of good news this month – Ray Fisman, a faculty of GBSN Member Columbia
Business School, published an article on Slate.com and The Washington Post that demonstrates for the
first time how improved management increases the competitiveness of small firms
in a developing country. It is based on path-breaking research from a team led by
Nick Bloom of Stanford University. The main point of my recent presentation to an EFMD/AABS
Conference – both partner organizations of GBSN –was the need for
far more empirical research about the impact of improved management on development.
Bloom’s findings are a great leap forward. In coming months GBSN plans to
research another crucial link, that between business education and more
After the EFMD/Lisbon conference,
I presented GBSN to the Board of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) and we concluded a partnership agreement. I also
visited GBSN Member Schools IESE and HEC Paris.
Brown, GBSN’s COO, together with GBSN Member Schools Fuqua and Haas, helped
assess the impact of management training on health care providers in Nigeria in
a program supported by the Gates Foundation. Last but not least, Management
Sciences for Health published survey results funded by USAID
showing the very positive impact of leadership education of health personnel in
Kenya. To me it is highly encouraging that major funders are beginning to focus
on management education as a powerful tool for development, and that the media
are paying attention.
Guy Pfeffermann is the CEO and founder of the Global Business School Network.