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July GBSN Newsletter


Global Business School Network Newsletter
Strengthening Management Education for the Developing WorldgbsnonlineIconIconfacebookIcontwitterIconLinkedInIconYouTube

Greetings From Guy

Guy PfeffermannRecently I was part of a roundtable on "inclusive innovation,” which focuses on business opportunity at the base of the economic pyramid. The roundtable was convened by Harvard University’s South Asia Initiative, the World Bank Institute, Omidyar Network and Growth Dialogue.

According to Shahid Yusuf, Chief Economist of Growth Dialogue (and formerly World Bank), inclusive innovation is an interactive process with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial firms - not all of them small - sensing an opportunity, gathering market intelligence, canvassing and testing ideas, creatively drawing upon and customizing technological knowledge and learning from pilot efforts. All with the focus on users drawn mainly from lower income households.

Microfinance and the many uses of mobile phones by low-income persons are highly successful examples of inclusive innovation. In recent years a number of business schools have come up with interesting "inclusive innovations” that have real potential for impact in the developing world. Click here to read more

In this Issue

Social Innovation Must Be in Core Curriculum
Are B-Schools Missing the Boat in Africa?

GBSN Conference Report
FT's "This is Africa" Report
MSB and Babson to Co-host 2013 Conference

"Making the Most of Your Alumni" webinar
New Gates Foundation Grant for Agribusiness
BRiDGE Program Update

2012 AAE Application Period is Open
GBSN Events and Communications Internship
AABS Seeks Agribusiness Project Director
LGT Venture Philanthropy iCats Seeks Fellow
Congo Hedge Fund Seeks B-School
ICSB-GW Conference

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Social Innovation Must Be in Core Curriculum - Financial Times

On July 30 the Financial Times Business Education section printed an article by Guy Pfeffermann and Jonathan Doh talking about the importance of social innovation and scale in the business school curriculum.

Click here to read the article

Are B-Schools Missing the Boat in Africa? - BusinessWeek

On July 16th Bloomberg Businessweek's Business Education section published an article on the potential for business education in Africa, featuring GBSN CEO Guy Pfeffermann and board member Jim Dean (Dean of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School), and highlighting the work of many of GBSN's member schools.

Click here to read the article

GBSN 7th Annual Conference ReportGBSN 7th Annual Conference

Over four days in Delhi, India nearly 150 management education, development and industry professionals from 36 countries convened for the 7th Annual Global Business School Network Conference, hosted by the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Read the full conference report online or Download the PDF

Bonus Report: Eon Smit (Stellenbosch Business School) on "Going Beyond Accreditation: How to Measure Quality in Business Schools"

"This is Africa" Report - Financial Times

FT Business has published "Business Education: The African Business School Listing" in which they review efforts, including GBSN's to start new business schools in Africa, increase the accessibility of management education and improve the quality of education available.

Click here to download the "This is Africa" Report

Program Updates

Mediterranean School of Business and Babson College will Co-host 2013 Conference in Tunis June 10 - 12

In Tunis GBSN partners with the Mediterranean School of Business and Babson College to produce "Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship,” a conference that focuses our unique blend of management education and international development onto the burgeoning issue of business and job opportunities for young people in the developing world.

Click here to learn more

"Making the Most of Your Alumni" Webinar

On July 25 GBSN held a webinar titled "Making the Most of Your Alumni" featuring Andrew Crisp and Edith Kennedy. The webinar addressed ways to strengthen your alumni network, which included building personal relationships with the alumni and also involving them in various aspects of the school.

Click here for a summary of the presentation

GBSN to Work with AABS on Newly Awarded Gates Foundation Agribusiness Grant

The Association of African Business Schools is proud to announce it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The $1.5 million, two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports AABS in establishing an Agribusiness consortium of African business schools that will develop and deliver Agribusiness management training programmes backed by appropriate contextual research.

Click here to learn more

BRiDGE Program Update

After successfully launching the BRiDGE program at the annual conference in June, GBSN is busily working with the initial BRiDGE schools on a number of activities. Over the next few months we will be working on the development of experiential learning programs, student case competitions, and faculty mentoring programs. We encourage interested faculty and staff of GBSN member schools with expertise in these areas to get involved by sharing their experiences, contributing materials, or mentoring their peers. For those interested, please contact Nora Brown at


2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) Application Period is Open

The AAE is the leading Awards programme for business and entrepreneurship in Africa-- ‘The Oscars’ of business and entrepreneurship in Africa.

GBSN Events and Communications Internship

GBSN seeks interns who are well-organized team players with a commitment to and interest in international development, non-profits, event planning and/or communications.

AABS Seeking Agribusiness Project Director

An exciting career opportunity is open for the position of a Project Director on a 50% basis for the AABS Agribusiness project.

LGT Venture Philanthropy iCats Program Seeks Fellows

LGT Venture Philanthropy ( is an impact investor that supports ventures with outstanding social and environmental impact to increase the quality of life of less advantaged people.

Congo Infrastructure Hedge Fund Seeks B-School Faculty With Projects Congo

CIHF seeks cooperation with any university faculty at Business Schools or affiliated colleges, with active projects in, and/or strong commitment to, Central Africa, and DR Congo in particular.

ICSB - GW Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference

You are invited attend and submit a research presentation or database fair proposal to the 3rd Annual ICSB – GW Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference in Washington, DC on 11-13 October 2012.

Global Management Challenge USA Open for Registration

The Global Management Challenge consists of a strategic management simulation competition, in which each team runs a virtual company with the objective of finishing with the highest company share price on the simulated stock exchange.



The GBSN 2013 Annual Conference and 10th Anniversary Celebration:

Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship

Join GBSN on our organization's 10th anniversary for a conference in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

June 10 - 12, 2013
Tunis, Tunisia

Mark your calendar now! Interested in getting involved in planning for this exciting topic? Email us at today.

GBSN Welcomes Sarah Thompson

Sarah is GBSN's new Programs Assistant/Administrative Officer. She provides administrative support for GBSN's capacity building programs, network activities and overall office operations. Welcome to GBSN Sarah!

Sarah Thompson

Click here to read Sarah's bio

September is Case Method Month

GBSN is taking September to explore case studies and their use in teaching management for the developing world. We will be featuring experts sharing their experience through the blog and webinars, highlighting free case studies from emerging markets, and providing resources to our members.

Click here to learn more about Case Method Month.

Upcoming Events

Academy of Management Conference
August 3 - 7 | Boston
"The Informal Economy"

Case Method Month
September 1 - 30

Investment and Innovation in Microfinance: Africa
September 19, 20 | Accra, Ghana

CEEMAN Annual Conference
September 24 - 29 | South Africa
Business and Educational Challenges in Dynamically Changing Environments

Profits and Social Values: Closing the Gap
October 1, 2 | Minas Gerais, Brazil
FDC 4th Annual International Conference

Global Entrepreneurship: The Latest Research on Business Education
October 11 - 13 | Washington, DC
International Council for Small Business - George Washington University

CLADEA Annual Assembly
October 22 - 24 | Lima
Management Education: Beyond Boundaries

Evolving Corporate Universities Forum
November TBA | Amman, Jordan
Forward Networking

Conference on Responsible Leadership
Week of November 19 | South Africa
Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and Stellenbosch Business School

Facets of Business Excellence (FOBE) Conference
November 1-4 | Ghaziabad, India

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Evolving Corporate Universities Forum
November 29 - 30 | Cape Town
Forward Networking

International Conference on Rural Innovation, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology (ICricket)
January 2,3, 2013 | New Delhi
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Academy of Management Conference
January 7 - 10, 2013 | Johannesburg
Gordon Institute of Business Science

Evolving Corporate Universities Forum
February 2013 | Paris

Forward Networking

more Upcoming Events

9/26/2016 » 9/30/2016
AABS Teaching the Practice of Management Workshop

9/28/2016 » 9/30/2016
24th CEEMAN Annual Conference

9/28/2016 » 9/29/2016
SEED Africa Symposium 2016

10/5/2016 » 10/7/2016
1st Global Entrepreneurship Development (GEDC) Conference

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