am thrilled to welcome a number of outstanding institutions to the Global
Business School Network: ESADE Business School (Spain), National University of Singapore (Singapore), George Washington University School of Business
(USA), and Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology (China). As our membership expands, the
effectiveness of our network in fostering globalization in management education
In AACSB International’s hugely important book, Globalization of Management Education, Dan
LeClair and Juliane Iannarelli write: [As a way for schools to become more truly
global,] "cooperation of business schools to educate and develop faculty and
staff is particularly beneficial. They spread the costs, bring together a more
diverse group, and build it into other activities… Networks that span borders
also are an especially important mechanism for sharing ideas and information
about globalization…” While this is not news to GBSN or our growing membership,
the confirmation from such a laudable source is always welcome.
This month I participated in AACSB’s annual International Conference in New
York, where I met many friends and attended some stellar workshops. Pierre
Tapié, Dean and President of ESSEC (Paris and Singapore), led a fascinating
discussion in which he, Lydia Dean Price (Associate Dean, China Europe International Business School)
and Shahid Ansari (Provost, Babson College, a GBSN member school) talked
about the different ways in which they have incorporated the Principles for Responsible Management Education.
I was fascinated to learn how students often take the lead, for example,
initiating green projects with corporations; corporations which partner with
schools in such a way then co-opt faculty, consolidating the integration of
PRME in curricula. This theme will be discussed at GBSN’s forthcoming annual conference in Mexico (June 20-22).
I hope I will see many of you at the conference and look forward to more
stimulating discussions on innovative ways to improve management education
around the world.
Guy Pfeffermann is the founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.