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
  • Eric Cornuel, Director General, EFMD, Belgium
  • Saibal Chatoopadhyay, IIM C, India*
  • Alison Lloyd, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Karen Imam Director Binus Global, Indonesia
  • Gary George, SMU, Singapore*
  • Yuan Ding, Dean, CEIBS, China*
  • Microsoft*
  • ASEAN*
* To be confirmed. The final list of speakers will be released soon.

More coming soon!

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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.

CEIBS Reveals Its Local and International Impact

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The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has a significant impact on Shanghai, where its main campus is located, and its influence extends well beyond China, according to a recent Business School Impact System’s report. CEIBS is the first Chinese business school whose influence has been evaluated by the EFMD Global Network’s Business School Impact System.


"It is important to keep in mind that the strategy of CEIBS is a global strategy and that the international development of its other campuses has an impact on Shanghai and China in terms of knowledge transfer and international training of Chinese managers," notes the report.

The BSIS assessed seven broad areas where CEIBS' influence can be seen in Shanghai: financial, educational, business development, intellectual, regional, societal and image. In terms of financial impact, the BSIS estimates that CEIBS contributes more than RMB 2 billion per year to the Shanghai economy and could increase that amount by more than RMB 200 million if it increased the number of students by 10%.

The report also highlighted the roles CEIBS plays in providing a world-class education in its capacity as an international business school headquartered in China. “CEIBS is a major provider of high-level executive education (of senior managers and CEOs)," notes the report. It also highlighted the school's well-earned reputation, at the Chinese government level, for educational excellence.

In assessing the impact that CEIBS has had on business development in Shanghai, the BSIS looked at the number of new businesses created, as well as how students and faculty support existing enterprises. It found that "CEIBS has a very significant impact on the economy of the Shanghai region thanks to the resources brought through internships, consulting missions by students and professors and, above all, through the dynamism of the entrepreneurial ecosystem created by the School". It estimates CEIBS' financial impact in terms of business development in Shanghai at around RMB 9.5 million. Moreover, almost 400 of the school's foreign alumni work in the city.

The school was also lauded for its intellectual impact as well as for how it has become an integral part of life within the Jinqiao community, and Shanghai as a whole. The report highlights the school's good relationships with the main private and public sector players (both Chinese and international); and its role in training faculty from other Chinese universities.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has long been an integral part of CEIBS. "Thanks to the content of the courses on CSR and to students' activities, CEIBS is an important driver of change in a context where CSR has become essential."

Finally, the BSIS report looked at CEIBS' image within Shanghai, across China, and internationally. Its findings highlighted the role CEIBS plays in making Shanghai an even more attractive place to live and work.

“We would like to warmly congratulate CEIBS for having undergone the BSIS assessment process and being awarded the BSIS label which is a sign of international appreciation for the schools who consider their impact as vital. CEIBS is a striking example of the huge impact that a business school specialising in Executive Education can have on a global market,” said Michel Kalika, who, together with Gordon Shenton, is one of the two co-directors of BSIS.

“Demonstrating the many ways in which business schools add economic and social value to the environment in which they operate has become a challenge. BSIS is an effective tool to help schools identify, measure and communicate all the positive contributions they make to the world around them," added Gordon Shenton, BSIS co-director.

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 BSIS process is offered in a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.

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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

Enhancing Agility – Workshop hosted by EDP – 29 September

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As the pace and direction of change accelerates in all industries across the world, organisations are looking for ways to improve agility and speed of response. This has put the learning and development functions under pressure, forcing an ongoing alignment of learning architectures, shorter development cycles and quicker returns on investment. 

This Sharing Best Practice workshop will focus on “Enhancing Agility – Adapting Learning & Development to a New Environment,” hosted by EDP, Lisbon, Portugal, on 28 evening - 29 September 2017.

  • How do you balance the need for a long-term thinking with agility?
  • How do you roll out learning and development initiatives in a constantly changing world?
  • Do you speed up your development cycles? What impact does this have on budgets, staffing, partnerships and knowledge?
  • How does the need for a more agile decision making process impact the focus and mission of the learning and development function?
  • Do you try to respond more quickly to business requests or do you try to anticipate them and be ahead of the curve?
These are just some of the challenges that learning organisations are currently facing.

Nadim Habib from Nova School of Business and Economics will deep dive into this subject, which will be complemented by cases from EDP and others, such as WeDo Technologies.

The workshop will consist of a mix of presentations and breakout sessions, which will include Nicolas Rolland, CLO of Engie, and Stefan Bauer, Global Leadership Development at Eli Lilly.

How will you benefit?

This one-day workshop will allow you to understand the new realities of learning organisations, the way many organisations are dealing with the increased pressure to act, learn and share with peers on how learning and development functions need to adjust to this new reality.

We expect insightful interactions during the workshop at EDP’s Tejo Power Station @Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) - a unique environment that embodies European cultural traditions with its architectural style, while also serving as a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Please click here for the programme and registration.

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This workshop is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. The event is free of charge for EFMD company members and special guests (special guest = ONE free seat to attend ONE workshop for discovery for non-members).

Executive Development – Leading the Digital Future in Executive Education

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You are warmly invited to register online for the 2017 EFMD Executive Development Conference hosted by Politecnico di Milano School of Management (MIP) in partnership with IBM on 18-20 October 2017 in Milan (Italy).

The 2017 conference theme is: Leading the Digital Future in Executive Education: Nightmares, Myths and Opportunities

Technology is continuously evolving and profoundly impacting the way we work, develop and learn.
Companies and executive development providers alike are faced with technology induced transformations, bringing with it opportunities but also challenges.

Speakers from none other than Pirelli, IBM Europe, MIT Sloan – Executive Education, Gucci and Edison (EDF Group) are already confirmed.

During two days, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the impact of emerging technologies on work and development
  • Discuss the impact of digital transformation on the future of executive education
  • Explore specific examples of technology use and impact
  • Participate in the Excellence in Practice Award sharing sessions
Share your knowledge and experience and exchange ideas with over 100 delegates from executive development companies, alternative providers and business schools.

Tempted? Register now to join us in Milan on (18)-19 -20 October 2017.

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Recruiting, Managing and Developing Doctoral Talent

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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 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.

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. 

Mark SMITH, Dean of Faculty, Grenoble Ecole de Management, wrote a short article inspired by the speakers, participants and organisers of the EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference in Grenoble and addresses key themes such as: 

  • Why Compete for Doctoral Talent? 
  • Attracting Doctoral Talent
  • Managing Doctoral Talent
  • Developing Doctoral Talent
  • Innovation and the Future of Doctoral Talent 
To read the full article, please go here.

Masters Degree Not a Substitute for an MBA

2017 gmac prospective students webNew 2017 GMAC mba.com Prospective Students Survey Report shows many candidates with a prior business master’s degree are considering an MBA.

Three in 4 prospective graduate business school candidates who hold a prior master’s degree are considering enrolling in MBA programs, according to new research from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

The MBA remains the predominant program format considered by candidates with both prior business master’s degrees (61%) and non-business master’s degrees (86%).

“These findings demonstrate that a business master’s degree is not necessarily the end of graduates’ business education,” said Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC. “For many, their business master’s degree is a stepping stone to continued professional development that may include an MBA down the road, in either a full-time or part-time format.”

The findings of the mba.com Prospective Students Survey Report show that globally 22% of prospective business school candidates have a prior master’s degree, with considerable regional variation. While 2 in 5 European candidates have a prior master’s-level credential, the same is true of just 14% of US candidates.

Other key findings include:

Demand for Business Master’s Programs Continues to Grow

Fueled by growing candidate demand, non-MBA business master’s programs continue to proliferate. Globally, the percentage of candidates considering only business master’s degrees has increased from 15% in 2009 to 23% in 2016.

Non-MBA programs and MBA programs attract distinct candidate pools seeking different outcomes. Candidates considering non-MBA business master’s programs skew younger and the majority have little to no prior work experience and are more interested in developing their technical skills. MBA candidates are typically older, have more years of work experience, and are more interested in developing their managerial and leadership skills.

International Study Demand Remains Strong

Nearly 3 in 5 prospective business school students (59%) intend to apply to programs outside their country of residence, up from 44% in 2009. Most candidates seek study opportunities outside their country of citizenship to receive a higher-quality education, to increase their chance of securing international employment, and to expand their international connections.

US Remains Most Preferred Study Destination Though Candidate Preferences Are Shifting

Consistent with past research, more than 9 in 10 US candidates prefer to study domestically (96%). Globally, among full-time MBA candidates looking to study outside their country of citizenship, 58% prefer to study in the US, down from 61% in 2009. Since 2009, there has been an increase in MBA candidates preferring to study in Canada (7% in 2016, up from 4% in 2009).

There has been a similar shift in preferred study destinations among non-US candidates interested in business master’s programs. In 2016, 47% of non-US prospective students interested in business master’s programs expressed a preference for study in the US, down from 57% in 2009. Over time, a greater share of these candidates have shown interest in applying to programs in Western Europe (34% in 2016 vs. 30% in 2009), Canada (7% in 2016 vs. 4% in 2009), and East and Southeast Asia (7% in 2016 vs. 4% in 2009).

Recent Immigration Policy Changes Having Impact on International Study Choices

Recent shifts in immigration policies may impact candidates’ study destination preferences in 2017. Anticipated changes in US immigration policies and last year’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom may make it more difficult for non-citizens to obtain student visas to study in those countries or to obtain work visas after graduation to seek employment, one of the main reasons for studying in those countries.

In the aftermath of the US presidential election results, the percentage of non-US citizen mba.com registrants who say they are now less likely to study in the US has grown from 35% in November 2016 to 43% in April 2017.

Early indications are that the British Brexit vote to leave the European Union may negatively impact international candidate demand to apply to U.K. business schools. In December 2016, among nearly 1,300 non-UK GMAT test takers surveyed about the Brexit vote, 45% indicated that the Brexit vote has made them less likely to study in the UK.

Education Costs and Financing Continue to Weigh Heavily on Candidates’ Minds

The two most important financial aspects that candidates evaluate when deciding where to apply are total tuition costs and scholarship availability. Compared with 2009, candidates, on average, expect to cover a greater share of the cost of their education with grants, fellowships, and scholarships and a smaller share with parental support, loans, and employer assistance.

Analysis in the 2017 mba.com Prospective Students Survey Report is based on survey responses provided by 11,617 individuals who registered on mba.com between February and December 2016. To download the full report visit: gmac.com/prospectivestudents. For supporting graphics, visit the GMAC News Center.

From GMAC press release. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press.

Higher Education, New Technologies and Innovations Conference

HENTIOn 1-2 May 2017, the Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia, organised its second Higher Education, New Technologies and Innovations conference. 70 participants, university representatives and international organisations bodies attended the event to discuss about challenges and opportunities for the Georgian Higher Education system and its integration to European educational schemes.

At a time of frequent criticisms on the added-value of Business Schools to their environment, evaluating their impact becomes necessary to present to all stakeholders their relevance and contribution. Christophe Terrasse, Director of International Projects, presented during the conference BSIS – the Business School Impact System – developed by FNEGE and EFMD Global Network to guide Business Schools to identify the tangible and intangible benefits they bring to their local environment.

Regional universities may face similar challenges to business schools in demonstrating their impact to local authorities and stakeholders. New regulations in Higher Education systems often oblige the universities to present their relevance and impact on the local economy and society, using rigorous methodologies they are not always used to. The BSIS scheme is a useful instrument for universities whose business school is questioned to identify and measure the existing factual elements that characterise the impact.

EFMD is a long-standing partner of the Akaki Tsereteli State University. In the framework of the Tempus project TNE_QA – Promoting Quality and Recognition of Transnational Education in Armenia and Georgia, EFMD participated in the Peer Review visit of the Georgian institution supervised by Irma Grdzelidze, head of Quality Assurance Services, to provide guidance and recommendations on the internationalisation aspects of the university.

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.

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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Free Participation for Students in Global Marketing Competition 2017

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ESIC in collaboration with Santander and EFMD are running the 22nd world edition of the Global Marketing Competition. The Competition is an advanced computer simulation of a real life business environment.

Although marketing in nature, the game requires the players to take decisions in all the areas of managing a company, from production and logistics, through research, investment and finance to advertising, promotion and distribution.

The competition is open to teams from across the world and it is free for all students to take part. We would be delighted to see your organization participating in an initiative which aims at strengthening the links between the academic and business communities across all borders.

Find out how your school and students can take part at http://www.esic.edu/gmkc/en_EN

  • 22nd Edition
  • 89 Participating Countries
  • 60 000 Students from more than 880 Universities and Schools of Business from 5 Continents
  • 2 000 Companies
  • 17 000 Euros in Prizes
Register Now - Free for all students - the closing date for entries is the May 9th.

Find out more by visiting http://www.esic.edu/gmkc/en_EN or the event Facebook fanpage and follow the competition on Twitter @GMkCompetition

XV Triple Helix Conference 2017, 14-16 September – Call for Papers

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking, and the Triple Helix

Daegu, Republic of Korea
September 14(Thu) - 16(Sat), 2017
Organised by the Triple Helix Association
Hosted by 2017 Triple helix International Conference Organizing Committee
Sponsored by Daegu Metropolitan City
Venue: Daegu EXCO
www.triplehelix-korea.org

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: 1 May 2017
Decision Notification: 30 June 2017

Registration:
Early registration: 15 May-30 June
Regular registration: 1 July - 30 Agust
On-site registration: After 30 August

Beginning in 1996 as a small workshop of scholars, experts, and policymakers interested in the dynamic relations of universities, government, and industries in the ecosystem of innovation, the International Triple Helix Conference has grown into a major venue of discussion, research, and policy development for the roles of tripartite innovation agents.

The 2017 conference will be held in the City of Daegu, fourth largest city in the Republic of Korea accessible in two hours from Seoul by fast train. Well-known for the key industries that led South Korea’s fast-track industrialization such as textiles and electronics, it has been re-emerged as a city of high-tech driven culture and innovation including fashion and medical tourism.

This year, the conference touches on the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) driving most up-to-date innovation at the techno-human interfaces, examining the Triple Helix institutions are adapting themselves to these new challenges.

Surrounded by technologies effacing techno-human boundaries such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR), drones, and the Internet of Things (IoT), we are witnessing an unprecedented surge of technical, industrial, and social innovations neatly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). These 4IR technologies and various changes induced by them are increasingly casting doubt on the adaptive capacity of individuals and institutions with the threats to human identity, social stability, and economic security. When machines replace not only repetitive labor but advanced intellectual work, what is left for humans? How can existing institutions of the Triple Helix tackle techno-human challenges? This year’s conference invites the Triple Helix community to rethink the roles of the government, industries, and universities in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We welcome the papers addressing but not limited to the following topics: (i) policies and programs for 4IR technology development and management in Triple Helix institutions, (ii) modes of solutions or alternative approaches to innovation in the face of blurring techno-human interfaces (such as design thinking), (iii) risk governance for 4IR technologies in Triple Helix institutions, and (v) measurement of 4IR-driven entrepreneurship of Triple Helix actors.

In addition to thematic sessions, we invite scholars, researchers, and practitioners to submit papers to regular sessions within the traditional scope of Triple Helix research.

Papers are considered for two formats – classical scientific papers and case reports/studies. Please submit an abstract of 2,000 words for the former and an abstract of 700 words for the latter by May 1st (Mon), 2017. Notifications of review results will be made in late June.

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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

Call for Nominations to the EFMD Quality Services’ Committees

EFMD members only to nominate potential new candidates

The EFMD Quality Services Team is inviting EFMD member schools and corporations to nominate potential members of the Quality Services Committees. Candidates should belong to an institution that is a full member of EFMD. 

Nominations are sought for the members of the EQUIS Committee and the EQUIS Accreditation Board, of the EPAS Committee and the EPAS Accreditation Board and of the EDAF Committee. Members’ roles and responsibilities are further explained in the above links, also stating the expectations and commitment that membership to these bodies entails. Potential members will be selected from among those nominated and finally appointed by the EFMD Board during its meeting on 7 June 2017. 

There are now vacancies on all these bodies. Applicants should meet the following experience requirements: 

EQUIS Committee and EQUIS Accreditation Board 
Academic members should be or have been Deans of well reputed, preferably EQUIS accredited business schools; corporate members should be or have been senior executives of well-known international companies, e.g. directors, senior managers, heads of corporate universities or HR directors. Successful entrepreneurs are also eligible. 

EPAS Committee and EPAS Accreditation Board 
For the EPAS Committee, academic members should be Deans, Associate Deans or senior Programme Directors (e.g. experienced and generally running large programmes) preferably from EPAS accredited institutions. For the EPAS Accreditation Board, academic members should preferably be Deans from EPAS accredited institutions. For both bodies, corporate members should be or have been senior executives of well-known international companies, e.g. directors, senior managers, heads of corporate universities, HR directors. Successful entrepreneurs are also eligible. Having experience as EPAS reviewer is a plus. 

EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers Committee 
For the EDAF Committee, members should be current or former Deans or Associate Deans from business schools in developed or developing economies. Nominations either for yourself or for another person from within or outside your organisation are acceptable. The particular decision-making body to which the nomination applies should be clearly indicated.

Nominations should be sent before 12 May 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include full name of the candidate, name of the institution, his/her position, e-mail address and biographical summary.

Press Release: ESCA Ecole de Management Recognised by the Moroccan State

Logo def ESCAThe Kingdom of Morocco has recently reached an important reform in higher education by conferring the State recognition to very few private institutions in highly regulated domains (Architecture, Health & Medicine, Engineering and Management). This institution’s level qualification was launched in 2015 in order to acknowledge the academic excellence and intellectual contribution of independent schools and universities. It comes in addition to the programmes’ accreditation process initiated in 2012.

ESCA Ecole de Management is one of the 8 prestigious institutions that got this recognition in early April. A first in Morocco!

ESCA was first awarded by the State Accreditation in 2012 for all its programmes after achieving successfully the Accreditation process.

The State recognition reflects the compliance of the pedagogical model of the school with the highest national standards. It also opens new horizons in the job market to its graduates by giving them the right to work as civil servant or to joing State owned companies.

This disctinction from the Ministry of Higher Education strengthens the position of ESCA Ecole de Management in Morocco and Africa as the 1st Business School in French speaking countries in Africa and Morocco by various international rankings)1.

On one hand, it confirms the reputation that the school has been enjoying among students, employers and alumni. On the other hand, it reinforces its national and regional leadership based on the academic excellence and the relevance of its scientific production.

1Jeune Afrique N°2806 et Eduniversal 2016

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About ESCA Ecole de Management

Founded in 1992, ESCA Ecole de Management is a reference of Higher Management Education Morocco and Africa. The school has more than 3,600 alumni and trains each year more than 1,100 students, executives and managers from 27 different nationalities. ESCA Ecole de Management has an international network of 88 academic partners and is member of 6 international organisations dedicated to education and academic excellence in Africa and internationally (AABS, AACSB, EFMD, GBSN).

ESCA is also member of QTEM « Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management » that regroups 19 of the best Business Schools from 5 continents. ESCA Ecole de Management is ranked 1st Business School by various international rankings nationally and in the French Speaking countries in Africa (Jeune Afrique N°2806 et Eduniversal 2016).

In line with its mission, ESCA Ecole de Management also distinguishes itself by areas of research covering geopolitics / geo-economics, innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In the same perspective, ESCA Ecole de Management has launched INSEAM with Grenoble Ecole de Management gathering 13 business Schools from 10 countries in Africa in order to support quality management education on the continent.

With 5 leading institutions from Africa, ESCA has initiated the AAAE « African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship » with the purpose of promoting and developing academic cooperation between the African business schools.

More information on www.esca.ma

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.

Winners of Emerald-EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2016

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EFMD and Emerald Publishing announce with great pleasure the winners of the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctorial Research Awards (ORDA).

Award-winning entries receive a cash prize of €1,500 and international recognition. EFMD is particularly proud to celebrate the excellence in research from the EFMD member institutions represented here. Congratulations!

Winners in the following seven categories are:

Operations and Production Management, sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Haley Allison Beer, 
University of Warwick
, UK
Thesis title: “An exploration of people’s experiences of the performance measurement process in social enterprises”

Supervisor: Pietro Micheli

Haley Allison Beer commented: "I am honoured to receive the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, what exciting news to begin my career in academia with! This research offers a novel perspective on the performance measurement process which I hope inspires more inclusivity and human-centeredness in theory and practice. I’d like to express gratitude to my wonderful supervisors, as well as to Emerald, EFMD, and IJOPM for celebrating doctoral research!"

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

Jennifer Espinosa, Rowan University, University of of South Florida, US
Thesis title: “Understanding the Complexity of Product Returns Management: A Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Perspective”
Supervisor: James R. Stock

"I am delighted that my research has been recognised as outstanding and high-quality by the awarding bodies and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisor Prof David Bryde without whose extraordinary guidance and support this wouldn’t have been possible. I hope that with my research on fairness in projects I can make a difference in how we work together on projects in the future and contribute to more successful projects," said Jennifer Espinosa.

Educational Leadership and Strategy, category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration 

Jared Boyce, Teachers College, Columbia University, US 
Thesis title: “Commitment and Leadership: What We Know From the Schools and Staffing Survey”
Supervisor: Alex J. Bowers

Management and Governance, sponsored by Management Decision

Thomas Lindner, WU Vienna, Austria
Thesis title: “Financing International Business: Distance, the Cost of Capital, and Financial Structure”
Supervisor: Jonas Puck

“I am honoured by the award for my dissertation. My thanks go to the dissertation committee, Jonas Puck, Igor Filatotchev, David Reeb, and Anne D’Arcy for their excellent guidance. I hope that my research contributes to bringing the fields of finance and international business closer together,” commented Thomas Lindner.

Human Resource Management, sponsored by Personnel Review

Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers, University of Strathclyde, UK 
Thesis title: “Job displacement and the implications for job quality: An investigation of the job transition process for public sector workers in Scotland, UK and Ontario, Canada in the Great Recession”
Supervisor: Patricia Findlay

Leadership and Organisational Development, sponsored Leadership & Organization Development Journal

Philip Maxton, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Thesis title: “Employee Transition throughout an Appreciative Inquiry Intervention”
Supervisor: John M Verster

Health Care Management, sponsored by Journal of Health Organisation and Management

Jaideep Pandit, University of Oxford, UK 
Thesis title: “Towards Efficiency: Developing Quantitative Measures of Operating Theatre Performance in the National Health Service”
Supervisor: Mansukh T Popat

Moreover, 11 highly commended papers from authors based at universities in Brazil, UK, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Finland, and the USA were also selected, demonstrating Emerald’s global author base.

Tony Roche, Publishing Director at Emerald said: “Emerald would like to congratulate all of the winning and highly commended authors of the 2016 Emerald/EFMD ODRAs. Emerald is proud to celebrate excellence in international business and management research along with EFMD, recognizing the hard work and commitment our authors put into their papers, and providing them with the opportunity to publish their research in impactful, internationally recognized journals.”

Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, added: “EFMD is delighted to see that the relevant and impactful research is being recognized. Together with Emerald, we are proud to support doctoral graduates in their efforts to make a difference to society and have their contribution to knowledge appreciated by an international audience.”

“Once again, we would like to warmly congratulate to all the winners as well as the authors of the highly-commended research papers for their awards."

Over the past 12 years, the Emerald/EFMD ODRA scheme has awarded 100 winning papers with a combined prize of €150,000. More than 500 highly commended papers have also been awarded since 2005. A full list of the 2016 winning and highly commended authors and research papers can be found here: emeraldgrouppublishing.com/odra

Gender Equality: We Still Don’t Practise What We Preach

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Business schools have long played a substantial role in shaping how the wider world tackles issues such as equality, diversity, inclusion and meritocracy. It isn’t unduly immodest to suggest many organisations look to us for at least some measure of guidance. We have a duty to research these problems, report our findings and help make a positive difference.

Prof. Jo Duberley and prof. Laurie Cohen provide some qualitative context to the raft of statistical evidence that shows women’s representation in the upper echelons of higher education, while exhibiting signs of piecemeal improvement here and there, remains conspicuously poor. The two scholars found evidence of various biases in the course of a groundbreaking new study, which was conducted at a number of research-intensive universities in the UK and Europe. The most common assumptions and prejudices they uncovered included:

  • Women aren’t viewed as men’s intellectual equals
  • Women are railroaded into pastoral roles
  • Women are teachers rather than researchers
  • Women’s number-one priority is – or should be – family
  • Women have to achieve “respectable femininity”
This being so, how can business schools sincerely expect other organisations to look to them for guidance? Should they not put their own houses in order before they can hope to be taken seriously when they try to tell everyone else how to run theirs?

Prof. Duberley, a Professor of Organisation Studies at Birmingham Business School, and prof. Cohen, a Professor of Work and Organisation at Nottingham University Business School, stress that time alone will not eradicate these failings. Moreover, they warn that business schools’ reputations, credibility and broader value to stakeholders could be significantly diminished unless such shortcomings are finally and effectively addressed.

Their full blog entry is available for download here. Anyone requiring further information or wishing to discuss the findings and their implications in more detail is invited to contact the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You might be also interest in the recent report, suppoerted by EFMD & EQUAL, on the gender gap in European business school faculties and what leaders need to do to close it.

Decision-Making: The Cult of Haste and the Curse of Waste

Guest post by Martin Binks - the former dean of Nottingham University Business School and a Professor of Entrepreneurial Development at its Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“Act in haste, repent at leisure” is a much-quoted maxim, but it appears to be one in which we have little faith. Acting in haste is not just a norm in the sphere of business: it is something that is championed and even celebrated. The ability to make decisions swiftly is far more likely to be hailed as a strength than it is to be cited as a potential failing.

Naturally, there are many occasions when speed is of the essence. A world without deadlines is a world without dynamism. Yet the division between imperative urgency and needless alacrity is often crossed, in large part because we seldom contemplate the vital difference between the two.

The distinction is undoubtedly one our students would do well to learn. They are, after all, the decision-makers of the future – a future liable to be increasingly characterised by uncertainty and change – and many of the myriad choices they will confront will demand far more than knee-jerk responses rooted in the mistaken belief that rapidity is the only true gauge of their problem-solving prowess.

So how might we help them develop a mindset that acknowledges and values the advantages of adopting a philosophy that is more comprehensive, rigorous and perhaps even ingenious? It seems to me that the issue revolves largely around the age-old phenomenon of “what if”.

Hindsight may well be a wonderful thing, as we are routinely assured, yet few are the occasions when we employ it to prove ourselves spectacularly right. It is instead usually called upon to provide a painful lesson, whether in the form of a wistful survey of the road not taken or a too-late reflection on how things might have been.

These miseries can frequently be traced back to a decision-making process founded on the belief that choices are made only with reference to some kind of prepared catalogue of ready-made, fully formed options. This is a dangerous misconception. Decisions should stem from ideas, and the best ideas are not chosen: they are conceived. Attempting to select a winner from a neat list of available alternatives is no better than attempting to select a winner in a horse race – which is to say, if we are being harsh, that it is no better than gambling.

Gambles may be required from time to time, of course, but they are no basis for a methodology. Similarly, the conscious irresponsibility that underpins so many decisions – for example, those we know only too well merit more deliberation than we are prepared to offer – is not a trait we should be happy to see, let alone encourage, in our students.

Accordingly, we need to turn the “what if” scenario on its head. We need to deal with “what ifs” before rather than after the event. We need to move away from a regret-driven culture of “What if we had done this?” and nurture a prescient culture of “What if we were to do this?”. In short, we need to replace hindsight with foresight.

The first step on this journey is to examine the root causes and component parts of any problem. This should take place before potential solutions are even considered, because deconstruction must necessarily precede reconstruction. We have to fully understand the matter at hand, particularly if it is complex, if we sincerely hope to address it by means of anything other than quick-fix incrementalism.

The way is then clear to generate ideas – lots of them – and, crucially, to proceed in the comforting knowledge that the vast majority will be bad. For the reality is that most people do not miraculously propose a bona fide “great idea”, because that is not how creativity works. We might set out with only a bit of a good idea, which, combined with a bit of another good idea and an improvement to a bad idea and a reaction to a thoroughly silly idea, will slowly form the makings of a feasible idea. It is only by producing numerous ideas and assessing the worth of every last one of them that we eventually recognise the cream of the crop.

Aside from its rigour and its focus on the long term, a notable appeal of this approach is that it is both mentally stimulating and fun. It underlines, too, that creativity is not the exclusive preserve of “visionaries” and “geniuses”: anyone has the capacity to challenge the conventional, to make connections and to think beyond the realm of tired clichés and lazy tropes.

Speaking of tropes, I am aware that advocacy of any decision-making procedure that is more time-consuming and, by extension, more costly is traditionally met with hoary warnings about return on investment. And it is true enough that, even in the presence of a determination to pre-empt each and every “what if”, there is always a chance that sizeable energy and funds might be devoted to radical concepts that ultimately come to nothing.

I cannot help feeling, though, that such an attitude is sadly typical of a broader propensity to prize the lure of short-term gains over the prospect of long-term benefits. Overall, I think we would do the wider world a much better service if we inculcated in our students a firm conviction that genuine waste lies not in pursuing novel ideas that might lead to dead ends but in deterring novel ideas in the first place.

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

Nine Schools Re-accredited by EQUIS Business School Accreditation

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


“In my first year as a Dean with a novel young Board, it was very helpful and no less stressful to face EFMD's EQUIS re-accreditation process. It was a process that helped us involve the whole IAE Business School in a big project that has pushed us to be more consistent in our strategy, more clear in the connection between strategic initiatives and the School identity, and has triggered many difficult conversations that were necessary to address,” commented Rodolfo Rivarola, the Dean of IAE Business School. “After that, the peer review team helped us to think deeper and gave us a rich feedback -both the good we wanted to listen but also what help us to learn and grow.”

“We are extremely pleased with the achievement of the 5-year EQUIS accreditation. An achievement like this, only four years following the initiation of the merger, is an enormous accomplishment that can only be attributed to the enormous hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. It testifies that our well-balanced strategic choices are appropriate and in line with the highest international academic standards and clearly evidences that NEOMA Business School has grown into a high quality well-established entity that proudly belongs to the 1% best business schools of the world,” said Frank Bostyn, the Dean of NEOMA.

Dipak Jain, the Dean of Sasin, commented on this achievement: “We are proud to receive our second EQUIS re-accreditation from EFMD. Since becoming the first business school in Thailand to receive EQUIS accreditation in 2011, Sasin has continued to emphasize and focus on the importance of academic excellence, business relevance, and social significance. These are the three pillars that serve as both the foundation and the ongoing aspiration of the school. This re-accreditation from EFMD is further recognition of Sasin's commitment to the continuous improvement of our programs, and the strategic vision for the future of our school.”

Nizar Becheikh, Interim Dean at the School of Business, AUC, added: “For almost seven decades, we have strived at the AUC School of Business to provide our students with a multicultural and diverse learning environment firmly rooted in the liberal arts education approach and featuring a wide range of rigorous and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in Business, Economics and Accounting. The reaccreditation by EQUIS is a recognition of the cutting edge quality of our programs, the high caliber and practical relevance of our research, and the deep impact of our community and corporate engagement in Egypt, the Arab Region and beyond. It is also a clear vote of confidence in the AUC School of Business strategy, governance, and rigorous continuous improvement processes. We are proud to be part of 1% of leading business schools!”

Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director, added: “I would like to congratulate all the schools for a successful EQUIS re-accreditation. EQUIS accreditation ensures a rigorous quality improvement process, benchmarking the School against 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 and all the schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence.”

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

Maximise Your Impact – How Academics Can Communicate Knowledge Through Traditional and Digital Media

MaximizeYourImpact3DAcademics spend lots of time writing, analysing data and collaborating with colleagues on research. Once the research is finished comes the fork in the road with the following two options:
  1. Have a glass of wine with colleagues and toast the success of the research and the fact that it was well received by a small group of academics
  2. Realise that this is only a first step. Now, its time to make the effort to communicate and dare I say the evil “m” word – market – it to external audiences
Many academics say the following:
  • I don’t have time
  • This won’t help me get tenure
  • I could come across as too self-promoting
  • Journalists are going to take my work out of context
  • Social media is not for serious research - it is for communicating the trivialities of life
An alternative mindset is:
  • Communicating to the public via traditional and digital media is a means of connecting me to different audiences.
  • This is a way for me to help the school gain visibility among key stakeholder groups like alumni, current students, prospective students, board members and others. What an opportunity to be an ideal “citizen” for my school!
  • I can benefit too! Maybe communicating to external audiences will lead to a new book opportunity, speaking engagements and/or consulting assignments.
  • I am in a better position to secure future research funding because of the impact generated from building up a thought leadership platform.
  • This is a terrific opportunity to share my knowledge outside of the walls of academia and thus benefit society.
  • What a great way for learning! 
The contrast between these two mindsets is quite stark. Some are in the first category and just have no interest in thinking otherwise. Others are in the second category, but just don’t feel comfortable with communicating to external audiences through traditional and digital media, but are keen to learn. 
 
The book Maximise Your Impact – How Academics Can Communicate Knowledge Through Traditional and Digital Media helps academics with the following: 
  1. Thinking through the big picture
  2. Generating impact through the traditional media
  3. Generating impact by creating content on owned platforms
  4. Generating impact using social media
The book is written by Kevin Anselmo, founder of Experiential Communications and a former PR professional for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and IMD in Switzerland.  The book is based on his experiences working with academics over the past 10 years in different contexts and countries as well as the insights from journalists, media-savvy academics and other expert communicators, many of whom come from the business education space.
 
In addition to academics, the book will also benefit communicators looking to train their colleagues as well as leadership looking to generate buy-in from their colleagues on the importance of external communications.
 
More information, including access to the free Blogging Strategy Guide for Academics is at the following link.

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.

Digital Age Learning Webinars - Register Now!

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The outcomes of EFMD’s Special Interest Group on Digital Age Learning will be explored during a series of webinars, starting on 28 March. The seminars offer some critical insights into the project outcomes as well as the mapping process that describes the characteristics of Digital Age Learning.

If you are keen to learn why digital transformation has important ramifications for learning inside organisations and gain insights into what companies are actually doing in this area, join this important discussion!

The webinars are free for EFMD Corporate Members and special guests.

What is Learning in the Digital Age?
  • What is learning in the digital age? 6 key characteristics
  • Why is learning in the digital age different?
  • Who is the digital age learner?
Speakers
Regis Chasse, Learning and Talent Development Executive, Capgemini University
Steven Smith, Corporate Vice President, Capgemini University Director

Tuesday 28 March | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

Digital Age Learning in action - from participant engagement to impacts on the learning team
  • How have leading learning functions applied DAL to learning solutions within their company?
  • Insights and concrete recommendations of what worked and pitfalls to watch out for
  • Key lessons learned and the impacts of implementing DAL for the learning team
Speakers
Sarah Otley, Next Generation Learning Lab Director & Business-to-Learning Director, Capgemini University
Steven Smith, Corporate Vice President, Capgemini University Director

Wednesday 3 May | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

How do I enable Digital Age Learning? Develop learning experience designers!
  • How to embrace the fast evolution of L&D professional’s toolkit today?
  • What capabilities distinguish a learning experience designer?
  • How to develop those capabilities?
Speakers
Giuseppe Auricchio, Executive Director, Learning Innovation, IESE Business School
Ernesto Barrios, Learning Model Manager, Repsol

Tuesday 30 May | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CET
More info & registration

Call for Nominations - Young Leaders from North America and the MENA Region

Friends of Europe2Friends of Europe is seeking nominations for Young Leaders from North America, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions to work with our European Young Leaders (EYL40) Class of 2017.

Friends of Europe is looking for inspiring and established leaders between 30 and 40 years of age who are active in the politics, science, business, media, the arts and civil society. They should be creative, committed and passionate about reshaping the world. The initial application deadline is 27 March 2017.

This is the first time Friends of Europe is reaching out to these regions. The aim is to set up a dynamic network of young men and women who are linked to our influential European Young Leaders. The plan is to bring everyone together for a seminar in Tallinn on 14-16 September 2017 for a thoughtful conversation on European and global challenges.

Given the current global context, such a network of pro-active and creative young people is a compelling necessity.

Friends of Europe is a leading independent think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe. Their EYL40 programme is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging the continent's most promising talents in initiatives that will shape our future and facilitate the development of a strong network of committed young leaders.

Through their participation, young leaders will be offered opportunity to:
  • Meet top entrepreneurs, heads of state, senior government representatives, acclaimed authors and prominent experts
  • Influence and shape our common future
  • Join a strong and influential network of committed change makers
  • Benefit of high exposure through the various activities of Friends of Europe
Over the years, Friends of Europe’s think tank has secured the participation of prestigious participants from around the world, including Bill Gates; WHO Director General Margaret Chan; International President of MSF Joannne Liu; Madeleine Albright, the first woman United States Secretary of State; European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker; Nobel Prize laureates Joseph Stiglitz, Wided Bouchamaoui and Christopher Pissarides; and many others.

Please, find more information about the EYL40 programme here and further information about the outreach to Young Leaders from North America and the MENA region here.

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 

AIB 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Research Programs in Emerging Economies

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Chairs: Aya Chacar, Florida International University; Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Northeastern University; Lei Li, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017


This workshop will bring together academic leaders responsible for enhancing research capacities, promoting a research culture and leading doctoral programs in business schools in emerging economies. Deans, Directors, Deputy Deans, Research Directors and Department Chairs of business schools committed to such endeavors are welcome to attend.

The workshop will explore means to achieving excellence in research at the local and global level by:

Enhancing academic leaders' understanding of how to develop and improve their faculty's research capacity in a manner that is highly relevant in local and global contexts;
Providing a forum for exchange of ideas, best practices and challenges among participants and panelists; and
Building networks among participants and panelists for exchange of expertise, faculty, and doctoral students.
The RCW will include panel discussions on opportunities and challenges that business schools with more limited resources face and an exchange of best practices developed and adopted by participants' business schools. It will also provide consultative forums to help attendees design practical plans to build and strengthen viable and relevant research programs in resource-constrained business schools. The RCW is especially relevant for business schools in emerging economies that want to help their faculty become more research active or take their research to the next level. All are welcome, and we particularly invite participants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, given the location of this year's workshop.

For more information, please go here

Challenges Women Face in the Business School Application Journey

2017 gmac white paper what women want webGlobally, women represent a greater share of the applicant pool than men in many of the business master’s programs, such as marketing, accounting and management. Women, however, are still underrepresented in MBA classrooms in the United States and around the world. What Women Want: A Blueprint for Change in Business Education is a new white paper from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) that identifies drivers of this continued lack of gender parity in MBA programs.

The paper explores the biggest challenges women face in the business school application process and the differences between men and women in their motivations to pursue graduate business degrees.

The key findings are:

Motivations and Approaches to the Application Journey Differ by World Regions

Women in Western countries differ in their motivations and approaches to the application journey from women in emerging economies like China and India, and the motivational profiles of Western women differ noticeably from their male counterparts. In India and China, women’s motivations and application behaviors more closely resemble those of male applicants from these countries.

Women Plan Earlier and Are More Outcomes Focused

Women are more likely than men to begin considering graduate management education as undergraduates. Overall, women are more pragmatic and outcomes-focused in their approach to pursuing graduate business education. They are more likely than men to apply to a specific school because it offers flexible program formats and its graduates get better job opportunities. Especially in Western countries, women are more likely than men to be motivated by the desire to advance more quickly and earn more money.

Funding Is a Significant Barrier

Globally, 29 percent of female survey respondents cited financial issues as the key reason they had not yet accepted their admissions offer to graduate business school. Seeking scholarships and financial aid were top of mind. Men, on the other hand (33%), cited that they were waiting for an offer from additional schools as their reason for delaying acceptance. The greatest gender difference on this issue was seen in the U.S. More than a third (38%) of female survey respondents cited financial reasons as their number one reason for not yet accepting their admissions offer compared with 20 percent of male respondents. Yet, obtaining funds to pay for schools is a bigger challenge for men than for women in both India (8% Indian women vs. 14% Indian men) and China (9% Chinese women vs. 11% Chinese men).

MBA Is Still Relevant to Women Despite Higher Numbers Obtaining Non-MBA Business Master’s Degrees

Women are already achieving parity (52%) in master’s programs such as Master of Marketing, Master of Accounting, and Master in Management, and the number of these programs has grown exponentially in recent years. The share of women in MBA classrooms, however, has consistently remained well below parity with men at 37%. Despite greater shares of women choosing non-MBA master’s programs over MBA programs, the data show that women hold the MBA degree in higher regard than men, and view the degree as a passport to wider career advancement.

To download the GMAC white paper, What Women Want: A Blueprint for Change in Business Education, visit: http://www.gmac.com/womeninbusinessschool or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press.

HUMANE Spring Seminar - April 7-8, 2017


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The first HUMANE Seminar of 2017 will be hosted by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and will take place at the beautiful 16th century Villa Mondragone located in the hills of Rome in Frascati. 


The leadership of people, knowledge and change: the contribution of ‘the administration’ to institutional sustainability

As higher education institutions seek to adapt during turbulent times, the narrative surrounding the contribution the so called ‘administration’ makes to institutional sustainability has undergone dramatic change

Whereas once the focus was a one-dimensional lens on cost and value-for-money, institutions increasingly adopt a multi-dimensional focus on customer or client satisfaction, quality of outcomes, effectiveness and true economic efficiency, in shaping the future focus of their student, teaching and research support operations.

Nor are these new approaches to HE administrative support and institutional sustainability solely underpinned by purely technical interventions, important as process re-engineering, organisational structuring and technology are; contemporary approaches to leadership, talent development and acquisition, and cross-functional team work are now central features of many institutions’ administrative reform agendas.

Our seminar brings together an impressive array of speakers with first hand experience of leading and managing change in their institutions to affect this seismic shift from passive, reactive support services to future focused, pro-active, well led professional services, actively contributing to their institutions’ future sustainability as vibrant intellectual communities of students and staff.

Speakers and participative sessions*

Prof. Michele Bugliesi, Rector, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (IT)
- Internationalisation strategy and institutional sustainability: choices and challenges at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Dr. Enrico Lodolo, Director of IT, University of Bologna (IT)
- The digital revolution comes to Europe's oldest university: digitisation strategy and sustainability at the University of Bologna

Drs. Dries Berendsen, Director Real Estates and Campus, Utrecht University (NL) with Ove Botnevik, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, University of Bergen (NO)
- Leadership and change in achieving space efficiency at Utrecht University: a case study

Panel session: Lessons learning from leading change for institutional sustainability
Tiia Tuomi, HR Director at Aalto University (FI), along with two other panelists

Mag. Joachim Ninaus, Director Central Services, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (AT)
- The Sustainable Universities Programme initiative Austria

Prof. Stefano Cordiner, Director of Energy Management, University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT)
- Leadership and change for energy efficiency at the University of Rome Tor Vergata: or, how I got a university to love a sustainable environment policy

John Worne, COO Arts and Sciences Faculties, King's College London (UK)
- World café - Seizing the future, small changes; big ideas

Concluding session: Key themes and practical actions to take forward from the seminar

*Speakers and presentations are subject to change

For more information, please go here

7th University - Business Forum (Organised by the European Commission)

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The 7th University- Business Forum ("University-Business Cooperation for Innovation and Modernisation") will take place in Brussels on the 6th and 7th of April 2017.


Organised by the European Commission, the Forum will bring together 400 high-level representatives from higher education institutions; large companies; SME's, relevant European organisations and associations; as well as national, regional and local authorities from Europe and beyond. It will be a unique opportunity to share and discuss your experiences, compare examples of good practice, to network and to learn from each other.

To find all practical information on the programme, how to register, how to get to the conference venue and where to stay in Brussels, please access the conference website here.

This year's Forum will address topics related to modernisation, relevance & skills; evolution and innovation; smart specialisation & regional development; the state of university business cooperation in Europe, the changing face of higher education institutions and new trends in entrepreneurship.

This event includes also an exhibition area featuring the Knowledge Alliances, which are projects funded under the Erasmus+ programme and bring together higher education institutions and companies.

International Entrepreneurial SummerCamp

summercourse poster 2017A 10 day hands-on entrepreneurship program in the heart of Ghent, Belgium organised by Ghent University, faculty of economics and business administration and funded by the Flemish Government: http://www.flandersknowledgearea.be/

The entrepreneurial summer camp aims to encourage students to become entrepreneurs. More specifically, the seminar targets letting students become aware of their capabilities to generate business ideas – and that Europe can be the perfect place to start-up and reach out in order to create change in Europe through their own entrepreneurial manner.

Goal of the seminar:
Experience Entrepreneurship in theory and practice: create and present a feasible business model within a final presentation, strengthened by workshops and leisure time.
For more information, please go here.







New GMAC Study Shows Graduate Business Programmes Inspire New Career Pathways

More than half of graduate business school alumni are currently employed in an industry or job function they did not have experience in prior to entering business school, according to a report released today by the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC). The 2017 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report showes that 2 in 5 (39%) alumni currently work in an industry they hadn’t considered prior to starting business school; they learned of the opportunity while enrolled in a graduate business programme, with 88% sharing that they are2017 Feb ResearchInsights CareerPossibilities 400x310 satisfied with their job and employer.

Moreover, they survey shows that nearly all (95%) survey respondents rate their graduate management education a good to outstanding value. On average, the total compensation package for graduate business school alumni can range from a median of US$75,513 for an entry-level position upward to a median of US$440,122 in total compensation for a C-suite executive.

They survey also outlines great employment prospects for business school graduates. Ninety-two percent of survey respondents are currently employed — 8 in 10 overall (81%) worldwide are employed with a company and 11 percent are self-employed entrepreneurs. Globally, the products and services (27%), technology (14%), and finance and accounting (11%) sectors employ the greatest proportion of alumni represented in this survey.

Though alumni work across the spectrum of industries, their degree type often differentiates career paths. MBA alumni are more likely to work in technology, nonprofit and government, manufacturing, health care, energy, and utilities, compared with alumni holding non-MBA master’s degrees. Business master’s alumni, for example, are more likely to be found employed in finance, accounting and consulting industries.

As for job functions, MBA alumni are more likely to hold positions in marketing, sales, operations, logistics, and general management. Alumni of non-MBA business master’s degrees are more likely to work in finance, accounting, and human resource positions.

In total, more than 4 in 5 alumni agree their education prepared them for leadership positions (86%), prepared them for their chosen career (85%), and increased their earnings power (82%).

Most alumni delay their entrepreneurial activities until after graduation. In fact, 2 in 3 alumni entrepreneurs began their business after graduation following employment at another company. One in 8 alumni entrepreneurs sought venture capital and 72% of these individuals received such funding. Half of the alumni entrepreneurs say their university provided faculty guidance, experts from the community, and mentors to guide their entrepreneurial activities.

Alumni rank interpersonal skills as most important in the workplace, regardless of job level or function. Among the top five talents important to their job, the ones related to “people” skills or emotional intelligence are highly ranked by alumni. Other skills predominate as one moves up the corporate ladder. Alumni in higher-level positions are more likely to indicate that managing human capital, strategy and innovation, and the decision-making process are more important to their current job compared with alumni in lower-level positions.

Most alumni are very likely to recommend their graduate business programme to colleagues and friends. The overall Net Promoter Score — a customer loyalty metric — that business schools receive from their alumni is 47, which is greater than scores received in many sectors of the economy. Net Promoter Scores are positive for all graduate business programs, although differences by program type range from 22 for Master in Management programmes to 62 for full-time two-year MBA programmes.

If offered the choice, more than 9 in 10 (92%) alumni would have pursued their graduate management education knowing what they know now.

To download GMAC’s 2017 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report, visit gmac.com/alumniperspectives or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press.

Would like like to meet and discuss with your fellow Alumni Professionals? Join the 2017 EFMD Conference for International and External Relations, PR, Marketing, Communication and Alumni Professionals, hosted by Lee Kong Chian School of Business at the Singapore University of Management on 6-7 April 2017.

Deans Collaborate Toward Innovative and Responsible Management Education

GRLI-logoThe Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) — a strategic partnership of AACSB International, EFMD, and the UN Global Compact, inclusive of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – initiated Deans as Catalysts of Change collaborative programme.

Deans as catalysts of change is intended to ensure your organisation is positioned and recognised as being rigorous, relevant and at the forefront of what is needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

It is specifically open for Deans and senior leaders engaged in and committed to transformative change towards relevant high quality learning and management education that serves people, planet and prosperity.

Inspired by the 50+20 vision inclusive of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Deans as catalysts of change aims to:
 
·      catalyse the development of globally responsible leaders;
·      enable business to become the best for the world;
·      and engage proactively and systemically with societal transformation.

Join this pioneering, peer-based and global collaborative laboratory (collaboratory) for Deans and play an active role in developing Global Responsibility in organisations, businesses and societies worldwide.

Learning and outcomes

As a participant-driven cohort, the group will jointly determine, based on collective interest and energy, which emergent issues and topics to emphasise during working sessions and virtual meetings - all in pursuit of fulfilling the role as change agent in a peer-based academic setting and achieving sustained change.

Skilled facilitation, led by a team of experienced senior facilitators from the GRLI network, will support the participant-directed approach built on a framework incorporating Whole Person Learning and a Theory-U process. Participants will identify and challenge their own assumptions as they move from deep reflection to insight, and immerse themselves in rapid prototyping of their own implementation process by the end of the programme.

GRLI’s goal is to convene a diverse group representing a mix of geographies, specializations, and well-established institutions from the developed world as well as fast-rising and ambitious players in the new economies.

Through active and full engagement in the Deans as Catalysts of Change cohort participants will:

·      Develop a deep understanding of the vision of management education for the world.
·      Equip themselves with tools and methodologies to facilitate further exploration and implementation of global responsibility within their own organization.
·      Engage with committed change agents in a facilitated global process of co-learning and co-creation.
·      Define and initiate a transformative change outcome or program for their organization.
·      Share the cohort’s collective learning across leading networks and on global platforms as a bold call to action for educators and industry worldwide.

For more information regarding the Deans as Agents of Change initiative, please visit http://www.grli.org/deanscohort/ contact John North at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save the Date - EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference

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  • Are you looking for a brilliant newly graduated PhD candidate to recruit?
  • Are your PhD students and new doctors looking for academic positions in the most prestigious business schools and universities?
The EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference for PhDs in Business and Management is an event you should already pencil in your schools’ recruiting agendas!

After a successful first edition in 2016, the EFMD@Solvay Job Fair and Conference is organised once again as a 2-day forum where recruiters and candidates get a unique chance to meet. Mornings are dedicated to 15-min job market paper presentations and afternoons to private interviews between schools and candidates of interest.
It was great to privately meet the participants between the formal sessions and their high quality profiles allowed us to have meaningful conversations. We are very pleased to have selected and recruited two candidat
The Fair is organised in partnership with Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and hosted in Brussels on Saturday and Sunday, 9 - 10 September, with a welcome reception on Friday 8th in the evening.

The registration opens in April but please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Smart Specialisation – Evidence Based Implementation in the EU - Webinar

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Organised by The Triple Helix Association

Objective of the Webinar
The Webinar will address the emerging concept of Smart Specialisation, a place-based growth strategy that has been now fully integrated in the European Union’s Regional development policy and is already an ex-ante condition for all EU countries planning to get Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support for research and innovation investment. More than 120 Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation are currently in place and being deployed on the ground. The Webinar will present the European experience so far and will demonstrate the very successful case study of smart specialisation implementation in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It will attempt to reveal concepts, strategies and expectations targeting innovation for local growth and jobs.

Expected outcomes
At the end of the Webinar, participants will:
  • Have acquired a working knowledge of the concept of Smart Specialisation and of the practical steps they need to go through to make it operational on the ground
  • Be able to understand the European experience, identify key success factors and pitfalls, stemming from different realities in governance, regional and national innovation systems as well as approaches in empowering local innovators, start-ups and clusters
  • Outline a course of action for their own regional communities and adapt it to their economic profile and expectations
Target audience
Policy makers at all levels of government, with an emphasis on local planners. Cluster managers, corporate leaders, business innovators and academics will all benefit from the course, while their feedback will provide important insights for further developing the concept and its relationship to the Triple Helix.

THe Triple Helix Associations offers free seats to the five first EFMD members who register.
More info about the webinar here.

Green Growth and "Impact Travel" in Curricula

NT1 8123Addressing 350 Business School Deans at the EFMD Conference - Professor Geoffrey Lipman said that the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – provide a massive opportunity for the academic world, but they need to be approached with a big reality check on the tensions between aspiration, implementation, and finance. He also drew attention to the 15-year timeframe for delivery, with a bottom -up local action framework, reviewed and adjusted every 5 years.

In a session with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs and Per Cramer, Dean of Gothenburg Business School, Lipman noted that there are not just 17 Goals covering every aspect of life on the planet, but 169 targets and 304 indicators. He also underscored that every network across the world is establishing its own priorities and identified 3 key areas that would add to Business Schools traditional focus.

“Above all Climate Resilience” must be the overarching top focus, because it is existential. Existential means that if we don’t fix it future generations won’t survive” Lipman said.

Second, he underscored “Green Growth support” as a huge potential for job creation and SME development. He noted the challenges of lucid analysis and performance measurement, and suggested that the renewable energy and sustainable economy paradigms would offer massive new educational need.

Finally, he referenced “Impact-Travel” as an untapped area for Business Schools, Universities, and the School System. Lipman defined Impact-Travel as having positive and negative benefits measured and managed coherently; with Green Growth at the core and connected to the 4th Industrial Revolution. He concluded that this area cross cuts mobility, hospitality and support services, including a massive infrastructure demand and SME supply chain.

Professor Geoffrey Lipman is co-founder of SUNx - Strong Universal Network - a new system for Tourism destinations and stakeholders to build Climate Resilience in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement through “Impact-Travel.” It is managed by the Belgian-based not-for-profit Green Growth & Travelism Institute (GGTI).

SUNX supports community climate resilience through Impact -Travel, (pros / cons measured and managed, green growth at the core and 2050 future proofed). Our X brand shows both the eXistential reality of climate change and the eXchange of innovation and learning through the SUN “Centres, Connections and Community” system.

For further information please visit http://www.thesunprogram.com/ or contact Olly Wheatcroft, Program Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NBEAC’s 4th Deans and Directors Conference - Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan1NBEAC’s 4th Deans and Directors Conference took place on 7-8 February 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The conference, organised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council, gathered more than 800 participants, among which more than 100 Deans of Pakistani Business Schools, Faculty members and Industry representatives.

The topic of the conference was “Business Education and its Context: Points of Convergence and Divergence”.

Christophe Terrasse, Director, International Projects at EFMD, took part in the panel discussion on local vs. global practices for Quality Assurance and Accreditation. During his intervention, he underlined the importance of international accreditation that signals the outstanding quality of the institution but also facilitates its insertion among a selected group of prestigious institutions. Even more important is the input it gives to the school to put in place rigorous quality assurance mechanisms and improvement strategies.

However, institutions should not underestimate the amount of time and resources needed. In particular, they are advised to plan carefully their accreditation strategy and secure first national and regional accreditation before going for an international accreditation. They can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, such as EDAF – Deans Across Frontiers, to prepare a gap analysis and to progress towards defined development objectives with the support of an experienced dean from the EFMD team.

EFMD has a long standing cooperation with NBEAC and regularly provides resources for training, joint activities and participation to the NBEAC conference. EMFD was particularly proud to host the 2-day International Training Workshop on Quality and International Accreditation in June 2016, to which five Pakistani business schools attended.

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EFMD counts five member institutions in Pakistan: Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) – Suleman Dawood School of Business, UMT - University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (Sukkur IBA) – Faculty of Business Administration and the NBEAC – National Business Education Accreditation Council.

RSA Policy Expo Grant Scheme - New in 2017

RSA logoThe Regional Studies Association has launched a new policy research initiative worth £15,000 (C. €17,000, US$18,000) to successful teams aiming to connect their work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.

The Association seeks a leading and impactful role for its community, to inform and influence policy and practice in creative and ambitious ways.The aim is to support Expos addressing issues that are important, current and having an impact on society. These Expos will investigate how the communities of regional studies, regional science, urban studies and related fields can respond to new societal challenges and opportunities. 

In 2017, the RSA provides funding for up to three Expos on topics related to the priority areas set out in the RSA Development Plan 2015 – 2020.

Applications are invited on the following themes:
  • Industrial Strategy and the Role of Industry, Employment & Apprenticeships in Cities and Regions
  • Climate change, adaptation and governance
  • Global Migration and regional development
The two key deliverables from each Expo are:
  • an article for Regional Studies, Regional Science with the Article Processing Charge (APC) sponsored by the Association from the withheld portion of the grant (articles will be subject to peer review)
  • a book in the new RSA Impact and Policy Series. This would be a minimum 25,000 and maximum 30,000 words policy book. It could be in the form of a report or edited papers with an introduction and conclusion. It must include an executive summary highlighting the policy implications from the work.
Expos will normally run for no more than 18 months from commissioning to the submission of the book and RSRS article for review

The submission deadline for detailed applications is 6th March 2017, 3pm (GMT). 



More information on this Grant Scheme can be downloaded
here (Call for Application; RSA Policy Expo: Handbook and Application)

In addition, we wish to remind you other funding opportunities with the RSA:

Please feel free to forward this call to anyone who you feel would be interested in these opportunities to address key issues and reach a global audience.

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SDM Institute of Management Development Accredited by EPAS

SDMIMD We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded EPAS accreditation to the Post Graduate Diploma in Management programme from SDM Institute of Management Development in India.

“We at SDMIMD feel that it is a validation for all the progress that the Institute has been making in both the academic and research fronts. The accreditation process involved meeting several rigorous international standards and procedures. We are grateful to EFMD for the clear exposition of the standards as well as timely clarifications, which enabled us to fulfil the requirements on schedule," commented NR Parasuraman, the Director of SDMIMD, the first institution in India to have gained EPAS accreditation for one of its programmes.

The following programmes have been re-accredited by the EPAS quality label:

- Bachelor Degree in Business at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“We are delighted that the recent EPAS re-accreditation confirms our stong effort and work on accrediting a single programme and also gives us some guideline for the change of the whole institution toward international standards. A 5-year EPAS accreditation of our Bachelor Degree in Business (BDiB) programme is a proof of our commitment to excellence and a major push for further improvements, especially on the institutional level. FEB Zagreb is looking forward to the future with EFMD and its network of excellent institutions,” commented Mario Spremic, Programme Director at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb.

- MBA and Master in Public Sector Management Suite at the CIIM - Cyprus International Institute of Management, Cyprus

Theodore Panayotou, Director of CIIM, said: “We found the process of EPAS re-accreditation a very constructive one which is helping us to take our school to the next level. It is encouraging and rewarding to know that we continue to meet EPAS international standards in most criteria and exceed them in a few. It is equally valuable to have the Peer Review Team’s recommendations for improvement in the few areas that we fall short, drawing on the Team’s long experience and best practices from other business schools. Overall, it was a very positive experience. We are proud to be EPAS accredited!”

- MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management and MSc in Finance at the ALBA Graduate Business School, the American College of Greece, Greece

"ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece is proud to receive the EPAS re-accreditation for its MSc in Finance and MSc in Strategic HRM Programs. The EPAS re-accreditation reflects the high academic standards of the two Programmes, the quality that the graduate business education at ALBA offers and the commitment of our School to academic excellence! Being part of the elite Schools with EPAS accredited programmes is an honour for the ALBA community and our graduates,” said Kostas Axarloglou, the Dean of ALBA.

- Bachelor of Business Administration at the School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

"We are extremely delighted and very proud to have achieved a 5-year EPAS re-accreditation for Al Akhawayn University's Bachelor of Business Administration program. The journey was indeed challenging, but we believe the contribution of EPAS in ensuring the quality of our program has been essential, and well worth the effort. Sincere thanks to the EPAS peer-reviewers for their invaluable insights,” commented Jawad Abrache, Dean of School of Business University at the Al Akhawayn University.

- Bachelor of Management Programme at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School, Russia

- MSc International Business Management and BSc Programme Set: BSc (Hons) Hospitality Business Management, BSc (Hons) International Hotel Management, BSc (Hons) Tourism Management at the Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

"Sheffield Business School’s EPAS re-accreditation provides a global benchmark for the excellence of our student experience, knowledge creation and scholarly community. In particular, it underlines the innovative steps we have taken to internationalise our flagship Undergraduate Hospitality and Tourism and MSc International Business Management programmes. Staff and students are delighted with this achievement," commented Kevin Kerrigan, the Dean of Sheffield.

David Asch, Associate Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the first institution from India 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 congratulate all the reaccreditated schools which have all made a 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.

102 programmes from 76 Institutions across 36 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

HigherEd - the Global Talent Portal is Live

higherEd logo 2017 HigherEd Global Talent Portal is now onboarding students and offering them positions from the EFMD corporate members. We are ready to onboard the next batch of Schools!

With the collaboration of EFMD Global Network, Highered Global Talent Portal has begun the process of onboarding students from a hundred EFMD GN member Schools, including IE, IESEG, HKBU, Hult International Business School, the University of Sydney Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and BI Norwegian Business School.

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The portal welcomes daily 25-50 top quality global opportunities from the EFMD Corporate members. Those offers include internships, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions.

Since its launch, over a thousand students join the portal every week. These students now have access to a dynamic global network of opportunities. The HigherEd initiative provides the students with an additional step to help build their experience portfolio on a global level.

This Global Talent Portal comes as an additional resource exclusively for EFMD GN members. It is targeted towards international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

This is how Deusto Business School in Madrid has presented the portal to their students:

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How can your company benefit from the portal?
The portal will give the companies an access to an exclusive pool of three million outstanding international intern prospects, creating a unique opportunity to follow the students that are in their target groups throughout the lifecycle of their specific education and career paths. Tapping into a vast pool of selected quality graduate talent in one single place is at the heart of this initiative.



Trends in Curriculum: Innovation and Design - A Webinar by MBA Roundtable

Curriculum image ResizedWednesday, February 22, 2017
1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CTL

MBA Roundtable organises virtual educational presentations related to MBA curricular and co-curricular topics.

MBA program leaders often find themselves in one of two situations – planning for the future or reacting to how other schools are adapting to the industry. A look back at 2015 and 2016 can help place some of these changes in perspective. This two year review will provide insight into how the industry is changing and how program administrators are adjusting to those changes.

This look back is high level and relies on a review of more than 2,250 non-academic and academic articles archived by the MBA News Digest, a news-aggregation service. While these articles may not totally represent what happened in graduate business education during this period, they do represent subjects that program managers, faculty members and editors thought were important enough to write about and publish. Some of what will be discussed is hopefully just distinctive – one-time occurrences. On the other hand, several recurring themes did surface.

Presenter: Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP 
Rodney is the founder of the MBA News Digest, a news aggregation service that provides B-School leaders access to information about what is happening in MBA programs and B-Schools around the world.  He served as Assistant and Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs at Kennesaw State University and as the EMBA Program Director. During this time, he helped create an Executive MBA for Physician Executives and negotiated and participated in the design of an on-site Executive MBA for BellSouth/Cingular/ATT Corporations. 

He also served as the first Director of the Georgia WebMBA Program where he helped create the Georgia WebMBA including curriculum development, faculty assignment, marketing and enrollment activities, and a revenue sharing plan along with four other Georgia universities. His international experience includes managing a joint Executive MBA program for Kennesaw State University and the Romanian-American Executive MBA Program of the Institute for Business and Public Administration-Bucharest (IBPAB)-ASEBUSS.  He has a long-standing association with the MBA Roundtable. He served as President for two years and he served on the Board of Directors for more than 10 years.  Rodney received his BBA and MBA degrees in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University and DBA from the University of Kentucky. He resides in Durham, NC.

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2017 EFMD-HUMANE Summer School and Asia-Pacific School

Looking to develop your leadership and management skills in higher education?



EFMD and HUMANE are launching two brand new development programmes following the success of their annual Winter School.

The EFMD – HUMANE Summer School “Transforming Higher Education Professional Services”, Freie Universität Berlin, 27 August - 1 September 2017

The Summer School will focus on the leadership and management of transformational changes in professional services, vital for institutional competitiveness.

A highly intensive curriculum for middle and senior managers directly involved in – or aspiring to be part of - a significant transformation programme.

More information on the Summer School is available in the brochure.

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The EFMD – HUMANE Asia-Pacific School “Managing International Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education”, University of Hong Kong, 8-13 October 2017

The Asia-Pacific School will focus on international strategic partnerships between higher education institutions from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and from Europe.
 
A one-week development programme for fast track mid-career to senior managers, bringing together professionals from across Asia-Pacific and Europe.
 
More information on the Asia-Pacific School is available in the brochure.

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The two Schools will offer a dynamic experiential learning experience with practical case-based teamwork. You will gain thorough understanding of the different models and approaches which are critical to the decision-making process. You will also have plenty of practical opportunities to further develop your leadership skills.       

Do not miss these exciting opportunities to learn from leading experts and practitioners, and share with peers!

The online application is now open. 
Please fill in the online application form, where you will be asked to submit:
  • A one-page statement describing your interest and qualifications
  • A one- (or maximum two-) page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from your heads of administration or the equivalent senior managers.
Apply here for the EFMD-HUMANE Summer School  – Deadline: 15 May 2017

Apply here for the EFMD-HUMANE Asia-Pacific School – Deadline: 15 June 2017

CEEMAN - 2017 Programmes

CeemanProgramme Management Seminar - 5-7 April 2017 - Bled, Slovenia

This seminar is aimed at developing operational excellence in business schools and management development institutions and has educated so far close to 400 participants from 100 business schools in 40 countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

This unique seminar is aimed at program managers in charge of delivery of educational programs. They will improve their skills related to the promotion and delivery of educational programs and learn about best practices in initiating, developing, organising, coordinating and streamlining program management processes and methodologies.

For more information, please go here.

MTA - International Management Teachers Academy - 11-12 June 2017 - Bled, Slovenia

CEEMAN International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) provides a unique opportunity for young faculty to develop their curricula, course design, teaching materials and particularly teaching skills and methods. The program is heavily based on the case method, including teaching with cases, case writing, and performance evaluation and feedback to students. It is also designed to improve competences and skills integral to specific managerial disciplines, and provides input essential in other areas of a faculty member's professional life, such as consulting, institution development and administration, and social responsibility.

For more information, please go here.

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.”

Please visit BusinessSchool.guru and CarringtonCrisp websites to learn more or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press (+44 (0)7789 698630).

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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. 

How Do HR Professionals Perceive the Effectiveness of Leadership Development in Their Organisations?

LDWhen HR professionals were asked to rate the effectiveness of their organisations’ current Leadership Development practices, on average, 34% of HR professionals perceived their LD activity as “a little” or “not at all” effective; only one out of six considered their Leadership Development to be “very effective.”   

The sample consisted of members from NOCA, EFMD and SHRM, with a total of 422 HR professionals responding to an online questionnaire.

These HR professionals indicated they saw their LD function as having a strong influence on the effectiveness of LD in their organisations. But the engagement of participants and stakeholders was what kept them awake at night. Which is a clear concern in times of growing attention to social and informal learning with a growing use of self-managed and supervisor- or peer-supported development. This will necessitate greater responsibility for participants and related stakeholders and building that culture can be considered the key challenge for professionals involved in LD.

Read more on how HR professionals perceive the effectiveness of leadership development in their organisations, which obstacles and supporting context factors they see and what should be done to improve the effectiveness of leadership development in the research report.

Download it here.

Lessons Learnt from the 2017 EFMD Deans Conference

2017DDM banner right side OKOn 2 – 3 February, nearly 350 deans from 53 countries gathered at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana for the annual EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General. During the intense two days, attendees discussed how to lead in a world of uncertainty. The conference was sponsored by EFMD’s strategic partner Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

During the series of plenary lectures, the delegates deliberated over the role of business education in the ever-changing world. Marianne Lewis, Dean of Cass Business School & the conference Chair, outlined the sources of paradox and uncertainty and the power of humble confidences as opposed to certainty in approaching complex problems.

In their passionate talks, Patrick Dixon, the chairman of Global Change Ltd and Guy Standing, Co-President of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) who coined the term precariat, drew a rather worrisome picture of the global socio-economical changes. Recent political events proved that we live in the in the age of post-truth and as Dixon said: “The future is about emotion: this is what drew Trump to power and this is what caused Brexit.” In his lecture, Standing stressed that since the neo-liberal agenda moved to the rentier and platform capitalism, the precariat has emerged as the new dangerous class, a result of the “gig economy” and unequally distributed security, wages and quality space.

Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer at Hult International Business School, led a discussion panel with chief learning officers from Mazars, Minerva & McKinsey to get some inspiring ideas that disrupt the traditional business models of business schools. They tackled the right balance between hard and soft skills, the shift towards the impact agenda, the need for more cooperation between business schools and corporate learning, and alternative educational models. “If you’re a challenger, it makes no sense to be conventional,” said Tyra Malzy, CLO of Mazars.

The deans then discussed the role of social responsibility in educational institutions. Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, delved into the market globalisation, political practices as well as digitalisation. Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to the United Nations, and Geoffrey Lipman, the co-founder of Strong Universal Network, talked about the challenges and goals of sustainable development for business schools. Geoffrey Lipman said that the SDGs provide a massive opportunity for the academic world, but they need to be approached with a big reality check. “Above all Climate Resilience must be the overarching top focus, because it is existential. Existential means that if we don’t fix it future generations won’t survive,” Lipman said.

We also discussed the clash of Eastern and Western values, innovation in learning methods and spaces, the future of MBA, rankings, social mobility and gender balance, research beyond journals, and the impact agenda.

“Since we launched the EFMD Deans and Directors General Conference in 1973, this premium event for business schools’ deans has fueled insightful discussions, witnessed the initiation of long-standing relationships and the establishment of new partnerships between schools. It has seen the launch of many new projects and innovative services such as the EQUIS accreditation, whose 20th anniversary we were celebrating during this year’s conference. I am happy that in its over 40-year history, the conference has become the place to be for the heads of leading business schools worldwide,” commented Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD.

On 25 – 26 January 2018 deans will meet again at Technical University of Munich – TUM School of Management. Pencil the dates in your calendar.

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

Call for Participation: 2017 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

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Each year, EFMD cooperates with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), MBA CSEA and business schools around the world, to conduct a study among employers that recruit and/or hire recent business school graduates.

Screen Shot 2015 12 08 at 12.35.13As an employer, your input to this survey is very important to us! The results provide business schools with valuable information to help better equip students with the skills needed to be successful in tomorrow’s workplace.

This survey will take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete. To begin, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser. The survey must be taken in one sitting.

https://gmac.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_00r1ojyhWoEZvCZ&GMID=60984458

The survey needs to be completed before 17 March 2017.

As a participant, you will receive an Interactive Data Report that allows you to analyse survey results by region, industry, and other key demographics. In the past, employers have used this data to better evaluate base hiring salaries and benchmark their hiring projections against peers. To read more about survey participation, and see last year’s results, visit gmac.com/CRSDetails.

Also, as a thank you for completing the survey by March 17, 2017, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of GMAC’s 50 gift cards equal to US$100. Terms and conditions apply. 

PRME Statement in Defense of Universal Values and Principles as Preconditions for Responsible Management Education

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The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The PRME initiative comprises over 600 business schools and management-related academic institutions in over 85 countries worldwide.

Our global community has thrived on the commitment and the ideas brought by people from around the world. We contribute to global knowledge through the free movement of students, teachers and researchers. 

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Furthermore, as a UN-backed initiative, we are speaking up to defend universal values and principles of the United Nations, namely equality, non-discrimination, freedom, and diversity. We are convinced that these values and principles are one of our greatest strength. Therefore, we are deeply concerned about growing protectionism, nationalism and populism on the global stage. Any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies as well as educational and research activities are based. Scientific progress depends fundamentally on an open exchange of ideas, scholars and students. To meet global challenges like climate change that are threatening our lives and those of future generations, we must depend on a science-based system of evidence. In combination, these developments have significant negative impacts on our economies and societies, on cooperation and peace in the world.

We considered the implications for the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 7th PRME Assembly and PRME’s 10th Anniversary scheduled to take place in New York City, USA, this July. We have deep concern for those potentially restricted from attending our conference and the implications for our shared values. Like other academic organisations we deliberated on a potential cancelation. After intensive consultations we decided to continue planning the event in NYC for the following reasons:

  • We want to signal our support for the values and principles of equality, non-discrimination, freedom and diversity.
  • We want to make use of the opportunity to address the issues in a meeting with the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). 
  • We will adapt our agenda to provide space for discussing the reasons for our concerns in a constructive manner. 
  • We will make every effort to connect with those restricted from attending via technology. 
  • Future annual PRME conferences will be organised in locations providing equal access to all participants. 
  • PRME signatories are reminded that they are welcome to attend regional PRME Chapter meetings in other locations as well, a full overview of meetings can be found on the PRME website. 
We are heartened by the leadership shown by academic institutions, corporations and graduates of business and management schools, particularly in support of refugees. Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, per international refugee law.

We remain committed to our mission to prepare a new generation of globally responsible leaders and to preserve the freedom of research, teaching and learning in an international community. It is part of our responsibility to critically address any threats to these fundamental values and principles.

We call for more business and management-related higher education institutions around the world to join us and stand up for the principles and values we all share.

With warm regards,

Andrew Main Wilson
Chair, PRME Steering Committee

Jonas Haetle 
Head, PRME

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2017 Trends in International Student Recruitment

by StudyPortals

StudyPortalsThese days, there is a widespread and wide-ranging conversation about globalisation; but only by visiting classrooms in every corner of the world can you see it in action. International students around the world are part of a movement bigger than themselves – a movement involving millions of people at thousands of campuses.

At the moment there are more than 5 million students pursuing their education outside of their home countries – a number three times that of international student enrolments in 1990. By 2022, the number of internationally mobile students is expected to reach 7 million. The most significant growth in international education comes from Asian students, who are looking to study abroad in English.

International education is now open to the masses, and no longer only available the world’s elite. This expansion is particularly driven by a rising middle class that now exists on every continent.

Student mobility, like many other economics and social principles, follows the laws of offer and demand: The popularity of study destinations corresponds to the number of globally-appealing programmes that different countries offer, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. These are, unsurprisingly, also the countries with the highest number of English-taught programmes around the world.

China’s and India’s rise to the world’s top 10 most powerful economies (and South Korea currently holding the 15th place) has given rise to an increased demand for higher education. These three countries are also leading sources of globally mobile students. One in every six international students now comes from China, while Asian students make up more than a quarter of the world’s mobile students.

International education is not a static phenomenon; it is influenced by international politics, changing demographics and economic factors.

What do we expect to see in the coming year, based on our expert insights and the mountain of data we have gathered on international study choice? Here are our top predictions for the year, including:
  1. The sharp increase of English-taught Bachelor degrees in Europe;
  2. Asia increasingly becoming a strong player not just in sending students abroad, but also receiving them;
  3. Universities putting more emphasis on student diversity and having the right mix of students on campus
  4. Placing a strong emphasis on responsive university websites
  5. Big data informing more marketing decisions for universities
  6. Embracing 24/7 recruitment around the year
  7. Brexit making a strong impact on the what the future of international education will look like in the next years
  8. Shifting trends in discipline and sub-discipline popularity
  9. ROI in student recruitment activities receiving more attention this year
  10. Alternative access routes becoming more popular for universities with a strong international focus
You may download the full report here.

Intense Development Experience for Teaching and Learning Executives

Executive Academy LogoTeaching & Learning Executives need to manage academic degree programmes in alignment with institutional strategies, while taking into account a multitude of challenging performance targets. They need to add value by being champions of implementation. They need to master the power of influence, but are often provided with only scarce direct authority to do so.

Keeping in mind this existing pressure within the academia, EFMD GN has designed The Executive Academy, the only development offer for leaders of teaching & learning activities and targets the premium segment of the business school sector. The unique, pioneer and accentual theme of the program is therefore “From Leading Without Authority to Leading With Impact".

The Executive Academy journey will commence in May with its Europe Stream, which will be followed by the Americas Stream in June. The tour around the globe will conclude with the Asia Stream in October. Participants may register for only one stream.

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We will admit a maximum of 20 participants to each stream. A rigorous and challenging admission process will ensure that peer-to-peer interaction in the Executive Academy will be meaningful and ability enhancing for all participants. The deadline to submit completed application form for the European stream (Prague) is March 30, 2017.

The core of the Executive Academy is a face-to-face week in the selected region, preceded by a preparatory phase, which includes self-study and a comprehensive 360° feedback exercise. The face-to-face week will be followed by a project phase at the participants’ home institutions with support and feedback provided by the global faculty facilitators.

The Executive Academy has been designed to make participants more effective in their executive roles, and participants will:

  • Advance through a self-discovery process to better understand their strengths and limitations, which will contribute to the bridging of self-knowledge and self-leadership.
  • Learn how to drive a strategy-driven programme design and review process, how to manage different performance layers and how to interlink stakeholder expectations and satisfaction.
  • Understand and implement disruptive strategies in business education and map performance metrics to actions and milestones.
For complete program details, application and admission process, please visit our official website and/or contact us directly on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.

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.

Discover what other instututions said about the Smart Certificate™ here.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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

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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
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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.