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Capacity Building Programs

Through partnerships with industry, development agencies, foundations and schools GBSN programs build local capacity to deliver quality management education. GBSN works with a wide range of institutions, not just our members, and encourages international collaboration in all directions between educators so that schools at different stages of development can learn from one another.

Since 2003 GBSN has brought together deans, faculty and administrators from around the world to advise, train, mentor, share and collaborate with their peers. 

Some of GBSN's programs have:

  • Advised an industrial group in Pakistan in establishing a high-quality business school for their local market
  • Supported the development of world-class “Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management” in Nigeria
  • Mentored faculty to develop hundreds of local teaching cases in Kenya and Senegal
  • Produced a feasibility study for a new business school in Bangladesh
  • Trained Public Policy faculty from across Africa to integrate cases into the classroom
  • Developed new entrepreneurship courses to be delivered virtually with a business school in Belarus


“Enterprise development was still new in Nigeria when we started, but we wanted to be the best. We wanted to benchmark ourselves with the top players, not in Africa, but around the world. Our network was limited, but we found a partner and ally in GBSN.”

Peter Bamkole Founder/Director, Enterprise Development Center, Nigeria

GBSN designs and implements capacity building programs that enable business schools in developing countries to better serve their markets. Our programs improve the pedagogy and research abilities of local faculty, while ensuring high-quality, relevant curricula and teaching materials through:

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Case Writing and Teaching
  • Workshops/Training of Trainers
  • Advisory Committees

Program Spotlight: Local Agribusiness Case Studies in Kenya

GBSN, USIU (Kenya) and Michigan State University (USA) worked together to improve the management and leadership capacity of small scale agribusiness entrepreneurs through a new training program. The program aimed to improve the quality and increase the productivity of the agricultural sector, thereby contributing to food security in Kenya. Funding was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

GBSN worked with Kenyan faculty to develop 12 new locally relevant case studies for the new course. GBSN’s provided oversight over the quality of the cases through a mentoring program for each of the case writers.

The goal was to design and deliver a certificate program for smallholder agribusiness entrepreneurs by developing relevant training materials in the form of course modules and case studies that focused on specific agriculture, business, finance, organizational effectiveness and entrepreneurial skills.

GBSN provides advisory services to new and existing business schools looking to incorporate international best practice and expertise into their strategic planning process.

Program Spotlight: A New Industry Focused School in Pakistan

GBSN worked with the Karachi Education Initiative to help develop the new Karachi School for Business and Leadership in Karachi, Pakistan. GBSN established an International Advisory Board from their worldwide network of business schools, developed a strategic plan, initiated a search for the dean, and outlined the faculty recruitment plan to actively guide the development of the school.

GBSN brought together faculty and deans from top-ranked business schools from the United States, England, France, and Germany to Washington DC to meet with business officials from Pakistan to conceptualize the new school. Additional advisors from business schools in Mexico, Nigeria, Slovenia and Switzerland contributed to the International Advisory Board virtually.

The Strategic Plan that resulted forms the foundation of the school, and has helped lead to an international partnership between KSBL and Cambridge University, Judge Business School in the UK.

GBSN worked with Kenyan faculty to develop 12 new locally relevant case studies for the new course. GBSN’s provided oversight over the quality of the cases through a mentoring program for each of the case writers.

Measuring results, assessing impact, and capturing lessons learnedensure that management training programs are achieving positive results. By reflecting on the successes – and failures – of capacity building programs, GBSN can help organizations understand how to affect lasting change.

Program Spotlight: Training Health Care Workers in Nigeria

GBSN worked with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on the Mid-Level Management Training Program (MLMT), a federally supported training program for primary health care workers in Nigeria.

GBSN acted as the independent evaluator of the program and has worked with the partners since the program began in December 2009. GBSN collaborated with UC Berkeley to develop evaluation tools, collect program data, and provide an assessment of the program’s impact. The first cohort included 96 participants representing all 36 zones and the federal territory.

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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