Deans and senior faculty of GBSN member schools first came
together first at Tuck School of Business in 2006 for what turned out to be our
first annual conference. They met to
discuss "Nurturing Business Education in Developing Countries”. Then as now,
attracting, growing and retaining quality faculty was the Number One challenge
for emerging markets schools.
School of Business presented the collaborative Ph.D. program they ran with the
University of Dar Es Salaam. In this "sandwich program” funded by the Swedish
aid agency SIDA, doctoral candidates alternate between Tanzania and Sweden, and
so maintain ties to the home school, which ultimately awards their degrees. The approach encourages locally relevant
research while reducing the chances of "brain drain.”
scarcity of Ph.D. faculty persists in the developing world, and limits the
growth of local talent pools. Not only multinational, but also fast-growing
local companies, are compelled to retain and to continue "importing” very
expensive expatriate managers. Unless the local business schools turn out increasing
numbers of high quality graduates, national competitiveness will suffer. In turn, the ability of local business schools
to supply local demands depends a good deal on the quality and number of highly
thrilled to announce that GBSN is taking the lead in meeting this global
challenge. We are working on a
collaborative online PhD program that would be open to a large number of
students in the developing world. By tapping the collective faculty resources
of member schools we will be able to offer a comprehensive program which no one
business school would have the resources to provide on its own. The program
will make full use of online technology, starting with the model provided by University
of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business’ online MBA program. We
plan to partner with member institutions around the world to design a pilot
program which will tap their collective educational experience.
collaborative PhD program is a tremendous opportunity for business schools and
funding partners to make an investment that has a lasting, measurable impact on
people’s lives. If you are interested in
getting involved in this exciting venture, please let us know so that we can
include you as we move forward.
Guy Pfeffermann is the CEO and founder of the Global Business School Network. Email him at gpfeffermann at gbsnonline.org if you would like to learn more about the collaborative PhD initiative.