Some 300 top business school leaders gathered in Lyon, France, for the
annual deans’ and directors-general conference of the European Foundation for
Management Development (EFMD), a GBSN partner organization. The agenda ranged
from a presentation by the Word Wide Fund for Nature about business education
and global sustainability to new sources of innovation opened up by
crowd-sourcing. I thank EFMD for this fantastic opportunity for meeting many
deans of GBSN member schools, potential members and partner organizations. Click
here to view the presentations.
I was struck
once again by the almost total absence of research about the impact of business
education in development. I believe there is consensus that without enough
well-trained local managers, no country can hope to achieve social and economic
progress. Yet no serious efforts have been made, to my knowledge, to articulate
the link between business education and development. Indeed, the absence of
empirical findings may well be one of the major reasons why so little official
and philanthropic funding has gone toward investing in human resources in the
business schools of developing countries. At the very least, we need compelling
testimonials by individuals who created jobs as a result of business education.
I invite you to send to us any research and testimonials of value that you come
across. I expect our on-going MBA Challenge video
contest to generate vivid illustrations of the development benefits of
business education. There is still time to participate.
Guy Pfeffermann is the founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.