Effects of a Country’s Reputation on Business School Brands

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Whilst the USA and the UK remain the two most popular destinations for international business students, a new study by CarringtonCrisp in association with EFMD, reveals that 40% and 28% of students respectively, are less likely to consider studying in the two countries following the election of President Trump and the Brexit Referendum.  

The Business of Branding Study, was conducted amongst almost 1,500 students representing 85 nationalities. It analyses how business schools brand and market themselves, including perceptions of a country’s brand by prospective students.

When deciding where to study, over half (52%) of the study respondents placed a country’s reputation for business education as the most or second most important factor. The cost of study in a country was the most or second most important factor for 40% of respondents.

Following the USA (67%) and the UK (44%), the next most popular countries amongst respondents were Canada (39%) and Australia (38%). A further seven countries were selected by more than 15% of respondents as possible study destinations, including China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland.

Andrew Crisp, CarringtonCrisp comments: “Understanding why a student may choose a particular country is a vital part of marketing for business schools. Although Brexit was perceived as a negative, in the short term British schools have benefitted from the weakness of the Pound.  In the USA, the negative perceptions generated at the time of the election campaign have been reinforced by travel bans and proposed changes to work visas.”

As part of the study, respondents were asked ten identical statements to gauge their perceptions of five specific countries (Australia, China, Germany, UK and the USA) as destinations for study.

Despite the tightening of UK visa policy over the last few years, respondents perceived that the UK was the easiest of the five countries for gaining visas. The UK was followed by Germany, Australia, China, with the USA perceived as the most difficult in getting a visa.

Conversely the USA was perceived as having the strongest and most dynamic economy, with China, Germany and the UK closely behind and Australia further back. Perhaps not surprisingly, Australia was rated the most highly as offering a sense of adventure and an attractive lifestyle.

Germany scored solidly across most categories. German business schools are a relatively new phenomenon and although several have quickly gained strong reputations, the volume of top schools overall is still low compared with other countries, particularly the UK and USA.

Lastly, China was perceived as the cheapest country of the five to study in and scored well on a sense of adventure and strength of the economy. However, it was perceived as the weakest for offering an attractive lifestyle and was the least likely to be recommended by a friend as a location for attending business school.

Andrew Crisp concludes: “A student’s perception of a country can have a massive effect on the decision to study there and business schools need to be aware of these perceptions. If the perceptions are negative, there are steps to take, such as lobbying collectively for changes to visa regulations, for example. If the perceptions are positive, schools can play up these to emphasise them in their own marketing, such as communicating the lifestyle, economic or sporting aspects of where they are based.”

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EQUIS Success Story: University of Stellenbosch Business School

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Do internationally formulated accreditation standards apply to schools in the African context? Piet Naudé, Director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), evaluates his experience. 

When I arrived at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in 2014, I had at that point not had experience of specific international business school accreditation processes. My experience was limited to external national accreditation of professions like Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Psychology.

I was somewhat hesitant about the upcoming EQUIS process as I assumed it could lead to a situation where internationally formulated standards are simply applied blindly to schools in an African context. This could have a homogenising effect on schools that attempt to respond to their context in a mission-specific way. And it could reinforce the hidden idea that a Western “centre” determines what happens on an African “periphery”. 
 
I was, however, pleasantly surprised at both the spirit and the actual work done with us by a very professional review team. The team consisted of experienced business school colleagues with a good grasp of the realities and constraints under which we operate. They were well prepared and gave detailed attention to our self-reflecting report, creating a base for meaningful questions and interactions. 

The peer review team, furthermore, acted in a spirit of true academic and collegial peers by pointing out the many strong points at USB, urging us to exactly strive for contextual impact and relevance. This was hugely encouraging as at that point USB had been without a full time Dean for 18 months, and the colleagues worked under huge stress.

The peer review team also assisted us in identifying important areas for improvement. The value of external reviews is that one is able to see aspects of yourself that under the pressure of operational requirements, slips your eye and your mind. The team also created opportunity for us to determine improvement areas ourselves, with clear targets set over the subsequent years.   
 
The accreditation process therefore confirmed our resolve to be a contextually based African Business School that plays an international and global role by adhering to the broad quality standards set for schools around the world.
 
The full five year re-accreditation empowered us to increase our strengths and to ensure that over time we also addressed some of the short-comings. This is the whole idea: Continuous quality improvements for giving better service to our students, alumni, business partners and civil society.    
 
EQUIS had really helped us to confirm our vision to be an African School of global repute.
 
Piet Naudé
USB Director 

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OBS Business School in Spain Certified by EOCCS

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Many congratulations to the OBS Business School in Spain, whose eleven courses have been recently certified by EOCCS Online Course Certification System.

The following suite of eleven courses at the OBS Business School’s Master’s Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship has received EOCCS certification:

  • Module 1:   Knowledge Society and Digital Economy
  • Module 2:   Creative Thinking and Design Thinking
  • Module 3:   Creating New Business Models
  • Module 4:   Innovation Strategies
  • Module 5:   Innovation Management
  • Module 6:   Innovation in Processes
  • Module 7:   Innovation in Products and Services
  • Module 8:   Product Management and Growth Hacking
  • Module 9:   Talent Management
  • Module 10: Business plan and Start-Up Financing
  • Master's Thesis
It is a great pleasure for OBS Business School, a 100% online higher education institution founded in 2006 in Barcelona, to be certified by EOCCS (EFMD Global Network) and be part of a community which is a great platform for sharing online educational opportunities, challenges, best practices and future trends. For us, obtaining EOCCS certification, which is at the forefront of international online management education, has been a very enriching process. We are hoping to contribute actively to the EOCCS community for it to grow and become an international reference for online teaching methods,” commented Noelia Samper, Dean of OBS Business School.

Anne Swanberg, EOCCS Project Director, said: “We are very pleased that the eleven online courses from the OBS Business School have successfully completed the EOCCS - Online Course Certification System. OBS Business School has proven its strong focus on collaborative learning and an innovative approach to governance through the OBServatory.”

"We would like to warmly congratulate OBS Business School for the tremendous work they put into the development of their online courses and for the completion of the certification process. EOCCS gives online courses within universities, business schools, corporate learning organisations and public agencies a top international quality benchmark in the online learning landscape, strengthening not only their market positioning but also allowing for critical self-reflection and peer assessment,” added David Asch, EFMD Quality Services Director.

The system is open to any institution delivering online business and/or management-related courses that are stand-alone or constitute part of a certificate or a programme.

With 35 certified courses from 11 institutions, EOCCS has built an international quality benchmark for online courses worldwide.

If you would like further information or are interested in your online course taking part, please visit the EOCCS website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Passionate about Leadership? Attend the ILA Global Conference as Student Assistant

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Students currently enrolled in a college/university program are needed to help make the ILA’s 19th Annual Global Conference, Leadership in Turbulent Times, taking place 12–15 October 2017, a success. Being a conference helper is a unique experiential learning opportunity to meet leadership scholars, coaches, educators, executives, consultants, program directors, and thought-leaders from around the world in a global forum about leadership.

Students who are assigned for eight hours during the conference will get full access to the conference for the reduced registration fee of $50 USD instead of $495 USD.

Student assistants will help with:
  • Set up – stuffing and preparing conference packets and totes
  • Check-in desk – welcoming participants and handing out materials
  • Hall/room monitors – assisting speakers and attendees in presentation rooms as needed
  • Keynote session assistance – greet attendees and set out materials
  • Special events – checking in attendees, providing support as needed
If you can say YES to these two questions, you are eligible:
  1. Can you commit to eight hours during 10-15 October 2017?
  2. Are you a student interested in the field of leadership who would benefit from attending the conference?
To Register and Sign up:
Complete the online form now at http://ila-net.org/Conferences/2017/studentstaff

What’s Next?
  • Complete the online conference registration form and pay USD $50.
PLEASE NOTE: The payment only covers conference registration costs above $50. Special events, pre-cons, and meals are ticketed and must be purchased separately. Student assistants are welcome to purchase tickets for special events when registering.
  • Consider competing in the 11th Annual Student Case Competition. Details will be available on the ILA Brussels website.
  • By 22 September, the ILA will contact you about your schedule and assignment.
  • Confirm your schedule to ILA by 30 September.
  • Inform your friends that you will be at the ILA’s 19th Annual Global Conference!
See you in Brussels for the conference!

Questions?
Contact coordinators, Mirela Mazalu or Elena Turci at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions about the ILA Conference Student Assistant Program can be sent to ILA’s membership manager, Anita Marsh, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sharing Best Practice Workshop - Learning & Innovation: Catalysing Performance

RepsolOrganisational success requires both, operational excellence in what our organisations do today as well as innovation and change in building our future in a dynamic world. Digitalisation is reinforcing the quest for innovation, be it incremental or breakthrough, be it at the customer interface or within organisations and their ecosystem of partners and suppliers. We need shorter response times, more adaptability to change and sometimes more external orientation. The corporate learning function has a paramount role in driving an innovation mindset, in supporting experimentation and exploration, in leveraging inorganic growth as a source of innovation and change, and in connecting the dots across the enterprise for reaching a higher level of its performance.
 
This Sharing Best Practice workshop will focus on “Learning & Innovation:  Catalysing Performance” hosted by Repsol in Madrid, Spain on 21 evening - 22 March 2018.

In this one-day workshop, Repsol will showcase how their learning function is supporting, in a systematic manner, the development of innovations that supports businesses consistently. We will visit the Repsol R&D center and see two concrete innovation cases. Other EFMD members will contribute additional cases, and we will discuss leading global practices to foster innovation. 
 
Participants will:
  • Understand L&D’s power in driving innovation
  • Explore best practice cases from Repsol and other companies
  • Reflect on their own opportunities for learning and innovation to increase sustainable performance
  • Be incited to experiment with new ideas when back in their organisations
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This workshop is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. 

Free of charge for EFMD member companies and special guests (special guest = ONE free seat to attend ONE workshop for discovery for non-members.)

Managing the University Campus: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities

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HUMANE Autumn Seminar, Trinity College Dublin

November 9-10, 2017
 
As Europe’s universities have grown in scale over the past 30 years, the effective management of space has become a constant and complex challenge for university managers.  The demand for new and better space to accommodate innovative teaching, research and team-work, often with industry and business partners, is an acute challenge confronting us all.  This, combined with the need to re-think space and its management as a critical component of the student and staff experience, makes the challenge even more complex. The solutions can no longer be delivered by property departments alone; an integrated approach from different professional departments is the new normal.

Our Autumn seminar aims to deal with these knotty problems in a practical and innovative way. The programme brings together some fascinating case studies with contributions from a range of speakers from Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and the UK, as well as representatives from other sectors. With participants coming from as far away as Australia, our seminar offers an opportunity to share and listen to insights, successes and challenges in managing the contemporary university campus, from a multi-national perspective.

Professional staff working in estates and facilities, IT, benchmarking, organisational development and change management, and the student and staff experience would benefit from attending the seminar. It will be a great learning and networking experience for all of our members and their senior staff. 

The venue will be the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin. The host institution and HUMANE look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in the Autumn.

Full information, latest updates, the draft programme please visit the seminar webpage.

Register now to secure your place.

Seven Programmes Re-accredited by EPAS

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following programmes and schools who have recently been re-accredited by EPAS:

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- Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality)
La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Australia

- Master of Economics
Peking University HSBC Business School, China

- Programme Grande Ecole
EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg, France

- Executive MBA
Warsaw University of Technology Business School, Poland

- Executive MBA AESE
AESE Business School, Portugal

- BA (Hons) Business Suite: BA (Hons) Business and Management, BA (Hons) International Business, BA (Hons) Economics and Management, BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management, BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship, BA (Hons) Marketing
Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, UK

“The EPAS accreditation is one of the most prestigious programme specific accreditations in the world and we were delighted to hear that our MBA, MBA (Advanced) and Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality) programmes have been re-accredited signalling the quality of these La Trobe Business School programmes,” commented Paul R Mather, Head of La Trobe Business School.

"Being re-accredited for the second time is an indication of continuous scholarly achievement and international recognition to our programmes in general and to our Master of Economics Programme in particular. It is yet another milestone for Peking University HSBC Business School as we are pursuing our goal to develop graduates who are solid trained, bilingual, and culturally aware. We consider this accreditation the new start of an ongoing, continuous improvement process," said Wen Hai, Founding Dean of Peking University HSBC Business School, Vice Chairman of Peking University Council.

"We are very proud to have achieved EPAS re-accreditation once again for a period of 5 years. It is a recognition of the excellence of our Programme Grande Ecole and acknowledges the School’s commitment to continuous improvement," said Herbert Castéran, Dean of EM Strasbourg Business School. "I would like to thank the EPAS team as the re-accreditation process has been a particularly valuable tool for quality enhancement within a highly competitive national and international environment. My thanks are also directed to the entire EM Strasbourg community and all stakeholders. I look forward to future collective success stories."

"As director of the Warsaw University of Technology Business School, I find the EPAS re-accreditation peer visits a sort of friendly help. I have attended three peer review visits and all of them were inspiring for the school, despite the amount of work and, frankly speaking, a certain amount of stress. The teams have always scrutinised us very carefully, but I have never had the feeling that they were just looking for flaws. Thanks to the EPAS accreditation, we are sure of staying on the track of constant development both for our institution and for the MBA programme as such,"
said Olaf Żylicz, Director of Warsaw University of Technology Business School.

The Dean of AESE Business School, Maria de Fátima Carioca, commented:"The EPAS accreditation process is a clear path to maintain Executive MBA AESE as a top programme, intellectually challenging, with a unique ethos and a global perspective suited to today’s world."

“The achievement of the EPAS accreditation for our BA Business Suite and MSc Business and Management affirms the high quality of education we offer our students, which equips them to become responsible global citizens and achieve their aspirations. We are a community of students, academic and professional staff, alumni and employers, and we work as a team to continually improve the quality of our educational offering. We are all very proud of this recognition,"
added Gioia Pescetto, Dean of Portsmouth Business School.

David Asch, Quality Services & EPAS Director, said: "I would like to warmly congratulate the six institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS re-accreditation process. Their achievement illustrates these institutions’ commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of their programmes. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that the accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management.

As of June, 111 accredited programmes from 82 institutions across 38 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Learning Conference in Moscow Co-organized by EFMD with CLIP Briefing

Sberbank has recently achieved CLIP accreditation and the company will be co-hosting with EFMD an international learning conference in autumn, in Moscow on October 27, inclusive of a CLIP briefing session. Feel free to pass the information to your colleagues based in the region.

Sberbank conference – 26-27 October (Moscow)
 
Sberbank uni logo engSberbank and EFMD will organize the 2nd Beyond Learning Conference at the impressive Sberbank Corporate University campus outside Moscow on October 27. This year’s topic will be "More than Just Learning: Lifelong Learning in the New World of Work."  

The high-level event will include a CEO panel, parallel tracks on advanced learning technologies and the role of the education sector, as well as a roundtable for educators organized by Sberbank Foundation.
 
EFMD will present its accreditation schemes for Business Schools and Corporate Learning functions on the afternoon of October 26. 

For more information on the programme, speakers and registration, please contact Mr Igor Baranov, Vice Dean, Programme Development and Applied Research, Sberbank Corporate University at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Managing and Leading Universities in Times of Disruption - SKOLKOVO

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Prof. Ulrich Hommel delivered a talk at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO on “Managing and Leading Universities in Times of Disruption”. He outlined to the audience of around 100 rectors, vice rectors, deans and other university leaders how current market dynamics and technological developments will be reshaping higher education globally.

In an engaged discussion, participants explored the resulting management challenges and the leadership skills needed to help higher education institutions succeed in an environment increasingly characterized by VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity & ambiguity).

Prof. Hommel emphasized the role of organizational resilience as a key ingredient for converting current challenges into institutional progress and advantage.

Application Trends in Graduate Business Programmes

2017 gmac application trends web releaseThe latest GMAC's Application Trends Survey Report showcases that overall programmes in Europe, Canada, East and Southeast Asia, and India report growing volumes in 2017.

Larger programmes with 201 or more class seats are more likely to report application growth compared with small programmes. 73% of larger programmes reported increased aplication volume compared to 39% in case of smaller programmes with 50 or fewer class seats. The growth among the larger US programs is driven by a resurgence of domestic applications, offsetting declines in international applicants.

The data driven from the report indicate that US political climate has impact on international application volumes. Programmes in Europe and Canada are about twice as likely to report growth in international applicants compared with the US, 67% and 77% respectively. Across all program types, just 32% of US programmes report growing international application volumes in 2017 vs. 49% in 2016.

Overall, the 2017 report findings show that international applicants represent 57% of US application volumes, 70% of Canadian volume, 89% of European volume, 20% of East and southeast Asian volume, and less than one percent of Indian volume.

Additional key findings include:
  • Overall volume to the general part-time MBA programme has been stagnant or on the decline since the Great Recession. Part-time lockstep programs — in which students proceed through a classroom-based program as a group — have seen stronger application volumes than part-time self-paced programs, in which students set their own schedule in a flexible format.
  • Most graduate business programs expect to see employer sponsorship remain stable. About half (52%) of part-time, self-paced students are expected to receive employer support, as are 40% of executive MBA and 39% of part-time lock-step MBA students.
  • The level of experience that the applicant brings to the graduate business programme has remained relatively consistent in 2017 compared with five years ago. For example, the majority of full-time MBA applicants have between three and 10 years of experience; the majority of executive MBA applicants have 10 or more years of experience; and most online MBA applicants have six or more years of experience.
  • Among business masters programmes, applicants tend to have less than one year of work experience; the exception is the Master in Data Analytics candidate who tends to have more experience. 
To download GMAC’s 2017 Application Trends Survey Report and an overview of the survey methodology, visit: gmac.com/applicationtrends or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press.

Six New Programmes Accredited by EPAS

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We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded EPAS accreditation to six new programmes, adding two new countries to the EPAS pool - Tunisia and Uruguay.

The following programmes have been recognised by the EPAS quality label: 

- Master’s Degree in International Human Resources Management 
CIFFOP, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France

“Going through the EPAS accreditation is a truly enriching and precious experience for a program. It induces a rigorous (self-) reflection process about one’s beliefs and actual representations about how a programme should be designed and delivered. It is a unique opportunity to embark all the programme's stakeholders (students, professors, partner companies, university services...) on a common development journey while maintaining the highest quality standards," commented Yasmina Jaïdi, Co-Director of the CIFFOP’s Master's degree. "Meeting the Peer Review Team additionally allowed us to benefit from top-notch insights on the latest trends in management education in a benevolent atmosphere. I highly recommend such an experience!,” she added.

- European Master in Business Studies (EMBS)
EMBS Consortium: Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France (leading partner) / Universität Kassel, Germany /Università di Trento, Italy / Universidad de León, Spain

“I am extremely pleased and particularly proud that our EMBS programme (European Master in Business Studies) has been awarded the EPAS accreditation. Under the coordination of the IAE Savoie Mont Blanc, this programme has been developped during these last ten years. This accreditation rewards the work of a group of academics from four countries - Italy, Germany, Spain and France - who have succeeded in setting up an original and innovative programme based on the complementarity and strength of the network. We are convinced that the EPAS accreditation will enable our European programme to develop by attracting excellent students and opening up strong international opportunities for them,” commented Claire Salmon, Dean of IAE Savoie Mont Blanc.

- Bachelor Programme Set: Bachelor International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) & Bachelor International Business and Languages (IBL)

Amsterdam School of International Business, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

John Sterk, the Dean of AMSIB, commented on the achievement: “At the Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) we are overjoyed! This achievement illustrates our commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of our international programmes. The EPAS accreditation is a means to our greater goals and helps us to better position the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and AMSIB in the competitive international landscape of higher education. It demands us to take a hard look at the quality and added value of our programmes to students and the larger community. We are grateful for the support of our lecturers, staff, students, alumni, corporate and alumni network, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the AUAS!”

- Undergraduate Programme in Management
Mediterranean School of Business, South Mediterranean University, Tunisia

"We are very proud of this major accomplishment for our Business School and for our region. The Mediterranean School of Business is the first English-speaking business school in Tunisia with a clear position and vision since its creation in 2004: put Tunisia on the map of top quality Higher Education destinations. This accreditation process allowed us to gain a better understanding of our current situation and leverage our Business School’s impact. In addition, EPAS standards and criteria perfectly fit with our vision and values as they involve a focus on internationalisation and management education’s role in terms of promoting ERS, commented Leila Triki, the Dean at MSB.

"This success has only been possible thanks to the commitment of our professors, staff members and thanks to the trust that have placed employers, students and our alumni in our institution. With EPAS accreditation, we have achieved an important milestone towards our vision. Together, we will join efforts towards continuing on promoting quality business education,” she added.

- MSc Business and Management
Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, UK

Gioia Pescetto, the Dean of Portsmouth Business School, commented on the additon of another school’s programmes to the EPAS pool. “​The achievement of the EPAS accreditation for our BA Business Suite and MSc ​Business and Management ​affirms the high quality of education we offer our students, which equips them to become responsible global citizens and achieve their aspirations. We are a community of students, academic and professional staff, alumni and employers, and we work as a team to continually improve the quality of our educational offering. We are all very proud of this recognition."

- Executive MBA
IEEM Business School, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay

“Ever since we started attending our first EFMD conferences and accreditation workshops, we realised that we were joining a global network with very high standards and a distinct focus on internationalisation. The overall process was - on one hand very demanding, but on the other very gratifying - as a rigorous path for continuous improvement of our School and more specifically - the MBA programme,” said Carlos Folle, Former Dean & International Relations and Accreditations Director at the IEEM“We are very honoured to have the first programme in Uruguay to be accredited by EFMD with EPAS. All of our stakeholders at IEEM are and will be benefitted by the positive spill-over effects. We look forward to the challenges involved in our increasing involvement in this select international business schools community,” he added.

David Asch, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome six new programmes, including first programmes from instituions based in Uruguay and Tunisia, to the EPAS pool. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that the accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment. We would like to congratulate all the newly accredited programmes for their continuous improvement on the quality development path."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management.

There are currently 111 programmes from 82 institutions across 38 countries accredited by EPAS. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Chatbots, Dashboards and More TEL at EFMD’s Bachelor Programmes Conference

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Start the new term by joining the 2017 EFMD Conference on Bachelor Programmes, at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, from 20-22 September. We will tackle the question of “Finding the Right Balance: Technology In and Outside the Classroom.”

Discover hands-on examples of schools who have successfully integrated technological tools in teaching & learning, students support services and other parts of university life. Would you like to learn how they did it and which are the challenges they encountered?

Register here and find out.

You can look forward to exploring cases like:

  • Apple presenting “Technological Trends and Higher Education – Future Directions”
  • The introduction of a chatbot at BI Norwegian Business School, increasing students’ online participation and reducing failure rates
  • An interactive workshop about the implementation of Nottingham Business School’s student dashboard
  • Keynote address by Eric Stoller, higher education thought-leader, on how we can use social media for learning, engagement and digital identity
  • “The Art of Brilliance team – Helping us to be the best we can be” by James Hilton
The full programme is available here.

New Members Ratified at the Annual General Assembly

EFMD is happy to announce that 54 new members have recently been ratified and joined the EFMD network. 

These leading business schools and corporate learning organisations will further strengthen our global management development community. 

Our network is now present in 88 countries around the world and counts 894 members. 

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New Full Members

Academic

  • Groupe ESC Clermont, France
  • Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, United States
  • IBMEC, Brazil
  • INDEG-ISCTE Executive Education, Portugal
  • Indian Institute of Management Indore, India
  • MacEwan University, School of Business, Canada
  • Nanjing Audit University, School of International Audit, China
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Poland
  • N. L. Dalmia Educational Society, N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, India
  • OBS Business School, Spain
  • Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management, United Kingdom
  • Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) University, L M Thapar School of Management, India
  • Universidad del Desarrollo, Faculty of Business and Economics, Chile
  • Universidad Diego Portales, Facultad de Economia y Empresa, Chile
  • Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Faculty of Economics and Business Science, Spain
  • University of Leicester, School of Business, United Kingdom
  • University of Malaya, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Malaysia
  • University of Minho, School of Economics and Management, Portugal
  • University of Münster, School of Business and Economics, Germany
  • University of Navarra, School of Economics and Business Administration, Spain
  • University of Science and Technology of China, School of Management, China
  • University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Croatia
  • Washington University, Olin Business School, United States
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Suleman Dawood School of Business, Pakistan
Corporate

  • Erste Group Bank AG, Austria
  • FAURECIA Services Group, France
  • LafargeHolcim, Switzerland
  • Steelcase S.A., France
  • Telkom Indonesia, Indonesia
  • The Commercial International Bank of Egypt (CIB), Egypt

New Affiliated Members

Academic

  • Agrarian University of Havana "Fructuoso Rodríguez Pérez", Cuba
  • American University of Central Asia (AUCA), School of Economics and Business Administration, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Chitkara University, Chitkara Business School, India
  • Fundación Universitaria CEIPA, School of Management, Colombia
  • Howard University, School of Business, United States
  • O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Global Business School, India
  • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, College of International Management & Graduate School of Management, Japan
  • The George Washington University, School of Business, United States
  • Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas, Center of Management Studies, Cuba
  • Universidad de Camagüey Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz, Faculty of Economic Sciences & Studies Center for Entrepreneurial and Territorial Management, Cuba
  • Universidad de Holguín, Center of Organizational Management Studies & Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Tourism, Cuba
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Mexico City, Business Department, Mexico
  • Universidad Panamericana, Campus Mexico, School of Economics and Business Administration, Mexico

New Associate Members

Academic

  • ABMS Open University of Switzerland®, ABMS Academy of Business Management Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Business Science Institute, Luxembourg
  • Institute of Management Technology - Hyderabad, India
  • International Management School Geneva (IMSG), Switzerland
  • The Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC), Saudi Arabia

New Reciprocal Members

  • Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom
  • Peter Drucker Society of Austria, Austria
  • THA-Triple Helix Association, Italy

New Honorary Members

  • Prof. Laurent Choain, Chief People and Communication Officer, Mazars, France
  • Prof. David M. Saunders, Dean, Queen's University, Smith School of Business, Canada
For a direct link to the institutions' websites, please consult the full list of EFMD members.

Join the Global Talent Platform

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Highered - EFMD Global Career Services - connecting companies, schools and students


The Highered Global Talent Network connects companies, schools and students at an unprecedented level. Adding diversity, corporate innovation and employer branding possibilities for the EFMD corporate members. Providing unique international possibilities for the students and increasing value and supporting the school’s initiatives in placing students.

The platform is only available for full EFMD Global Network school members and is included as part of the school’s full membership benefits. Since the launch in February 2017, there are 335 schools who have already set up their platforms with Highered. Every full member school is offered their own school-branded career platform, making our 600-school network the fastest growing community of top talent in the world. It is a unique addition to the career services EFMD member schools already offer students and is designed to help support international student placements.

Highered welcomes up to 500 new hand-picked global employment opportunities weekly from the EFMD corporate members. The opportunities include internships, trainee and graduate positions. Highered is targeted towards international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience. The positions are relevant for students in their first year of bachelor, Masters, MBA, and PhD, all the way to 5 years since graduation.

Schools - learn more here.

As a corporation, you can now build your employer brand and recruit top talent from leading business schools globally through one platform

Highered gives companies access to an exclusive pool of thousands of top international prospective employees, from 600 leading business schools in the EFMD Global Network. The network creates an opportunity to strengthen employer branding through continuous presence of brand, content and relevant positions, viewed by the top 5% management and business schools students around the world.

The Highered platform is excited to announce that new partnership agreements with Statoil, Yara, PepsiCo, BlueStar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, and many others, are on the way. Along with the existing EFMD company members that have access to the platform, these partnerships give the companies a source to strengthen their student talent acquisition strategy by directly targeting the exact student profile they are seeking, all through advanced algorithm and machine learning. EFMD corporate members now have access to a global career service and students at EFMD member schools.

Companies - learn more here.

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Business and Business Education Convergence and Maximizing Opportunity

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The Frank G. Zarb School of Business and Dean Herman A. Berliner present Business and Business Education Convergence and Maximizing Opportunity. This Distinguished Leadership Series discussion will be held at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City on Tuesday September 12, 2017. Guest speakers include Ajay Banga, Mastercard President and CEO, Jane Stevenson, Korn Ferry Global Leader for CEO Succession and Vice Chairman, and Frank G. Zarb, Former Chairman and CEO of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Banga is also a member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and sits on the board of directors of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), where he served as its longest-tenured chairman. He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Mr. Banga served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked within sales, marketing and general management. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016.

Jane Stevenson serves Fortune 500 clients and high-growth companies regarding CEO and board succession, leadership development, recruitment, top team effectiveness, and innovation leadership issues. A thought leader on governance and innovation, Ms. Stevenson has appeared in numerous media outlets, including BusinessWeek where she has been acknowledged as one of the “100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World.” Ms. Stevenson co-authored the best-selling business book, Breaking Away: bHow Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth—And Why Others Fail (McGraw Hill 2011).

Frank G. Zarb previously served as chair and CEO of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He also served as chair and CEO of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (a NASD company). Mr. Zarb also held various positions within the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. He was chairman, chief executive officer and president of Alexander & Alexander Services, Inc., a global organisation of professional advisors providing risk management, insurance brokerage and human resource management consulting services from offices in more than 80 countries. Mr. Zarb, a Zarb alumnus, earned a BS and MBA in business and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Hofstra University in addition to the school’s Outstanding Scholar Award. He also serves as adjunct professor of finance at the Zarb School.

Practical information

This event will take place on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 3 p.m. 

Adresse: 
The Morgan Library and Museum 
225 Madison Avenue (at 36th Street) 
New York, NY 10016 

RSVP at hofstra.edu/zarbleadershipseries by 5 September 2017. 

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Dean Patricia Ciavarello at 516-463-5360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business, located just 25 miles from New York City, is consistently recognised for academic excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes. The Zarb School is among an elite group of business schools to earn dual AACSB accreditation. A new 52,000 square foot building for the Zarb School is currently under construction and set to be completed in fall 2018. This state-of-the-art facility will include collaborative student spaces in addition to a comprehensive market research lab and startup business incubator. For additional information, visit www.hofstra.edu/zarb.

Developing Opportunities and Talent for Growth: The 2017 EFMD Middle East and Africa Conference

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Guest post by Dr Charlene Lew, Senior Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa


Two distinct world regions, Africa and the Middle East, present tremendous growth opportunities despite unique challenges in each of the diverse countries that these regions represent. Much of the growth potential still needs to be unlocked. Business schools in these territories have increasing responsibility to grow leaders, influence communities, shape society and generally put businesses on a path to create sustainable value not only for themselves but also for the countries in which they operate. The influence that business schools can exercise in creating wisdom and wealth should no longer be undervalued. It has become high time to consider how business schools should shift their own identities and actions to better develop opportunities and talent for growth.

When the Deans and Directors of business schools across the Middle East and Africa come together in November at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, this will present a forum for an extraordinary combination of different perspectives and multiple insights on how to unleash the opportunities to grow. Instead of a far too often internal perspective, this conference will look beyond the hallways of business schools to better understand the changing context represented by these vast regions. Only then will the leaders look inwards again to ask how business schools should respond to these changes. Hearing from leaders not only from within the business schools, but also those that represent business across these regions, participants will have great opportunities to think about questions such as ‘How does one thrive against all odds?’, ‘What do opportunities and talent mean for you?’, ‘What is the nature of the geopolitical and economic shifts in these regions, and how do corporates deal with these shifts?’, ‘What is disrupting society and business schools, and how do business schools effectively respond to these disruptions?’, and finally, ‘How can business school leaders raise the dynamic capabilities within business schools?’

By jointly answering these questions, the leaders will develop higher levels of insights on how to approach the next five years, and with that strengthen their networks across the regions. This conference takes place in Johannesburg, where GIBS (the business school of the University of Pretoria and member of EFMD) will host the conference, standing behind its mission to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in South Africa and increasingly in the broader African environment, through high quality business and management education. Representing a young business school that is internationally accredited and ranks well on global benchmarks for providers of executive education, the school has become known amongst its peers and the business community for high standards of applicable knowledge through academic and executive education programmes, but also through its innovative centres such as the Centre for Dynamic Markets that focuses on becoming a world authority on research and knowledge on the political economy, institutions and factors that make up dynamic markets, and the Entrepreneurship Development Academy that makes business education accessible to start-up, micro and small business entrepreneurs. Furthermore, several activities across the school, such as the work of the GIBS Ethics and Governance Think Tank, encourage dialogue among business, government and civil society.

Once again EFMD will present this unique forum that will strengthen learning, research, network, debate and innovation in a way that will bolster the business schools’ capacity to bring change.

For more info on the conference, please go here

Leadership training and trainers: the challenge and the opportunity in the digital age

Guest post by Maria Laura Fornaci, Senior Consultant Fondazione ISTUD

Leadership training and trainers: the challenge and the opportunity in the digital age Guest post by Maria Laura Fornaci, Senior Consultant Fondazione ISTUD The Digital Revolution is changing the way individuals seek out and benefit from training experiences. The “learners” are in the position to access what they need from the web and when it is useful to them, progressively becoming autonomous and self-determining concerning their learning. These learners are losing their interest in the traditional “on the shelf” training programs which are proposed by corporate L&Ds and are unable to respond to the new need for the "Just for Me" and the “Just in Time”.

The keywords of this revolution are, Open Educational Resources, Online Learning and Community of Practice. Never until now L&D Units had an interest in understanding how to turn these words into effective training projects, which can integrate the traditional class-based methods and respond in a targeted and personalised way to the needs of the learners, particularly in executive education.

Starting from this needs, Fondazione ISTUD together with a consortium of 8 European organisations, including EFMD, designed the project Le@d3.0 Academy, funded in 2015 by the European Commission's Erasmus Plus Program, Knowledge Alliance Action. The project aims to establish a stable collaboration between academy and industry for the development and delivery through the Le@d 3.0 Academy, of strategic e-leadership courses for managers and students. This has been and will be further achieved via the upskilling and development of academic and organisational trainers capacity through the Le@d 3.0 Trainer Toolkit and Community of Practice.

The purpose is to spread Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in L&D and Executive education, by engaging and developing leadership trainers. Le@d3.0 Academy wants to become the virtual learning platform for trainers working in Universities, Business Schools, Corporate Academies and managers from enterprises and SMEs. It will help them to develop strategic e-leadership skills such as strategic vision, decision making people management in virtual environment , e-reputation management , etc., crucial for the Digital Age labour market.

The project is in the initial phase of collecting membership for its "Community of Practice", which has been developed, tested and made available online free of charge to all trainers and coaches interested in sharing peer experiences and tools so as to:
  • deepen the emerging competence profiles and the challenge for the e-leadership skills
  • acquire new skills and methodologies
  • online and blended
  • to create specific training paths, thus improving their professional practices - access and contribute to a Repository of over 300 Open Educational Resources on e.leadership theme, selected and curated by the project team - develop networking with training professionals all over Europe.
The involvement in the project of multiple adult educational actors from Academia and the industry, including EFMD, has contributed to engaging in the activities a wide range of beneficiaries and stakeholders and creating a dynamic-international learning platform and Community of Practice. EFMD is leading the activities related to the quality control of the project outputs including the training contents, learning environment and tools and their consistency with the end-users’ needs.


Visit the Le@d Community at http://www.eleaderacademy.eu/community/
To subscribe for free to the Le@d Community, just click on the "Register" link in the main navigation menu.
Read more on the Lead 3.0 Academy project: www.eleaderacademy.eu

EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference in Bali

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EFMD GN is pleased to announce the “The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference”. This event will be held in Bali in association with BINUS University International, Indonesia.

Last conference brought together over 110 management professionals from more than 25 different nationalities. Take the opportunity to discuss with peers and corporate representatives around the three key dimensions in the future of management education: “Quality, Technology and Future Leadership.”

As Asia takes the global center stage in the world of management development, its now essential for the future leaders to deepen their knowledge about the trends in this vibrant space and connect through development projects and partnerships in Asia.

The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development with a particular interest in Asia. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations engaged in the creating value through quality education and educational services.

This year we will look at three key dimensions in the future of management education: “Quality, Technology and Future Leadership.”

Technology plays a significant role but at the same time does not discredit the merits of conventional tools. During the event, we will discuss how and to what extent to use some of the new technological developments.

Quality is a no brainer, but how to enhance it under the constrains of time and limited resources.

We all recognise the need to inculcate ethical and responsible leadership values in our graduates; but there is no one easy path to implement these endeavours. Or building the institutional culture of being fair and honest!

This conference is not just about trends but about equipping professional with an applied approach to implement best practices in their very own schools and establishments.

No one doubts in the business development opportunities in Asia. But how to do it well and be able to differentiate itself in the market; to reap the benefits of vast opportunities that lie herein is an art!

EFMD Global Network has taken up the task to invite smart business schools and corporates to create a network of leading practitioners, identify strategies and trends for the future of management education and strengthen the network further.

Some of the experts invited to share their views are:
  • Peter Little, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships), Professor of Business Law and former Executive Dean of the QUT, Australia
  • Arnoud de Meyer, President, Singapore Management University, Singapore*
  • Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN
  • Microsoft Corporation, USA* 
  • Jane den Hollander AO, VC, Deakin University, Australia 
  • Karantina Marhaeni, Vice President, Pertamina Corporate University, Indonesia
  • Laurence Smith, Digital Advisory, Board Member, Danone & Head Talent at SmartUp, Singapore
  • Alison Lloyd, Director Institutional Research and Planning, Hong Kong PolyU, Hong Kong
  • Jason Lawrence, Director Market development, East Asia, GMAC, China
  • Rebecca Taylor, Executive Dean, The Open University, Business School, U.K.
  • Prof. Ding Yuan, Dean, CEIBS, China
  • Aucky Pratama Setya Dharma, Executive Director, ASEAN Federations of Accountant
  • Nitish Jain, President, SP JAIN Global, Australia, India, Singapore, Dubai
  • Ambassador Vincent Guerend, Head of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei
  • Rajendra Srivastava, Dean ISB Hyderabad, India
  • Dean Williams, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School, USA
* To be confirmed.

The Conference will be followed by an EFMD Quality Services Seminar - devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems - on Friday afternoon 27 October 2017 and Saturday morning 28 October 2017.  The Seminar is aimed at Schools that consider EFMD accreditation or mentoring but have not yet decided if or when to start the process. Separate registration will be available for participants wishing to attend the Seminar only - see practical info below.

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Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD - Attacks in Spain

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On behalf of the Board, the members and staff of EFMD it was with great sadness that we saw the awful sequence of events unfold yesterday in Barcelona and Cambrils. These were shocking and barbaric attacks and our support, thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have been tragically affected.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

Management Educators Commit to Advancing the SDGs


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19 July 2017 | New York, USA — Over 660 business and management-related higher education institutions have made a formal declaration to become sources of thought leadership, knowledge, and innovation to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Teaching, research, and thought leadership will become new avenues through which the SDGs will become a key feature of business and management education globally.

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Andrew Main Wilson, Chair of the PRME Steering Committee, hands the Outcomes Declaration to United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass. Credit: Joel Sheakoski

The move was announced today as part of the Outcomes Declaration of the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education — 10 Years of PRME, a document adopted by acclamation from nearly 300 deans, faculty, and thought leaders in attendance during the event.

The Forum was organised by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-supported initiative that is now the largest established relationship between the UN and business schools. Convened in conjunction with the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and organised under the theme of Making Global Goals Local Business: Bringing the SDGs to Every Classroom, representatives from higher education institutions and other academic stakeholder groups noted ongoing progress within schools and through the global PRME network to advance the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular note during the Forum was that despite the relative infancy of the 2030 Agenda — only in force since late 2015 — the SDGs have already become a major component of higher education institutions worldwide.


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Nearly 300 participants from over 40 countries discuss how to make the SDGs a part of business and management education. Credit: Joel Sheakoski


With the advent of the SDGs, the PRME initiative recently updated its mission statement: realising the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education, reflecting the initiative’s future strategy and following the celebration of its 10th anniversary this year. The Outcomes Declaration of the 2017 PRME Global Forum underscores the commitment of PRME’s signatories — over 660 business and management schools across 83 countries — to continuously engage with the SDGs and increase their visibility in teaching, research, and thought leadership.

During a high-level event in the United Nations headquarters convened by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME, handed the Outcomes Declaration to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, and reaffirmed PRME’s commitment to making the SDGs a part of business and management education globally.

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Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME (left), and H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (right)

Launched in 2007, PRME’s mission is to transform management education, research, and thought leadership globally through a framework of Six Principles. PRME has evolved from this set of Principles to becoming the largest relationship between business and management-related higher education institutions, with participation in over 80 countries and a network that reaches over 20 million students. An initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, PRME engages higher education institutions to produce the responsible leaders of the future.

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Would you like to learn more? 
In "Living in a new world", Matthew Gitsham, Joanne Lawrence and Martin Lockett from Hult International Business School share their experience and ideas about SDGs.

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New Sustainability Literacy Test Module: "Rebalancing Society"

PRME PR1New York, NY, July 20, 2017 – On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

The Sulitest was designed to measure and improve sustainability literacy worldwide, and the new Rebalancing Society module challenges test-takers’ knowledge and perception about how the plural sector could help restore balance to society towards achieving the future we want.

“Healthy society balances the power of respected governments in the public sector with responsible businesses in the private sector and robust communities in what I call the plural sector. This is the essence of sustainability and I applaud the Sustainability Literacy Test for what it is trying to achieve.” – Henry Mintzberg

See the video testimony of Henry Mintzberg here

The Rebalancing Society module will be made available to all institutions participating in the Sulitest, and free of charge for all signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network under the United Nations.

“PRME has supported and endorsed the Sulitest since its launch. With the new set of questions focusing on Mintzberg's Rebalancing Society we are encouraged to note that the test will have a key focus on the important contribution that the plural sector (NGOs, social movements etc) play in today's societies and in making a contribution to a more just and sustainable world.” - Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME, UN Global Compact

“The business schools of today are especially well-positioned to address some of the grand challenges facing society. The newly developed Sustainability Literacy Test module, which is inspired by the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg of the Desautels Faculty of Management, is a shining example of how the research emanating from business schools can help restore the social equilibrium and effectively transform our world for the better. We are very proud of this initiative, which coincides with the strides that McGill University is making toward advancing key topics in sustainability.” - Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

"It is an honor to collaborate with McGill University, building on the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg that enriches Sulitest. In just a few years, Sulitest has become the international benchmark in the control of SD knowledge in higher education. Thanks to PRME, the Sulitest will see an additional boost, beneficial for the advancement of sustainable development knowledge." - Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean of KEDGE Business School.

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About Sulitest:
The Sustainability Literacy Test », Sulitest, was created following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO + 20 with to the support of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). Initiated by KEDGE, Sulitest is already used by more than 600 universities and Business Schools in the world and has been taken by more than 60.000 people.Recognized as one of the 17 featured initiatives on United Nations partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sulitest is now one of the tools for measuring and monitoring the SDGs.

How to Successfully Make A Late Career Change

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In need of a career change but too scared to take the plunge? In simple steps, you can successfully make that late career switch up you’ve been thinking about. Despite the risks, it’s a decision that could land you your dream job.

This will outweigh any of the negatives for most established professionals and could give you the reinvigoration you need. Read on to learn what it takes and how you can make the transition as smooth as possible.

Get Clear on the What & Why

The first place to start is to question whether you are in genuine need of a career change. Consider if it is just a bad week or a really bad job. Give yourself plenty of time to think about the change in order to get to the root of the problem. Why do you want this change? Why do you think it will make your life better? You should have an idea of what career you’d like to switch to and your current capacity to achieve this.

Upskilling is a great way to increase your human capital. Adult education courses are tailored to established professionals and will allow you to gain the right skills for the right job.

Build Your Skills

The next step is to enhance your education to get back on track for a new career pathway. Learning can be intimidating, as you will need to study new skills at an older age.

Fortunately, the rise of adult education courses can provide you with a diverse learning environment. Many mature students will choose to upskill in courses such as project management, in which you can learn project management online to launch yourself into a new position rather than a new industry.

Build your skills with support from industry experts and like-minded individuals. Online courses will also allow you to maintain your lifestyle balance as you juggle family commitments and the demands of a career change.

Networking is Key
 

Get to know the people who you think will lift your career or provide you new opportunities. The more professionals you talk to, the better feel you’ll have for the current industry. Once you have a good understanding of what lies ahead, you can be confident in your decision.

Remember, you have nothing to lose by talking to different people. This can only increase the chance of you stumbling across job openings that aren’t advertised or interview opportunities without the need for a formal application.

Action Plan

Keep your end goal firmly in mind, this will help you to set out your goal and create a realistic timeline to realise this. You can then begin to break down the pathway step by step, into achievable milestones that you can check off.

An action plan will keep you on the right track as you navigate this important change. A milestone could include meeting a new person, gaining a qualification or particular skill, lifestyle changes or projects to wrap up your current job.

Your Choice is the Right Choice

Society is guilty of making people believe that their dream career can only be limited to one job. This is a modern misconception without proof, that you should not feel, you need to follow.

Instead, understand that you are free to change your mind often. Committing to one career for your entire working life is not acceptable for many of us, whose interests and position will change year on year. Different offices will have different environments and opportunities so try not to base your perceptions on one single experience when determining your next dream job.

Follow Your Success

Remember to give yourself more credit and track the efforts you have made. Monitor the steps you have taken and what degree of success has been achieved to remind yourself of the journey. An organised career transition will be easier to facilitate and adjust to.

Put your best foot forward by ultimately having faith in your strengths and building on your weaknesses. A new career will give you the opportunity to accelerate your skills and take your innovative thinking to a whole new level.

Making a late career change is not a decision that should be taken lightly. However, with the right preparation, understanding and determination, none of the risks will outweigh the end goal; landing your dream career.

MBA Roundtable: Innovator Award Applications

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Launched in 2011, the MBA Roundtable Innovator Award Programme promotes initiatives that advance innovation in MBA education and recognises institutions that drive change in the field.

The Innovator Award Programme is designed to:
  • Raise awareness to businesses and to business educators of revitalisation and improvements in MBA curricular and co-curricular content, format, and pedagogy.
  • Educate employers, business school leaders, and faculty about innovative practices of best-in-class MBA programmes and inspire others with ideas.
  • Recognise individuals and schools for their leadership to initiate and achieve curricular reform and enhance their reputation for innovation.
  • Enrich and deepen the relevance of the MBA experience and enhances school or programme brand with prospective students and employers
The Innovator Award programme is administered bi-annually and any business school that delivers an MBA degree may submit an initiative for consideration.

Winners will be announced at the MBA Roundtable Annual Curricular Innovation Symposium on October 6, 2017 at the Fox School of Business, Temple University in Philadelphia.

The curricular initiative must be directly related to an MBA degree and demonstrate excellence in MBA programme innovation. Initiatives related to other graduate-level degree programmes (MSc, MA, MS, etc.) are not eligible.

MBA Roundtable1Ideal entries are initiatives that have been implemented, tried and tested over a period of time and can define measurable outcomes. Initiatives are evaluated by judging panels on the following criteria:

  • Concept - Overall value proposition, rationale for change, link to overall b-school mission, educational impact, scalability and generalizability in other environments, impact on MBA education
  • Execution-Complexity of implementation, representative cost and benefit analysis, improvement measures such as revenue growth or cost savings, expedited time to market, enhanced quality
  • Outcome - Quality or overall success measures, key learnings and challenges going forward, future iterations
  • Presentation-Quality of the document and materials, interview, articulation of impact, level of enthusiasm.
Submit your application by August 1, 2017. Applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should cover the judging criteria listed above. Application format is open to each institution and can include Word, PowerPoint and/or Excel type documents along with supporting materials in photos and videos. Simply respond to the judging criteria as best fits your institution and it's innovation. Questions or Comments - Please call at 844-784-6227 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies

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Join CEEMAN from 20-22 September in Hangzhou, the Chinese Silicon valley and the epicenter of China’s tech industry, for the 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference. The conference is the most important annual event of the association gathering deans and directors of universities and business schools from around the world, leaders of international and regional management development institutions, international publishers and partners, as well business, government and media representatives.

The 25th CEEMAN Annual Conference, hosted by School of Management, Zhejiang University, will focus on the topic of “Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies” and will include a number of interesting speakers from China, Thailand, Brazil, Estonia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, etc., as well as company visits to companies such as Alibaba, Dream Town, Wensli and XIZI OTIS.

For more information on the programme, speakers, registration and exhibition opportunities, please visit www.ceeman.org/conference or contact Ms. Maja Medja Vidic, CEEMAN Head of Projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduced on Canada Day and for World Tourism: The Maurice Strong Legacy Scholarships

Guest post by Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Co-founder / President of ICTP

Canada 150Saturday was Canada Day. It was also a day to remember the late Maurice Strong a Canadian Hero, a Travel & Tourism Veteran, who led many historical sustainable development initiatives, including the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and its Agenda 21 implementation framework.

SUNx – the Strong Universal Network - was inspired by our friend and mentor, the late Maurice Strong, who led many historical sustainable development initiatives, including the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and its Agenda 21 implementation framework. Maurice collaborated with us for 20 years on Green Growth & Travelism issues. He knew climate change was eXistential for humanity, without a massive global response.

To continue his vision, we have created The Maurice Strong Legacy Scholarship Program. Each year, with our University partners, we will invite students – undergraduate and post graduate – to submit a 2,000-word essay on Impact-Travel -measured, green and 2050 climate resilient.

We will publish the top ten – each of which will receive a scholarship of $3000.

For each published essay, we will enrol 20 “best efforts” as lifetime SUNx Members with access to our curated information on climate resilience and Impact-Travel, with an open invitation to our annual RefleXions event.SUN 1

Sun Co-Founder, and President of ICTP, Professor Geoffrey Lipman said “We believe this growing network of smart young people, committed to advancing the case for climate resilience through Impact-Travel, will do much to keep Maurice Strong’s vision alive – and more importantly to build a responsive leadership cadre within the sector. It will link to the evolving Paris Accord implementation program and related SDGs. Maurice would have liked that.”

We are announcing the MSL Scholarship Program on Canada Day 2017 in honor of a great Canadian Internationalist.

We will provide 10 sponsored Scholarships this year and have a goal of 150, to celebrate Canada’s birthday. And looking for partners – public, private, and civil society – who share our vision of creating a movement within the travel and tourism sector, committed to developing climate resilience from the ground up.

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Ten Trends in Management Education

On 7 – 9 June, a record number of 550 participants from 56 countries gathered at the ESMT Berlin for the EFMD Annual Conference. This year we explored “Trends, Technology & Transition”. During the intense two days, we talked about how both corporations and business schools address and adapt to the shifts in society and global economy, such as rising automation, post-truth politics, climate change, the need for more inclusive growth, corporate engagement and impact on society.

EFMD A. C. 2017 8536During the series of plenary lectures, the delegates deliberated over the role of management education and development in the VUCA world. Paolo Boccardelli, Dean of LUISS Business School & the conference co-chair, outlined ten global trends which will impact management education in the future: globalisation, immigration, income inequality and diversity, climate change, digital disruption as opposed to digital learning, the future of jobs and work, uncertainty in predictions, responsible leadership, and finally, creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship.

In their inspiring discussion, two corporate representatives from Allianz SE, a well-established financial services corporation & Rocket Internet, a start-up studio and venture builder, explained how both companies approach transformation and attract new talent. Raffaella Gabinio from Allianz stressed that despite galloping automation, people are the company’s biggest asset. Creativity, social intelligence, adaptive & computational thinking, cross-cultural & virtual collaboration as well as transdisciplinarity are critical capabilities for future workforce. “We move from process roles to more creative and data-driven roles,” she said. Dörte Hirschberg from Rocket Internet seeks flexibility, entrepreneurial and analytical mind-set in recent business graduates. “Hire people for attitude and retrain them for higher purpose,” Gabinio added.

Jeremy Leggett, Founding Director of Solarcentury, gave an engaging speech about visions of civilisation in a time of new despotism and drew some conclusions about the role of clean energy in economic growth and societal prosperity. “Prices of fossil fuels go up and renewables go sharply down, so fossil fuels make no economic sense,” he declared. At the time when the US government declares its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, major companies, academia, cities and states have stood up for the innovative potential of low-carbon economy and pledged to meet the greenhouse gas emissions targets.

“Data is the new oil,” proclaimed Regina Murray, Senior Director EMEA at the Microsoft Education and the last plenary speaker. In the era of fourth industrial revolution powered by the cloud, the way we learn and work will undergo a radical transformation: top down hierarchies will be replaced by networks & relationships; instead of competing for market share, we will be creating new markets; functional-based work in silos will be replaced by project-based teamwork; a future employee instead of spending 30 years in one career will have 10 + careers experience by the age of 40. This will require new teaching and learning models, and some prominent alternative providers are already filling the void.EFMD A.C. 2017 79

We also discussed digitalisation in corporate learning, gamification and personalisation in teaching methods, quality assurance and rankings, students’ demographics and impact in management education.

Pencil the next dates in your calendar. On 6-8 June 2018, we meet at Copenhagen Business School.

The conference was sponsored by EFMD’s strategic partner Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

A throw back at the live reactions from the conference are available on our Twitter moments feed.

2017 GBSN Conference: “Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development”

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“Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development,” the 2017 GBSN Conference in Washington D.C., will focus on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, NGOs and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities.

Conference participants will examine the role business schools play in economic and social development, and assess the evolution of education in the face of recent world events, discussing questions such as:

How have Business Schools integrated social and environmental issues into their curriculums?
What are the cross-sectorial initiatives within business education that drive or reinforce economic development?
How are schools responding to fears of the perceived impact of globalisation?

Sessions at the GBSN Conference will address these questions and many more, highlighting opportunities and challenges in the areas of the five sub-themes:

1. Collaboration/Interdiciplinarity
Focusing on inter-academic collaboration and integrated approaches to business education that foster stronger technical skills and broader perspectives in graduates.

2. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
Presenting successful PPP models that facilitate long-term economic development.

3. Sustainability and the UN Global Goals
Highlighting how business and management institutions are working towards creating a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

4. Impact Measures
Revisiting how we measure outcomes and successes in business and economic development.

5. Globalisation/Localisation?
Analysing the dilemma of global and local strategies and the implications for the sectors of education, business and development.

This Interactive Agenda Will Feature

A Cross-Sector Dialogue
with local business and development professionals, students and alumni to explore the opportunities and challenges at top of mind for these key stakeholders

Speakers from industry, business education and international aid sectors
with an interest in reinforcing ties within the business and development ecosystems

Innovation showcases
of business schools solving complex economic and educational challenges through partnership and innovation

Presentations of research
on management education and its impact on development for low income and emerging communities.

Lots of networking
opportunities to develop new ideas, partnerships and projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets with an interest in building international connections and developing their school’s program quality, market relevance and regional impact
  • Development Professionals Management Consultants focused on economic development and social impact.
  • Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration
  • Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools
Stay tuned to this page and follow us @gbsnonline on Twitter and on Facebook for updates on registration, agenda and conference logistics.

For more information, please go here

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking and the Triple Helix

The XV Triple Helix International Conference 2017, Daegu, South Korea, 14-16 September 2017

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The XV Triple Helix International Conference in Daegu is just around Corner.  Scheduled in Daegu, Korea, 14-16, September, it will be convened with the theme of “The 4th Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking, and Triple Helix.” We will discuss the challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to innovation systems and agents in the Triple Helix, while exploring how design thinking can be applied to exploit and expand the opportunities generated by new frontiers of technology in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The call for papers is still open and we will gather submissions up until the 30th of June. Authors can submit their abstract online.  

Delegates are also welcome to submit proposals for special sessions by filling out the form available on the conference web site. Special sessions are a very good opportunity to showcase your latest research, projects and achievements in a really international context!



The Early bird Registration will be open from 15th of June up until 14th July, do not miss the chance to register with the lowest price.

More info at http://www.triplehelix-korea.org/

IAE Aix-Marseille GSM to Host the International Teachers Programme© (ITP)

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INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS PROGRAMME 2017 and 2018

Logo IAE nouveau 2014 MDThe International Teachers Programme© (ITP), supported by EFMD, is an intensive faculty development programme dedicated to helping business educators develop suitable skills and capabilities to be successful in their careers. The ITP programme is organised by the International Schools of Business Management (ISBM), a group of twelve leading business schools located in Europe, North America, and Asia. The 2017 & 2018 programmes will be run by the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE in two locations: Aix-en-Provence (France) and Collbató, Barcelona (Spain)logo itp.

The ITP has served over 1,500 high-calibre faculty and educators from many countries since it started more than 50 years ago. During this period, the programme has rotated between ISBM schools:

  •     IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, FR
  •     CEIBS - China Europe International Business School, CN           
  •     HEC School of Management, FR
  •     IMD, CH
  •     INSEAD Business School, FR
  •     Kellogg School of Management, US
  •     London Business School, UK
  •     Alliance Manchester Business School, UK
  •     New York University, Stern School of Business, US
  •     SDA Bocconi School of Management, IT
  •     Stockholm School of Economics, SEglobe 2017
The International Teachers Programme© is beneficial for mid-career faculty who teach business and management at any level: Bachelor, Master, MBA, Executive Education, Ph.D. and faculty development professionals. It is ideal for participants with some prior teaching experience who care about real excellence in teaching, who are at career inflection points and have the time and interest in turning a greater share of their attention to the further development of their teaching, or who have achieved competence in teaching one kind of audience and would like to extend their skills to other audiences.

“In the 2017 edition, ITP has welcomed 30 participants from 19 business schools from 14 different countries. Beyond the business schools of the ISBM consortium, business schools like Aalto, Kingston, Vlerick, RBS, WU Vienna, Pontificia Catolica Peru, UT Syndney or Durham are some examples.”

Carolina Serrano-Archimi, ITP Programme Director

"I owe my professional progress to ITP. As a young teacher in Assam, India, I attended the programme in 1982 and it changed my life. The curriculum transformed everything I thought I knew about management education. ITP introduced me to new pedagogical tools and strategies, and it helped me see deeper connections between my teaching and research. Through the ITP, I also gained greater confidence in the classroom. ITP challenged and inspired me to explore my potential, even as I learned how to help others discover their potential. This is a wonderful programme for anyone who aspires to create and share knowledge with impact."

Dipak C. Jain, Dean, Sasin Business School, Thailand

“In 1958 Harvard Business School launched the International Teachers Programme©. In 1969 a decisive step was taken by inviting several European management schools to join them in the further development and management of the ITP. In 1977 a consortium of business schools formed the non-profit organisation ISBM (International Schools of Business). Today ITP, its flagship initiative, is managed on a two-year rotation by one of the ISBM schools. Every new edition of the programme takes its starting point in previous programmes, while also ensuring continuous updating of the content and recognition of emerging global trends and best practice in business and in education.
More than a thousand ITP participants have benefited from the experience of this programme. Their feedback and subsequent career development make it clear that the ITP experience not only enhanced their teaching, but also provided specific, actionable tools for overall professional growth and gave them a strong global network of colleagues.
It is a pleasure for ISBM to offer you a similar opportunity in 2018.”
Pär Mårtensson, Chairman of the ISBM Board of Directors

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Manchester Attack: Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD

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On behalf of the Board of EFMD, the members and staff, it was with great shock and sadness that we saw the awful attack that took place on Monday evening at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. This was a horrific assault, involving so many innocent children, and all our thoughts and prayers go to the families who have been tragically affected, the people of Manchester and the United Kingdom. We truly hope that within our UK members, their families, friend and acquaintances none has suffered from this senseless aggression.

This was a despicable act of violence at the time and place where people share friendship and joy but the heroic response of the people of the UK and the support from around the world shines a light in these very difficult days. 

I truly hope that a sense of peace will soon come to Manchester and please know that our thoughts will continue to be with you, and the entire British nation. 

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

Recruiting, Managing and Developing Doctoral Talent

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Guest post by Mark Smith, Dean of Faculty, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

In the late 1990s the consultancy giant McKinsey coined the term the “war for talent” to describe the rising competition for talented employees at the time. While there has not been exactly been a war between business schools, there is an on-going series of battles for top talent among both emerging and experienced academics. There is in fact another series of minor battles also occurring, the annual battles for the best doctoral students. The EFMD and Grenoble Ecole de Management recently organised a conference for the community of programme directors, heads of doctoral schools and other professionals working in doctoral education in order to consider the challenges business schools face in recruiting, managing and developing doctoral talent. This short article was inspired by the speakers, participants and organisers of the EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference in Grenoble, for which I thank them.

Why Compete for Doctoral Talent?
Doctoral programs are resource-intensive activities that are unlikely to become a source of revenue, and in fact demand considerable investment and commitment from schools. Yet, at another level, such programmes are a key activity for developing business school reputation both among stakeholders and, increasingly, for rankings. Further, among academics, doctoral work is intrinsically rewarding and a rich doctoral programme can be considered an additional lever for recruiting and retaining experienced academics.

The doctoral researchers themselves may also be a lever for business school development. The best doctoral students can provide a boost for publications, data collection and increased capacity in pedagogic and research activities. With engaged research projects among stakeholders, doctoral students can also open up new networks, creating new connections for business schools with emerging and established networks.

Attracting Doctoral Talent
Attracting talent in this competitive, hi-tech age is, however, not so easy. In addition to within-sector competition, business schools are also competing for the brightest minds against other large organisations with attractive graduate programs and more generous terms and conditions – competition for a diminishing pool of traditional talent. Schools may need to go beyond their borders and also meet the challenges of generation and technological gaps.

A coordinated social media strategy can offer new opportunities to connect with potential talent but it requires engagement from faculty who may be reluctant to contribute. Experts point out that schools need use their faculty in order to both exploit their networks and provide content (research results) to attract talent who tend to rely on new forms of media for their information and to form opinions on schools’ reputations. In this way, social media may allow schools to develop and expand their ‘communities’ from which doctoral students may emerge while exposing potential talent to the richness of their academic environments.

Managing Doctoral Talent
The development of talent is an inherent part of the good doctoral programme. The combination of courses, working with experienced researchers and developing one's own research project provide many opportunities. However, talent development is much more than the relatively narrow research skills required to become faculty. Future employers seek graduates with a range of skills, the potential to have impact and future leadership skills. Doctoral programmes thus need to integrate training plans that go beyond research methods to conduct their own research and to publish in high-ranking journals.

Programme directors in doctoral schools are key drivers for developing doctoral talent but it is at the level of supervisor where real action may be required. Just as human resource managers rely on line managers to put organisational policies into place, programme directors need to rely on supervisors in the development of doctoral talent. Such policies include respect and understanding for the diversity of doctoral students by gender, ethnicity and nationality as talent increasingly comes from a wider range of backgrounds. New methods of training and development such as serious games may provide possibilities for training supervisors and others working with doctoral students.

Developing Doctoral Talent
A revised perspective on talent at the doctoral level also opens up opportunities beyond those traditionally provided by the academic career track. Business school networks should be able to provide greater opportunities for doctoral graduates in a variety of sectors and therefore expand their own impact – addressing that perennial problem of business school relevance and impact. Doctoral students can be reconceptualised as a means to promote relevance through networks and projects engaging with a full range of stakeholders and also providing opportunities for doctoral graduates of the future. Here co-funded academic-industrial doctoral programmes provide a framework for engagement at both the institutional and individual level.

Doctoral graduates from business schools are not necessarily destined for the academic career track and their futures as business leaders, entrepreneurs or policy experts require business schools to equip them with the relevant skills, career pathways and networks. Indeed the EFMD conference heard evidence showing that academics who can integrate their experiences from other sectors can have an important impact upon business school development. Business school academics engage with the “real world” but do not necessarily value the skills required to do so – doctoral students need these skills and need to appreciate their value.

Innovation and the Future of Doctoral Talent
In order to respond to these shifting demands for talent, doctoral programmes need to innovate and adapt. Yet doctoral studies have not necessarily been at the forefront of innovations and resistance to new forms of doctorate remains. There is a tension between demands for fit-for-purpose doctoral programmes and legitimate concerns that innovations may lead to lower standards or a lack of recognition. It is up to accrediting organisations, business schools and programme directors to provide relevant programmes that develop the required competences for doctoral graduates without
diminishing the elite position of the doctorate in the educational hierarchy. In order to develop their relevance and retain their standards, developments in doctoral qualifications require the confidence of communities both inside and outside academia.

The community of professionals working with doctoral programmes should be rightly proud that their graduates learn perhaps the most valuable of all skills – they learn how to think. The next step is that graduates leave equipped and inspired to enter all sectors and organisations in order to demonstrate the potential value and impact for society at large of a doctorate in business and management. A graduate holding a doctoral degree has a passport to do anything they wish and the role of business schools and their doctoral programmes should be to open the eyes of their graduates to the potential opportunities and provide the skills and competencies for their talent to have an impact.

EQUIS Success Story: School of Management, Xiamen University

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Prof. Jianming Ye, Dean of the School of Management, Xiamen University (SMXMU), explains how the institution went from a three-year EQUIS accreditation to a five-year accreditation and how EQUIS standards helped SMXMU excel in international rankings.

Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921 by Tan KahKee, the “Henry Ford of Asia”. As a harbor at the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Route, Xiamen had for centuries been known for its entrepreneurs, so Mr. Tan started XMU with a school of business, majors in accounting and banking and a call to “promote awareness of world cultures.” 

The School of Management, XMU (SMXMU), now one of China’s oldest and best business schools, was designated as one of the five national key disciplines in business administration and the Ministry of Education (MOE) ranks the School’s accounting as #1 in China. SMXMU has one of the first authorized MBA and EMBA programs in China, both of which are now Top 10 in China; the EMBA is famed as one of China’s “Five Golden Flowers.”

SMXMU was awarded 3-year EQUIS accreditation in 2013. In response to the Peer Review Team’s advice and under EQUIS standards, SMXMU conducted a comprehensive assessment of external environment and internal resources to further clarify its development strategy. Moreover, it has optimized the decision-making processes for teaching, research, internationalization and alumni and corporate connection in order to ensure a sustainable ecological system.

For example, SMXMU has spared no efforts to conduct improvement measures to improve its international recognition outside of East and South East Asia.

In 2013, SMXMU became one of 20 founding members of the Alliance of Chinese and European Business Schools (ACE), which was officially inaugurated in France on 31 May 2013 with EFMD as the patron.

In 2014, SMXMU joined as the Asian partner of the global leading OneMBA program. Despite initial difficulties, the School successfully implemented the OneMBA program with EQUIS standards as its guidance. As of 2016, 322 OneMBA students from 28 countries have studied in SMXMU.

Along the years, SMXMU has promoted internationalization in student exchanges, faculty recruitment and research. It also excelled in such international rankings as:

  • 2014, Forbes ranked SMXMU’s full-time MBA 7th, part-time MBA 8th and EMBA program 8th in “China’s Best Business Schools of 2014”;
  • 2014, Financial Times (FT) ranked the School’s open and customized EDP programs 46th and 53rd globally;
  • 2014, Manager rated SMXMU 1st in “Student Satisfaction” for 10 consecutive years;
  • 2015 and 2016, FT ranked SMXMU OneMBA program 34th and 29th in the world, respectively.
In 2016, SMXMU successfully obtained five-year EQUIS re-accreditation and is proud to be one of the 167 institutions around the world—the “1% of leading business schools”—holding the EQUIS quality label.

On the occasion of EQUIS’ 20th anniversary, SMXMU would like to convey its sincere congratulations to EQUIS and EFMD for their great achievements, as well as express many thanks to EQUIS for helping the School consolidate advantages, overcome shortcomings and make progress on future initiatives.

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Alumni Networks Are Driven by Social Media and Digital Engagement

Alumni Matters 2016 InteractiveBusiness schools need a greater focus on social media for their alumni relations as the frequent users of platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook are the most engaged alumni, according to the 5th edition of Alumni Matters by CarringtonCrisp, supported by EFMD.

The study, amongst over 2,500 alumni from 86 countries and 21 schools, reveals that of those who frequently use LinkedIn (more than once a week), 74% say they are engaged with their business school while only 27% of those who never use LinkedIn identify as engaged.

A similar picture emerges with Facebook, with 71% of frequent users engaged, compared to less than a third (30%) of those who never use Facebook. Equally, amongst frequent users of alumni pages on a school website, 76% are engaged, in contrast to 22% of non-users.

The study underlines the importance of engaged alumni to a business school, with the clear majority (82%) of engaged alumni agreeing that they can contribute to the school’s success compared to less than half (41%) of all respondents.

Andrew Crisp, author of the study comments: “Schools need to consider how they can make better use of social media to cultivate greater alumni engagement and benefit from their support and loyalty. Whilst social media and digital communication is key, it’s not simply about having a Facebook or LinkedIn page, but creating content that provides real benefits and value to alumni.”

The study also found that career support at business schools has improved in recent years, but that there was still work to do. 61% of graduates from the last three years agreed career support was good, compared to only 35% of their predecessors who graduated more than 20 years ago. However, only just under half (48%) of all respondents agreed that career support was good at their school. MBA alumni were the most critical with only 38% agreeing it had been good, compared to 56% of Masters alumni and 52% of undergraduate alumni.

Andrew Crisp concludes: “Many schools promote their alumni network to candidates as a key benefit, but progress is needed to ensure the reality lives up to the promise, with only one in five (21%) alumni definitely agreeing their school has a strong alumni network. Relevant social media content and a focus on career services are two critical areas for schools to focus on.”

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EQUIS Success Story: Nottingham University Business School

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In 2016, Nottingham University Business School welcomed an EQUIS peer review team for the third time, having previously been accredited for two spells of three years. Alistair Bruce, the School's Dean, discusses the customised nature of the process. 

Our School is distinctive in having three international locations, the original UK operation and parallel activity at the University’s Malaysia and China campuses, established in 2000 and 2005 respectively. This presents challenges in explaining the common principles underpinning operations in each location alongside local differences in the specifics of operation, the idiosyncrasies of financial reporting, local regulatory frameworks and requirements, and the different stages of evolution at each campus, which are reflected in observable, though narrowing, performance differentials, for example in terms of research outputs.

Preparation for the visit was, for the first time, managed by our new Accreditation Standards Committee (ASC). This body, chaired by the Dean and linking all campuses via videoconference, aims to professionalise our support for accreditation. It involves regular meetings of those responsible for leading the School’s accreditation, as well as discipline, programme and functional (e.g. research) leads and is supported by a dedicated Accreditation Manager. The ASC manages the scheduling of work, strengthens buy-in to the process and embeds accreditation and continuous improvement at the heart of the School’s work.

The PRT’s visit was by some distance the most productive and enjoyable we have experienced. The tone was set by an experienced and sensitive Chair who was able to stimulate a rich and open set of conversations with a range of groups by encouraging mutual trust, frank self-reflection, celebration of achievements and honest identification of challenges. There was a genuine sense of developmental engagement, that the PRT was working with us, rather than merely testing our performance against the standards. This offered an interesting contrast to our earlier PRT visits and appeared to signal a nuanced and welcome change of approach.

The positive feeling was echoed across the range of groups, our academic and administrative staff, students, alumni, corporate partners and advisory boards, which met with the PRT. In my view, the richness of the experience was largely a function of the team’s deep knowledge and experience of the business school world and context. For example, they understood the particular need for business schools within larger institutions to retain a distinctive identity and a degree of strategic autonomy and agility in order to sustain and enhance competitive profile and position. Several very positive suggestions emerged during discussions and in the recommendations, particularly in relation to further development of an authentic international operation. The team also recognised the value of the School’s strong community culture, which underpins its structures and processes in delivering its mission.

The outcome of the visit was our first five year accreditation, an enormously important validation of the collective efforts of our core team and of all of our stakeholders.

The positive nature of the experience inspired me to make myself available as a PRT member and I’m already looking forward to my second assignment in this capacity. It’s a role which I’d highly recommend!

Alistair Bruce, 
Dean of Nottingham University Business School

Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business Unveils Economic Impact to the Region Thanks to BSIS

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Business leaders, entrepreneurs, government leaders and academics gathered in Halifax today to celebrate Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business and its significant impact on the local economy, as it unveiled the results from the Business School Impact System (BSIS) report. The Sobey School of Business is the first school in North America to take part in BSIS, a process that was developed by EFMD Global Network and FNEGE. The BSIS is designed to assess regional economic, intellectual, cultural and social impact using both quantitative and qualitative indicators.

The purpose of the study was to display its economic impact to the maritime region through its scholarship and its graduates living, working and starting businesses in the Atlantic Provinces. Some of the standout annual impacts include:

  • 329 million dollars contributed annually to the Nova Scotia economy;
  • 250 international students take their first job in this region;
  • 45% of our 800 graduates stay in the region to work;
  • Regular relevant research related directly to Atlantic Canada on topics such as innovation, leadership, ethics, sustainable fisheries, boosting our wine industry, immigrants in the labour force, women in government and more;
  • Students in Enactus launched 34 businesses, created 156 jobs and saved taxpayers one million dollars.
“We know that through collective impact we can accelerate change and create a better world for those who come after us,” said Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School of Business. “We are proud to release our benchmark impact with purpose report. We commit to continuing to measure and grow our contributions to regional prosperity. These results demonstrate that we make a significant contribution to the economy of Nova Scotia and to the social and intellectual fabric of the region. We hope to inspire others to join us in creating shared value and to tracking impact.”


To download the full Executive Summary of the Creating Impact with Purpose report, please go here

About the Business School Impact System
The Business School Impact System (BSIS) scheme is designed to determine the extent of a school’s impact upon its local environment – the city or region in which it is located. The scheme was initially designed by FNEGE (the French National Foundation for Management Education) and is already well established in the French higher education arena.

The BSIS process has been adapted for an international audience and is now offered in a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.

To learn more about BSIS, please visit the BSIS website here.

Three New Schools Join the EQUIS Business School Accreditation Family

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics Prague and the Indian School of Business which have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

This takes the number of accredited schools to 170 across 42 countries.

Please read below what the Deans of the newly accrediteds schools say about the achievement.

“ISB is proud to join the select group of schools that have received the prestigious EQUIS accreditation. It is an endorsement of our the quality of our programmes, particularly internationalisation, corporate connections, and ethics. The accreditation recognises that our processes for quality control in all aspects of the running of our school meet rigorous international standards of excellence," said Rajendra Srivastava, the Dean of ISB. "We are confident that the EQUIS accreditation will enhance our school's appeal to potential international applicants, especially in Europe,”

Marcos Lisboa, the Dean of Insper commented the school's achievement: "Achieving the EQUIS accreditation has been part of Insper’s strategic objectives for long and it is supported by a twofold consistent rationale. First, it was a way of fostering improvements at Insper, having international accreditation standards as benchmark. This is by far  the main value of accreditation, which has been already achieved. Second, the EQUIS accreditation is a powerful way of introducing the School to international partners and communicating to the domestic market, including students and organisations, not only the school’s quality standards but also its commitment to continuous improvement."

“To get ranked among the top business schools has been a long and demanding journey. Obtaining accreditation is for us however not only a great success, but also a great commitment,” added Ivan Nový, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics Prague.

Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: "We are delighted to welcome three new schools into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. The EQUIS community includes now 170 institutions from 42 countries worldwide. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against a set of international standards in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, and foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as corporate engagement. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality.”

The list of reaccredited schools is available here.

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

EQUIS Success Story: Tongji SEM

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International Accreditation Boosts Tongji SEM’s Ranking of Master in Management 

In recent years, international accreditation has not only significantly improved teaching and research ability of the School of Economics and Management, Tongji University (Tongji SEM), but also effectively enhanced the international rankings and brand influence of the school.

In April 2016, after successfully obtaining the five-year EQUIS re-accreditation, Tongji SEM consecutively earned AACSB accreditation and AMBA re-accreditation, becoming one of the only four business schools in mainland China holding the three most prestigious global accreditations. 
Attaining these accreditations has helped to enhance the school’s recognition and qualified it for improved rankings by authoritative international ranking bodies.

In 2014, after obtaining EQUIS accreditation, Tongji SEM was ranked number 65 for the first time by Financial Times. This ranking body requires either EQUIS or AACSB accreditation. In 2014, Tongji SEM was one of the only two business schools in greater Chinese ranked by Financial Times.

In 2015, taking accreditation as a catalyst, the teaching and research quality of the School was improved substantially. In the meantime, the employment and salary levels of the graduates of Tongji SEM increased remarkably, while the amount of international publications was raised by 20 percent year-on-year. In that year, SEM was ranked 52nd worldwide. In 2016, with persistent efforts, the Master in Management programme of the school edged into world’s Top 50 by the Financial Times ranking. 

EQUIS is one of the world's top two authoritative and influential accreditations for business schools. 2017 witnesses the 20th anniversary of EQUIS, which pays special attention to the continuous improvement of the teaching and research quality and the internationalization and corporate connections of business schools.

So far, there are only 167 schools and universities from 41 countries around the world having obtained EQUIS accreditation, accounting for only 1 percent of the world's 15,000 business schools.

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EQUIS Success Story: SKEMA Business School

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Prof. Alice Guilhon, dean of SKEMA Business School, explains how the EQUIS Accreditation has helped in the merger of two well-established French schools and implement the necessary actions plans.

SKEMA Business School was created in 2009 by a merger between two well-established French schools: ESC Lille whose history dated back almost 121 years, and CERAM the school that for 47 years had been located in Europe’s biggest science park, Sophia-Antipolis.

The merger’s objectives were twofold:

Respond to the globalisation of markets and the economy by training talents able to work on all continents;
Respond to the digitalisation of the economy by putting knowledge and information management at the heart of its research and teaching programmes, emphasising creativity and entrepreneurship, multiculturalism and international management.

This merger thus had nothing to do with a desire to reduce costs, economise resources or rationalise our territorial implantation. It was rather a strategic project aiming to create a new type of school with the following characteristicsthe school should be multisite with its own campuses in several countries and locations, all involved in the local economy; its students were to acquire a global vision of the world with innovation as the leitmotif for learning.

When the new brand was launched in 2009, only the EFMD supported it – mostly, academic killjoys predicted our certain demise. Eight years later, many of us have seen others imitate us, either by pursuing mergers or by adopting a multisite strategy

SKEMA’s first strategic plan from 2010 to 2015 focused on making the merger a success and establishing our international development. Our accreditation by EQUIS was a precious guide to our success in achieving this first plan. Apart from an “instrumental” view of accreditation, we concentrated on the EQUIS guidelines to succeed in our merger and implement the necessary action plans. Amongst these were the SKEMA balance score card – a real tool for tracking our activity that includes key processes each of which refers to the strategic indicators defined by EQUIS, namely, status, quality of students and programmes, international activity, corporate relations and executive education, ethics and corporate social responsibility. An array of 22 strategic indicators and hundreds of operational indicators are tracked each year by SKEMA’s departments and managers. Since 2009, we have been implementing a culture of excellence, quality and continuous improvement that has enabled the school to focus on its strategic objectives.

Often the cultural differences inherent to mergers give rise to serious conflicts and psychosocial problems. Our approach focused our collaborators on developing the school, being client centred and having an efficient organisation. This meant that no time was wasted listening to a discourse lamenting the good old days, or “it was better before” etc. In this way, in November 2009 we announced the name SKEMA and in June 2010 we opened our campus in the United states!

I would like to take this opportunity to address my heartfelt thanks to EQUIS and EFMD, not only for supporting SKEMA, but also for having given us the tools and capabilities to succeed so efficiently in this extraordinary strategic project!

Yours sincerely

Alice GUILHON
Dean 

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New Study Identifies How Students Use School Websites to Decide Where to Study

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The cost of a degree programme and its ranking position are the two most sought after pieces of information for students when looking at a business school website, reveals the ninth edition of the GenerationWeb study by CarringtonCrisp, supported by EFMD.

More than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 57 nationalities took part in the study which found that course fees (chosen by 82%) and rankings (78%) were the most important elements on a business school website.

Conversely, the information that prospective students are least concerned with is alumni profiles, with only 18% citing it as important content on a business school website.

Andrew Crisp, author of the study comments: “The business school market gets more competitive every year and prospective students want to know first what a course will cost them and second, how prestigious it is compared to rival schools. The low position for alumni profiles is surprising, but may be an indication that students are sceptical of alumni profiles neatly marketed to them, preferring to get views on the strength of a school directly from friends and peers on social media.”

The study’s other key findings include:

  • The number of students who search for business school videos on YouTube and other video sharing platforms has increased again to 42%. Amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students, 59% watch videos on business school websites.
  • The trend for searching for business school information on social networking sites has continued with 48% responding that they use these channels. Five years ago, fewer than a fifth of respondents used these channels when considering where to study.
  • Facebook is the most used platform (92%) of those who use social media to get business school information followed by LinkedIn (71%), WhatsApp (71%), Instagram (62%), Google+ (43%) and Twitter (38%).
Regardless of the channel being used, interesting and engaging content is vital. Andrew Crisp concludes: “With thousands of business schools in the world, differentiation can be a challenge. The problem with many business schools’ ads, is that they say little that is different to competitors. Prospective students want hard evidence of why a school is different and right for them, but presented as a story, not a hard sell.”

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The research was carried out in April and May 2016 amongst 609 undergraduate and postgraduate students (65% female / 35% male – 57 nationalities). Since 2007, the study has reviewed almost 200 business school websites. In the current study, 37 business school websites were reviewed. 

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CarringtonCrisp is a specialist higher education consultancy, providing market research, strategy consulting and creative services across higher education globally. The company was established in 2003 and has worked with more than 130 institutions in over 30 countries. 

EQUIS Accreditation System Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

LatestNews 2017 EQUIS 20th anniversaryThis year marks the 20th anniversary of EQUIS - EFMD Quality Improvement System, launched two decades ago at the Deans and Directors General Conference at Schloss Gracht, now part of the ESMT Berlin.

This international quality benchmark and improvement process was created to give European and, subsequently, business schools worldwide, a rigorous tool to assess, certify and improve their quality in 10 key areas, including governance, programmes, students, faculty, research and, foremost, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability as well as corporate engagement.

Since its establishment, a strong emphasis on internationalisation and corporate connections have been the differentiating points of the EQUIS business school accreditation system. Coupled with recently added ethics, responsibility and sustainability standards, they have created a solid framework for quality measurement for international business schools.

In this interview, Gordon Shenton the former Quality Services Director and the founding father of EQUIS, talks about the evolution of EQUIS since the initial idea, its development and core values, and draws some perspectives for the future.
EQUIS is not only a quality assessment but also a quality improvement process, very much rooted in the mission of EFMD. As David Saunders, the Dean of Smith School of Business at the Queen's University in Canada and Chairman of the EQUIS Accreditation Board, comments: “No matter how good your school is, you can always improve and that is a critical core component of EQUIS – continuous improvement.”

EQUIS has always aimed at building a community of mutual learning and best practice for business schools coming from different higher-education systems. Sue Cox, Dean Emerita of Lancaster University Management School in the UK and former EFMD Board member, stresses the emphasis on schools’ differentiating points in the EQUIS quality framework. “EQUIS actively encourages schools to consider their unique selling proposition within the strategic planning process,” she says.

Over the last 20 years, EFMD has conducted over 600 peer review visits, with over a thousand outstanding experts devoting their time and knowledge to the development of the system.

More than 10 deans and experts who have contributed to the development of the EQUIS accreditation system have given their voices to the value and role EQUIS has played in enhancing the quality of management education worldwide as well as the future development of the management education industry.
“EQUIS is a way of celebrating excellence in diversity and I’m delighted to see how the EQUIS system and the accredited schools have evolved in these 20 years. There is no one harmonised definition of quality but there is an excellence benchmark and a striving for perfection in the continuous improvement process,” adds Eric Cornuel, EFMD’s Director General and CEO.

In its short history, EQUIS accreditation has become widely recognised by potential students, employers, the wider business education industry and the media as the most holistic and rigorous accreditation process, often being a pre-requisite for entry to rankings.

With an estimated number of 15,000 business schools worldwide, only a handful (167 institutions from 41 countries) hold the EQUIS quality label and they can say without being too boastful that they are part of “1% of leading business schools.”

To commemorate this landmark achievement, EFMD plans to celebrate the success of EQUIS over the course of 2017 at EFMD events across the international community.

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes from EFMD

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ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2016 Supported by EFMD: Results

ISB Ivey competition 2016The Centre for Learning and Management Practice (previously known as the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Case Development) at the Indian School of Business and Ivey Business School, Western University, Ontario, Canada announce the results of the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2016. The annual competition identifies and publishes the best India-centric business cases from around the world.

The Centre for Learning and Management Practice at the Indian School of Business (ISB), hosts this event in partnership with Ivey Business School, Western University. The event is supported by Ivey Publishing and EFMD, with Amazon and Times Center-for-Learning Ltd. as Category Sponsors. Learn more here

RESULTS

OVERALL WINNER – 1st PLACE (Award of $ 4000.00)

Good Company or Good Stock – Investor's Dilemma
  • Pitabas Mohanty, XLRI, Jamshedpur
  • Supriti Mishra, International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar
OVERALL WINNER – 2nd PLACE (Award of $ 3000.00)

Barefoot College of Tilonia: Lighting Up Rural Lives in Under Developed Countries
  • Sunita Mehta, Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University
  • Surya Kant Sharma, XLRI, Jamshedpur
  • Radhika Ramanchi, Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University
WINNER – MARKETING CATEGORY (Award of $ 2000.00, sponsored by Amazon)

The Vanca: Reworking Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Jones Mathew, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
  • Banasree Dey, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida
WINNER – ENTREPRENEURSHIP CATEGORY (Award of $ 2000.00, sponsored by ET Cases)

Unicommerce: The Exit Decision
  • Nilesh Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli
  • Shantam Shukla, Varroc Group
To discover the Honourable Mentions, please go here.

Drucker Forum Live Stream: Special Offer for EFMD Members

Drucker16We are pleased to invite you to participate virtually in the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum that will be broadcasted worldwide live on 17 and 18 November.

As a longstanding partner of this leading management conference we can provide our members with a special discount of 50% from the standard rate of €240.
As discounted live stream tickets are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis, please register as soon as possible.
To take advantage of the reduced fee enter the group code 'member-2016' here.

The 2016 conference theme "The Entrepreneurial Society" will be discussed by world class thinkers and practitioners, such as Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School, Sara Armbruster, VP, Steelcase, Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, Mariana Mazzucato, Sussex University, Alexander Osterwalder, Entrepreneur and business model innovator, Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD, Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO, Egon Zehnder, Gary Hamel, London Business School, Roger Martin, Martin Prosperity Institute, and Curtis Carlson, Founder and CEO, The Practice of Innovation, former CEO of SRI.

Please see the full conference program here.

EDC Paris, UWE Bristol and RMIT Accredited by EPAS

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We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded EPAS accreditation to three new programmes from business schools from Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

The following programmes have been recognised by the EPAS quality label:

Master of Business Administration (Executive) – Melbourne campus and online
at Graduate School of Business and Law, College of Business, RMIT University, Australia
"The Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, is delighted to achieve EPAS accreditation for our MBA (Executive) programme. EPAS accreditation challenged the school to examine in detail the design and delivery of our programme, programme outcomes and quality assurance processes. Undertaking EPAS enabled us to reflect deeply on the underlying philosophy of our programme, to ensure we have an Executive MBA that encompasses traditional disciplines, whilst exposing students to innovative and disruptive business practices,"
said Mark Farrell, Head of Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University. "With a curriculum underpinned with Design Thinking, we are producing graduates capable of developing a range of solutions to tackle complex problems. We recognise that EPAS is the beginning of the journey and that we need to constantly improve if we are to remain competitive. If you are a business school that has not yet taken the step towards EQUIS accreditation and are unsure if you are ready, I would strongly recommend that you consider EPAS in the first instance. The result will be a much improved programme, and a deeper understanding of the benefits of rigorous external accreditation."

Master in Management (Grande Ecole Programme)
at EDC Paris Business School, France
“EDC Paris Business School initiated the EPAS accreditation process 4 years ago since we are convinced that an international environment is compulsory to progress. Today, we are honored to receive EPAS accreditation and delighted to take part in the community of EFMD accredited institutions,"
commented Jean-Marcel Jammet, Managing Director & Dean, EDC Paris Business School. "The accreditation process has been a great opportunity to rethink our internal processes and offer better services to our students. We are fully aware that efforts and progress still have to be pursued but we can count onto the EFMD to help us to fulfill our missions. We are grateful for their help and support during the entire process of accreditation and would like to thank the peer review team and the accreditation board for their valuable comments and support”.

BA (Hons) International Business
at Bristol Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England, UK
"I am absolutely thrilled to have secured EPAS accreditation for our BA International Business Course. The accreditation is an important commendation of the quality of the programme and it reflects our commitment to internationalisation, corporate engagement and continuous improvement. It also endorses the strong vision that we have within our Business School," said Donna Whitehead, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at Faculty of Business and Law, UWE.

We are also very happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has also reaccredited the Master in Insurance and Risk Management programme at MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy.
“We are proud of maintaining the prestigious EPAS accreditation, rewarding the increasing level of internationalisation of MIRM editions and strengthening MIB Trieste School of Management partnerships with the European insurance market leaders,” commented Vladimir Nanut, Dean of MIB Trieste School of Management.

David Asch, Associate Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome three new institutions to the community of EPAS accredited programmes. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management. We would like to also warmly congratulate MIB Trieste for their reaccreditation. All four schools made tremendous progress in terms of the development of their programmes and should be commended for their strive for excellence.”

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 10 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world.

As of October 2016, 104 accredited programmes from 76 institutions across 35 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Starting a Business is Now One of the Top Reasons to Take an MBA

Tomorrows MBA 2016Starting a business has become one of the top five motivations to study an MBA, reveals the 2016 edition of the Tomorrow’s MBA study by CarringtonCrisp, supported by EFMD.

The study, conducted amongst 1,000 MBA applicants worldwide, found that almost one in five (20%) were considering an MBA in order to start their own business. Entrepreneurship was rated as the fifth most valuable piece of content in an MBA degree, up from 10th in the previous year’s study.

Amongst those considering a specialist MBA, entrepreneurship is now in the top four most popular choices (10%), along with IT (10%), international management (11%) and finance (15%).

The study’s other key findings include:

·       More women (42%) responded to the survey than ever before – an indication in line with other industry studies that efforts by business schools to attract more female students are working.

·       However, male and female applicants differed on a number of elements when considering an MBA. For MBA course content, ‘leadership’ is more popular with men (40%) than women (29%). Conversely, 16% of women value ‘ethics’ as important course content compared to only 5% of men.

·       26% of respondents prefer a blended or online MBA.

·       Career planning and job searching is vital, with almost three quarters (72%) wanting to know that it is integrated into the student experience.

·       Some elements of MBA programmes seen by many schools as important were not highly valued by MBA applicants – including varied electives (8%), small class sizes (9%) and international study tours (11%).  For course content, corporate social responsibility was seen as most valuable by only 6% of respondents.

·       Google (38%) and LinkedIn (24%) were seen as the most important digital channels for deciding when to study. The Financial Times was comfortably the most important ranking (37%), followed by Forbes (27%) and Business Week (25%).

Entrepreneurship has been a growing trend for a number of years and is now firmly a key motivation for a lot of people to embark on an MBA. It presents an opportunity to those schools that are able to market their entrepreneurial expertise, but it also poses some interesting challenges.

Andrew Crisp, author of the report comments: “Schools need to consider if entrepreneurship is taught in its own right or integrated throughout a degree programme. They also should look at the sometimes differing needs of entrepreneurs and those students looking for more corporate roles. From an external perspective, it will be interesting to see what impact an increased number of graduates starting their own businesses will have on MBA rankings, where increases in post graduate salaries play an important part.”

The good news from the study is the indication that more women are interested in an MBA. Women represented 42% of respondents – since the study started in 2009 the percentage of female respondents had not risen above 38% until this year and has been as low as 26%. As with an increased focus on entrepreneurship, the successful schools are going to be the ones that are smart about marketing to both male and female applicants and then meeting their study needs where they do differ.

Google and LinkedIn were by far and away the most popular digital tools for applicants and their increased prominence provides a wonderful opportunity to business schools to segment and carefully target their marketing and recruitment efforts. Despite the advances in technology however, human contact remains key in deciding if the applicant and school are compatible. The most impactful marketing for schools is to combine human contact and technology – with one to one meetings with school staff (37%) and school website (39%) seen as having the biggest impact.

As well as a number of newer trends, the study reinforces certain factors that are ever present for MBA applicants when choosing a business school. A school’s academic reputation is the most important factor for both men (39%) and women (40%). Along with teaching quality, this has consistently been one of the most important elements since the study began.

Andrew Crisp concludes: “Since the financial crisis in 2009, there have been reports of the demise of the MBA. Our study shows that it is certainly not dead, but undergoing significant change. Competition is growing around the world, there are demands for different styles of delivery and importantly, students are ever more focused on their future career when judging value for money, with a growing number thinking that career may mean starting their own business.”

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“What Happens if a Business School Disappears? The Intellectual Foundation of BSIS”

The Business School Impact System (BSIS), offered in a joint venture between the French National Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE) and EFMD Global Network, identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a business school brings to its local environment through seven dimensions: 

Impacts

The Business School benefits from this in-depth impact analysis on several levels. To name a few, BSIS impact analysis helps in increasing the awareness within the business school of the significance of its impact on the Region; an in-depth study of their activity’s impact gives numerous members of the school a better image of their job and value they create, of what they are doing and why they are doing it; the BSIS report constitutes a powerful tool for communication with the external stakeholders; and last but not least, the reviewers’ recommendations help the school to improve its impact.

In their paper “What Happens if a Business School Disappears? The Intellectual Foundation of BSIS”, recently published in the Journal of Management Development, two BSIS co-directors, Michel Kalika (Université Lyon III and IAE Lyon and EFMD Global Network) and Gordon Shenton (EM Lyon Business School and EFMD Global Network), together with Pierre-Louis Dubois (Université de Montpellier and FNEGE) present the methodological issues of the work that led to develop the BSIS system and present this innovative impact assessment system in more detail. Based on the exploratory interviews and the literature review, the authors were able to identify three main categories of impact: the financial impact; the impact on the regional community; and the impact on attractiveness and image.

To download the full paper, please visit the Emerald website here.

Get Access to Top Talent Pool Through the Global Internship Platform

EFMD blog stickyEFMD Global Network and HigherEd join forces to launch the first global internship portal to connect companies and top business schools and students worldwide.
How can your company benefit from the access to the talent pool?

The portal will give the companies an access to an exclusive pool of three million outstanding international intern prospects from 600 top business schools in the EFMD Global Network, creating a unique opportunity to follow the students that are in their target groups throughout the lifecycle of their specific education and career paths.

The platform will connect companies, top business schools and students at an unprecedented level, adding great diversity and corporate innovation possibilities.

Tapping into a vast pool of selected quality graduate talent in one single place is at the heart of this initiative which will become the largest and most targeted recruitment tool available in the education industry.

This initiative will only be available to the corporate members of EFMD Global Network.

We are launching a pilot phase of this initiative over the next months and are gradually on-boarding schools and corporate members, so if you are interested in seizing this unique opportunity, please visit http://www.highered.no/for-companies/ and contact Bernt Blankholm, CEO of HigherEd or Matthew Wood, COO at EFMD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Entrepreneurial Society: Global Peter Drucker Forum 2016

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In recent years, EFMD has developed a close and rewarding partnership with the Global Peter Drucker Forum that is annually held in Vienna, Austria, Peter Drucker's birthplace.

This year's Forum will deal with a major transformation that Drucker predicted in his 1985 book Innovation and Entrepreneurship – the emergence of a society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous. The Global Focus article "Building The New Entrepreneurial Society" outlines the scope of the conference.

As the Forum’s strategic partner, EFMD can provide our members with a 10% reduced conference fee. Register here.

The conference program can be accessed via this link.

EFMD and Cisco have jointly organised the session Adaptive Talent Markets - Channelling the Entrepreneurial Talent in which insights from the Special Interest Group (SIG) on the subject will be presented.

The 2016 roster of leading thinkers and practitioners participating in the Forum includes:
  • Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School
  • Philip Kotler, Kellog Graduate School of Management
  • Sara Armbruster, VP, Steelcase
  • Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Sussex University
  • Sally Osberg, CEO, Skoll Foundation
  • Rita Gunther McGrath, Columbia
  • Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD
  • Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO, Egon Zehnder
  • Gary Hamel, London Business School
  • Maelle Gavet, COO Priceline Group
  • Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Business School
  • Lisa Hershman, CEO DeNovo Group, Vice Chair Scrum Alliance
  • Tawfik Jelassi, IMD
  • Gianpaolo Barozzi, Senior Director Cisco
  • Gisbert Rühl, CEO, Klöckner & Co SE
For the complete speaker’s list, please go here.
 

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Sixth International Business School Shanghai Conference in October 2016

300x600With the support from EFMD Global Network, the Sixth International Business School Shanghai Conference (IBSSC) hosted by Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, will be held on 16-18 October 2016.

With the theme of “Technology and Management”, this conference will foster in-depth discussion on the interaction between the development of technology and management education.

Indeed, recent years have witnessed revolutions in communication, management strategies of enterprises, digital technology and new media. Scientific and technological developments inevitably lead to innovations in both theory and practice in management, which in turn drives further scientific and technological developments. A phenomenon that will surely continue. 

As we celebrate the 120th anniversary of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, more than 250 deans from leading business schools and key business education stakeholders will gather at the Antai College of Economics and Management. Participants will exchange views and further explore the development of business schools, while promoting cooperation between business education in China and other countries. To date, the following professors have confirmed to deliver speeches at this year IBSSC:

  • Prof. Edward Snyder, Dean of Yale School of Management, Yale University, USA
  • Prof. Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris, France
  • Prof. Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Prof. G. "Anand" Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School, UK
  • Prof. James G. Ellis, Dean of Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, USA
  • Prof. Gregory Whitwell, Dean of The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  • Prof. Hirokazu Kono, Keio Business School, Keio University, Japan
  • Prof. Zvi Wiener, Dean, School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University, Israel
  • Prof. Robert Helsley, Dean of Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof. Srilata Zaheer, Dean of Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Prof. Gregory Whitwell, Dean of The University of Sydney Business School, Australia
  • Prof. María de Lourdes Dieck Assad, Dean of EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Prof. Ira Solomon, Dean of Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, USA
  • Prof. Scott DeRue, Dean of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA
  • Prof. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov, President, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
    Speaker: Prof. DING Yuan, Vice President and Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), P. R. China
  • Prof. Branislav Boricic, Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Prof. XIE Danyang, Dean of Economics and Management School, Wuhan University, P. R. China
  • Prof. Sergey Myasoedov, Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia
  • Prof. Bill Glick, Dean of Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, USA, and Chair of AACSB Board of Directors
  • Mr. Sangeet Chowfla, President & CEO, GMAC
Who should attend?

  • Presidents and Vice Presidents, Deans/Directors/Rectors and Associate Deans/Directors/Rectors from leading business schools, colleges and universities worldwide
  • Directors of international accreditation
  • Top executives from international organisations in the business education industry
For those registered to the conference, EFMD Global Network will host a free session on Market Trends, Quality & Accreditations, from the afternoon of 18th until the morning of 19th, to provide the conference participants with an opportunity to learn more about the EFMD Global Network services for our member organisations. To mention but a few key services, we will talk about EOCCS (Online Course Certification System) – an international online course certification system designed to evaluate the quality of online business and/or management-related courses that either stand-alone or constitute part of a certificate or programme, and the Job Fair for PhD and DBA in Management, where best international schools from around the world will have the opportunity to recruit new talents for their academic teams.

For more information please visit the event's website.

Registration is available here.

Nineteen Business Schools Awarded with BSIS Impact Label

Since its launch in 2014, BSIS, run as a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE, has successfully assessed nineteen business schools all over the word.

Please have a look at what the value of the BSIS process was for the Schools, what tangible outcomes the BSIS process brought in terms of showcasing their impact on the local environment and in terms of raising impact awareness with regard to the Schools' internal and external stakeholders.

In order to formally recognise the efforts schools put into undertaking the impact assessment exercise, EFMD Global Network officially transformed BSIS - Business School Impact Survey into BSIS - Business School Impact System and agreed to confer the BSIS Label upon all the schools which have gone through the impact assessment exercise. The objective of the Label is to recognise business schools that are aware of the importance of measuring and assessing their impact not just within the management education community, but within society at large.

Nineteen Schools, including SKEMA Business School, AUDENCIA Nantes, Corvinus University of Budapest, EM Normandie, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Groupe ESC Troyes, Groupe ESC PauGroupe Sup de Co La Rochelle, HEC ULg Liège, IAE de Bordeaux, IAE de Grenoble, IAE de Lyon, IAE Nice, Montpellier Business School, San Telmo, Sobey School of Business, Toulouse Business School, University of St Gallen & USEK Lebanon were awarded with the BSIS Label during the EFMD Annual Conference in Rome on 12-14 June 2016. Many congratulatuons!

The BSIS scheme identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a business school brings to theLogo BSISystem HR community. At the heart of the BSIS measurement process is a framework of around 120 indicators covering financial, economic, societal and image dimensions of impact.

"Demonstrating the many ways in which they add economic and social value to the environment in which they operate has become a challenge for business schools. To meet this demand for greater accountability, BSIS is an effective tool to help schools identify, measure and communicate all the positive contributions they make to the world around them," said Prof. Gordon Shenton, who, together with Prof. Michel Kalika, IAE Lyon, has been appointed one of the two co-directors of BSIS.

"I am really proud that we can now offer a tangible sign of international appreciation for the tremendous work the schools put in collecting and analysing data on their impact on the local environment. The label also raises the internal awareness within the business schools, proving their relevance, meaning and real impact on the community. It is a seal of recognition for the schools who consider their impact as vital," added Prof. Michel Kalika, BSIS co-director.

If you would like to receive further information or are interested in your school taking part, please visit www.efmdglobal.org/bsis or contact: Gordon SHENTON: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Michel KALIKA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EFMD Awards EPAS Accreditation to Four New Programmes

EPAS 2016 JuneWe are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded the EPAS accreditation to three Institutions from Canada, Estonia and United Kingdom. We are delighted to welcome two new countries, Canada and Estonia, to the EPAS pool!
 
Four new programmes from three institutions have been recently recognised by EPAS quality label:

Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, Canada
- Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration (Bcom-SPAD)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA on-campus only)

Dr. Stephen Havlovic, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, declared: “The international EPAS accreditation of our undergraduate business programs is a significant milestone for the Faculty of Management in light of our commitment to excellence in developing socially responsible leaders for the global business world. It’s a visible assurance of quality for current and future students, alumni and employers. As a bilingual university working in a very competitive higher education environment, it was important for us to be globally recognized for the excellence of our programs.”

Estonian Business School, Estonia
International BBA Programme 

Prof. Arno Almann, Rector of the Estonian Business School, said: “This is enormous recognition for EBS. It shows that the quality of our studies is up there with the very best business schools around the world. Such accreditation represents validation of what we’ve done to date in developing our study programmes and in ensuring the quality of our teaching and the competitiveness of the education we provide. It also boosts the reputation of both EBS specifically and Estonian higher education generally, and opens up new opportunities for our students and lecturers for working with recognised European universities.”

Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK
MBA Programme

“As one of the original recipients of EPAS accreditation, the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes University is delighted to continue that tradition by receiving both a five-year re-accreditation for our undergraduate Bachelors in Business programme set as well as a 'first time' five year accreditation for our innovative, online Global MBA. We have always valued highly the rigour of the EPAS accreditation process in cross-checking our own quality assurance and delivery systems and helping us to achieve our aspiration of providing an outstanding student experience at all levels of study. But in addition to that rigour, we also greatly welcomed the collegiality of the accreditation panel in working with us and their constructively critical approach, all of which of course is only made possible by the hugely supportive EFMD administrative team,” said Mr. Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University.


Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome three new Institutions into the community of EPAS accredited programmes, adding two new countries, Canada and Estonia, to the pool of EPAS accredited programmes. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management. We would like to warmly congratulate all three schools for the tremendous work they put into the development of their programmes and for the completion of the accreditation process.”

EPAS was launched in 2005 and has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. With the accreditation of those 4 new programmes, EPAS  adds 2 new countries, Canada and Estonia, to its portfolio. As of June 2016, 102 programmes from 74 Institutions across 35 countries have been labelled EPAS. 

The list of re-accredited programmes is available here.

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Eight Programmes Successfully Reaccredited by EPAS

EPAS logo13 LRWe are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently reaccredited eight programmes from seven institutions:

The following programmes have been reaccredited by EPAS:

ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
Master in Business Management

Faculty of Business Studies, University of Vaasa, Finland
Master’s Degree Programme in Finance

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
BSc in Business Information Systems

Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, Netherlands
 - BSc International Business Administration
 - MSc Business Administration Programme Set

Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Executive MBA

Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK 
BA Business and Management Programme Set

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK
Undergraduate Framework for Business and Management
 
Please read below what the Deans of the reaccredited schools say about the achievement.

“EPAS re-accreditation comes as the recognition of an intensive work on high-level education, intellectual quality and the transmission of our values, in a world shaken by terror and hateful acts of violence. Despite the extraordinary context of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the visit was maintained and went on smoothly, and we wish to thank the Peer Review Team for their calm determination in fulfilling their role.” Prof. Brigitte Chanoine, Rector, ICHEC Brussels Management School

“Standing out in the academic education market is important. Getting recognition for excellence from an external party gives the degree programme a valuable advantage in the competition for Finnish and international students. The received recognition bears significance also because the quality of education programmes will get even more emphasis once international master's programmes become subject to a tuition fee for students coming outside the EU.” Prof. Jukka Vesalainen, Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Vaasa

“We have received the news with great enthousiasm and we are very gratefull for all the energy,  time and expertise that has been mobilised by the EPAS Team to review our program. Would you please be so kind as to extend my thanks and appreciation to the members of the committee. Apart from the accreditation as such, the exercise has once again proven to be an important learning and quality improvement experience at an important moment in the development of the program. We will carry the label of approvement with pride and see to it that the recommendations of the review committee will seriously be implemented.” Prof. Theo Toonen, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente

"We are glad to have our EMBA programme reaccredited by EPAS. Our EMBA is one of the most popular programmes in the region. It's designed and promoted for working professionals. This recent reaccreditation decision as well as the accreditation by AACSB and AMBA reconfirm the high quality and robust continuous improvement process of the programmes being offered by our school. King Abdulaziz University is the top Arab university in the region and always wants to maintain its leadership position."  Dr. Ayman Fadil, Dean of King Abdulaziz University

“With 19 programmes, Newcastle Business School has the largest suite of EPAS accredited courses in the UK. This re-accreditation confirms the quality of our learning experience, the industry-relevance of our curriculum and the increased international opportunities for our students and academic colleagues. We are delighted and honoured to be part of the EFMD community.” Prof. Kevin Kerrigan, Executive Dean of Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the seven Institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS reaccreditation process. Their achievement illustrates these Institutions’ commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of their programmes. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that the accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. As of June 2016, 102 programmes from 74 Institutions across 35 countries have been labelled EPAS. 

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Special Offer for EFMD Members: Smart Certificate™ with Smart Ads™ Free

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We’re also offering EFMD members a very special offer: sign up for Smart Certificate™ and get Smart Ads™ free whatever the pack chosen. The offer is valid until the end of 2016.

“Sharing documents that have the label of trust has become tremendously easy. The Smart Certificate solution has changed the way that graduates, schools and recruiters interact. Smart Certificate clearly sets the standard,” commented Mr. Sven Biel, Associate Director MBA Programme Management at INSEAD.

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Internationalisation Strategies in Higher Education

NBEAC’s 3rd Deans and Directors Conference that took place on 17-18 February 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan.

The conference, origanised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council, gathered more than 300 participants, among which more than 100 Deans, which make it the largest gathering of Deans and Directors of business schools outside of India, USA and Europe.

The topic of the conference was how to strengthen business schools through partnerships.

Pakistan 2Dr. Christophe Terrasse, Director, International Projects, EFMD, delivered a keynote speech on internationalisation strategies, during the inaugural session of the conference. He underlined that internationalisation is now compulsory for HEIs, as it is now requested by all the stakeholders, whether they are students, faculty or corporates.

However, there is no “one size fits all” model when it comes to the internationalisation and each institution should carefully design its strategy and allocate proper resources for its implementation. In doing so, the institutions should capitalise on their existing networks (faculty, alumni, corporations) and take advantage of the platform offered by existing international networks.

They should avoid the common mistake of reducing the notion of internationalisation to passport counting or teaching in English. Internationalisation is much more than this and encompasses ‘internationalisation at home’, i.e. going beyond physical mobility, and internationalisation of the curriculum.Pakistan 1

EFMD has a long standing cooperation with NBEAC and regularly provides resources for training in the field of accreditation and quality assurance, joint activities and participation to the NBEAC conference.

EFMD also led a regional EU-funded project that initiated a regional accreditation system for business education in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).

EFMD counts three members institutions in Pakistan: Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, UMT - University of Management and Technology, Lahore and the NBEAC-National Business Education Accreditation Council.

Launch of the Business School Impact System (BSIS) Label

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Launch of the Business School Impact System (BSIS) Label

Since its launch in 2014, BSIS - Business School Impact Survey, run as a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE, has successfully assessed 19 business schools & 24 campuses all over the word, including SKEMA, IAE Lyon, St.Gallen and USEK Lebanon.

Thomas Bieger, President of University of St.Gallen in Switzerland said: “The University of St.Gallen is a cantonal/state school with an international role. Less than 10 percent of our students are from the region, but our university needs the support of the local citizens when, for example, it needs new buildings or other infrastructure (...) For us, the BSIS impact assessment not only helps to create a transparent scheme for impact measurement and improves our strategy by fruitful inputs and benchmarking, but it also significantly increases internal awareness of the importance of regional legitimation."

 At a time when all organisations are increasingly being held accountable for their activities, there is often a need to demonstrate with well-documented evidence the impact that they have on their immediate environment.

 The BSIS scheme identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a business school brings to the community. At the heart of the BSIS measurement process is a framework of around 120 indicators covering financial, economic, societal and image dimensions of impact.

In order to formally recognise the efforts schools put into undertaking the impact assessment exercise, EFMD officially transformed BSIS - Business School Impact Survey into BSIS - Business School Impact System and agreed to confer the BSIS Label upon schools going through the impact assessment process. The decision was taken by the EFMD Board at the 2016 EFMD Deans & Director General Conference in Budapest.

The objective of the Label is to recognise business schools that are aware of the importance of measuring and assessing their impact not just within the management education community, but within society at large. The Label will be also awarded retroactively to the schools that have gone through the process since its launch.

"Demonstrating the many ways in which they add economic and social value to the environment in which they operate has become a challenge for business schools. To meet this demand for greater accountability, BSIS is an effective tool to help schools identify, measure and communicate all the positive contributions they make to the world around them," said Prof. Gordon Shenton, who, together with Prof. Michel Kalika, IAE Lyon, has been appointed one of the two co-directors of BSIS.

"I am really proud that we can now offer a tangible sign of international appreciation for the tremendous work the schools put in collecting and analysing data on their impact on the local environment. The label also raises the internal awareness within the business schools, proving their relevance, meaning and real impact on the community. It is a seal of recognition for the schools who consider their impact as vital," added Prof. Michel Kalika, BSIS co-director.

If you would like to receive further information or are interested in your school taking part, please visit www.efmdglobal.org/bsis or contact: Gordon SHENTON: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Michel KALIKA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EFMD Launch EOCCS - EFMD Online Course Certification System

EFMD launch EOCCS


At the 2016 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General in Budapest hosted by the Corvinus University of Budapest, EFMD officially launched EOCCS - EFMD Online Course Certification System.

Prof. Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, said: "EOCCS is a vital addition to the EFMD portfolio of quality services. It gives online courses within universities, business schools, corporate learning organisations and public agencies a top international quality benchmark in the diverse education landscape where digital technology is applied to teaching and learning. EFMD draws from twelve years of experience in running CEL accreditation, which was designed to raise the standard of ICT-based learning programmes in the area of management education. CEL accreditation was at the time a pioneer initiative in the quality assurance of technology-based learning. The expertise EFMD gathered throughout that process will help us to ensure that the EOCCS certification system will bring value and external seal of recognition to quality online courses in the world.”

Recent years have seen a surge in the use of technologies in higher education, often described as “mediatisation of the higher education ecosystem.” After the appearance of MOOCs and the subsequent hype, the discussion today is concentrating on the affordances of new learning technologies and a refinement of pedagogical approaches.

"Online learning can open up more efficient and effective ways of learning. Course participants can align their pace of learning to their competences, construct their own learning journey independently and engage in active knowledge exchange. As online delivery methods continuously change, EOCCS certification of quality standards will help institutions to meet the course participants’ needs and expectations,” added Prof. David Asch, EFMD Quality Services Director.

The new EFMD Online Course Certification System (EOCCS) is designed as an international certification system firmly embedded in the general philosophy of EFMD accreditations, namely internationalisation, practical relevance and quality improvement. EOCCS is open to any institution delivering online business and/or management-related courses that are stand-alone or constitute part of a certificate or programme. The institution must be able to demonstrate that the four EOCCS standards are satisfied.
EOCCS standards

“EOCCS can be seen as an add-on to EQUIS, EPAS and CLIP, where online provisioning is not a mandatory feature. The intentional impact of EOCCS to institutions, and to the business and management education field, is high quality online courses and the recognition of online learning as an effective and flexible way of learning”, said Prof. Martin Schader, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD.

The EOCCS certification system will be established and developed with a portfolio of top pilot institutions representing both corporate and business school world, including BI Oslo, HEC Paris, Henley Business School, IE Business School, The Open University, Iversity, Mazars and Sberbank.

EOCCS allows for an in-depth review and feedback within 3 months.
EOCCS processIf you would like further information or are interested in your online course taking part, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2016 supported by EFMD

ISB Ivey competition 2016The Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Case Development at the Indian School of Business and the Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada announce the ISB-Ivey Global Case Competition 2016. The annual competition identifies and publishes the best India-centric business cases from around the world. The event is supported by Ivey Publishing, Amazon, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EFMD.

Launched in 2010, the competition has rapidly gained prominence in India and abroad and is widely considered a valuable source for cases by Business Schools around the world. The competition generates a growing number of submissions and published cases each year, facilitating its goal of building a repository of a high-quality, internationally benchmarked cases about Indian businesses.

A panel of internationally acclaimed subject experts judge shortlisted cases in a double-blind review process and provides written feedback on each case. The top cases from this competition are marketed and distributed to a global audience of business schools by Ivey Publishing — the largest source of current Asian and Indian business cases in the world.

The deadline for submitting the "Participation Form" is 29 February 2016 and more submission details, categories, criteria and deadlines can be found on the case competition website.

Value of EDAF - EFMD GN Deans Across Frontiers: Videos

In a few short videos, Michael Osbaldeston, EFMD Director of Quality Services, and Christian Delporte, EDAF Director, talk about EDAF - an assessment and mentoring system for Business Schools.

In the full interview - available here - Michael and Christian explain the value of EDAF and how it fits into EFMD’s wider social responsibility, the mentoring aspect of EDAF, who can benefit from the system, the process and cost involved, as well as a possible path towards EPAS and EQUIS accreditations.
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“What has pleased us most about the EDAF mentorship is that the process is a collective one, directed towards the needs of the institution. Our experience has been one of unity and collaboration across departments and teams looking to improve our processes of internationalisation, research and teaching.”
Ms Gisele Becerra, Undergraduate Programmes Director, CESA, Colombia


Please find below direct links to the podcasts where we answer the following questions:

1. What is EDAF?

2. How did the need for EDAF arise?

3. Who is EDAF for?

4. What is the current status of schools involved in EDAF?

5. How does the EDAF process work?

6. How does the mentoring process within EDAF work?

7. How EDAF can help a school on a path towards EQUIS or EPAS accreditation?

8. What are the benefits for schools taking part in EDAF?

9. How does EDAF fit into EFMD’s wider social responsibility?

10. What are the costs involved in going through the EDAF process?

11. What are the long term hopes for EDAF?

The whole playlist with all the individual videos can be accessed via the following link or by pasting the following URL http://bit.ly/1JKD8i5

Learn more about the EDAF: download EDAF brochure in English and Spanish or access directly EDAF webpage.

Value of EQUIS and EPAS Accreditations: Videos

In a few short videos, Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, EFMD Director of Quality Services, explains the value of EQUIS and EPAS accreditations, the process, a possible pathway between EPAS and EQUIS, the cost-benefit report, as well as internationalisation, alumni and research dimensions of the accreditations.

Please find below direct links to the podcasts where he answers the following questions:

- What is the value for schools in participating in EQUIS and EPAS?

- What role does EFMD feel alumni should be playing?

- The cost of accreditation versus its value

- Is EPAS a valid pathway to EQUIS?

- What is the value from all the work required to complete accreditation assessment reports?

- What are the challenges of internationalisation?

- How is EFMD approaching the impact of research?

The whole playlist with all the individual videos can be accessed via the following link or by pasting the following URL http://bit.ly/1LxOAvP

EPAS logo13 LR"The process of the EPAS accreditation has helped sharpen our focus on the strategic priorities. A mission and strategy are often easy to formulate but more difficult to implement. By focusing on the processes in the EPAS framework we know what variables we can work on over the coming years in our journey of educational excellence."
Prof. dr. Rudy Martens, Dean, Faculty of Applied Economics, University EQUIS logo13 LRof Antwerp, Belgium

"EQUIS accreditation is one of the most important benchmarks available to business schools to ensure excellence in teaching, student experience, research and outreach. I am very pleased that our substantial effort to continually improve in all aspects of what we do has been well recognised."
Prof. Jon Reast, Dean, Bradford University School of Management, UK

Learn more about the EFMD Quality Services offer: download the Quality Services brochure or access directly EQUIS and EPAS webpages.

Siemens Global Learning Campus Re-accredited by CLIP

CLIP Reaccreditation to SIEMENS
We are delighted to announce that Siemens Global Learning Campus has been recently reaccredited by CLIP.

The Corporate Learning Improvement Process (CLIP) is a unique accreditation run by EFMD that focuses on identifying the key factors that determine quality in the design and functioning of corporate universities and learning organisations. The CLIP commutiny includes:

Dr. Kai-Holger Liebert, Head of Global Learning Campus, Siemens AG, Germany, said: “I am very pleased to report that after having earned our first accreditation in 2010, we have once again received the CLIP Award. I see this as proof that as a learning organization within Siemens, we are on the right track and have been working on the right levers over the past few years. Of course, the requirements of our Siemens business units have contributed to the changes in our learning organization, but the scrutiny of the EFMD as a benchmarking authority made up of learning experts has enabled us to take a neutral yet professional perspective regarding our activities.  We have therefore taken very seriously the points that were rated during our 2010 accreditation as needing improvement. We have worked on them, and these efforts have paid off. Not only because we’ve been accredited once again, but also because our position within the company is much stronger today, and we serve as a partner to the business units for changes and the resulting new challenges. During the accreditation, the way in which we have globally organized learning was emphasized as a point of excellence. We have done this with our own approach, taking a path that is consistent with Siemens’ corporate culture. We have combined the individual, independent learning organizations in the Siemens countries into a single integrated organization which operates under the name “Global Learning Campus.” This name represents a shared goal but also leaves plenty of room for local ways of reaching this goal. We are putting “shared governance” into practice by establishing a common, global leadership circle. The involvement of the German headquarters contributes the company perspective while the individual countries represent their regional requirements. Our maxim is to act globally as much as possible in order to utilize synergies and communicate corporate content, while at the same time permitting local distinctiveness to the necessary extent. It has been a long process to set up this integrated organization, and our work is never finished. Mutual trust is the basic requirement for the success of this kind of organization in which the units operate under separate disciplinary authority. Another success factor is our closeness to the Siemens business units. We are fully networked so that we can translate business challenges into skills requirements and then into learning products. We involve the business units and central offices in the product development process. As a result, we can use strategies and support and drive them forward as a global network within the company. In addition to this logistical expertise as a global organization, our core competency lies in using the most effective learning methods for this mission-critical content. In the future, we will be facing many new challenges as well as opportunities that will emerge from the digitalization of our society. New forms of e-learning are, of course, a suitable way to quickly disseminate content, particularly in a global corporation. But social media platforms and video platforms with user-generated content must also be part of an employee’s learning portfolio in the future. Increasingly, it is becoming our job to provide orientation and to act as a “content curator,” in order to guarantee effective learning. I’m looking forward to these challenges in the coming years!

The CLIP assessment process covers all the essential dimensions of the corporate university’s deployment within the company: the alignment of its mission and operational objectives with corporate strategy, the effectiveness of its governance and internal management systems, its ability to address key issues of concern to the business units, the programme design process, the overall coherence of the programme portfolio, the quality of delivery and the impact of the corporate university’s activities upon individual and organisational learning.

The CLIP initiative draws extensively on EFMD’s successful EQUIS accreditation scheme for business schools and universities. Internal self assessment against a set of rigorous standards drawn up by leading members of the corporate learning community is combined with external review by experienced peers.

Dr. Martin Moehrle, Associate Director, Corporate Services, who leads the CLIP process at EFMD, added: “When corporate learning functions have achieved adequate maturity in their portfolio of programmes and in their global reach, going through CLIP is an effective tool in identifying options and areas of focus for the next phase of their evolution.

For more information on the CLIP process visit - www.efmd.org/clip

EFMD Call for Participation in the 2016 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

 2016 corporate recruiters survey

EFMD and GMAC are once again cooperating to carry out the Corporate Recruiters Survey (CRS). Since 2001, CRS data has provided a picture of the current employment landscape, gauged employer demand for MBA and master-level business graduates, and offered valuable insights into employer needs and trends across industries and world regions.

The survey is conducted by GMAC in partnership with EFMD and the MBA Career Services & Employer Association (MBACSEA).Screen Shot 2015 12 08 at 12.35.13

For the 2016 edition, there are two easy ways to participate:

- Option 1: You provide GMAC with the list of employers that recruit and hire students from your business school, and GMAC takes care of the rest.
- Option 2: You administer the survey directly to the employers that recruit and hire students from your business school using a unique URL that GMAC provides.

Participating schools receive exclusive access to the following:

- Interactive Data Report. A free online tool that lets survey participants examine findings in greater depth and conduct customized data searches by numerous variables including propensity and magnitude of hiring overall and by industry and company size, internship data, and salary data.
- Customized Benchmark Report Tool. This free online service gives participants the power to instantly generate benchmark reports for peer programs of their choosing.

The survey launches on February 10, 2016. Sign up your school to participate anytime from now until January 31, 2016 to be sure your school hears from the employers that recruit your students about their hiring projections and the skills they seek in business grads.

For more information, please visit a special webpage.

2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards: Apply Now!

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EFMD and Emerald Group Publishing seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.

Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent), a certificate and a winners' logo to attach to correspondence. In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed. This year there are seven categories:

·         Operations and production management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management
·         Logistics and supply chain management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
·         Educational leadership and strategy
Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration
·         Management and governance
Category sponsored by Management Decision
·         Human resource management
Category sponsored by Personnel Review
·         Leadership and organization development
Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal
·         Health Care Management
Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management

You can check out the 2014 Winners (and earlier years) here and this year's closing date for applications is 15 January 2016.

The entries will be judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of theEmerald logo.jpg sponsoring journal.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: Significance/implications for theory and practice, Originality and innovation, Appropriateness and  application of the methodology, and Quality of data/research.

All details on the 2015 ODRA's as well as a FAQ can be found here. The application form is here.

2015 EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference

EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference 2015

The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations that have an interest in the Americas.

CEIBS Acquires Lorange Institute of Business Zurich

CEIBS logoGuest post by Dr. Peter Lorange, Honorary President, Lorange Institute of Business Zurich, A Member of CEIBS Group

CEIBS, the China Europe International Business School, took over the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich, effective October 2015.

CEIBS was established in 1994 under an agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation (MOFTEC, now The Ministry of Commerce) and the European Commission. The school has had a very successful development, and is today considered by many to be not only a top school in China but also one of the leading business school in Asia. CEIBS is now “re-entering” Europe through the acquisition – via the Friends of CEIBS Foundation – of the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich. Lately, we have seen important acquisitions by Chinese companies or the Chinese government all around of the world, including in Europe. The development of a base for CEIBS in Switzerland, thus, comes as a natural consequence of this added Chinese visibility in Europe.

For CEIBS the choice of Switzerland was important, as the country is situated in the center of Europe, with a neutral status vis-à-vis the major European countries, and with a high attractiveness ranking. And, selecting the Lorange Institute was equally natural for CEIBS. The fact that the Lorange Institute has no permanent faculty, but relies exclusively on drawing on faculty from other academic institutions, was seen as attractive to CEIBS as this ensures that there will be no major issues of cross-cultural integration of faculty.

The Lorange Institute is largely expected to maintain its present modus operandi, including continuing to offer its Masters programmes (E-MBA, E-MSc/ and its tailored corporate programmes). In addition, there are four new focal points for the Lorange Institute:

  • Many companies in Europe have been acquired by the Chinese organisations. This has risen a need for training of Chinese executives being assigned to these acquisitions. The new entity aims at providing relevant executive education offerings to this customer segment.
  • Exchanges for EMBA programme participants. Many of these Master students from CEIBS shall come to the Lorange Institute for several weeks and attend specific modules. Similarly, Master students from Lorange Institute shall be attending learning activities at CEIBS. The purpose: improved focus on the cross-cultural aspects of internationalisation.
  • Prepare European executives for China. Many European businesses see the large, fast-growing Chinese market as attractive, perhaps particularly now with a shift towards consumerism and away from classical manufacturing in China. However, the European executives may not be all that well prepared for doing business in China. The new entity is aiming to address this market.
  • Study trips in Switzerland for Chinese executives. There is often much to learn when it comes to management practices of Swiss companies, in particular when it comes to how these firms focus on rapid implementation of innovations. This will be one area of focus during study trips that will be arranged for Chinese executives.
A final issue: it is the intention of the acquirer, CEIBS, to maintain the fundamental ways in which the Lorange Institute now operates. So, Dr. Philipp Boksberger, President and CEO, shall continue in this roLorange logole, with Dr. Yuan Ding, Dean at CEIBS, as the Executive Chairman. The basic modular structure of many of the offerings at the Lorange Institute shall remain; as will the heavy focus on outsourcing, modern pedagogy, and ability to act with speed and flexibility.

In conclusion, it is important to point out that the clear aim of this deal is for dominant Chinese practices - such as long-term time horizon, consensus management, etc. - to be shared with European audiences, where there is already a genuine interest. Similarly, CEIBS is interested in drawing on several of the innovative business school practices put to work at the Lorange Institute. Dr. Peter Lorange shall remain involved in the new entity, and shall play a role when it comes to this, and as Honorary President.

EQUIS Re-accredited Seven Leading Business Schools

EFMD would like to warmly congratulate the following schools who have recently been reaccredited by EQUIS:

•    Copenhagen Business School, DenmarkEQUIS logo13 LR
•    Korea University Business School, Republic of Korea
•    Waikato Management School, Waikato Management School, New Zealand
•    Otago Business School, University of Otago, New Zealand
•    Kozminski University, Poland
•    Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
•   Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, UK

"With EFMD's accreditation of CBS for a further five years it is once again confirmed that CBS is an education institution of a particularly high quality in terms of research, education, students and teachers. EFMD has numerous criteria that business schools must meet, and this year's visit had a special focus on CBS's development strategy. I find that undergoing a thorough examination by an independent group of experts has a very positive impact on the entire organisation. At CBS we attach great importance to our international accreditations. They are conditional on our ability to meet international criteria for high quality in our work. The very best people scrutinise our strategy as an international business school."
Dr. Per Holten-Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"Since its initial accreditation in 2007, Korea University Business School (KUBS) has come a long way in reaching its international academic aspirations. KUBS has been able to enhance its educational and research standings in the global setting through redesigning of its curriculum, the construction of a new business school facility, and greater interationalization of faculty and programs, among other efforts. Through its second consecutive five-year EQUIS re-accreditation, KUBS continues to review its processes and achievements and hopes to further develop as an international business educational institution."
Prof. Dong-One Kim, Dean, Korea University Business School, Republic of Korea

"The Waikato Management School is proud to be accredited by EFMD / EQUIS. The rigour and care of the accreditation review process provide an invaluable quality assurance mechanism for us, and signal to current and prospective students that at the WMS they can be confident of receiving a transformative educational experience that will provide them with globally relevant knowledge, skills, and connections."
Prof. Don Ross, Dean, Waikato Management School, Waikato Management School, New Zealand

"The University of Otago Business School is pleased to have been awarded our third EQUIS accreditation. The international recognition of quality the accreditation brings is highly valued by the School, the University, and our graduates and alumni. We are continually looking for ways to improve;  and in such a distant location from the rest of the world, this accreditation confirms that we are maintaining the high management education standards we seek."
Prof. George Benwell, Dean, Otago Business School, University of Otago, New Zealand


"We are truly honoured to have received a full EQUIS accreditation for the third time. Kozminski University (KU) was awarded its first EQUIS accreditation in 1999 so, for more that 15 years, KU has been guided by EQUIS accreditation standards. During this period, we came to recognize our weaknesses and done all we can to overcome them. As a result, KU has gradually matured as a truly international academic institution. In this process, EQUIS standards and criteria have provided KU with a valuable source of benchmarks and best practices that guided future development and provided motivating challenges for KU staff members."

Prof. Witold Bielecki, Rector, Kozminski University, Poland 

"Every reaccreditation cycle starts as a reminder of the almost unimaginable progress we have made and the valuable lessons we have learned so far. It continues by revealing the future challenges we are yet to face. It then ends not only by clearly showing the way forward but by empowering us to stay on course and be brave enough to continue to grow from a regional to an internationally recognised business school. We are honoured to be an EQUIS accredited school and we are proud of our achievements that were made possible by dedicated staff and supporting partners."
Prof. Metka Tekavcic, Dean, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia   

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services, added, "I would like to congratulate the schools that have gone through the reaccreditation process. If you are a student, parent, recruiter or have an interest in business education then the first and most important credential to look for in a school is does it have accreditation from EFMD."

More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

EQUIS Accreditation Awarded to Bond, CKGSB, ESMT & LUISS

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate Bond University, Faculty of Business, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, ESMT European School of Management and Technology & LUISS Business School including the Department of Business and Management who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.


This takes the number of accredited schools to 159 across 40 countries.

Please read below what the Deans of the accredited schools say about the achievement.

“EQUIS is an internationally recognised stamp of excellence and going through the extensive accreditation process itself delivered significant value. The process involved so much more than the supply of data to develop forced rankings, guides and lists. In addition to self-analysis, an in-depth review of our School, strategy, programs, research, community outreach and global competitive positioning was conducted by a panel of our international peers. The constructive, supportive advice of the professional peer review team ensured it was a positive learning process for us and one that provided significant guidance and direction. Our students are assured they will receive international recognition for their qualification, which is absolutely vital in today’s competitive global marketplace. With less than 2% of the world's 13,000 business programs EQUIS Accredited, Bond University and its Faculty of Business are in very good company indeed.”
Prof. Mark Hirst, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Bond University, Australia

“We are delighted to gain official accreditation from EQUIS, which is well recognised around the world. It will give us more opportunities to exchange best practices with other leading business schools. We are confident that it will also help us continue to innovate in developing global leaders of today and tomorrow.”
Prof. Bing Xiang, Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China


“We are delighted to have been granted EQUIS accreditation and would like to thank EFMD and in particular the EQUIS Peer Review Team for its constructive and helpful feedback. We appreciate the time and effort they have spent working with us. ESMT is committed to delivering the best business education and preparing their graduates to excel from the first day of their careers, and in this light, we look forward to working together with EFMD to constantly improve and maintain the highest levels of quality.”
Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Germany

“LUISS Business School including the Department of Business and Management are honored to receive the EQUIS accreditation. The entire process has been challenging and at the same time highly rewarding for the development of new and relevant practices and to grow at the international level. Our multidisciplinary perspective combined with a strong network of corporate relationships and an innovative approach to Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability have received a powerful external endorsement from this process. The whole experience has been valuable to our institution and we warmly thank EFMD and the peer review team for their support. EQUIS accreditation is a central part and a stepping stone of our institutional strategy.”
Prof. Paolo Boccardelli, Dean, LUISS Business School, Italy


Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services & EQUIS Director added: "We are delighted to welcome four new schools into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, involving a thorough self-assessment, a visit of an international peer review team, and finally a very experienced Awarding Body evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. EQUIS benchmarks the School against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, faculty, students, research, and foremost, corporate engagement, internationalisation and ethics, responsibility and sustainability. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and all the schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

The benefits of accreditation include:
  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Becoming part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc.
  • International legitimacy vis-a-vis recruiting international students, creating double degree partnerships, forming international exchange relationships, recruiting executive development custom programme clients, recruiting new faculty.
More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

7th Global Peter Drucker Forum: "Claiming our Humanity - Managing in the Digital Age”

As in past years EFMD will be a strategic partner of the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

7thGPDF LogoThe Drucker Forum 2015 touches a key theme of our time: it will look at the technology Tsunami - with Robotics, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and The Internet of Things - through the lens of humanity. This leads into fundamental questions to be discussed at the Conference:
 
In a technology-driven economy, is management still about people? Does it need a fundamental makeover? How can digital technology be leveraged do augment human capacity as opposed to automate and replace it? Can we achieve breakthrough innovation across the board creating new opportunity for people?  Based on the new technology infrastructure - is a new economic order in the making? What is the role of the public sector in this secular transformation?

As the Forum’s strategic partner, we can provide our members with a 10% reduced conference fee. To secure your conference pass at the special rate please register under the following link http://www.druckerforum.org/registration/ and enter the code "EFMD" as prompted in the course of the registration process. Last remaining seats available!

If you cannot make it in person you are invited to join virtually. Free registration for the live stream (sponsored by Scrum Alliance) is available here.

Simultaneous translation from English into Chinese will be available at the Drucker Forum (sponsored by Haier Group). Chinese speaking audiences can active a Chines laguage channel for the live stream as well.

The 2015 roster of world class speakers and thoughtleaders includes:
  • Charles Edouard Bouée, CEO Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • Robin Chase, Entrepreneur, Founder & former CEO of Zipcar, co-founder Veniam
  • Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor in Management and Information Technology at Babson College
  • Steve Denning, Forbes contributor, Member of the Board of Directors Scrum Alliance
  • Charles Handy, Social Philosopher
  • Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review
  • Santiago Iniguez, President IE University and Dean IE Business School
  • Jim Keane, President and CEO of Steelcase Inc.
  • James Manyika, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University
  • Dambisa Moyo, International economist and writer 
on macroeconomy and global affairs
  • Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi, 
and Head Coach Publicis Groupe
  • Gillian Tett, US Managing editor and columnist, Financial Times
  • Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science & Technology at MIT
  • Ruimin Zhang, CEO of Haier Group

For the complete speaker's list please go here. The final conference programme is available here.

For more information about the Drucker Forum please also see the article published in the Global Focus June issue Management's Second Curve by Richard Straub, the 2015 Drucker Forum blog series and the conference abstract.

EFMD Awards EPAS Accreditation to Three New Programmes

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We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded the EPAS accreditation to two new Institutions from Poland and France.


Three new programmes from two institutions have been recently recognised by EPAS quality label:
"IAE Montpellier is honored to be awarded EPAS for its Master in International Business programme. IAE Montpellier stands out for its focus on double skills training in management and EPAS accreditation has been a powerful external endorsement for the quality of our programme. The whole process of accreditation has been valuable to our institution and we warmly thank EFMD and the peer review team for their support. EPAS accreditation is a very important part of our drive for continuous improvement."
Mr Eric Stéphany, Director, IAE Montpellier School of Management, Montpellier University, France

“EPAS process is a very disciplined and structured process. Participation in the process by two of our programmes - Bachelor Studies in Finance and Master Studies in Finance - resulted in the improvement of the programmes, first of all, by strengthening corporate relationships, secondly, by identification of the factors driving the quality improvement, and thirdly, by the progress in the internationalisation of the programmes.”
Prof. Krzysztof Jajuga, Head of Bachelor and Master Studies, Faculty of Management, Computer Science and Finance, Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland

Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: We are delighted to welcome two new Institutions from Poland and France into the EPAS community. Programme Accreditation from EFMD is one of the most effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management. The EPAS accreditation process involves an extensive self-assessment, a visit of an international peer review team and a very experienced jury evaluating the assessment and findings of the peer review team to determine whether the programme should be granted accreditation. Accreditation is about excellence and continuous quality improvement linked to the strategy, vision and leadership of the School. It is also forward looking and helps a School to set a quality agenda for the future.

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 10 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. As of October 2015, 97 accredited programmes from 71 institutions across 31 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation.

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

2016 HUMANE Winter School: Applications Now Open

WinterSchool Barcelona bannerYou are warmly invited to apply now for the EFMD (ESMU)–HUMANE Winter School! The Winter School will take place from the 6-11 March 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

The aim of the Winter School is to develop the leadership potential of talented administrators in higher education by making them fully aware of the concepts and practices of strategic management in a global context.

The programme focuses on key areas of higher education management including: strategic management, effective implementation involving integration of academic and financial issues, human resources, communication and change management. 



The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager and/or head of administration in the future but who at this moment may not be a deputy or senior colleague. Candidates may be an expert or specialist with the potential to broaden responsibility and move in due course to a senior management position.

WinterSchool Barcelona logoIn addition to presentations and case studies on particular themes from leading university administrators and distinguished speakers, participants work in teams on a university based case study, that involves analysing data, finding policy options, and finishes with a case presentation to a panel of EFMD and HUMANE members.

Participants are requested to fill in the electronic application form and will be asked to submit the a one page statement describing qualifications and interest, a curriculum vitae and support letter.
 The deadline for applications is 31 October 2015.

EFMD and HUMANE are pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for outstanding individuals from EFMD and HUMANE member institutions. If you wish to apply for this scholarship, please check the details here.

Finally you are invited to read the article "Warm memories of the Winter School" from EFMD’s Global Focus magazine which gives some good insight into many of the issues that will be covered in Barcelona.

 For queries about the Winter School, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.l, Winter School Director or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>" target="_blank">Caroline Taylor, Winter School Coordinator.

“Best of the Best” - Overall Winner of the EFMD Case Writing Competition

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After a very careful evaluation of all the winning cases of the 2014 edition of the EFMD Case Writing Competition, “J.M.Huber: A Family of Solutions” was chosen as the “Best of the Best” - the overall winner of the EFMD Case Writing Competition! The case is written by Benoit Leleux and Anne-Catrin Glemser, both at IMD.

"The J.M. Huber case is excellently written. It is fascinating to read, charting the development of a business with roots back to 1765 in Germany, to its beginnings in the U.S.A in 1883 and its continual development into the fascinating, values-based family business that it is today. It also serves as a case on general strategy and business development over time"
, wrote the selection committee comprised of Gay Haskins, Anders Aspling and Richard McCracken.

imdThe case is extremely well researched and provides great teaching and learning opportunities. The teaching note is thorough and fully meets its objective of providing superb opportunities to discuss fundamental family business issues in an integrated and original manner.

In unearthing the scenario, developing the relationship and then analysing and writing the history as a story engaging - and relevant to - a wider audience, the winning case is a perfect illustration of a great case author's skill in combining academic research, analysis and rigour with a strong narrative style.

Moreover, the “Family Business category” is a type of business at times neglected in business school programmes, despite the huge number of family businesses around the globe.

The judges' task in selecting a winning case was made both more difficult and more pleasurable by the very high standard of the cases under consideration. The judges welcomed the breadth of cultural and industrial scenarios reflected in the cases and were struck by the high quality of research and writing. We commend all the entrants for the quality of their work. It took an exceptional case to win in such company.

Many congratulations to the authors for this outstanding contribution to the management education body of knowledge. The 2014 Case Writing Competition has first rate winning cases across all categories. Several of the cases could have been worthy winners of the overall award as “Best of the Best”, said Eric Cornuel, EFMD Director General and CEO.

Benoit Leleux and Anne-Catrin Glemser, the authors of the winning case, added: “We are very honored and proud to receive this prestigious acknowledgement. It has been a great journey for us to unveil the unique ways in which J.M. Huber Corporation unites family interests with those of its businesses and combines tradition and innovation while demonstrating resilience and commitment since its founding in 1883. We hope this case will provide a rich platform for other family-owned or controlled businesses to discuss best practices, stimulate dialogue and learn from each other. It should also be relevant for non-family businesses to discuss values-based cultures, policies favoring broad inclusion, leading-edge governance processes and the management of a diversified portfolio of industrial activities”.

This year's "Best of the Best" was submitted in the category "Family Business".

Winners in the other categories include: IBS Hyderabad, IE Business School, Indian School of Business, INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Middlesex University Dubai, Richard Ivey School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Singapore Management University, University of Regina, University of Waterloo.

For more information on categories and submission opportunities, please consult the dedicated EFMD Case Writing Competition website.

The upcoming submission deadline is 30 October 2015.

Business Development in Latin America: The Very Best Cases

universidad externado de colombiaCase2014winner logoBusiness development in Latin America is at the core of this category in the EFMD annual Case Writing Competition, sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia and the 2014 winner is this category is:

"Chile's Concha y Toro: A Silver Bullet for the Global Market", written by: V. Namratha Prasad and Muralidhara G V, both at IBS HYDERABAD, India.

The case “Chile’s Concha y Toro: A Silver Bullet for the Global Market,” describes the efforts made by Chilean company Concha y Toro (Concha) to build its brand image in the global wine market at a time when Chilean wines were generally perceived as cheap.

Concha adopted a ‘Silver Bullet’ strategy, wherein it focused on promoting its flagship premium brand – Casillero del Diablo, throughout the world. The company expected the fame of the brand to propel the popularity of its other brands and eventually enable it to raise their prices. Toward this end, the company undertook a global ad campaign that was carried on TV and outdoor media. It also entered into a three-year sponsorship deal with renowned football club, Manchester United, which helped it immensely in building a global brand image.

IBSHyderabad logoAt the same time, Concha laid special emphasis on improving its wine production processes, which included extensive investments, exploration of new territories, and collaboration with other prominent wine companies. Concha also implemented strict control over its distribution processes and this helped it to control the visibility of its brands and to ensure the company achieved its business objectives in local markets. Despite the tangible improvement in the brand image of the company, as of 2014, Concha was still battling the consequences of the popular perception that Chilean wines were below par.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Latin American Business Cases” category  are most interesting.

"Mabe: Learning to be a Multinational”, ITAM Mexico.
The case describes the dilemma of a Mexican appliance manufacturer, MABE.  Just before the financial crisis, MABE formed a joint venture with a Spanish company and entered the Russian market, but this was not successful.  The authors elaborate on the dilemma: should MABE leave the Russian JV and refocus on other emerging markets? Should MABE acquire a local manufacturer? Should things remain as is?

 “Veja: Sneakers With a Conscience”, the Richard Ivey School of Business, USA. The case describes the founding and growth of Veja, the first eco-sneaker company in the world with a focus on the development of sustainable business practices in organic cotton, wild natural rubber and traditional veggie-tanned leather.

 “Natura: Expanding Beyond Latin America”, INSEAD. Here the authors describe how Natura - as a highly regarded brand in the cosmetics industry in Brazil – could enter developed markets.  The case raises issues related to how Natura should expand and  allow to discuss the process of internationalisation and the building of an international/global brand.

You can also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories on the EFMD website, and NOW submit cases for the 2015 EFMD Case Writing Competition.

Inclusive Business Models: Three Good Practice Cases in India and Ethiopia

imdCase2014winner logo“Inclusive Business Models” is about commercially viable models that include the poor on the demand side as customers, and on the supply side as employees or business owners at various points in the value chain.  This category in the EFMD annual Case Writing Competition  is sponsored by IMD and the 2014 winner is:
Gillette’s “Shave India Movement”: Razor Sharp against the Stubble”. Two cases written by: Christopher Dula, Srinivas Reddy, and Adina Wong, all three at Singapore Management University, SG

Case A begins in April 2010, where Sharat Verma, the brand manager for Gillette India, together with Harish Narayanan, the assistant brand manager in the Singapore regional business unit, influence an R&D effort to redesign the Gillette Mach3 razor for the Indian market. By focusing on frugal innovation, they succeed in removing non- essential features of the razor design in order to reduce costs, thereby aligning the value proposition and price-point to the target segment. In addition, they also help develop an unconventional marketing campaign, called the “Shave India Movement”, which catalyses the previously unresponsive yet more affluent urban market, and results in record breaking sales for the Mach3 razor in 2010.

SMU logoCase B begins in May 2010 with Sharat Verma wondering how he can extend the “Shave India Movement” from the urban elite down to consumers at the bottom of the affluence pyramid through a new product, the Gillette Guard — set to launch five months later in October. This new product is designed specifically for low-income consumers in India. With the price-point and distribution dilemma already solved vis-à-vis the successes of the Mach3 campaign discussed in Case A, he now needs to craft an activation strategy that will extend the Shave India Movement to all rungs of society.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Inclusive Business Models” category may be of interest to you.

Child in Need Institute: Non-Profit or Hybrid?”, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. The case features CINI, a reputable NGO with a mission of “sustainable development in education, protection, child health, adolescent and women in need”.  It focuses on the directors’ assignment to recommend whether the organisation should continue (after 37 years) as a NGO or should venture into social business.

 “Planting the seeds of change: The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange”, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
This case illustrates the challenging journey of Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin and her team to realize her dream of establishing a transparent and efficient commodity exchange in Ethiopia. The authors describe the integrative approach that provided market institutions to grade quality and set standard, to warehouse and issue warehouse receipts, relay market information to all the relevant actors, coordinate trading, as well as to ensure reliable payment, delivery, and contract enforcement.

You can also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories that is on the EFMD website, and submit cases  for the next EFMD Case Writing Competition.

Top Cases on Indian Management Practices and Challenges

emerald logoKellogg logoUnique characteristics of Indian management practices and challenges are at the core of this category in the EFMD Case Writing Competition, sponsored Emerald Group Publishing.  The 2014 winner in this category is:

Mast Kalandar: Prioritizing Growth Opportunities”, written by Sunil Chopra and Sudhir Arni, Kellogg School of Management, US.

After a highly successful third round of funding in 2012, Gaurav Jain, founder of the Indian quick service restaurant chain Mast Kalandar, was looking to expand. In addition to opening new stores in other cities, Jain was also hoping to increase the profitability of his existing stores in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Pune. He needed to fully understand the financials of his current operations and identify the key drivers of success at the stores, at both the city and corporate levels. With this understanding, he would be able to evaluate how best to improve the performance of existing outlets and to choose an entry strategy for new cities.

Case2014winner logoStudents are asked to develop a financial model for outlets and use it to compare different growth strategies. The case provides students with an overview of the Indian food and beverage landscape, information about Mast Kalandar’s current customers and store operations as well as two spreadsheets, the Store Economics and Tradeoff Model workbooks, which they can manipulate to do their analysis.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Indian” category may interest you.

Embrace”, Indian School of Business and Indiana University, both institutions in India. The focus is on an innovative idea to solve the problem of a high number of fatalities in premature births in rural India, and the potential for an affordable product.
This case series provides an engaging context to understand social innovation.

 “It's not just a cup of 'Tea': Consumer Brand Relationship” , S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, India This case explores the marketing strategy for building greater brand loyalty on  a national scale in India for Surya Gold tea.  The marketing head of Surya Gold had to better understand how brand loyalty develops and changes over time.

Please do also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories,it is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the  EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

Top African Business Cases: Specific Challenges for Telecomms

ceibs logoKellogg logoThis category in the EFMD Case Writing Competition is sponsored by China European International Business School, CEIBS and the 2014 winner in this category is:

Mobile Telecommunications: Two Entrepreneurs Enter Africa”, written by Benjamin Jones and Daniel Campbell, both at Kellogg School of Management, US.

In the 1990s, two entrepreneurs made daring, early entries into mobile telecommunications in Sub-Saharan Africa, both seeing great market opportunities there. One firm, Adesemi, would ultimately go bankrupt. The other firm, Celtel, would ultimately succeed and make its founder, Mo Ibrahim, a star of the global business community. Why the difference in outcome? Emerging markets often present weak rule of law, bringing many challenges to business success—from the demand for bribes to regulatory obstacles, hold-up problems, and even civil war.

Case2014winner logoThis case explores strategies that can limit these critical non-market risks in foreign direct investment and entrepreneurship. Students will step into the shoes of both companies by exploring their entry strategies, wrestling with the challenges they faced, and diagnosing the reasons why a shared insight about a new business opportunity turned out to be prescient—and led to extremely different endpoints.

The case further considers political strategies, including board development and connections to international partner institutions, such as the World Bank, that can help private businesses succeed. The case can be used to discuss these topics individually or collectively. It can be used broadly in courses that consider international business strategy, global entrepreneurship, international economic development, political economy, Africa, or the global telecommunications sector.

Also the winners from the previous years in the “African Business Cases” category are interesting.

Research in Motion: Managing Channel Conflicts”, Lagos Business School, Nigeria. This case discusses Research in Motion, a Canadian manufacturer of smart phones, unable to penetrate the Nigerian mobile phone market to secure a larger market share than 2%. In crafting a new distribution strategy to grow the company’s market share in Nigeria.

 “Vodafone in Egypt: National Crises and their implications for multi-national corporations”, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Germany. In January 2011, the government in Egypt ordered the three main voice and data communications providers in Egypt to suspend services in the  areas in Cairo with high concentration of protester and  to broadcast propaganda text messages to all their subscribers.

The case explores how the CEO of Vodafone Egypt was about to take a crucial decision that would have consequences not just for Vodafone Egypt, but also for the parent Vodafone Group

Please also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories that is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

2015 EFMD Africa ConferenceYou may also be interested in the 2015 EFMD Africa Conference. This event will be held on 29 November – 1 December 2015 in Tanzania; hosted by Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Dar Es Salam, Tanzania with the support of IESEG School of Management.

Plenary sessions will focus on:
  • Building a New Business Model for Management Education in Africa – Global Partnerships
  • Management Education in the African Context
  • Alumni testimony: Graduates as Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Eastern Africa: How business schools are supporting African Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Economic Developments
  • E-learning solutions for Today’s African management programmes – The e-Learning Africa report
  • Winning programme positioning: GMAC tools for more effective student recruitment and admission strategy
  • International Schools in Africa – The Incentives?

Please do consult the event website for the full details.

Case Studies on Euro-Mediterranean Management Styles

Montpellier logoCase2014winner logoTheoretical and practical approaches of the Euro-Mediterranean style of management are at the core of this category in the EFMD Case Writing Competition, sponsored by Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School

Rosa Vaño And Castillo De Canena” is the 2014 winner in the “Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues” category.  The case is written by Rosario Silva and Custodia Cabanas, both at IE Business School.

The case summarizes the evolution of the family business Castillo de Canena Olive Juice. This company started operations in 2003 when its founders decided to give up their professional careers in large multinational companies and launch a new company within the existing family business. The case, focused on the role that Rosa Vañó plays in this evolution, explains the process that was followed in order to set up the competitive strategy, the steps that were taken to carry it out and the development of her leadership style.
In the final part of the case, Rosa Vañó describes three options for the future: (1) gradual internal growth, (2) massive growth with the financial help of investors, and (3) to sell the company.

ie logoTo get a better idea of this case study, please watch the 4 minute intro video.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Euro-Mediterranean” category are probably of interest to you.

HPS, a successful South/North Technology Transfer Model”, ESCA School of Management, Morocco. This case discusses HPS, a Moroccan company and provider of high tech electronic money solutions ranked among the 15 world providers of electronic payment systems.  The case provides a practical reading grid to better encompass the main corporate strategy concepts.

 “Experience-Wine.com: The Monte Lauro Vineyards Story", Bentley University, United States. This case describes an innovative business model offering wine and a French cultural experience to North Americans. The authors primarily focus on innovation management.

You may also be interested to consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories that is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general. 

Emerging Chinese Competitors: Strategies Investigated in Top Case Studies

renminManagerial dilemmas faced by emerging Chinese global competitors are at the core of this category in the EFMD Case Writing Competition, sponsored by Renmin University of China School of Business

 The 2014 winner in this category is;
Yancoal: The Saskatchewan Potash Question”, written by and George Peng, Paul J. Hill School of Business at University of Regina, CA and Paul Beamish, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA

Case2014winner logoPHillSOB logoThis case reflects a pattern of Chinese firms acquiring foreign assets in recent years, and shows the common challenges they confront. In 2011, a major coal producer in China — Yancoal — must make several decisions in terms of product and geographic diversification. One option is to retain its focus on the coal business. Here, it can acquire other coal assets in Australia to further increase its coal reserves. Another option is to acquire 19 potash-exploration permits in Saskatchewan, Canada. This represents an opportunity for both product diversification and further geographic diversification. Yancoal has to decide whether it should focus on the coal industry or pursue the potash opportunity as well.

richardiveyThe authors examine in detail the dimension (product versus geographic), path and pace of diversification. 

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Emerging Chinese Global Competitors” category may be of interest to you.

Lenovo: Challenger To Leader", IBS Hyderabad, India.
This case discusses the success story of Beijing-based multinational technology giant, Lenovo in China and its emergence as a global brand from China. The authors investigate the strategies Lenovo adopted in its home market, China such as aggressive pricing and its acquisition strategy in mature markets such as Germany and Japan.

 “7 Days Inn: Operations Strategy”, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
7 Days Inn is a leading hotel group in China with more than 1000 hotels in 168 major Chinese cities.  This case explores its innovative business model and operations strategy.  The authors also introduce the company’s shepherd management philosophy. 

You may also be interested to consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories that is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

The Best Cases on Supply Chain Management as Competitive Advantage

kedge logoCase2014winner logoWith the aim of encouraging the writing of case materials, EFMD has been organising its annual Case Writing Competition.The category “Supply Chain Management” is sponsored by Kedge Business School and the 2014 winning case is:

Vanderlande Industries: Parcel And Postal Predicaments”, written by Rene de Koster and Philip Lazar, Rotterdam School of Management, NL.

VanderLande Industries (VI) was a strong global player in the distribution, parcel and postal (DPP) automation market, providing fully automated systems for parcel and posting sorting centers. VI’s product line had always remained strictly customer-centric, with every product built from scratch according to the customer’s wishes, but with increasing market pressure from new market entrants offering faster and lower-cost standardized solutions, the firm was seriously considering altering its market-responsive, service-focused and integrated product offerings towards a more efficient, modular and standardized output.

rsmThis case describes the frameworks and knowledge related to the first set of large-scale, modular and standardized repeated projects that VI had offered. VI hoped to leverage its knowledge and experience accumulated from these projects and replicate the new approach in many future projects. However, VI’s infrastructure was not suitable for such a transition: the firm was entirely organized around customer-specific projects and employees were used to work for individual customers. Jan Hulsmann, managing director of VI’s DPP division, was struggling to find a way to re-organize the division so that it could be both cost efficient and customer attentive.

This case develops and highlights the considerations involved in choosing an appropriate strategy for product offerings. The case describes the difficulties in overcoming the trade-offs between service and efficiency, integration and modularity, and efficient and market responsive supply chains, when designing or altering a product strategy. It delves into both the benefits as well as the downsides involved with different product strategy approaches, and attempts to make students think about what product strategy is most appropriate for what business and market context.

Also the finalist cases from last year may be of interest to you:

Cisco Systems: Supply Chain Risk Management”, IE Business School, Spain.
The case describes that when the tsunami on the Japanese coast occurred in March 2011, it affected the scope of Cisco’s extensive network of suppliers and facilities all over the world and activated a global complex mechanism with the main purpose of diminishing the tsunami’s effects on its supply chain. This case illustrates the peculiarities of Cisco’s supply chain and their internal and external vulnerabilities.

 “The Loewe Group: A New Industrial Model and Commitment to Lean Management?”, ISEM, Spain.
The cases deal with Loewe, a luxury leather goods manufacturer from Spain, that was acquired by the world´s leading luxury goods group, LVMH. The authors illustrate that operations management can be a very powerful source of competitive advantage and that manufacturing excellence can coexist with artisan traditions and values.

Recipes for Success - Innovating Production and Inventory Management of Pepper Oleoresin at Synthite”, Indian School of Business, India.
This case focuses on production and inventory management at Synthite, an oleoresin manufacturer in Kerala, India. The company faced several challenges in inventory management, production planning, and in meeting customer expectations on order lead times.

You are kindly invited to also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories that is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.
 

Top Cases on Reviewing Financial Policy at Infineon Technologies, Tumi and Apple

toulouse logoCase2014winner logoThis category in the EFMD Case Writing Competition, sponsored by Toulouse Business School – Groupe ESC Toulouse. 

Infineon Technologies: Time to Cash in Your Chips?” is the 2014 winner in the “Finance and Banking” category. It is written by Denis Gromb and Joel Peress, both at INSEAD, FR.

Set in late 2011, the case considers the cash holding and pay-out policy of Infineon (IFX), the large German semiconductor firm. Having just emerged from a period of distress and,restructuring, Infineon is sitting on a very large net cash position of €2.4bn, representing 40% of,its €5.9bn assets and €6bn in market capitalization. Much of this liquidity comes from a recent,surge in profits and the sale of the wireless communication unit. Infineon’s management has engaged in a review of its financial policy and has received conflicting advice from various quarters as to whether the company should part with some of its cash, how much, and through which payout method(s).

inseadThe first issue is whether Infineon benefits from holding onto substantial cash reserves. The characteristics of Infineon’s business post-restructuring are described: highly cyclical, capitalintensive, risky, intangible asset-based, etc. Hoarding cash offers a coarse but effective way to ensure continued investment through the cycle.

The second issue is which method for distributing cash Infineon should employ, assuming it does intend to disburse at least some of it. This is an opportunity to review leading methods for paying cash dividends and repurchasing shares, and how they relate to different rationales for paying out cash in the first place: adjusting the capital structure, exploiting mispricing, signalling, serving investor clienteles, etc.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Finance and Banking” category may be of interest to you:
 
Tumi and the Doughty Hanson Value Enhancement Group”, IMD, Switzerland
The authors investigate some of the hottest issues in the private equity industry, in particular active ownership strategies; the current difficulties in managing exits, also known as the “portfolio constipation”; the progressive incorporation of corporate social responsibility agendas in the value creation plan of buyouts; and the relationship between private equity investors and the senior management of the company.

"Apple – Time to ‘Think Different™’ about cash?", Vlerick Business School, BE
This case explores Apple’s tax payments and investigates the company’s capital structure, cash position and dividend policy. All these elements have a significant impact on Apple’s value and on methods appropriate to gauge Apple’s valuation level.

Please do also consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories, it is on the EFMD website as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

Critical Family Business Issues: Top Cases on Talent, Ownership, Growth and Communications

Case2014winner logoInter-disciplinary coverage of family business entrepreneurship related issues is at the core of the “Family Business” category of the EFMD Case Writing Competition. The 2014 winner in this category is:

J.M. Huber: A Family of Solutions”, written by Benoît Leleux, and Anne-Catrin Glemser, both at IMD, CH.

imdThe J.M. Huber case, based on extensive personal interviews with senior executives and family members of the J.M. Huber family business, one of the largest and oldest American family businesses, investigates the unique culture and governance structures and processes of the firm, its roots and the multiple forms of expression that enables it to survive and thrive over six generations and about as many fundamental strategic shifts (pivots) and repositionings. The following questions are explicitly addressed:

  • Can a family business culture be a “weapon to attract talent,” as stated by the CEO?;
  • What factors should be included and how should they be weighted in the recruitment of the next CEO? What kind of CEO profile should they target?;
  • How much should the family business continue to open up its communication, both internally (for family shareholders and family members) and externally (for broader stakeholder groups)?;
  • How does the Huber family instil a sense of purpose and a shared vision among its owners? In particular, how much are the various factors – the family principles and values, the Huber business principles and the Mike Huber Award – contributing?;
  • Where does the firm find the infamous “family glue” and how does it try to strengthen these bonds?;
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of inclusion, i.e. incorporating as many family members, including in-laws? Why are many family firms reluctant to adopt/resist an inclusive environment? What structures and processes has Huber adopted to facilitate inclusiveness?

Also the finalist cases from last year in the “Family Business” category may be of interest to you:

"Trusted Family: For Families, by Families, forever… "by IMD Switzerland
This video-case is an innovative and entertaining basis to discuss a number of critical family business issues, such as governance and the communication needs of large multi-generational family firms, entrepreneurship by next generation members, the brand value of family names, etc.

"The Future of AFG: How Family Attachment Influenced Growth", Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, NL.The case deals with a dilemma the Italian family firm AFG faced after making a significant investment to grow its business and the strategic decisions to be taken by the CEO.

Hermès, INSEAD, FR. This case follows the evolution of two distinct types of family-owned luxury houses. Hermès represents traditional excellence – with its low-key style, highest quality workmanship, and dependable designs. LVMH is a luxury conglomerate that grows by acquisition of designer labels. The authors explore the ownership battle between them.

You are most welcome to consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the  EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

Entrepreneurship: The Winning Cases from the EFMD Case Writing Competition

emlyonThe “Entrepreneurship” category of the EFMD Case Writing Competition is sponsored by EM Lyon and the 2014 winner in this category is: 

Jungle Beer: An Entrepreneur's Journey”, written by Christopher Dula and Kapil Tuli, both from Singapore Management University, SG.

This case follows Aditya Challa, a craft beer aficionado whose passion for good beer led him on an international quest to study the art of brewing in Scotland and eventually to Singapore, where he started a microbrewery business with his friends in 2011. By October 2012, sales of his craft beer have been increasing 20% per SMU logomonth, bringing up his production to about one third operating capacity.

However, future growth remains uncertain — with specific challenges in distribution and branding. Craft beer is still a relatively unknown concept in the city-state, and consumers remain sceptical of premium priced local beer. Moreover, big breweries in the Singapore market have already locked down most retailers with exclusive draft contracts. Challa has to review his business model and growth strategy in terms of how and where he can sell his beer while continuing to build the Jungle Beer brand.

Also the below winning cases from the previous years in the “Entrepreneurship” category may be of interest to you:

WooRank: Creating & Capturing Value in a European Web Start-Up, Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, BE. The cases examine a Belgian web start-up (WooRank) that develops and markets online tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The two case studies highlight the strategic and sales challenges.

Case2014winner logoLaastari: Building a Retail Health Clinic Chain, INSEAD, France. This case study presents an example of business model innovation in the context of primary care delivery. It documents the story of Laastari, a new IT-driven retail health clinic chain based in Finland, including the process that links conceptual strategy to implementation and practice, as well as the evolving stakeholder ecosystem of the company. 

You can consult the impressive list of winners for all 14 categories on the EFMD website, as well as details for the EFMD Case Writing Competition in general. With the aim of encouraging the writing of case materials, EFMD has been organising this annually for decades and this year saw a record number of 258 high quality entries.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Winning Cases on WWF, Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Novo Nordisk

kedge logoCase2014winner logoWith the aim of encouraging the writing of case materials, EFMD has been organising its annual Case Writing Competition for over 40 years.  The category “Corporate Social Responsibility” looks for innovative ways companies are managing the demands for socially and environmentally responsible business practice.  This category is sponsored by Kedge Business School and the 2014 winner is:

WWF's Living Planet @ Work: Championed by HP”, written by Oana Branzei, Richard Ivey School of Business and Haiying Lin, University of Waterloo.

Leading up to the completion of a successful partnership between Hewlett-Packard Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada, the two individuals who championed the program contemplate their separate and joint next steps: should their organizations renew or exit the partnership?

R IveySoB logoTogether, they had designed and delivered a world-first program, Living Planet @ Work, which had enrolled more than 500 companies, large and small, whose employees had already raised more than $1 million in charitable donations through workplace giving. The program was helping corporate Canada harness the collective desire and power of their employees for the good of business and the future of the planet. The two champions had a short window to go global and scale up the positive impact of the program.

Also the winning cases from the previous years in the “Corporate Social Responsibility” category may be of interest to you:

UWaterloo logoIn 2013, it was Accenture Development Partnership, by INSEAD France. Accenture Development Partnerships is a “not-for-loss” business unit established inside Accenture in 2003 to serve NGO and development sector clients.

The case provides an example of the effective development of a sponsorship network for securing buy-in for a new venture and illustrates the challenges of deciding how far a new venture should be separated from or integrated with the main business of the firm.

In 2012, it was Novo Nordisk: Managing Sustainability at Home and Abroad, by EM Lyon Business School in France.

This case was written to help students develop skills in analyzing the potential strategic purposes of sustainability when applied to a global business context. The case focuses both on internal organization issues in a multinational organization, as well as on how to develop a sustainability strategy in a highly competitive business context in China.

You can consult the full list of winners for all 14 categories is on the EFMD website, as well as details for the  EFMD Case Writing Competition in general.

43 New EFMD Members Ratified

AGM newmembersEFMD wants to warmly welcome the new members ratified at the EFMD General Assembly Meeting on 8 June, 2015. The new institutions are:
  • AFI - L'Université de l'Entreprise, Senegal
  • Amcor Flexibles, Switzerland
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, International Business School,
  • The Netherlands
  • Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Business, Australia
  • Azerbaijan State University of Economics, MBA Department, Azerbaijan
  • BEM Management School, BEM Dakar, Senegal
  • BML Munjal University, School of Management, India
  • Bogazici University, Department of Management, Turkey
  • CISCO Systems, Belgium
  • Dalian University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economics, China
  • Foundation San Pablo Andalucia CEU, Postgraduate Institute and Executive Education Department, Spain
  • Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia Business School, Finland
  • IAE de Grenoble, Université Pierre Mendès France, France
  • ICD International Business School, France
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), India
  • Istanbul Medipol University, School of Health Sciences, Turkey
  • Lehigh University, College of Business and Economics, United States of America
  • Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Hope Business School, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, United Kingdom
  • Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Sweden
  • National Sun Yat-sen University, College of Management, Chinese Taipei
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, School of Management, Chinese Taipei
  • Neumann Business School, Peru
  • OCP S.A., Morocco
  • Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada
  • Saint Paul Escola de Negócios, Faculdade Saint Paul, Brazil
  • SDM Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), Business School, India
  • Shanghai International Studies University, School of Business and Management, China
  • Sultan Qaboos University, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultanate of Oman
  • The Australian National University, ANU College of Business and Economics, Australia
  • The University of the West Indies, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turar Ryskulov New Economic University, Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Umm Al-Qura University, Faculty of Business Administration, Saudi Arabia
  • Universidad de Lima, School of Business, Peru
  • Universidade Positivo, Brazil
  • Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara, College of Economics and Business Administration, Mexico
  • University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
  • University of Stavanger, UoS Business School, Norway
  • University of Sussex, School of Business, Management and Economics, United Kingdom
  • University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, Australia
  • University of the Fraser Valley, School of Business, Canada
  • Zeppelin University, ZU Professional School, Germany

Please feel free to consult the EFMD List of Members, for your ease it is organised by country and has direct links to all institutions.

EFMD membership offers the unique opportunity to become part of the leading international network in the field of management development. The wide spread portfolio of networking opportunities allows for an enriching interaction among peers to discuss, share and benchmark their experiences.

It provides unlimited access to a global network of management education providers, companies, public sector organisations and consultancies. You may want to know more about the access to information, to services, and to quality improvement tools.

Key EFMD & EFMD GN Events in the Second Half of 2015

EFMD NewLogo2013 LR coloursBefore the summer, we would like to update you on the key EFMD events planned for the second half of 2015. You may want to register now while your calendar is not too full or perhaps share the events with colleagues who might be interested in attending.

September

15 September 2015 is the date for the next EFMD Future Series Webinar. Focus theme is “Innovative Technology-Based Ways to Run Engagement Survey”. This web-based event will run from 12:30 till 14:00 (GMT+02:00).

The EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar  will take place on 17-18 September, at the EFMD premises in Brussels, Belgium.

17-18 September are also the dates for the next EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar. Hosted by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB - Université Libre de Bruxelles,Belgium.

The 2015 EFMD Conference on Undergraduate Programmes will be held on 30 September - 2 October in Prato, Italy, hosted by Monash Business School. “3E Learning – Engagement, Experience, Employability” is this year's theme.

October

October is one of the busy months, with the 2015 EFMD Executive Development Conference taking place on 14-16 October. Host institution is Barcelona School of Management in Spain where participants will explore “Learn to Transform in Unpredictable Times.”

EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars will also be held in Prague, Czech Republic. The next one is held on 15-16 October 2015 at the University of Economics, Faculty of International Relations, Prague.

Quebec City in Canada is the location of the 2015 EFMD GN Americas Annual Conference. It is Université Laval that will host this event on 19-21 October 2015.

The next Future Series Webinar focuses on “Engaging the Future Workforce - is GEN Y Different?”.  This webased event will take place on 20 October 2015.

Finally, October will feature the Sharing Best Practice CLIP Workshop on 29-30 October 2015. Hosted by London Business School in London, UK, under the theme: “The 100-Year-Life: a Chance to Diffuse the Demographic Time Bomb in your Business.”

EFMD GN2013 PANTONE HRNovember

November has an extra global flavour with Miami, United States as the location for EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars. Manchester Business School – Americas Centre, Miami will be the host for the seminars on 12-13 November 2015.

The 2015 EFMD Career Services Conference will take place on 18-19 November 2015. “Connecting for Success” will be the theme of this event hosted by University of Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands.

In Phuket, Thailand, the first EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference will take place on 20-21 November 2015. Host institution is Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University.

The 2015 EFMD Africa Conference will take place from 29 November till 1 December 2015. Taking place in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, this event is hosted by Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, with the support of IESEG School of Management.

December

December will host the 2015 EFMD Conference on Master Programmes. On 9-11 December 2015, Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics will host the event in Lisbon, Portugal.

Please also note that preparations are well underway for the:

All the latest updates on the events are available on the EFMD website.

EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to Glasgow University Adam Smith BS

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We are delighted to announce that the EQUIS Accreditation has recently been awarded to Adam Smith Business School within the University of Glasgow. Congratulations!

This takes the number of accredited schools to 156 across 40 countries.

“The Adam Smith Business School, indeed the University of Glasgow, are extremely pleased and excited with the EQUIS accreditation award. As a consequence of undertaking the accreditation process, the School has learned much and has much to build on. We look forward with greater confidence in our efforts to enhancing further the standing and performance of the School, and to engaging fully with EFMD and the EQUIS team.”
Prof. Jim Love, Head, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK

The following schools were reaccredited by EQUIS:
Please read below what the Deans of the reaccredited Schools say about the achievement.

"The review highlighted a number of areas of strength across the UNSW Business School, including our impressive reputation in the national market, strong corporate connections, the quality of our students and academic staff, the impressive careers of our graduates, our outstanding teaching performance, and the strong research ethos that permeates throughout what we do. There are over 10,000 business schools in the world, but only 156 have received EQUIS accreditation and not all are granted the full five-year accreditation, which places the School in an exclusive group of the world's leading business schools."
Prof. Chris Styles, Dean, University of New South Wales Business School, Australia
 
"This third renewal of our EQUIS accreditation is proof of our constant efforts and the way the School devotes all its resources to reaching and even surpassing the highest quality standards. HEC Montréal has been among the world’s top business schools for over 15 years now, and we are very proud of that achievement."
Mr. Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal, Canada

"Universidad de los Andes School of Management is delighted to receive news about its EQUIS re-accreditation. Since 2003, year in which the School was accredited by EQUIS for the first time, this process has been fundamental for the development of our School in different dimensions such as strengthening our faculty and research, gaining international positioning and enhancing the relations with different types of organisations. Being part of a select group of Schools characterised for their high quality standards and impact on society has helped us create a continuous improvement environment which allows us to offer high quality education in Colombia. This achievement is a joint effort of faculty, students, staff and other stakeholders who are deeply committed to this endeavour."
Dr. Eric Rodríguez, Dean, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

"We are delighted to have been reaccredited by EQUIS. The stringent process of the EFMD and the international experts who carry out the accreditation really help us to gage how our programmes and initiatives measure up against other leading global business schools. Their final conclusions and recommendations help us to focus our constant innovation and investment on key areas of the institution where most impact can be made."
Mr. Enrique Bolaños, President, INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

"We are very happy to have received re-accreditation for five new years. This is very important for BI Norwegian Business schools pursuit to reach our international ambitions. I will also like to thank the peer review committee for a good process and both insightful an constructive comment to improve the school even further."
Dr. Inge Jan Henjesand, Rector, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

"We are proud to be among the only six institutions within the German-speaking countries to receive the EQUIS accreditation for five years. After our accreditations in 2009 and 2012, this shows evidence of our continuous quality improvement and institutional development. Again we attained insightful feedback through the peer-review process that is much appreciated. We are confident that this 5-year accreditation will enable us to follow our strategic priorities and continue to evolve both our strengths and opportunities."
Prof. Harald Gall, Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

"We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the highly sought-after 5 year EQUIS accreditation status by EFMD. This award reflects the University of Bath School of Management’s consistent approach to recruiting high calibre students, providing high quality programmes and delivering world class, impactful research. As Dean, I am delighted that the hard work of my colleagues across the School has been recognised in this way and I look forward to continuing our journey as a leading international School of Management."
Prof. Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean, School of Management, University of Bath, UK

"EQUIS accreditation is one of the most important benchmarks available to business schools to ensure excellence in teaching, student experience, research and outreach. I am very pleased that our substantial effort to continually improve in all aspects of what we do has been well recognised."
Prof. Jon Reast, Dean, Bradford University School of Management, UK

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services & EQUIS Director added: "We are delighted to welcome Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, involving a thorough self-assessment, a visit of an international peer review team, and finally a very experienced Awarding Body evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. EQUIS benchmarks the School against international standards in terms of governance, programmes, faculty, students, research, and foremost, corporate engagement, internationalisation and ethics, responsibility and sustainability. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and all the schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

The benefits of accreditation include:
  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Becoming part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc.
  • International legitimacy vis-a-vis recruiting international students, creating double degree partnerships, forming international exchange relationships, recruiting executive development custom programme clients, recruiting new faculty.
More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

Eight Programmes Successfully Reaccredited by EPAS

We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently reaccredited eight programmes from six institutions:

The following programmes have been reaccredited by EPAS:

"The process of the EPAS accreditation has helped sharpen our focus on the strategic priorities. A mission and strategy are often easy to formulate but more difficult to implement.  By focusing on the processes in the EPAS framework we know what variables we can work on over the coming years in our journey of educational excellence."
Prof. dr. Rudy Martens, Dean, Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Belgium

"EPAS re-accreditation of programme set Financial Management and Marketing Management comes as a validation of our efforts to provide our students with the educational experience of the highest quality, in accordance with the most demanding international standards. It further motivates us on our path of reaching excellence in all our processes. We are deeply convinced that our affiliation to the family of EFMD accredited institutions has inestimable contribution in the processes of attaining our mission to become a prestigious higher education institution in the area of economic and business sciences in South East Europe region by 2025."
Dr. Jasmina Selimović, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

"We are delighted that our Degree Programme in International Business has been awarded with EPAS reaccreditation. We would like to thank the peer review team for their contribution to enhancing our quality. I would also like to thank our faculty and staff members for their commitment and enthusiasm during this rewarding learning process."
Dr. Asta Wahlgrén, Director, School of Business, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

"The accreditation is a result of a joint effort of the management, the faculty, the students, the corporate partners and the alumni. It was not only a benchmarking but a team building project as well."
Dr. Maria Dunavölgyi, EMBA, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary


"The Kemmy Business School at UL is delighted to achieve 5 year accreditation for our flagship undergraduate programme. Ever since our first EPAS accreditation in 2009, we have found the EPAS accreditation to be extremely valuable for the School."
Dr. Philip O'Regan, Executive Dean, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

"Wielkopolska Business School is very pleased and proud to receive EPAS accreditation for Executive Master of Business Administration. This accreditation confirms the highest quality of education and professionalism of our team. In addition, EPAS accreditation process was very beneficial experience and unique opportunity to rethink what we are doing and what we can improve and develop. I want to thank Peer Review Team and Accreditation Board for feedback and high valuable process."
Mr. Grzegorz Giza, Director, Wielkopolska Business School, Poznan University of Economics, Poland

The EPAS process considers a wide range of programme aspects including:
  1. The market positioning of the programme nationally and internationally
  2. The strategic position of the programme within its institution
  3. The design process including assessment of stakeholder requirements – particularly students and employers
  4. The programme objectives and intended learning outcomes
  5. The curriculum content and delivery system
  6. The extent to which the programme has an international focus and a balance between academic and managerial dimensions
  7. The extent to which the programme promotes the principles of responsible management
  8. The depth and rigour of the assessment processes (relative to the degree level of the programme)
  9. The quality of the student body and of the programme’s graduates
  10. The institution’s resources allocated to support the programme
  11. The appropriateness of the faculty that deliver the programme
  12. The quality of the alumni and their career progression
  13. The existence of robust quality assurance process
Prof. David Asch, Associate Director, Quality Services & EPAS Director added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the six Institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS reaccreditation process. Their achievement illustrates these Institutions’ commitment to the continuous  improvement of the quality of their programmes. The highly demanding EPAS standards ensure that accredited programmes are designed and delivered so that they are both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 10 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. As of June 2015, 94 accredited programmes from 69 institutions across 31 countries that have been awarded EPAS accreditation.

For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

EFMD is Delighted to Announce the Winners of the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition

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Winners include IBS Hyderabad, IE Business School, IMD, Indian School of Business, INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management , L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development, Middlesex University Dubai, Richard Ivey School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Singapore Management University, University of Regina, University of Waterloo.

EFMD is delighted to announce the winners of the first phase of the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition. The quality of the case entries was again exceptionally high so we thank all of you who took part. The "Best of the Best" category is now being evaluated by The Case Centre and the results of the overall winner of the competition will be announced later in the year.

Corporate Social Responsibility: “WWF's Living Planet @ Work: Championed by HP”, written by Oana Branzei, Richard Ivey School of Business and Haiying Lin, University of Waterloo. This category is sponsored by Kedge Business School.

Entrepreneurship: “Jungle Beer: An Entrepreneur's Journey”, written by Christopher Dula and Kapil Tuli, both at Singapore Management University, SG.  This category is sponsored by EM Lyon.

Family Business: “J.M. Huber: A Family of Solutions”, written by Benoît Leleux, and Anne-Catrin Glemser, both at IMD, CH.

Finance and Banking: “Infineon Technologies: Time to Cash in Your Chips?” written by Denis Gromb and Joel Peressn, both at INSEAD, FR. This category is sponsored by Toulouse Business School – Groupe ESC Toulouse.

Supply Chain Management: “Vanderlande Industries: Parcel And Postal Predicaments”, written by Rene de Koster and Philip Lazar, Rotterdam School of Management, NL. This category is sponsored by Kedge Business School.

Emerging Global Chinese Competitors: “Yancoal: The Saskatchewan Potash Question”, written by George Peng, Paul J. Hill School of Business at University of Regina, CA and Paul Beamish, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA.

Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues: “Rosa Vaño And Castillo De Canena”, written by Rosario Silva and Custodia Cabanas, both at IE Business School, ES. This category is sponsored by Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School.

African Business Cases: “Mobile Telecommunications: Two Entrepreneurs Enter Africa”, written by Benjamin Jones and Daniel Campbell, both at Kellogg School of Management, US. This category is sponsored by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

Indian Management Issues and Opportunities: “Mast Kalandar: Prioritizing Growth Opportunities”, written by Sunil Chopra and Sudhir Arni, Kellogg School of Management, US.

Responsible Leadership: “SEWA (A): Ela Bhatt”, written by Sonia Mehrotra, L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, IN and Oana Branzei, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA. This category is sponsored by University of San Diego - School of Business Administration.

Inclusive Business Models: “Gillette's "Shave India Movement": Razor Sharp against the Stubble?”, written by Christopher Dula, Srinivas Reddy and Adina Wong, all at Singapore Management University, SG. This category is sponsored by IMD.

Latin American Business Cases: “Chile's Concha y Toro: A Silver Bullet for the Global Market”, written by V. Namratha Prasad and Muralidhara G V, both at IBS HYDERABAD, IN.  This category is sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia.

MENA Business Cases: “The Booming GCC Retail Sector: Prospects for Online Fashion Retailers”, written by Muneeza Shoaib and Hameedah Sayani, both at Middlesex University Dubai, UAE.  This category is sponsored by HEC Paris in Qatar.

Bringing Technology to Market: “Moser Baer And OM&T -- Choosing A Strategic Partnership Mode”, written by Kannan Srikanth, Sonia Mehrotra, Priyank Arora and Geetika Shah, all at Indian School of Business, IN. This category is sponsored by ESMT.

We would like to warmly congratulate all of the winners and once again thank all of our sponsors for their continued support of the EFMD Case Writing Competition.

Quality Services Events in the Second Half of 2015

Would you like to learn more about the EFMD Quality Services offer? Do you manage the accreditation process and wish to gain a thorough understanding of the process, standards & criteria? The EFMD Quality Services have different types of seminars that will address your needs, wherever you might be in your accreditation journey.

EQUIS logo13 LRWe are happy to publish the upcoming accreditation events in the second half of 2015.

Learn more about EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF by attending one of the different types of information events:

-    Information sessions: Get a glimpse of the process! These events are targeted at Business Schools with little knowledge of EFMD accreditations and quality services (2-3 hours sessions)

-    Introductory seminars: Already know a little but still undecided? These seminars are targeted at Business Schools that consider EFMD accreditation or mentoring, but have not decided yet if or when to start the process (typically, a half-day seminar)
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-    Standard accreditation seminars: Decided to embark on the accreditation journey? These seminars are targeted at Schools that have already decided to pursue either EQUIS or EPAS, are considering applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation, or are holding active eligibility and wish to get a better understanding about the system. They allow for an in-depth preparation of the application phase (typically, a 1,5-day seminar)

-    XXL accreditation seminars: Brilliant! Already in! We will guide you through the process. These seminars are targeted at EQUIS and EPAS eligible and accredited Schools. The seminars provide in-depth guidance on how to complete the different steps of the EQUIS or EPAS accreditation process successfully:  how to compile a Self-Assessment Report, how to organise an effective Peer Review Visit and how to manage the post-accreditation phase including the write-up of progress reports (typically, a 2-day seminar)

EDAF logo15 LRStill uncertain about which of the above events is most suitable for you and your School? Please contact the Quality Services Office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are always happy to assist you!

The QS department plans the following events in the coming months:

XXL accreditation seminars
-    EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar in Brussels on 17-18 September 2015 – EFMD Office
-    EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar in Brussels on 17-18 September 2015 – hosted by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Standard accreditation seminars
-    EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Prague on 15-16 October 2015 – hosted by University of Economics, Prague – Faculty of International Relations

Introductory seminars
-    On EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF in Phuket, Thailand on 22 November 2015 (after the EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference)
-    On EPAS and EDAF in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 1 December 2015 (after the EFMD Africa Conference)

Practical information about registration, prices and logistics will be published on the EFMD website in due course.

2015 EFMD GN Americas Annual Conference

EFMD GN Americas Annual Conference 2015

The EFMD Global Network Americas Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations that have an interest in the Americas.

Transnational Higher Education: Insights on Joint Programmes and Student Mobility

TransnatHE JointRussiaJoint Programmes between Higher Education Institutions of the European Union and Russian Federation
Joint Programmes are complex forms of collaboration. This report, co-authored by Nadine Burquel, EFMD Director Business School Services,  provides examples and checklists for action on how to overcome  challenges including legal restrictions, recognition issues, financial or organisational constraints, linguistic or cultural issues.

The 162-page report  highlights the  tremendous efforts put into teaching and learning cooperation in EU and Russian institutions. Several hundreds of programmes are covered and findings are structured around seven key dimensions:
  • Institutional partnership composition — Looser to more strategic partnerships
  • Programme design and delivery– Fragmented to real jointness
  • Student mobility paths — Ad-hoc to structured mobility paths
  • Recognition of study abroad — None, partial to full recognition
  • Degree types — Single (Joint), Double, Certificate
  • Programme management — From individual to institutional integrated arrangement
  • Quality assurance — Internal and external arrangement
General findings include:
  • EU-Russian Joint Programmes focus primarily on Management, Economics and Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction and are for the majority at the Master level.
  • German and French universities dominate in EU-Russian partnerships, followed by Finland and the United Kingdom.
  • In Russia, most Joint Programmes are found in Moscow, followed by St-Petersburg and Siberia.
  • Different lengths of studies in the EU and Russia create recognition problems.
  • Mobility is mainly for Russian students who travel to Europe.
For further details, please consult the 162-page report: Joint Education Programmes between Higher Education Institutions of the European Union and Russian Federation. Chapter 8 is dedicated to challenges and best practices:
  • The strength of internationalisation in partner universities
  • The lack of partners’ clear motives
  • Linguistic, cultural and legal limitations
  • Developing and establishing robust partnerships
  • Decisions at the level of programme integration and jointness
  • Creating opportunities, building brand and reputation
  • Financial constraints to ensure joint programmes’ long term sustainability
TransnatHE studentsStudent Mobility and Internationalisation
The 261-page report “Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe” presents the findings of the 5th round of the EUROSTUDENT project to which 30 countries of the EHEA have contributed between 2012 and 2015. It is a collection of key indicators on the social dimension of higher education and functions to monitor progress in the implementation of the Bologna Process reforms.  The synopsis focuses on three main topic areas: Access to higher education and characteristics of students; Study conditions; and International student mobility and future plans.

Chapter 10 examines students’ international mobility (realised and planned), obstacles to enrolment abroad, organisation and funding of enrolment abroad, and the recognition of credits earned abroad. As an indicator of internationalisation at home, the extent to which students’ national study programmes are taught in foreign language is examined. Results here indicate that:
  • International student mobility rates vary greatly by country; between 5 % and 39 % of students in the cross-sectional samples.
  • Enrolment abroad tends to be the most frequently realised foreign study-related experience.
  • Access to international student mobility can be shown to be subject to social selectivity.
  • The most critical of the analysed obstacles to studying abroad is the (perceived) additional financial burden.
  • A separation from partner, children, and friends has turned out to be the second most critical obstacle.
  • A large degree of variation across countries can also be observed regarding the organisation, funding and recognition of foreign enrolment periods.
For the full details, please go here.

CEIBS to host the International Teachers Programme© (ITP)

CEIBS-ITPThe International Teachers Programme© (ITP) supported by EFMD, is an intensive faculty development programme dedicated to helping business educators develop suitable skills and capabilities to be successful in their careers. The ITP programme is organized by the International Schools of Business Management (ISBM), a group of thirteen leading business schools located in Asia, Europe, and North America. The 2015 & 2016 programmes will be hosted by the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) at both its Shanghai and Beijing campuses.

The ITP has served over 1,500 high-caliber faculty and educators from many countries since it started more than 50 years ago. During this period, the programme has rotated between ISBM schools:

  •     CEIBS - China Europe International Business School, CN           
  •     HEC School of Management, FR
  •     IAE AIX Graduate School of Management, FR
  •     IMD, CH
  •     INSEAD Business School, FR
  •     Kellogg School of Management, US
  •     London Business School, UK
  •     Manchester Business School, UK
  •     New York University, Stern School of Business, US
  •     SDA Bocconi School of Management, IT
  •     Stockholm School of Economics, SE

I owe my professional progress to ITP. As a young teacher in Assam, India, I attended the program in 1982 and it changed my life. The curriculum transformed everything I thought I knew about management education. ITP introduced me to new pedagogical tools and strategies, and it helped me see deeper connections between my teaching and research. Through the program, I also gained greater confidence in the classroom. ITP challenged and inspired me to explore my potential, even as I learned how to help others discover their potential. This is a wonderful program for anyone who aspires to create and share knowledge with impact.
Dipak C. Jain, Dean, INSEAD

This will be the first time that the ITP has been offered outside a Western country. In addition to the many well-established qualities of the ITP, its location in China, the world's most dynamic economy, and at CEIBS, a globally top-ranked business school, adds a powerful and exciting dimension, while using most of the same international faculty as in previous programmes.

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The International Teachers Program© is an intensive faculty-development program dedicated to helping business educators develop suitable skills and capabilities to be successful in their careers. This Programme is beneficial for junior and mid-career faculty who teach business and management at any level: Bachelor, Master, MBA, Executive Education, Ph.D. and faculty development professionals. It is ideal for participants with some prior teaching or coaching experience who are looking to take their capabilities to the next level. ITP has served over 1,500 high-caliber faculty and educators from many countries since it started more than 50 years ago.

Opportunity for Member Schools to Host EFMD Event

Hosting an EFMD event enables you to increase the visibility of your institution and to showcase your school to the global network of EFMD members. Any institution that is a member of EFMD, is active in the specific network for which it wants to host and has the capacity and facilities to host is eligible to put themselves forward. Host institutions of recent events include:

  • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Cass Business School, London, UK
  • LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy
  • UPV Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
  • CBS - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
  • Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal

As well as the commitments specific to an event, a person from the institution who has expertise in the content is invited to join the steering committee of the network for three years, for example the Dean of the school for the Deans & Directors General Conference or the MBA Director for the MBA Conference.

The EFMD website has a dedicated page with full details on cover networkingOpportunities to Host” where you can also find an EFMD Events Fact Sheet and an EFMD Events Host Application Form. Institutions who have taken this opportunity to showcase the professional approach of their organisation and who will be hosting an EFMD event in the near future include:

  • HEC - École des hautes études commerciales de Paris,Doha, Qatar
  • ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Said Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Monash Business School, Prato, Italy
  • Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
  • University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

You can find an overview of the main EFMD events with facts, target audience and recently addressed topics in the EFMD Learning and Networking guide.

Institutional Development of Business Schools

The book "The Institutional evelopment of Business Schools" provides novel empirical findings on the change and development of business schools, the causes and consequences of the ranking, and branding wars around business schools in particular and higher education systems more generally.

The book, edited by Andrew M.Pettigrew, Eric Cornuel and Ulrich Hommel, also offers a stimulating critique of some of the intellectual, professional and economic challenges facing business schools in the contemporary world, as well as concluding thoughts on “Building a Research Agenda on the Institutional Development of Business Schools”.  It has three main parts:
  • The Change and Development of Business Schools
  • Ranking and Branding of Business Schools
  • Challenges for the Future Development of Business Schools
You may also be interested to explore “Securing the Future of Management Education: Competitive Destruction or Constructive Innovation?". This "EFMD Perspectives" book (by H.Thomas, M.Lee, L. Thomas, A.Wilson) has most interesting chapters on:
  • Future scenarios for management education
  • Critical issues for the future: Unfolding gaps
  • Uncertain futures: What should business schools do now?
Of interest too may be The Business School in the 21st Century. This book is by H.Thomas, P.Lorange and J.Seth. In this book, three world experts share their critical insights on management education and new business school models in the USA, Europe and Asia, on designing the business school of the future, and how to make it work. They look at how the business school is changing and focus in particular on emergent global challenges and innovations in curricula, professional roles, pedagogy, uses of technology and organisational delineations. Set within the context of a wider discussion about management as a profession, the authors provide a systematic, historical perspective, analysing major trends in business school models, and reviewing a wealth of current literature, to provide an informed and unique perspective that is firmly grounded in practical and experimental analysis.

Also, please do check related recent articles from the EFMD Global Focus magazine:
"The socially responsible business school": David Oglethrope argues that business schools need to embrace social responsibility more enthusiastically than they have done so far.

"The new approach to growth and profitability that business schools need": Peter Lorange and Jimmi Rembiszewski argue that business schools must react more urgently to a new type of student.

2014 EFMD-Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (Part Two)

emerald logoEFMD and Emerald Publishing announce with great pleasure the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. In this second listing of Winners and Highly efmd-newlogo2013-lr coloursCommended, we cover:

Leadership and Organisational Development, sponsored Leadership & Organization Development Journal

  • “Follow Me! Followership, Leadership and the Multigenerational Workforce”: Dr. Johnson, Winner from Nova Southeastern University
  • “Leadership, engagement, and workplace behaviors: The mediating role of psychological capital”: Dr. Robin, Highly Commended from The University of Melbourne

Management and Governance, sponsored by Management Decision

  • “Collaborative Resilience: The Multi-Level Structural of Organizational Kinship in Socioeconomic Collectives”: Dr. Randolph, Winner from University of Nevada Las Vegas

Human Resource Management, sponsored by Personnel Review

  • “Human Resource Management: Work-Family Reconciliation”: Dr. Glaveli, Joint winner from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • “The impact of HR differentiation on employees”: Dr. Marescaux, Joint winner from KU Leuven

Logistics and Supply Chain Management, sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

  • "The adaptation of Supply Chains to Climate Change": Dr. Kreie, Winner from Heriot-Watt University

Knowledge Management, sponsored by Journal of Knowledge Management

  • “The use of storytelling as transfer of knowledge”: Dr. Leung, Winner from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • “The hidden difference – Identity status, access of knowledge and the generation of new ideas”: Dr. Silberzahn, Highly Commended from IESE Business School

Health Care Management sponsored by Journal of Health Organisation and Management

  • “Health Systems Integration: Competing or Shared Mental Models?”: Dr. Evans, Winner from University of Toronto
  • "Bottom-up safety initiatives: a case study of falls preventon at a Portuguese hospital": Dr. Barbosa de Melo, Highly Commended from  Queen's University Belfast

Award-winning entries receive a cash prize of €1,500 and international recognition. Moreover, EFMD is particularly proud to see so may EFMD member institutions represented, the first six categories of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards were covered in a first blog post and cover Educational leadership and strategy, Interdisciplinary accounting research, Marketing research, Information science, Hospitality management, as well as Operations and production management. You may also be interested in more details on the Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards or you may want to consult the archives of previous winners.

EFMD 2015 External Relations Conference - LAST CHANCE to Register

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We would like to remind you that you have until the 25 February to benefit from our normal conference fee and register online for the 2015 EFMD Conference for International & External Relations, Marketing, PR, Communication and Alumni professionals. 



The conference will be kindly hosted by Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business in Vancouver, Canada on the 25-27 March 2015 and supported by the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans. 



One-to-One Connect Session & Alumni Cocktail


For the first time we are organising two bonus sessions to complement the conference. Soon after you have registered for the conference you will receive a complete list of participants, which will enable you to plan and structure your networking accordingly. We have added to the programme a One-to-One Connect Session to facilitate meeting up with other international schools to formally discuss alliances, exchanges, partnerships etc. This time is designed specifically for you so please don’t miss out on the opportunity!



We will also hold our first Alumni Cocktail that will be kindly sponsored by Graduway. This will give you the opportunity to invite 2 or 3 of your alumni to a networking cocktail on the Friday evening, so you can connect with them and they have the opportunity to meet others living in the Vancouver region.



PLACES AVAILABLE for the conference ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT, so if you want to join, don’t wait too long and register online today!


 
Join colleagues and peers from over 20 countries to network, exchange, discuss and share your experiences. Schools already registered include: 

University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business, London Business School, John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Duke University - Fuqua School of Business, Faculté des sciences de l'administration Université Laval, Stockholm Business School, SKEMA Business School, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, RISEBA University, University of Chicago booth School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), BI Norwegian Business School, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Kozminski University, ESADE Business School, Jönköping University, University of St.Gallen, Durham University Business School and many more.



You can view the complete conference programme online and see what is of interest for you. 



Finally, please note that the negotiated hotel rates at the Four Season Hotel are coming to an end on 23 February. If you haven’t reserved your room yet:
Go to this link; Enter your arrival and departure dates & number of guests in the 'Make your Reservation' tab; Click on Corporate/ Promo Code; Enter Promo Code: CI0315EFM

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Reflections on the Future of Business Schools and Elephants

Guest post from Prof. Johan Roos, Dean and CEO of Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.

Johan Roos
will moderate the panel discussion "What’s Next for Management Education" during the 2015 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General in Barcelona. Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, FT, and a group of distinguished panelists will reflect on what business schools do in different regions of the world in relation to the current world situation.

elephant building surreal pen ink drawing by vitogoni d5rnr84DURING the course of in 2013-2014, as the Dean of a Swedish business school I participated in three educational programs devoted to exploring and assessing the status of higher education and what university presidents, deans and senior-levels administrators can do to improve our future.  One conference was an 18-months-nine-weekend program offered by The Association of Swedish Higher Education. Another was a 1-weekend seminar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education for experienced university presidents. The third was the week-long leadership in higher education program offered by the Oxford Academy for Education and Development. In reviewing these learning experiences as part of my preparation for the upcoming 2015 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General, I had three insights that may help many of us strategize for 2015 and beyond.
   
Insight #1 – Higher Education today is like the parable of the 3 blind men and the elephant.
We all know the tale of the blind men who want to understand what an elephant is. One blind man feels the elephant’s leg and so thinks it is an animal that must look like a tree. The other blind man feels the tail and thinks an elephant is a thin and wispy animal. The third blind man feels the trunk and believes that elephants are like snakes.

In the same way, over the course of my three programs, I felt that I was in the company of blind men and women trying to figure out what higher education should look like in the future. Each of us had a very different sense of the ailments that are currently challenging us.

•    Some very thoughtful colleagues believed that the loss of professorial control over courses and curricula to centralized planners in their schools constituted a major blow to good teaching and rapport between students and faculty.
•    Others focused on how the growing demand for measurable student “outcomes” was pressuring them to abandon the teaching of thinking and analysis, for a focus only on vocational competence development.
•    Still others worried about the growing financial pressures on higher education, especially among state-owned schools that are facing budgetOpportunity cuts and pressure to reform their operations. My heart went out to several university leaders in African nations whose deepest concerns were finding clean water for their schools in parched countries, or staying safe from marauding terrorists 100 miles from their gates.

As I reflected on these problems, what became clear to me was that every one of us was sensing some type of elephant, though we interpreted it differently. We all felt problems looming ahead, even if each person was struggling with challenges that are local and on the plate directly in front of them. But to me, what was worse was that nearly everyone saw their challenges in a negative way, more like a crisis than an opportunity. There was a pall of fatalism dominating the soul of the gatherings, and it was disconcerting.
I am an optimist and I hope that I can inspire others to adopt my position that change is possible, that we can walk into the future with great ideas to guide our institutions to higher goals and serve the purpose of a better world.

Insight #2 – There is an elephant in the room—and it’s a good thing.
As for bringing insight #1 home to myself, I realized that when it comes to business education, we are looking at the proverbial elephant in the room that we don’t want to talk about but it is actually a great omen of change. Of course, we all know that business schools are in need of serious reconstructing, but I suggest it is now time to see opportunities that we have in front of us rather than denying the crisis.  We have remained ensconced in the same paradigms of thinking, teaching, and researching as we have done for more than fifty years, while the world is changing around us.

We are seemingly deaf to the outside global business world telling us that they require a new type of education for business students, yet we have the tools, minds and ability to develop many great new ideas. We have been blind to building new programs and curricula that take into account how the business world intersects technology, science, engineering and medicine, yet these are perhaps the most fascinating areas of growth for business schools. We act defensively about the pressure to find new ways to teach and learn, yet MOOCS could be our silver lining to an efficient, imaginative and responsible blended lifelong learning approach that could also create a renaissance of the classical high touch, high value tutorial system of education. In short, let’s look at the elephant in the room and see it as reminder to innovate rather than run away pretending it is not there.

changeInsight #3 – We need to make changes of an elephantine nature.
Three programs hardly form a pattern, but it was impossible for me not to see that the tasks in front of us are enormous. To keep my elephant metaphor, the problems we face require action of elephantine proportions, ranging from a complete overhaul in how we prepare students for higher education, to what types of curriculum and programs we offer them, to what relationship their business education has to do with working in the real world of business. These are all potentially large paradigm changes to tackle, but they will help us reinvigorate the ultimate purpose of higher education grounded in freedom of thought, integrity, quality, and responsibility.  Such reconstruction will take time, great effort, and patience, but it can be done.  I suggest that 2015 is a good year to start because 2014 is already gone.  Elephants or not, it is time to get to work.

EFMD Sign Strategic Partnership with AdjunctFinder.com

ajEFMD has entered into a strategic partnership with AdjunctFinder.com to deliver members access to a worldwide data base of Adjunct Faculty and provide a workforce planning tool for their existing Adjuncts.

Business education is changing with tighter budgets, casualised employment, increasing global competition and students demanding more experienced and diverse instructors. Business schools need simple, cost-effective ways to service student needs and deliver successful educational outcomes.

AdjunctFinder.com is the global, central clearing-house or ‘commons’ for business and business law related schools delivering quality Adjunct faculty to the front line. Adjuncts are full-time, part-time, retired or semi-retired academics or managers - people who want to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation. Adjuncts deliver face to face, intensively on-site and online; they work as sessional lecturers, tutors, executive educators, research supervisors, markers, guest speakers, mentors, coaches, advisory board members and study tour leaders.

The strategic partnership between AdjunctFinder.com and EFMD will enable our member schools to access local and global teaching staff and manage their current people in a personal school-branded site. Through their personal ‘My Adjuncts’ school site, school leaders and administrators can apply data – qualifications, teaching experience, business experience, disciplines, teaching modes, availability etc – to their staff allocation decision making.  adjunctfinderpic

Click here to visit the AdjunctFinder.com website.



“The EFMD AdjunctFinder.com strategic partnership brings global Adjunct Faculty recruitment to all members. The easily accessible, global data base of Adjuncts makes searching for new talent easy while providing a Workforce Planning tool to manage existing Adjuncts. We believe our partnership with AdjunctFinder.com will have enormous benefits for members and build stronger global bonds between our schools,” said Prof. Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO of EFMD.

Exclusive Offer to EFMD Members

AdjunctFinder.com is offering a 20% discount to EFMD members subscribing before 1 September 2015. Such subscribers will also qualify for the ‘My Adjuncts’ premium service, to manage their existing Adjuncts in their personal school-branded site for no extra cost for one year from the date of joining.

If you would like to learn more about how this strategic partnership can benefit your school please contact Victoria O’Connor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Toohey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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How Being Embedded in your Region Helps Growth

GF14 3 BSISventThomas Bieger explains how the University of St.Gallen used the new Business School Impact Survey to consolidate and build on its local roots.

Imagine you are the chief executive of an airport whose customers are rather dispersed. Some of them live up to 100 miles away, which is true of a minimum of 40% of hub transfer passengers.Your main concern is your airport’s international positioning against the major hubs and their worldwide competition. Your main markets are international transfer passengers and international airlines. You therefore recruit top staff and specialists from an increasingly competitive international labour market.

However, access to local resources is key for the expansion of your airport, the local labour market, rail and road access, subsidies for those public services that your airport delivers and the development of neighbouring businesses. Simultaneously, the regional environment sees the negative impacts, such as direct externalities like noise; and many locals regard indirect externalities, such as the role of the airport as a representation of globalisation, as a threat.

Many companies with operations fixed to a specific location face similar challenges. They compete in international markets but have to combine their international reach – even their global reach – with their local and regional roots. They rely on local resources and regional and national laws regulate them.

BSIS SGallen logoThe same is true of business schools – not just traditional, campus schools but also multi-campus universities and virtual business schools offering pure e-learning
products. All of them need to nurture their local roots. For example, they need at least a legal local base to ensure accreditation. Further, they draw on the brand and image of their home base.

Compared to other institutions of higher education, business schools face a specific challenge regarding caring about this local “embeddedness” because:

  • their graduates work for global companies and not for the regional economy and society as do most medical doctors, lawyers and teachers that traditional comprehensive universities produce
  • to achieve their global ambition, they rely on the professors and leadership that the global faculty market provides
  • from the public’s point of view they are often those responsible for bad management practices and are even the source of economic crises. This is most predominant in respect of the best business schools in a country with a dominant market share. Many view these schools as embodying an ever-present risk that their alumni
  • will feature in tomorrow’s negative headlines about incompetent managers.

BSIS bannerAll of the above are reasons why the University of St Gallen in Switzerland has undertaken the Business School Impact Survey (BSIS) assessment process offered by EFMD Global Network and FNEGE (French National Foundation for Management Education).

The University of St Gallen’s vision is to establish and further its position in the worldwide university landscape. However, 20% of its overall financial budget originates from its region, the Canton of St Gallen, while only 10% of its students do.As one of 10 state universities in Switzerland, it is the only specialised
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Join a Graduway Webinar to Power Your Alumni Relations

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Join a Graduway Webinar to Power Your Alumni Relations
The partnership with Graduway, a leading provider of alumni networking platforms offers exclusive value to EFMD member schools.

Earlier in the year we announced that EFMD ​had ​entered into a strategic partnership with Graduway, ​a leading provider of alumni networking platforms​ to business schools around the world. We are delighted to update you with the news that the partnership has been a great success with many EFMD schools taking advantage of the Graduway system at special negotiated rates.

Schools such as ​Coppead, UCLan, Stathmore, Canterbury Christ Church, St Gallen, ESMT, ALBA, Memorial Nwwfoundland, Northumbria Newcastle Business School, Solvay, Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and many more are now benefiting from more engaged alumni communities.

The strategic partnership between Graduway and EFMD will enable our member schools to improve their alumni relations by having access to their own branded alumni engagement platform which is fully integrated with social networks. Schools use the platform to engage past and present students, find lost alumni, enhance advancement opportunities as well as complete important accreditation requirements through our platform.

Click here to see the Graduway Video.

Graduway are running free to attend 20 minute webinars to learn more.

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Graduway will also be speaking at the 2015 EFMD Conference for International and External Relations, PR, Marketing, Communication and Alumni Professionals that will be held in Vancouver from the 25-27 of March hosted by the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. The conference theme is "Understanding, Identifying and Building a Distinctive Business School Brand" and there will also be a special Aumni evening.

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Testimonials

  • ‘’We’ve been looking for some time for a state-of the-art online platform for our alumni, one that combines the need for a personalized approach with fresh design and the interactivity of social networking. At the same time it needed to be simple and easy to deploy and manage. Graduway ticked all the boxes.’’ Becky Ann Gilbert, Head of Development and Alumni Relations, ESMT, Germany.

  • ‘’The Graduway platform is truly cutting edge and will provide our alumni with easy access to their lifelong network of friends and business contacts they made during their time with us.’’ Rod Lohin, Executive Director, Rotman Alumni Network, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada.

  • ‘’Graduway will help us find our lost alumni and keep them engaged resulting in us having access to a talent pool for mentorship, brand ambassadors and donors in the future.’’ Carlos Carvalho, Director Alumni COPPEAD, COPPEAD de Administração / UFRJ, Brazil.

Going from EPAS to EQUIS and AACSB … and from AACSB to EPAS

GF14 3 AtoEAnne-Joëlle Philippart, from HEC-Liège, explains how the mix of EFMD and AACSB accreditation models helped achieve a rapid improvement of the quality assurance system at HEC-Liège.

HEC-Liège, the management school of the University of Liege, Belgium, is the result of the 2005 merger of two Liege business schools.The city of Liege has undergone profound industrial change focused on a shift from traditional heavy industries to innovative businesses and specialised technological industries. HEC-Liege has also rapidly developed as a proactive partner in regional economic development, launching a number of pioneering initiatives, encouraging entrepreneurship and enhancing the international dimension of the activities of its staff and students.

GF14 3 HECL logoIn 2009, the school launched a very proactive strategy to further increase its visibility, reputation and internationalism. One of the main pillars of this strategy was to obtain several international accreditations. The HEC-Liege Board of Directors also launched an international search that led to the recruitment of a new Dean, Thomas Froehlicher. It also decided to appoint a full-time Quality Manager.

The objective was to obtain a programme accreditation under EFMD’s EPAS standards as a start to a school accreditation under the AACSB and EQUIS (also EFMD) standards. Both EFMD and AACSB proposed very complementary models. The first step was to involve our stakeholders, both internal and external. The involvement of internal stakeholders ensures an institutional ownership of the process and implementation of a quality culture, oriented to continuous improvement. The involvement of external stakeholders helps the school to connect with market needs.

epasThe EPAS accreditation model is built around programme design, programme delivery and programme outcome. It is backed by a Quality Assurance System and framed by the institutional context. This model helped us to structure our activities. The main achievements were the writing of a quality manual and the setting up of a programme management system around the intended learning outcomes (ILOs).

The writing of the quality manual started with an analysis of our organisation. This has allowed us to rationalise and disseminate our processes and procedures. The ILO process started with a broad programme review relating to, on one hand, our main research fields and, on the other, our corporate dimension and the market’s needs.

Wide-ranging consultations were carried out with faculty, staff, alumni, students and employers. These meetings have created a team spirit and a sense of belonging to the school.

As regards programmes, we defined a graduate profile documented by about 15 measurable ILOs. Each professor was asked to determine which programme ILOs were addressed by her or his lectures. They also had to determine which pedagogical methods and which assessment methods they were using and then list them in pedagogic commitments published on the school web site.

A clear definition of programme ILOs has many advantages and serves students, programme directors, faculty and recruiters. Each one better understands the others’ expectations, favouring mutual adjustments and resulting in good teamwork between faculty members.

Every year the Quality Department carries out an analysis of each programme, checking … please click to read more.

From Great to Gone - Lessons for Business Schools

GF14 3 potloodPeter Lorange and Jimmi Rembiszewski argue that business schools must react more urgently to a new type of student.

Evidence from business suggests that we are faced with an entirely new class of consumers – the IT-fluent multitaskers – and that these may require a different set of innovations behind the products and services they appreciate – prestige brands and quality rather than low cost.

In addition, the way of communicating with this group of consumers is different – via social media rather than traditional ads in printed media and on TV. We have documented this in our new book "From Great to Gone", Gower, 2014.

There are also lessons here for business schools. Today’s emerging student is analogous to the new consumer – IT-literate and with more focus on quality and relevance rather than on low cost, though often they are looking at and comparing subsidised public-sector offerings.

This breed of new student typically combine studies with their full-time jobs – and so demand flexibility and modularity in curricula and more extensive use of IT-based studies of the basics at home. For example, some courses may be taken entirely via MOOCS and others at various, different, business schools.

GF14 3 great2goneRelevant innovations, as seen through the eyes of this emerging group of students, would have to focus on what they see as “cutting-edge”, both from a theoretical point of view as well as practical relevance. Typical emerging offerings might be cross functional as, for example, the new inter-face between finance/behavioural sciences/IT or between strategy and behavioural sciences or between marketing and product development. Innovation in both research and pedagogy will also be called for.

Coming up with irrelevant innovations, on the other hand, can often lead to a worsening of an academic institution’s performance. The modern student expects to discuss emerging key current dilemmas in class – learning from fellow students as well as from faculty. Basics, on the other hand, most modern students are ready to study at home via IT-based learning and support.

We identify three specific innovations that tend to be appreciated by modern students and executive participants in business school programmes: relevance; pedagogy; and flexibility.

Relevance: What is important is to be able to offer modern students/participants the most relevant offerings, ideally of the types that they may apply in their professional lives. Such cutting-edge offerings might typically be delivered by a relatively broad spectrum of experts/lecturers – not only academic professors but also consultants and practitioners. Typically these come from many sources and to rely primarily on in-house professors would tend to lead to a too-narrow set of offerings, which are often also more or less out of date.

Pedagogy: Relatively small classes focusing primarily on current dilemmas can create a significant increase in what is being learned.The classroom typically has a level floor with participants seated around tables of about seven individuals with a maximum of five tables.The professor provides an opening lecture of some 20 minutes with a maximum of five visual aids. The tables of participants/students then debate the issues for about 20 minutes followed by another 20 minutes of plenary discussion under the leadership of the professor. Experience indicates that in two days spent this way one might be able to cover up to perhaps five days of traditional learning. Please click to read more.

This article was recently published in EFMD's Global Focus magazine. You can read the issue for free via the EFMD Library on Issuu or access the tablet versions via iTunes and Google Play.