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October Highlights

Posted By Guy Pfeffermann, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013

Guy PfeffermannLots 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 effective organizations.


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.

Nora 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.

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