages Dialog, held under the auspices of the Tanzanian Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) as a component of the country’s Private Sector Competitiveness Project (PSCP) included multiple break-out sessions ensuring that participants could substantively engage with one another and with the session facilitators on a wide variety of issues including the following:


  • Developing better partnerships between business schools and the private sector
  • Creating more of a competency based as opposed to exam based business school curricula
  • Strengthening the communications skills and the professional development capabilities of Tanzania’s business school graduates
  • Working with Ministerial and university level leadership to decentralize decision making in business schools so that they may become more responsive more quickly to the evolving needs of the country

Map of Tanzania

The sessions provided a forum in which the participants achieved some consensus on the performance challenges of Tanzania’s private sector as well as its business schools. Moreover, it provided an opportunity for participants to identify interventions and next-steps that can be implemented at the business school, private sector as well as the policy maker level in order to strengthen private sector competitiveness by reassessing the structure and the approach of business schools in Tanzania. The discussions were both enthusiastic and substantive and set a productive tone for future progress. Stay tuned for updates on the progress and performance of Tanzania’s business schools as a result of the Business School Linkages Dialog.

Read about GBSN's involvement in the Tanzania Private Sector Competitiveness Project




Brent Chrite is the Dean of the School of Business at Montclair State University and professor of management and international business.

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