2018 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners

 EiP Winners Silver2018 homepageEFMD is delighted to announce the 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners.

Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) have recognised outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent, Organisational and Ecosystem Development.

The 2018 Silver Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Organisational Development
Daimler & Wolff Olins
“Leadership 2020 Life: A Massive Open Online Conversation for Daimler”

“We are delighted – for all at Daimler who made this such a success. In a global conversation, transcending time zones, geographies, divisions, functional boundaries and hierarchy, 27,500 leaders called upon to jointly create the future of leadership at Daimler – reshaping their understanding of collective ad individual learning by digital means in the process,” commented Oliver Fischer, Chief Learning Officer & Head of Daimler Corporate Academy at Daimler.

“Wolff Olins is proud to have partnered with Daimler to create this pioneering online learning programme. Working with Daimler Corporate Academy to create one big online conversation that encouraged 27,500 leaders to discuss, apply and share ideas on how to continue to lead the future,” added Manlio Minale, Head of Learning at Wolff Olins.

Talent Development

Telus & Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
“Corporate MBA Programme”

Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner at TELUS, commented on the achievement: "We are incredibly proud of the TELUS MBA program and our wonderful partnership with the Gustavson School of Business. The return on investment has exceeded our wildest expectations. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the University of Victoria for years to come."

Saul Klein, Dean of Gustavson School of Business, also shared his delight: “We are proud to work with TELUS on this innovative and collaborative talent development initiative. Universities continually explore new ways of delivering content to ensure their programs meet market needs. Partnering with this leading edge company allows us insight and application in real time.”

Executive Development
A.T. Kearney & London Business School
“Expanding Horizons”

“We are incredibly proud to win silver for Expanding Horizons! The success of this programme is testament to the strength of the partnership between London Business School and A.T. Kearney and the shared desire to create something experiential, edgy and transformational. It is fantastic to see the profound impact on the firm, their people and their clients,” said Katie Coates, Client Director at London Business School.
 
Johan Aurik, Global Managing Partner 2012-18, A.T. Kearney, added: “We are thrilled, as talent development is at the core of our business. We set out five years ago on a journey to build a truly world-class programme with our partner, LBS. I am proud to see the impact every day, for the firm and our clients and people.”

Professional Development
Atos Global & Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) & Paderborn University's SICP – Software Innovation Campus Paderborn
“Gold for Experts – Talents for Company Progress”

Judith Shawcross, Head of Executive and Professional Development at the Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), commented on the award: “It is a real honour to have won such an award - a testimony to the hard work of the three partners, our learning by doing philosophy and the exceptional contributors involved. It is a privilege to guide the delegates on their learning journey and witness their project achievements.”

“Atos is thrilled to receive this award, recognizing the trusted partnership we have built with the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and the Software Innovation Campus at Paderborn University.  Our technical experts are the lifeblood of our company and the Gold for Experts programme undoubtedly makes our technology leaders more effective within the business,”
said Marc Meyer, EVP Group Executive & Talent Management Group Communications at Atos.

Gregor Engels, Head of C-Lab and SICP, added: “We are very delighted that our successful partnership with University of Cambridge and Atos has been honoured with this special award. It helps us to strengthen our expertise in professional education in the SICP.” The SICP – Software Innovation Campus and the C-LAB are two interdisciplinary research institutes of Paderborn University connected to the Gold for Expert programme.

Ecosystem Development

UK Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy & Lancaster University Management School
“Wave2 Growth Hub Programme: Designing and Delivering Small Business Support to Create Regional Economic Growth across England”

“The Wave 2 Growth Hub Programme provided the perfect opportunity to put our decades of experience of supporting SMEs into practice, and bring the latest thinking, world-class research and entrepreneurship to benefit local and national economies. As a result, thousands more people are now employed, and the businesses that may once have feared the future are flourishing – something that makes us feel very proud,” said Ellie Hamilton, Wave 2 Growth Hub Director at the Lancaster University Management School.

Finally, Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, congratulated all the winners on the EiP Silver Awards: "We are delighted to see that once again the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development."

Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success.

“Some very original solutions were deployed to address sometimes mind-boggling challenges with proven impact. Inspiring reading for all professionals in L&D as well as for business leaders for sure,” added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held at the IMD in Switzerland on 17 - 18 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Silver Award winners there were Gold Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 15 March 2019

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmd.org/eip

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners

 EiP Winners Gold2018 homepageEFMD is delighted to announce the 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners.

Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) have recognised outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent, Organisational and Ecosystem Development.

The 2018 Gold Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Organisational Development
Valmet & IMD
“Forward-Looking Leadership Development”

James Henderson, Director of Valmet Forward Strategy Program and Professor of Strategy at IMD, commented on the recognition: "We are honoured at IMD to be recognised for this prestigious EiP award with Valmet. It has been such a deeply rewarding experience to be part of Valmet’s leadership development journey – in helping transform the company from a struggling company in a seemingly unsexy industry to a forward looking technology front runner through real impact."

“We built our Forward Strategy and Fast Forward programs together with IMD to accelerate strategy execution and enable growth increasing the capabilities and competences of the organisation. Through the meeting points concept, we’ve managed to leverage the talent of our high potentials and re-energise senior management with Valmet’s Way Forward," added Julia Macharey, Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Valmet.

Talent Development

Epiqus & Hanken & SSE Executive Education
“Integration Programme Business Lead – A Fast-track for Educated Refugees into Business Life”

Marc Hinnenberg, CEO of Hanken & SSE Executive Education, stressed the value of the winning public-private partnership: "Our partnership with Epiqus supports fast integration and enables work for educated and unemployed immigrants and refugees. This is the foundation for the integration program Business Lead℠ which is also a great showcase of public-private partnership through the Social Impact Bond (SIB)."

Executive Development
Telstra & LIW
“Empowering People to Connect”

“Telstra and LIW are delighted to be selected for this award, among such a strong group of contenders. Our partnership has developed through a shared understanding and commitment to support Telstra in its transformation to become a world class technology company that empowers people to connect,” commented Andy Chevis, Managing Consultant at LIW.

Professional Development
DSM & Vlerick Business School
“The Journey to Marketing and Sales Excellence: How building the capabilities of DSM’s Marketing and Sales Teams Creates Successful Growth”

"In today’s digital age, the design principles for learning journeys centre around relevance, personalisation, versatility and putting theory into practice. This learning journey was built according to these principles because both partners were willing to co-create," said jointly Alexandre Segers, Business Unit Manager Customised Programmes, Vlerick Business School and Arthur Simonetti, Global Marketing Director at DSM.

Ecosystem Development

Monocities Development Fund & Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
“Monocities: A Long Journey of Transformation.”

"This complex 2-year joint initiative of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and Monocities Development Fund to change the life of 319 monocities and create dedicated teams to drive the change. One can’t achieve the results of the programme alone: a strong team is needed. This approach joined together 319 teams, with 1500 people involved in the project now, who share their experience and independently implement new projects. This case could become the basis of development in other cities," said Irina Makieva, head of the Working Group for Monocities Modernisation of the Government Committee for Economic Development and Integration.

Finally, Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, congratulated all the winners on the EiP Gold Awards: "We are delighted to see that once again the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development."

Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success.

“Some very original solutions were deployed to address sometimes mind-boggling challenges with proven impact. Inspiring reading for all professionals in L&D as well as for business leaders for sure,” added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held at the IMD in Switzerland on 17 - 18 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Gold Award winners there were Silver Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 15 March 2019

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmd.org/eip

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 EFMD Case Writing Competition Winners

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EFMD is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Competition.

Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO at EFMD, congratulated the 2017 EFMD Case Competition Winners: “EFMD is delighted to support and encourage the writing and creation of innovative and impactful case material. With a record number of nearly 700 submissions, the very best cases were recognised in 18 management-related categories. We are proud to incentivise programmes that improve the quality of teaching, the student engagement and the creativity of education practices.”

"The Case Centre is delighted to support the development of outstanding cases through EFMD’s case writing competition. The quality of this year’s entrants was extremely high - congratulations to all the winners!,” added Richard McCracken, Director at the Case Centre.

The 2017 Case Competition winners in the following 18 categories include:

African Business Cases, sponsored by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
"Lonmin Plc: Mining and responsible investment – dangerous liaisons?” written by Stephanie Giamporcaro, Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town

“I am very pleased to win the EFMD case competition for Africa with the Lonmin case which is particularly dear to me. The case tells the story of a responsible Scandinavian asset manager who needs to decide if a company should remain invested in an African mining company Lonmin after the tragic death of more than 40 workers on site where they were on strike. The Lonmin story is an important one to teach in the class room to help MBA and master students to understand the importance of integrating environmental social and corporate governance issue when you decide to invest in a mining company,” commented Stephanie Giamporcaro, winner of the case. 

"I am really proud to see that the jury recognised the quality of the case. This case for me was a modest attempt to honour the memory of all the workers who lost their life in the Marikana massacre.”

Bringing Technology to Market, sponsored by ESMT Berlin
“First Solar” written by Jennifer Ballen and Neil Thompson, MIT Sloan School of Management

“Many thanks for honoring us with EFMD’s Best Bringing Technology to Market award. Our hope in preparing the case was that it would inspire students to think about strategy issues in solar energy and across sustainability more broadly. EFMD’s recognition will be very helpful in bringing this to attention of more educators, and thus extending the reach of our work,” commented the authors of the winning case.

Emerging Chinese Global Competitors, sponsored by ChinaCases.org, The Global Platform of China Cases
“Fintech and Finance Transformation: The Rise of Ant Financial Services" written by Shuyan Xie, Siew Kien Sia and Boon Siong Neo, Nanyang Technological University

“We are indeed delighted to have won the award. We would like to thank Ant Financial for giving us a chance to capture its amazing journey in fintech innovation. We hope the case will inspire readers to be bolder in challenging status quo to reimagine banking,” remarked the authors.

“This is also a good case to engage incumbent organizations in discussing their strategic responses to the threats of new tech disruption. The green-field context of China is particularly interesting. We will see more cutting-edge innovations coming from agile tech companies in this region. We hope to capture more of these stories to facilitate mutual learning in the development of management education.”

Family Business, sponsored by Suliman S. Olayan, School of Business, American University of Beirut
"Li & Fung - Navigating Through Disruptive Changes" written by Danielle Yew and Boon-Siong Neo, Nanyang Technological University

The authors said: “Thank you for conveying the news of the results and all the work you and your team have put into this. It is a real honour for my colleagues and I to have two of our cases winning in two separate categories. We are grateful to EFMD and the judges for validating our work. This will surely boost our efforts in producing more such cases for all students in our collective educational efforts.”

Inclusive Business Models, sponsored by IMD
“Simsepay at Yes Bank: Creating Value Through an Un'Smart Innovation" written by Indranil Bose, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

“While smartphones are penetrating the Indian market at a rapid pace, YES BANK discovered a unique opportunity for converting feature phones to smart devices through a simple SIM sticker. SIMsePAY, as it is popularly called, is remarkably innovative for its simplicity, applicability and timeliness. In the plethora of payment technologies that are currently available, SIMsePAY promises to be the sought-after one as it fulfils the basic banking needs of the bottom-of-the-pyramid segment of Indian population with ease and at minimal cost. I am sure this unique case study on 'Digital India' will be read, analyzed, and appreciated by students of management institutions around the world as well as practitioners who are interested in launching impactful innovations in an emerging economy,” explained Indranil Bose about the winning case.

Indian Management Issues and Opportunities, sponsored by Curtin University
“Himachal Fertilizer Corporation (A), (B) and (C)” written by Mahendra Gujarathi and Samir Barua, Bentley University and Indian Institute of Management

“I have taught this case series many times in MBA courses as well as executive training programs on Corporate Governance. The feedback has always been excellent, with many participants stating that it was the best case they ever came across," explained Samir Barua.

“The lessons participants carry away are: a. Choosing between one right and another is so much more difficult, compared to choosing between a right and a wrong!, b. Very often in life, one has to make a decision in split seconds – how does one get ready to make the right decision in such situations?, c. The trade-offs we have to sometimes make between observing principles of good governance, ethics and the innate need to give voice to our values are so difficult in real life situations! … More importantly, I love teaching the case and taking the participants through the twists and turns of difficult choices they must make!”

Latin American Business Cases, sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia
“EBX: The Rise and Fall of a Billionaire - Eike Batista” written by Felipe Monteiro and Anne-Marie Carrick, INSEAD

“We are delighted to win this award with the case on the rise and fall of the formidable billionaire Eike Batista. His tale of boom and bust could be one of fiction with Batista’s larger than life personality that gained him extraordinary popularity in Brazil (and abroad) as his empire grew. His success and collapse offer multiple learnings and focus for teaching - from studying one of the world’s largest emerging markets Brazil and the challenges of doing business in the region, to examining the concept of institutional voids, organizational ambidexterity, diseconomies of time compression and the challenges of taking an entrepreneurial company to an operational one,” commented the authors.

“The students enjoy learning through the compelling story of Eike Batista and discussing the reasons for his magnificent failure. Teaching the case is enhanced by the wealth of press coverage available from articles to multiple interviews and documentaries on Eike Batista.”

MENA Business Cases, sponsored by HEC Paris in Qatar
“Modest Fashion: Will It Divide What Was United by Faith?” written by Deval Katrik and Syed Munawwar Ahmed, Amity Research Centers, Headquarters, Bangalore

“We are very honoured to receive this prestigious acknowledgement from EFMD. Authoring the Modest Fashion case study has been an incredible journey right from inception to winning the Case Writing Competition. For this case, we looked into the classic textbook scenarios of consumer behaviour and explored various academic perspectives on fashion, culture and sub-culture, and the consumer’s decision-making process,” said the authors.

“Written to facilitate post graduate teaching, we hope the case study, with its potential of cross-sectional usage, would provide for rich learning of core marketing courses such as Branding and Consumer Behaviour. Additionally, it can also be used for specific topics including the creation and development of new market segments, factors that affect the marketing environment, and issues of branding across cultures.”

Responsible Leadership, sponsored by University of San Diego
“Wells Fargo:  Setting the stagecoach thundering again” written by Mahendra Gujarathi and Samir Barua, Bentley University and Indian Institute of Management

“The case illustrates the dilemmas leaders face in pursuing strategic options that are financially rewarding but carry the risk of unethical practices in their execution. The challenge for the leader then is to run a tight ship that does not stray from the path of ethics and good governance. As a responsible leader, how does s/he design the organization structure, the reward and punishment system and an organization culture with robust values? The rise and fall of John Stumf, CEO and Chairman of Wells Fargo is a compelling lesson in management for all aspiring to lead organizations.”

Sustainable Production Systems, sponsored by Climate-KIC
“CarbonCure Technologies Inc.  – Saving the World One Brick at a Time” written by Peggy Cunningham, Dalhousie University

“It is an honour to be one of the winners of the EFMD case competition and represent Dalhousie’s Rowe School of Business. My case centered on the accomplishments of a small Canadian start-up company, Carbon Cure. It developed a new technology to enable the cement industry to sequester carbon. My students enjoy the case because it demonstrates that companies can be successful while working to address a world issue, climate change,” said Peggy Cunningham.

Sustainable Business Model, sponsored by Climate-KIC
“SWITCHON – O’NERGY: Social Innovation Challenges at The Bottom of the Pyramid" written by Ramendra Singh, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

“When I initially heard of this news about my co-authored case study winning the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Competition, in the "Sustainable Business Model” category, I was very surprised since it’s a very prestigious competition. However, it’s also sweet reward for the years of close collaboration that we were having with this hybrid organizations,” shared Ramendra Singh.

“We have been closely interacting with them as the organization achieved one milestone after the other, in terms of solar energy product development, and enhancing their last mile reach and distribution. It’s also very fulfilling to see Hybrid Organizations such as SwitchOn-Onergy get international visibility through this case study, even as India is the headquarter of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that aims to reduce production and development costs of solar products to facilitate higher deployment of solar technologies in the remote regions at the bottom of the Pyramid.”

Urban Transition Challenges, sponsored by Climate-KIC
“Edmonton City Centre Airport: A Sustainability Challenge for a Growing City” written by Joel Gehman, Neetu Sharma and Kristel Owens, University of Alberta

Continuous Improvement: The Journey to Excellence, sponsored by Instituto Internacional San Telmo and MAYORAL
“Kaizen in Public Service. A case study in a Public Environmental Organization in Mexico” written by Manuel F. Suárez-Barraza, Francisco Rodríguez González and Manuela Gutiérrez-Leefmans, Universidad de las Américas Puebla and EGADE Business School 

"I feel very honored to recieve this acknowledgement. Working on the case study for postgraduate students was very fulfilling. Continuous improvement is in everything and showing how Kaizen tools help to achieve it is very rewarding, in particular when we know students face similar challenges at their own work places. Also, the results from research at a public organization stressing the diagnosis and application of the tools, confirm the usefulness of Kaizen for both organization managers and students concerned with innovation and efficency," commented Manuela Gutiérrez-Leefmans.    

Manuel F. Suárez-Barraza added: “First of all, a thank you very much for the recognition of our Case Study. Since the mid-nineties, I was fortunate to study the Kaizen philosophy at Toyota Motor Corporation at the Tsutsumi Plant in Japan. The experience of having implemented it in the public sector in environmental offices was a learning full of academic and practical insights. For the students the case study follows in itself the Kaizen philosophy principle of "Learning by Doing", each and every one of the elements of the case are aimed at students practicing, experiencing and living the Kaizen as if they were in an public organisation.”

Supply Chain Management, sponsored by Kedge Business School
“SKY DEUTSCHLAND (A) and (B)” written by Ralf Seifert and Katrin Siebenburger, IMD

“We were really excited to hear about the award for the SKY DEUTSCHLAND (A) and (B) case. The case series wasn’t easy to write because the company covered so much ground on many fronts while refashioning their supply chain. But what we actually value the most is the broader recognition that supply chain can play an important role even in a business like pay TV, where one doesn’t think about ‘operations’ first and foremost”, mentioned Ralf Seifert.

“We also believe that the case series has worked well in the class room because of its focus on moving from standard supply chain concepts to leading for a success implementation of those. We obviously don’t take any credit for this -- we merely documented it -- but Sebastian Hauptmann and his team really put in long hours to make this work. When we then wrote the case, Sebastian in particular, readily shared his experience with us and allowed us to also capture his insights in various video recordings which now accompany the case series to bring the journey alive. A big thank you to all involved in getting this done!”

Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by Kedge Business School
“Bank Audi: Leading through Sustainability” written by Dima Jamali, American University of Beirut

Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practice and Issues, sponsored by Montpellier Business School
“COCO-MAT: The Spartan Mattress Revolution" written by Benoît Leleux, Mary Papageorgiou and Sophia Shilimindri-Jaquier, IMD

Finance and Banking, sponsored by Toulouse Business School
“EVOCO AG: Solving Liquidity and Incentive Issues in Private Equity" written by Benoît Leleux and Esmeralda Megally, IMD and Xsensio

The winners in the Entrepreneurship categorywill be announced shortly.

The next submission deadline of the 2018 Case Writing Competition is 26 October 2018.

For more information, please visit EFMD Case Writing Competition website.

26th CEEMAN Annual Conference - September 2018

PragueThe 26thCEEMAN Annual Conference, focusing on the topic of Redefining Management Education: Excellence and Relevance, will be taking place in Prague, Czech Republic from 19-21 September 2018 in cooperation with the University of New York in Prague. The conference is the main annual event of CEEMAN, gathering mostly deans and directors of member schools and partner organisations from all over the world.

It will include a number of side events, such as a poster session, company visits and Dead2Dean advisory meetings. It is also a great opportunity to meet the keynote speaker Roger Martinwho was named #1 management thinker 2017 by Thinkers50.

CEEMAN invites faculty members and researchers to showcase their work at the poster session related to the overall theme of the Conference. Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 June 2018.

Please find the call for poster session contribution here or read more on the event at www.ceeman.org/26thconference.


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Winning Case Study Poses Hard Questions on Role of Investors

Case award2018 HRA case study on mining and responsible investment in South Africa from the UCT Graduate School of Business receives top honours in the African Business Category of the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Competition.

A searching look at mining giant Lonmin Plc Mining and the role of investors following the Marikana massacrein South Africa 2012 has won first prize in the prestigious 2017 EFMD Case Writing Competition in the African Business Case category. 

Co-authored by Associate Professor Stephanie Giamporcaro from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) and GSB alumnus and Milpark Education Dean: Financial Planning and Insurance, Marilize Putter, the study is entitled: Lonmin Plc: Mining and responsible investment – dangerous liaisons? 

It poses hard questions about the role of investors and shareholders in business and is written from the point of view of a senior executive from a Scandinavian bank following a visit to Lonmin.

Lonmin is a primary producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) in South Africa, a country which hosts nearly 80% of global PGM resources.

“We wanted this study to be original and creative, while also being extremely relevant and topical,” says Associate Professor Stephanie Giamporcaro. “We thought a foreign voice would give this controversial and emotional subject some distance from which we could really explore and identify the issues at stake.”

Some of the key points are around justifying investing in companies with legacy issues and problems stemming from apartheid and gross human rights abuses. Prior to the Marikana tragedy, Lonmin was regarded as one of the more sustainable and socially responsible companies to invest it. For some investors, this lead to questions now of how they could have missed the brewing tension at the mine and among workers and if they should have been more involved in monitoring the company’s treatment of employees. While the study does not attempt to give answers, it creates a framework for conversation and probing analysis that is especially useful in a classroom environment. 

Putter says, “Working on the case, I realised how difficult it is for leaders, given the various complexities which exist, to make the correct decision, even if they have the best intentions in the world.” She says it was especially challenging to present all of the views on the topic as there was so much information available.

“What makes this case study especially relevant,” says Claire Barnardo, Case Writing Centre Manager at the UCT Graduate School of Business, “is that it is uniquely African but globally relevant."

“Case studies like these give business students an insight into the complexities of the mining sector in South Africa as well as the different relationships between labour unions, workers, executives and the corporate world in an emerging market business landscape.” 

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Are our doctoral programmes fit for purpose and the future?

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Many of us are familiar with growing debates around whether Business Schools are 'fit for purpose', essentially in their ability to 'serve business' in the face of increased global competition, economic uncertainty, technological advances and forces of consumerism. The provision of doctoral programmes in these schools warrants attention. Indeed, the number of business and management doctorates worldwide has grown exponentially in the last decade against a backdrop where the number of doctorate holders worldwide is estimated to stand in excess of 15 million. In context, however despite massification, the doctorate remains a prestigious award, held by approximately 0.2% of the global population. Our doctoral programmes as elite educational awards are acknowledged to endure in the face of adversity, with shared fundamental challenges for their current and future management, not least: massification of the doctorate award; individualised national economic and skills agendas; paradigm shifts in knowledge production; competing strategic, academic and employability needs; a rise in demand for flexible, remote education opportunities; and heightened awareness of mental health and wellbeing vulnerabilities.

Eight years on since the first EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference, our growing international community of programme directors, heads of doctoral schools and other professionals working in doctoral education recently met to reflect on our experiences of management in practice and explicitly asked 'Are our doctoral programmes fit for purpose and the future?'

This short article was inspired by the speakers, participants and organisers of the 2018 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference in Frankfurt, for which I thank them as conference Chair.

Fit for purpose?

The strategic value of the doctorate to any Business School cannot be overlooked, contributing to research performance metrics and funding as well as being fundamental to the reproduction of the academy and maintenance of the research ecosystem. Cost-benefit analysis of our doctoral programmes is an essential starting point for any consideration of the 'fit for the purpose' of doctoral programmes today.It is vital to reflect on what our doctoral programmes are aiming to achieve. Do our higher education institution aims fit with what our countries need, the requirements of different types of employers and, fundamentally, end-user, student needs?

Different perspectives from around the world provided by Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Guangzhong Li and Yusra Mouzughi force us to consider the external drivers of Business School doctoral education. Direct relationships are visible between education, the knowledge economy and national development growth. In this context, the need for doctoral education is perhaps unequivocal.

Yet, as Michael Grote reminded us during the EFMD conference, a more critical view of investment and opportunity costs is required when considering academic needs and the doctorate. Here, time is a factor that should not be dismissed. Pressure to increase timely completion rates and throughput sits against widening institutional expectations of doctoral student outputs. Achieving high-level journal publications does not happen miraculously overnight for our doctoral researchers; the medium- to long-term trajectory to produce research outputs as an increasingly expected part of the doctorate award must be acknowledged and accepted. So too, must the allocation of high quality supervision and the need for academic mentoring be explicitly recognised to ensure the 'serious' research reputation of Business Schools. Placement of our doctoral researchers at high-ranking institutions remains a widely accepted indicator of the quality of programmes, despite the realities of non-academic doctoral career paths. Are we too insular in focus? How well do we prepare our doctoral researchers for life post-doctorate in line with their aspirations and shifting employment patterns? Are we prepared in terms of designing programmes that are responsive to employer needs? Do we really understand what is needed?

Existential questions are required as to the nature and purpose of the doctorate amidst a proliferation of award types and routes. Perhaps the DBA award is far more easy to grasp as a 'product' aligned to traditional views of the raison d'etre of the Business School as being 'to meet the needs of business' and the alignment of macro-level economic development policies with industrial strategy. Our group discussions indicated this to be so.

In contrast, the PhD award, transcending disciplinary areas, remains strongly embedded in traditional notions of academic purpose, not least the requirement to make an original contribution to theoretical knowledge. There are understandable concerns around the need to not lose sight of the quality and rigour required in doctoral level education whilst supporting researcher employability in an unknown future and, in the case of Business School PhDs, simultaneously achieving business relevance. The industrial PhD has perhaps further blurred the boundaries on the distinctiveness of the two traditionally demarcated awards. It is here that a normative Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) agenda offers some clear opportunities in helping to guide the production of research that enables businesses to contribute to a better world /making lives better.

But perhaps our social responsibilities should begin with the design and delivery of our own programmes. Throughout the EFMD conference we noted a number of challenges relating to supporting the doctoral researcher experience, development of their academic and professional skills, mentoring and wellbeing, and research environment. These are not faced by Business Schools alone. They included concerns over the responsibilities of programme directors. Many of these challenges may be recognised to be exacerbated by a variance in the status of doctoral researchers between (and even within) institutions: 'employees' with 'full' academic rights, identities and research integration opportunities versus 'students', often dislocated from faculty save for their performance of teaching assistant or research assistant duties as a means of mitigating the costs of doctorate provision. A wealth of experience and practice exists in the provision of formal and informal community-building opportunities for our doctoral researchers in Business Schools. This frequently receives little formal recognition as part of the 'hidden side' of programmes management but it proves invaluable as a form of study-life support for doctoral researchers from cohorts of all sizes and modes of study, regardless of demographic variables.

Fit for the future?

A clear sense of what we are trying to achieve presents an opportunity for Business School doctorates to innovate and ensure that they are fit for the future based on the theory of 'jobs to be done' (Christensen Institute) rather than competing against luck. There is a need to recognise the absence of 'one size fits all' solutions. Internationally, Business School doctorate provision varies greatly in size and scale, mode of study and market characteristics. So too do our funding models contrast and the extent of government investment, target-setting and alignment to national economic goals between European countries and the Middle East and China in particular is notable.

As acknowledged by Mark Smith in summation of the 2017 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference, there are 'legitimate concerns that innovations may lead to lower standards or a lack of recognition'. Yet, there are jobs to be done. As John Miles highlighted in laying the foundations for an AI and Big Data-based approach to skills development, the expectations of our doctoral researchers are shifting in line with technological advancements and modern lifestyles. Furthermore, Jordi Diaz reiterated the need for Business School doctoral programmes to be agile and to proactively sustain innovation, reminding us that the time to innovate is already here. We are already witnessing a clear divide between traditional, conservative Business Schools and those that are displaying pioneering approaches to embracing the future, not least the Thought Leadership Platform of Peking University's Guanghua School of Management and the sustainable development business model of Rotterdam School of Management. In the words of Diaz, ' better disrupt yourself than to have someone else do it for you?'

Competitive collaboration as a future strategy for the Business School doctorate community

Being fit for the future does not have to mean full re-invention, of course. Nor does it have to mean endorsing only individualised acts of innovation. Many Business School doctoral programmes have established their distinctive academic, methodological and pedagogical strengths. In addition to identifying our competitive strengths, there is scope to develop collaborations between our institutions. As discussed during the EFMD conference, there are some clear examples of where training is already being shared between institutions in response to resource challenges faced by programmes limited to small full-time PhD cohorts.

There is a need to acknowledge that in the heavily ranked Business School arena, competitive collaboration offers an appropriate strategy for knowledge management. Whilst Mode 2 Knowledge Production signifies a need to recognise the strength of forging multidisciplinary relationships, there is further opportunity for us to shape the future of Business School doctoral education through developing and sustaining our community of practice, precisely in the spirit of the annual EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference.

Being fit for the future requires us to explicitly consider relevance. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce the acceptance of our book proposal by Emerald, 'Business Doctorates World-Wide: Relevance to Academia, Students, and Business?' (expected publication date May, 2020). An invitation for expressions of interest for co-edited chapters has been circulated.

Guest post by Nicola Palmer, Head of Doctoral Training, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Call for Cases: Personalized Student Development Cases in Master Programmes

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Title: Personalized Student Development Cases in Master Programmes

Deadline for the submission: Friday 28 September 2018

Description:

The 2018 EFMD Conference on Master Programmes hosted by London Business School (LBS) will follow the changes and new perspectives on master programmes with the topic “Making things happen: From vision to result’. By focusing on embracing digitalization, joint international master programmes and personalized education, you will be able to:
  • Gain expertise on master programmes' trends;
  • Share your own experiences with a global community; and
  • Build your worldwide network
As part of the conference, this year, programme coordinators and/or managers are invited to present a successful story in which Personalized Student Development was introduced in their Higher Education Institutions programme.

The objective of the activity is to share and present examples of their experiences. During the conference the selected participants will be able to present their good practices through a presentation of 15 minutes.

If you are interested in participating submit a 400 words proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. describing the main objectives of the programme together with some of its successful results.

Announcement of the results: Monday 8 October 2018

Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world

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HUMANE Annual Conference
Hosted by Malmö University
June 15-16, 2018

The American political scientist, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that public trust is the “currency of governance”. Without it, institutions bleed legitimacy and their credibility falters.

We live in a world where those who promote alternative facts, fake news and advocate suspicion towards experts are eroding public trust in all of our great civic institutions. This is particularly poignant for universities as they stand for truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said “…If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work.”

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We’ve developed a programme and brought together a fantastic group of speakers to help us explore these challenges. Speakers include the celebrated Swedish trendwatcher and futurologist, Troed Troedson; the VC of Malmö University, Kerstin Tham; the Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, Wilhelm Krull; Deborah Bull, the Assistant Principal (London) responsible for public engagement and cultural strategy at King’s College London; and many others.

Our conference is hosted by Malmö University, a university whose mission has been focused on building self-sustaining communities. It will be a lively and engaging annual conference, with a convivial social programme celebrating the Scandinavian summer!

Getting to Malmö could not be easier - Copenhagen is the closest airport linked directly by fast and frequent trains to Malmö, just 30 minutes away.  

Check out the programme and register now to secure your place.

EFMD Collaborates with LeapVault’s CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India

CLO summitEFMD and the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India by LeapVault have worked together to bring the world’s leading corporate learning program & peer networking opportunities for corporate leaders to India at the 10th edition of the summit on 9 & 10 August 2018 in Mumbai.

Celebrating its 10th edition, the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India is India’s most sought after platform for leaders in corporate learning, organization development and talent management. It is an exclusive annual meeting of leaders and practitioners from India’s top corporates. It is an initiative by LeapVault; a premier executive development & knowledge media player in India. It creates unique platforms that provide exceptional learning experiences and works with leading Indian & foreign corporate executives, business promoters, International governments, global institutions and thought leaders in understanding and enabling their learning, external engagement and hi-performance objectives.
logo CLO img new“India is key to the attempt to raise our profile in Asia. Kumaar Bagrodia is a wonderful partner and the CLO Summit India a great opportunity for EFMD to engage with learning and talent leaders from across the subcontinent. We are excited to be part of the event,” said Martin Moehrle, Associate Director for Corporate Services at EFMD.

EFMD offers its corporate members a portfolio of dedicated services in identifying and sharing best practices in corporate learning and talent development, and in achieving excellence in managing their learning function through the Corporate Learning Improvement Process - CLIP.

“EFMD is a prestigious global organization and the value it brings to top corporates and their leadership is exemplary. We’re sure the leading corporates in India across sectors shall benefit from engaging with the association,” added Kumaar Bagrodia, founder LeapVault & convenor of the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India.

For more information please visit www.leapvault.com and www.closummit.com

BSIS: IAE Savoie Mont Blanc Unveils €116.2 Million Impact on the Region

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In order to measure its contribution to the development of the Haute-Savoie, Savoie, and French Genevois region, IAE Savoie Mont Blanc went through an innovative impact study: the Business School Impact System (BSIS). BSIS, run as a joint venture between EFMD Global Network and FNEGE, identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a school brings to its local environment, including financial, economic, societal and image dimensions of impact.


With a financial impact evaluated to €116.2 million per year, IAE Savoie Mont Blanc confirms its role within the local ecosystem and proves to be one of the business schools with the highest ratio of financial impact per student. 

Its impact on the local economy extends, among other things, through internships, work-study contracts and missions, representing more than 180 800 hours of work every year, thus a €4 million input to business development. In this respect, and thanks to its unique partnership with "Le Club des Entreprises," IAE offers numerous collaboration opportunities to local economic players.

IAE also puts entrepreneurship at the heart of its training, and in five years, graduates have launched 47 new businesses and took over 8 local businesses. This brings real economic growth and innovation to the region. In the last ten years, more than 1600 masters graduates have chosen to stay and work in Savoie. 

IAE Savoie Mont Blanc also encourages academic research through its IREGE lab, having produced 276 intellectual contributions in 3 years. A large part of the research addresses themes linked to the region, including environmental choices, innovation and mountain tourism, showing once more the important link between the school and its impact zone.  

Thanks to its large offer of high quality courses, IAE has become an important player in the higher education field in the region, with 2000 students per year, including 20% foreigners. IAE is in touch with 108 schools abroad and recently got the EPAS accreditation for its EMBS Master, revealing its strong focus on internationalisation. 

"Beyong our academic purposes, the BSIS highlights our importance on the local economy, our image on a national and international scale and the importance of our research," explains Claire Salmon, the director of IAE Savoie Mont Blanc. 

** To read the original article in French, 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 webpage here.

Free Participation for Students in Global Marketing Competition 2018

logo GMKC 2018 1ESIC in collaboration with Santander and EFMD are running the 23rd 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 on the event webpage

  • 89 Participating Countries
  • 60 000 Students from more than 880 Universities and Schools of Business from 5 Continents
  • 17 000 Euros in Prizes
Register Now - Free for all students - the closing date for entries is the May 8th.

Find out more by visiting GMKC website or the event Facebook fanpage and follow the competition on Twitter @GMkCompetition

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Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD - Colm Kearney

Colm Kearney 2On behalf of the Board of EFMD, the members and staff we were deeply saddened to hear of Colm’s death.

Professor Colm Kearney was the former Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and Head of the Monash Business School in Australia, and appreciated by the international business school community as an engaged and dedicated EQUIS Reviewer.

The management education community has lost an outstanding scholar and a wonderful person. Colm and Monash Business School have been long-standing and great friends of EFMD and words can’t express our grief.

Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and the whole academic community. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

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

Second Interational Conference on Advances in Business, Management and Law (ICABML)

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University of Dubai-Dubai Business School calls for full research papers for review and presentation in its 2nd International Conference on Advances in Business Management and Law (ICABML) 2018. Please access the following link for more details for paper submission.

Theme: Research on Business: Entrepreneurship, Excellence, Productivity, Organizational Performance
Dates: 24th - 25th November 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: University of Dubai, New Campus, Academic city, Al-Ruwayya-1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For location map access the link: https://goo.gl/maps/r17yUGPfcRF2

Highlights:
  • Some 100 papers to be presented across 5 Tracks over 1.5 days
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • High profile plenary sessions
  • PhD & Graduate Workshops
Important Dates: 
Paper Submission Starts: 29th March 2018
Paper Submission deadline: 30th September 2018
Notification of decision: 4 weeks after receipt of the paper 
Make a Submission 

To see registration deadlines, please go here.  

Conference Tracks: 
Full-length research papers (within maximum of 8,000 words), including empirical research, quantitative techniques, new models, practice-based research, case studies, and conceptual papers, are invited, in the following areas: 

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Track areas

1

Entrepreneurship, Management, Leadership, Strategy, and HRM

2

Finance, Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Economics, Islamic Economy (Islamic Finance & Takaful, Halal Products and Service market - Retail Trade, Standards & Certifications; Tourism and Fashion Designs)

3

Marketing, Tourism, E-Commerce, Business Ethics, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics Technology and Customs Management

4

LAW (Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Financial Crimes and Money Laundering)

5

Big Data, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Innovation


This conference is organized by the Centre for Research & Consultancy at University of Dubai in collaboration with Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Academic Consortia of 21 universities in UAE, and AACSB/EQUIS accredited international universities. Selected top quality accepted papers will be published as conference proceedings if desired by the paper presenters. The 2017 year conference proceedings can be viewed at http://publications.ud.ac.ae/index.php/ICABML-CP

Submission and Acceptance Notice:
Please submit full papers by 30th Sep. 2018 (please note that you can submit any time before this deadline) via http://publications.ud.ac.ae/index.php/IRBML
Please state the track number on the top of first page of your research manuscript. All submissions will go though double blind review process. 

Best PhD Papers Award:
This award will be announced for best PhD papers in each of the tracks and will be published in ICABML 2018 as conference proceedings. All awardees will recieve full discount for the next conference. 

For more information, please go here.

Thirteen Schools Re-accredited by EQUIS

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate thirteen business schools, which have been awarded EQUIS re-accreditation.

“We are proud of the re-accreditation by EQUIS EFMD,” commented Professor Kar Yan Tam, Dean of the School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School). “It is indeed a testimony to our aspiration to be an intellectual powerhouse of business education and research. This demonstrates the high caliber of our faculty, their research impact as well as our commitment to corporate engagement. It also acknowledges the performance of our students and the accomplishments of our graduates in the business world. We have learnt many things from our peers during the re-accreditation process and we continue to strive for continuous improvement. My sincere thanks for the advice from our esteemed and experienced peer faculty and all HKUST Business School colleagues who have supported and facilitated this re-accreditation exercise. Building on this solid foundation, the HKUST Business School will continue to provide the best quality business education in the region and beyond.” 

“A re-accreditation for the full five years confirms that WU is one of the top business and economics universities worldwide. We see the EQUIS seal of quality as a challenge to maintain these high standards of excellence now and in the future, to continuously improve our portfolio and services, and to further develop our strengths,” says WU Rector, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger.

“We are delighted to be reaccredited for a further 5 years. EQUIS accreditation helps us focus on ongoing improvement and continuing to deliver on our promises to all stakeholders,” commented Saul Klein, the Dean of Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

"We are so proud to achieve another 5-year accreditation from EQUIS, which is a tremendous achievement for the College. Since our first accreditation in 2007, we have lived up to our strong commitment in striving for academic excellence. We believe the importance of delivering advanced research and providing high quality education for making the world better," said Houmin Yan, the Dean of the College of Business.

Werner Mellis, the Dean, explaind: "We are delighted to be re-awarded EQUIS accreditation and are really proud to have achieved a five year accreditation. We are really grateful to the School’s faculty, staff, students and friends who helped make this possible. EQUIS supports us to foster an environment of continuous improvement and the PRT’s feedback will be of great value while meeting our upcoming challenges." 

"We are very happy about the recent 5-year re-accreditation that Cambridge Judge Business School received from EQUIS," said the Director, Christoph Loch. The comprehensive external analysis provided by EQUIS provided us with external feedback. In particular, the feedback suggests that our deep engagement approach - which encourages our faculty and staff to engage in impact-oriented interactions with students and clients, to make a difference and to learn from them to make our research and knowledge creation relevant as well as methodologically sound - has a positive impact on our teaching and our research projects. We are committed to ensuring that Cambridge Judge Business School continuously strives for improvement, innovation and real-world impact that will help ensure that our students become problem solvers." 

“We are delighted that Strathclyde Business School has been reaccredited by EQUIS for the maximum five years. Thanks go to our staff, students, alumni and corporate colleagues who all played a part in the stringent reaccreditation process. The Business School first received EQUIS accreditation in 2001 and I’m pleased to say we have held it consistently since then. The rigorous process of accreditation ensures that what we offer here at Strathclyde is of the highest international standards which is testament to the professionalism of our staff here at Strathclyde Business School and the excellent students who join us in their studies. For those thinking of coming to work or study at Strathclyde, accreditation stands as an independent benchmark of the quality of the school and the work that goes on here,” commented David Hillier, the Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School.

David Asch, the EQUIS Director, added: "I would like to warmly congratulate all the Institutions that have successfully gone through the EQUIS re-accreditation process. Their achievement illustrates their commitment to the continuous improvement in areas such as research, innovation, internationalisation and impact. We are happy to accompany them on their journey towards excellence."

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. EQUIS has now accredited 176 schools across 42 countries.

Hult and Dalian University Accredited by EQUIS

EFMD Blog header EQUIS allEFMD would like to warmly congratulate Hult International Business School, United States, and Faculty of Management and Economics at the Dalian University of technology, China, which have been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

David Asch, the EQUIS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Hult International Business School into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. With its six campuses around the world and highly international student body, Hult is a truly global business school. The School’s clear vision and strategy focuses on relevance, impact and teaching excellence.”

“EQUIS is a huge step in the Hult’s history and is testament to the work we are all doing to build a great School. Such external validation of the quality will help our brand, and will no doubt boost the pride of our faculty, students, professional staff, and alumni,” added Johan S. Roos, Chief Academic Officer at the Hult International Business School.

Jingqin Su, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Dalian University of Technology, commented: "We are much honoured to gain the official accreditation from EQUIS which is a milestone for FMEs' further development. The strict requirements of EQUIS accreditation system and its professional peer review team are of great significance for FMEs promotion in View, Strategy and Goals. FME also took the inspiration from the accreditation process in strengthening teaching programs, student cultivation, faculties and staffs, academic research and internationalisation."

“Meanwhile, FME would like to take the responsibilities as the first business school in Northeast China with EQUIS accreditation, share the development experiences in each phase with other business schools. FME will also actively share the practice of China's development with other members and promote business education in joint hands."

David Asch, the EQUIS Director, added: “The Faculty of Management and Economics at the Dalian University is a high-quality business school which enjoys regional leadership, good national standing as reflected in national rankings and an impressive international reputation for the production and promotion of management case studies.”

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. 

Thirtheen Schools got re-accredited by EQUIS, bringing the number of EQUIS accredited schools to 176, in 42 countries

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

ERIM SUMMERSCHOOL 2018

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We are happy to inform you that summer at ERIM begins with seven short summer school courses. Registration is now open!

These advanced doctoral-level courses are open to graduate students (Research Master and PhD), researchers and professionals within and beyond the Netherlands, who want to improve their data analysis skills or competences in the specific field of knowledge.

Please note that the number of participants per course is limited, therefore we advise you to register as soon as possible.

Within the ERIM Summer School 2018, you can choose from the following courses:

Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Modeling
By Dr Ioannis Evangelidis, 18 & 19 June 2018

In this course you will learn how to conduct and interpret the results of mediation, moderation, and conditional process analyses. Mediation describes the case where an independent variable X influences another variable M, which then influences the dependent variable Y. Moderation describes the case where the effect of the X on Y changes across different levels of another variable W. Conditional process models combine mediation with moderation. This course is targeted to any person doing social science research that wants to learn how to test for mediation and moderation in his or her data.

Topics in FinTech
By Professor David Yermack, 20 to 22 June 2018

This course acquaints students with the fundamentals of blockchains, digital currency, smart contracts, and other important FinTech topics, while providing an overview of the new academic literature in this area. The importance of ideas such as crowdfunding, decentralized governance, and disintermediation will receive special attention.

Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
By Dr Richard E. Ocejo, 26 to 28 June 2018

This course provides an overview of qualitative approaches to research. It shows students how qualitative researchers design their projects and some of the common issues they face. Based on in-depth readings of the instructor’s work and that of many others, topics will include asking research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and handling theory, among many others. In addition to regular discussion of the material, students will be required to consider qualitative approaches to their own research interests.

PSM Summer School: Theories for Purchasing and Supply Management Research
By Professor Finn Wynstra, 26 to 29 June 2018

Since its emergence in the 1960s, Purchasing and Supply Management research has developed as a multi-disciplinary field. Young scholars in this field would therefore benefit from a broad review of the (classical) management theories suited for studying PSM research questions. Each of the six interactive lectures in this course will be hosted by a different faculty member, from either the PSM field or a contributing discipline such as Strategy & Organisation, Marketing or Operations Management.

Financial intermediation, systemic risk and financial cycles
By Dr Mathias Drehmann, 28 & 29 June 2018

Why are banks and financial institutions regulated? Why has the focus shifted to systemic risk? What is the financial cycle and how does it interact with the business cycle? This course discusses the main issues highlighted in the theoretical literature, reviews whether these are empirical relevant and draws the link to policy actions.

Necessary Condition Analysis: Theory and Practice
By Professor Jan Dul, 2 July 2018

Necessary (but not sufficient) conditions are widespread in real life and therefore relevant to various research areas, such as management, business research, sociology, and psychology. But until recently no technique was available to identify necessary conditions in datasets. Traditional (regression based) data analysis techniques fail to do so, even though they are frequently applied for exactly that matter. Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) is a new technique that can do the job (Dul 2016).

Panel Data Econometrics: Theory and Practice
By Professor Marno Verbeek, 4 to 6 July 2018

The use of panel data models is wide spread in many fields. This course will provide you with an intuitive and practical introduction into the econometrics of panel data. How do you exploit the benefits of panel data in empirical work? How do you avoid the pitfalls, and how do you address the additional complexities of having multi-dimensional data? How do you make sure inferences are valid? The course will combine theoretical sessions in the morning with practical sessions based on Stata in the afternoon.

Contact

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European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation - Call for Experts

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Call for Experts: Expert Monitor Group for cPPPs
Deadline – Tuesday 27 March 2018

The European Commission is looking for experts to be part of an Expert Group to monitor, review and give feedback on the reporting process of 10 associations of contractual public-private partnerships (cPPPs)*.

In order to report on the overall impact of all the cPPPs a common set of common key performance indicators (KPIs) have been developed in 4 distinct areas*. The European Commission is looking for expertise related to the 4 KPIs in the following areas:

  1. Public-private investment in R&D: Mobilised private investments: To understand and capture level of industrial engagement within a given cPPP, including actual expenditure related to individual projects
  2. New skills/jobs profiles resulting (directly or indirectly) from R&D result deployment: To understand how job profiles and skills are being created and developed within the activities of the cPPP (directly or indirectly from the cPPPs’ R&D deployment). Giving explanations on impact on job creation beyond individual projects would be a particular asset.
  3. Impact of a cPPP on SMEs. To understand the impact of partnerships (with large industry) on R&D effect on SMEs
  4. Identification and assessment of significant innovations. To understand and assess the technological outputs of cPPPs
Main tasks: Assess that the content of the annual progress monitoring report complies with requirements; assess the KPIs and their suitability; and assess the suitability of the reports for publication aiming to extend the target audience.

Methodology: Work will be mainly based of desk research. The Commission will provide all necessary information and be in charge of any requests to the cPPPs. One lead monitor expert will be the main contact to the group, coordinate the discussions of the group, and will ensure adequate and efficient distribution of the work.

Expected timeline: kick-off meeting in May 2018, interim draft opinion by mid-June 2018, after reaction from the cPPPs a final assessment report will be submitted by end of July/beginning August. Two other meetings may take place in Brussels, in addition to teleconferences.

Contact:
If you are interested please contact Nadine BURQUEL and end a curriculum vitae outlining your expertise in themes related to the above (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Telephone +32 2 629 08 39, Mobile +32 497 381 024)

*The cPPPs concerned are: Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings, European Green Vehicles Initiative, Sustainable Process Industry, 5G Infrastructure, Robotics, Photonics, High Performance Computing, Big Data Value, and Cybersecurity.
**These are in addition to other KPIs related to individual projects.

Interest in MBAs Declines as Students Opt for Masters Programmes

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Increasing numbers of students are considering other business Masters over the MBA qualification, according to the latest edition of the Tomorrow's Masters Study by CarringtonCrisp, in association with EFMD.

In the study of over 1,000 prospective students from more than 100 countries, two-thirds (67%) agreed that they are considering a Masters rather than an MBA in a few years' time. This is an increase from the last study in 2016, when just under half (48%) were looking at a Masters rather than an MBA. However, 31% of the sample still plan to take an MBA in a few years' time.

Amongst the biggest national groups represented in the study, Chinese students were the most likely to be considering a Masters (74%), with Canadian students the least likely (57%). Results for the USA and UK were 66% and 64% respectively.

The increasing interest in a Masters is due to its perceived recognition amongst employers. Just under half (47%) of the respondents believe that a Masters will be just as valuable to an employer as an MBA, a rise from only 36% in the last study. There were marked differences between countries,  with 67% of Pakistani students believing Masters have the same value with employers as an MBA, compared to just 14% of respondents in Canada, 39% China and 44% UK.

"We are seeing a pivotal shift in the market," says Andrew Crisp, author of the study. There are more Masters programmes being offered by business schools and students are turning to them in increasing numbers. Employers are seeking pre-experience Masters students, as they have additional learning compared to undergraduates and can be cheaper to recruit than MBAs."

The study analysed students' motivations for studying with the top three being to improve employability (31%), earning potential (23%) and has always planned to study as part of personal development (21%).  An MBA as a route to entrepreneurial success seems secure, with only 11% of those considering a Masters, motivated to start a business compared to a quarter (25%) of MBA students.

Amongst specialist Masters, the most popular subjects are Finance, Management, Marketing, Accounting, International Business, Human Resources, Big data/ Business analytics, and Economics.  Big data/Business analytics showed the biggest increase in interest, being only the 13th most popular subject in the last study. It is the most popular subject in the US, second most popular in India and fourth in China. However, it was only ranked 10th in the UK and does not feature in the top 10 for Canada.

"The market for Masters will grow in the next few years. While there will be a core of programmes on subjects such as management and finance, it is likely there will be a wide variety of specialisms allowing individual institutions to carve out a focus and increasing the choices available to students," Andrew Crisp concludes.

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HUMANE Annual Conference: Retaining Public Trust in Universities in a Post Truth World

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HUMANE Annual Conference
Hosted by Malmö University
June 15-16, 2018

We live in a world where public trust in all of our great civic institutions is being eroded by those who proselytise 'alternative facts' and 'fake news'. These challenges to institutional legitimacy are particularly poignant for universities as they stand for, among many things, truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry.

In the face of this negative rhetoric, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said "…we need to make a better case for our role as institutions that contribute to the public good. If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work."

The practical and managerial implications of this are extensive and most universities are struggling to deal effectively with these developments.

HUMANE is bringing together an impressive group of speakers for our conference, who'll provide guidance in getting to grips with these issues. The programme is designed around parallel sessions and case studies of institutional experiences to facilitate greater participation in discussion, with keynote speakers providing inspiration in plenary sessions.

It promises to be a lively and engaging annual conference, and a convivial social programme in the middle of a Scandinavian summer hosted at Malmö University.

Register now to secure you place.

Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean

latinamericaThe University of Miami Business School invites you to the Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Tuesday, April 10, which will bring together a distinguished group of alumni and friends interested in the region.

Speakers include former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers, Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department at IMF Krishna Srinivasan, and President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno. 

The conference is open to all, with a special welcome to our Latin American and Caribbean alumni. 

For the full conference program, please click here.

To register for the event, click here.

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ESADE Business School Certified by EOCCS

EFMD Blog header EOCCS ESADEMany congratulations to ESADE Business School in Spain, whose Geopolitics and global governance: risks and opportunities on-line course has been recently certified by EOCCS Online Course Certification System.

“We are extremely proud to receive EOCCS certification for one of our flagship on-line courses at ESADE Business School. It’s a fantastic achievement, which confirms the quality of our institution and highlights the course’s excellence in geopolitics, social leadership and innovation. Our mission, vision and strategic focus is based on academic rigor and this new EFMD certification spurs us on to maintain high quality criteria for this course and the online courses we expect to launch in the coming weeks,” commented Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE.

Keith Pond, EOCCS Project Director, said: “We are delighted that ‘Geopolitics and global governance: risks and opportunities’ on-line course at ESADE Business School in Spain has successfully completed EOCCS - Online Course Certification System. Building on its excellent reputation in management education, ESADE Business School skillfully includes on-line learning in its strategic plan and considerations, and earmarks considerable resources to support their strategic objectives in this area.”

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

With 39 certified courses from 14 institutions, EOCCS has built an international quality benchmark for online courses worldwide.

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

AlmaU International Forum - Entrepreneurship Education in Rising Societies: Transformation of Values

AlmaUAlmaty Management University (AlmaU) has the pleasure to invite you to participate in The II International Forum "Entrepreneurship Education in Rising Societies: Transformation of Values", which would be held on May 30, 2018 at AlmaU Knowledge Building.

The Forum will bring together renowned Kazakhstani and international experts and opinion leaders, representatives of the government, diplomatic missions, business community, academia and mass media, to discuss the values ​​and trends that shape modern entrepreneurial education in dynamic societies.

The speakers of the previous Forum were the leading experts such as Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of Association of AMBAs, UK, Gligor Tashkovich, former Minister of Foreign Investment of Macedonia, Andrew Wachtel, President of American University in Central Asia, Vinod Radhakeesoon, Senior Director at Babson College Executive and Enterprise Education, Umut Shayakhmetova, Chairman of the Board of JSC Halyk Bank Kazakhstan, Arcot Desai, professor at the Singapore University of Management, Mikhaylo Milovanovich, Expert of the European Training Foundation, Bonnie Chen, professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Yerbol Ismailov, Director general of Centre of Social Cooperation and Communication, National Welfare Fund Samruk Kazyna,  Konstantin Yeliseyev, Managing Partner of PWC Russia and Central Asia, and others.

The Forum will look at the new challenges, values, impact of entrepreneurial education on country’s economy, as well as into new forms of corporate entrepreneurship, assurance and success factors of entrepreneurship as itself, competencies in the development of entrepreneurial universities, analysis of best practices in teaching entrepreneurship to young people, youth entrepreneurship trends, etc.

Join our Forum and to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship education on the global scale. For more information, please feel free to contact the AlmaU staff regarding the registration to the forum:

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The Case Centre’s Awards and Competitions 2018 - Results

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The Case Centre’s Awards and Competitions 2018 are announced. Now in their 28th year, these celebrate excellence in case writing and teaching, at business schools worldwide.

Overview of Results

  • Overall Winning Case: Youngme Moon, (case about Uber), Harvard Business School. (Third time HBS has won this, since the Awards went global in 2011).
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method: awarded (posthumously) to David A Garvin, Harvard Business School.
  • Outstanding Case Teacher: Pierre Chandon, INSEAD.
  • Outstanding Case Writer: jointly won by Syeda Maseeha Qumer and Debapratim Purkayastha, ICFAI Business School (IBS), and Vijaya Narapareddy Zinnoury, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver.
  • Outstanding New Case Writer: Alvaro Sandroni and Farhad Aspy Fatakia, Kellogg School of Management.
  • Outstanding Case Writer on this year’s Hot Topic ‘Disruptive Change’: L Felipe Monteiro and Anne-Marie Carrick, INSEAD.
  • Multi category winning schools: INSEAD - three category Awards and two Competitions; Harvard Business School- two Overall Award/Competitions; Copenhagen Business School - (as in 2017) two category Awards (including the NEW category ‘Free Case’).
  • Single category winning schools: Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business*; Daniels College of Business, University of Denver*; HEC Paris; Hult International Business School*; ICFAI Business School (IBS); Kellogg School of Management*; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan*; Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University; Singapore Management University; Stanford Graduate School of Business (* denotes first time winning schools).
  • Individual faculty winners also in previous years: Pierre Chandon, David Dubois, Hau L Lee, Debapratim Purkayastha.
  • Impact of winning cases: used for teaching at 120 institutions in 31 countries.
  • Winning case subject-organisations: AccorHotels, Amazon, BP, Fairphone, Gillette, Kirat Housing, Li & Fung, Prada, TAG Heuer, Tehelka, Tesla Motors (as in 2016 and 2017), Uber, Unilever, Zappos.
  • Number of Awards/Competitions: one Overall case winner, ten management category Awards (including NEW Award ‘Free Case’), and five Competitions.
  • Assessment and judging: Awards are assessed anonymously, based on data. The Competitions are decided by a judging panel.
Richard McCracken, Director of The Case Centre said: “This year’s Awards and Competitions are characterised both by strong performances from established case producing schools such as Harvard Business School and INSEAD, and by five first-time winning schools. We also have more first-time winning case authors than ever before. This shows us that faculty at ever more institutions are developing successful teaching cases of a topicality, relevance and pedagogical quality that faculty at other schools worldwide want to use them in their own classrooms.

The subjects of winning cases also give us a unique annual insight into what future business people are being taught. Cases on multinational business, and negotiating the new digital media landscape, remain well represented, with many companies: Amazon, BP, Tesla, Unilever, Uber and Zappos, appearing for a second, third or even fourth year. But in 2018 we also see a strong representation of dilemmas around ethics, sustainability, and the highly topical issue of sexual harassment.

2018 also sees for the first time a posthumous Award. The judges felt unanimously that few have contributed so much to the practice and understanding of the case method of learning as David A Garvin, whose lifelong contribution, both at Harvard Business School and far beyond, was cut short by his untimely death.”

The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method and is dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe. It is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.

To see the results in full, please go here.

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Three Programmes Receive EPAS Accreditation

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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 France and Japan.

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

Graduate School of Global Business, Meiji University, Japan
- Part-time MBA

Groupe ESC Pau, France
- Customer Relations Management Bachelor Programme

"The EPAS accreditation is an opportunity to involve the whole school in aiming for the expected academic excellence. The benevolent and relevant recommendations given by the peer review team are all sources of improvement and development paths to make the School stronger," said Sébastien Chantelot, the Dean at ESC Pau. "All of the School's staff, our students, our graduates and our stakeholders who participate in the EPAS audit are now more than ever aligned with the School's strategy. This gives them a better understanding of our work and our ambitions. ESC Pau Business School is proud to belong to the EFMD community and to provide two accredited EPAS programs at Bachelor and Master level."

IPAG Business School, France
- Grande Ecole Master Programme

“Obtaining EPAS accreditation is not about complying with standards but rather taking advantage of the guidance of your peers and building the means to better achieve your own goals as an institution,” commented Guillaume Bigot, the Director General at IPAG Business School. 

Jens Tondel, Associate Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome three new Institutions from France and Japan into the EPAS community. The accredited programmes showed to be both academically rigorous and have practical relevance for students in today’s global environment, thanks to a strong focus on personal and professional development as well as important connections with the corporate world. We would like to warmly congratulate the Schools for their continuous improvement on the quality development path."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business school programmes all over the world. There are currently 107 programmes from 82 institutions across 38 countries accredited by EPAS. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Seven Programmes Re-accredited by EPAS

EPASWe are happy to announce that the following 7 Programmes were successfully re-accredited:

Shantou University Business School, China
- Bachelor’s Degree Programme Set: Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Economics

"We are honoured that the Bachelors of Business Administration and Economics have been granted a 3-year accreditation from EPAS. After the first 3-year accreditation of Bachelor of Business Administration granted in 2012, and 3-year accreditation of the Bachelor’s Degree Programme Set in 2015, the Programme has strictly followed EPAS guidance and recommendations from the previous peer review and the School has been striving to be even better," explained Erming Xu, the Dean at Shantou University Business School. "We highly value receiving the EPAS accreditation which reflects our commitment to internationalisation, faculty and corporate engagement as well as the continuous improvement of our Bachelor programme. The EPAS accreditation is a significant milestone for the School and we are looking forward to an even brighter future."

School of Economics and Management, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
- MBA Programme (FT Programme in English, PT Programme in English, and PT Programme in Greek)

"The MBA Programme of the University of Cyprus first gained its EPAS accreditation in 2012. We are delighted with the latest re-accreditation by EFMD. This attests to the high caliber of our faculty, their impactful research contributions and global visibility, and the high quality of business education that the Programme consistently provides. It also acknowledges the accomplishments of our graduates in the business and public sectors, both locally and internationally," commented the Dean, Andreas Charitou. "From our perspective, the greatest benefit gained from the accreditation process is the thorough review of the Programme’s content, delivery and management processes, as well as the wise advice we receive on these issues from esteemed and experienced colleagues. We take the input and constructive criticism from peers to heart; they are invaluable in our efforts for continual improvement, and for that we are grateful."

Groupe ESC Pau, France
- Grande Ecole Master Programme

"The EPAS accreditation is an opportunity to involve the whole school in aiming for the expected academic excellence. The benevolent and relevant recommendations given by the peer review team are all sources of improvement and development paths to make the School stronger," said Sébastien Chancelot, the Dean at ESC Pau. "All of the School's staff, our students, our graduates and our stakeholders who participate in the EPAS audit are now more than ever aligned with the School's strategy. This gives them a better understanding of our work and our ambitions. ESC Pau Business School is proud to belong to the EFMD community and to provide two accredited EPAS programs at Bachelor and Master level."

Reykjavik University School of Business, Iceland
- BSc in Business Administration Programme Set

Páll Ríkharðsson, Dean at Reykjavik University School of Business declared: "Every time we go through the EPAS re-accreditation we improve the quality of our programmes. This time was particularly educational for us regarding what specific points we need to address further and how to do it. Our warmest thanks to the peer review team and the staff at EFMD. We are very proud of our EPAS accreditation, which signals commitment to quality and international best practice in higher education."

Bologna Business School, Bologna University, Italy
- Global Master in Business Administration

“The BBS Global MBA aims to offer great learning and professional opportunities to international students from all over the world. Students who participate in the BBS Global MBA have also the possibility to enter in touch with Italian Companies and join them to build international career in unique Italian brands. Thanks to the EPAS accreditation process we learned how to do a better job. From the early stages to the final Peer Review Team visit, the Global MBA Faculty and Staff had the opportunity to reflect on the programme and take many improvement actions. We really believe that EPAS is a learning process that many business schools should consider in the interest of their students,” said Massimo Bergami, the Dean at Bologna Business School

Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
- Master in International Trade
- Master in International Business – Central European Business Realities

"The Faculty of International Relations is honoured to receive EPAS accreditation for two programmes for a period of five years. This exceptional success only confirms that all previous developments at the faculty have taken the right directions. We appreciate very much the board’s decision and take it as a serious commitment for continuous improvement. This success couldn’t have been achieved without our professors, students, alumni and corporate partners. I’m very thankful to all of them," commented Josef Taušer, Dean at The Faculty of International Relations about the achievement. 

Jens Tondel, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the seven Institutions that have successfully gone through the EPAS re-accreditation process. Their achievement illustrates their commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of their programmes and we are happy to accompany them on their journey towards excellence."

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business school programmes all over the world. There are currently 107 programmes from 82 institutions across 38 countries accredited by EPAS. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

St. Gallen Re-assessed by Business School Impact System

EFMD Blog header BSIS stgallenUniversity of St. Gallen was re-assessed by EFMD Global Network’s Business School Impact System and received the BSIS label for demonstrating with well-documented evidence the impact that the school has on its local environment.

“The BSIS process is a valuable instrument to assess and develop local impact. It has given us an international framework to review and benchmark the validation of internal impact measurement. The system has special merit for business schools, particularly for public institutions with high levels of dependence on public financial support,” commented Peter Lindstrom, the Director of Quality Development Services at St. Gallen.

Michel Kalika, who, together with Gordon Shenton, is one of the two co-directors of BSIS, said: “We would like to warmly congratulate University of St. Gallen for having undergone the BSIS assessment process and being awarded the BSIS label which is a sign of international appreciation for the schools which consider their impact as vital. St.Gallen is a great example of a business school which has to operate at the time of globalisation, simultaneously addressing the local issues. BSIS helps to balance the two.”

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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2018 GMAC & EFMD Admissions Institute for New Professionals Europe

2018 AINP banner Final WebPartnering with EFMD for a third consecutive year, GMAC is delighted to be hosting the 2018 Admissions Institute for New Professionals programme at Warwick Business School's London campus in the Shard from May 14-17, 2018.

Would you like to become more effective in your Admissions practice? Gain perspective and understand the current graduate management education (GME) landscape? Answer ranking related questions with confidence? Maximize your outreach efforts? Interview more effectively? In essence, master the Admissions process while strengthening your professional network?


The Graduate Management Admission Council has worked for over 60 years with graduate Admissions professionals from around the world. Steeped in admissions expertise and experience, we see the need for more formal education and training in admissions practices.

Partnering with EFMD for a third consecutive year, GMAC is delighted to be hosting the 2018 Admissions Institute for New Professionals programme at Warwick Business School's London campus in the Shard from May 14-17, 2018.
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AINP Europe is unlike anything currently offered in the market. Designed as a cohort learning, executive education experience, this comprehensive programme utilizes a combined learning methodology that includes lectures, cases, group discussions, workshops, and individual contribution to help participants master the admissions profession. Experiential learning is key. As part of an interactive classroom environment, you will discuss the Cave Hill Business School Case Study. Cave Hill, which is a fictitious business school based in the European city of Londrid, faces a myriad of challenges including a fall in the Financial Times ranking and a need to increase total applications to ensure intake quality.

The programme will provide you with a deep dive into three foundational modules: Context, Outreach, and Evaluation.

AINP Europe is targeted to professionals from a variety of schools—large, small, global, and regional—with work experience between six to 36 months in graduate management admissions. Past attendees have previously held positions in the corporate world or other areas of the university.

Since seats are limited, please register as soon as possible.

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Ensuring the Best Online Education: What is EOCCS?


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It’s been around six years since the rise of MOOCs. Adapted to habits of today’s students, these resources announce the beginning of a new era for education and eLearning. That’s where EOCCS comes into the game. A conversation with Stephanie Lambert, Administrator at EFMD - EOCCS.
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The context

It’s been around six years since the rise of MOOCs. Adapted to habits of today’s students, these resources announce the beginning of a new era for education and eLearning.

The fact of the matter is that there are now a whole lot of them. Platforms hosting these online courses can be excellent like edX, FutureLearn or Coursera but they won’t be able to fully ensure the quality of each course. At least, this is the case for business and management courses. Even for a university proposing MOOCs, it can be a good thing… or a bad one but there just won’t be any way to verify it.

That’s where EOCCS comes into the game.

What is it?

Simply put, EOCCS is a newly launched certification system for online courses and eLearning designed for business schools and corporate development and built by a small team from the European EFMD group (known for having developed the internationally renowned EQUIS accreditation). “We can say EOCCS is like a startup under the larger umbrella of EFMD” says Stephanie Lambert, Administrator of EOCCS team.

There was a vacuum in the quality assurance of online education in business & management and the new label fills it. “It took us a whole year to put together the certification process and our method” says Dr. Lambert, “during this time we received help and precious feedback from several business schools and corporate universities that were also the first to have had their online courses certified. We call them pioneers”.

Among these “pioneers” we find HEC Paris, the Open University, BI Norway, Grenoble EM, IE Business School, Sberbank Corporate University in Russia and others.

EOCCS process

The process resembles labels like EQUIS or AACSB. There is an enquiry, an application, a form to fill, a self-assessment course report and the gathering of information to prepare for the several review panels that will visit the candidate school and finally, the acquisition or renewal of this certificate. The validity of the certificate lasts 3 years after which you’ll have to renew it. The process is entirely online, responsive and fast.

Just like the other accreditations, EOCCS shows the same engagement towards Assurances of Learning (AoL), qualitative and quantitative feedbacks and applies the same student-centric approach to attain continuous improvement.

But online courses add difficulty to the question of reaching continuous improvement. How do you ensure learning without having your classroom and students around you? How do you make sure that your course is as qualitative as a traditional course? Or how do you make sure your students will have the best learning experience? Will they be able to work together from a distance? These are kind of questions that must be answered by a school to prove their AoL’s and get the certification.

To help institutions get there, there are tools like learning analytics that use big data and data visualization to answer questions and tackle issues. They also help students as well as professors in the creation of the best course possible. By collecting data from feedback or diverse behaviors observed on a platform such as a digital learning manager, one can ensure continuous improvement.

Nevertheless, Stephanie Lambert calls for relativism here, “Learning analytics are definitely a part of the Assurance of Learning, but what’s more important is to ask yourself what data you want to collect”, a thought that matches the definition of Sebastien Fraysse, calling it “the Art of asking the right questions to get the right answers”.

Beliefs and visions

image articleEOCCS believes in the development of changes in higher education and its instruction. Simulations, micro learning and peer-to-peer learning are the new faces of education that this newborn certification thinks will come out more and more.

It wants to be the main support to the online education movement, “not only a stamp of approval” claims Dr. Lambert, “EOCCS wants to create a whole community around online education”.

At TestWe, we’re fans of MOOCs but we also noticed a problem: seeing how they’re not certified, there’s a lack of legitimacy when you talk about your personal or online education on your resume. Could this problem be fixed with EOCCS certifying MOOCs platforms?

“Maybe in the near future, yes” says Stephanie Lambert, “to certify published online university courses prior to them being launched on a platform may work also, as the course you follow will be certified”. Pretty good news!

Online learning is definitely a side of education that will rise higher and higher, with more people taking courses and managing their learning online. Yet it is important to stay true to ourselves and realize the crucial importance of traditional education too. As Stephanie Lambert says “Online learning is a very good complement to traditional education, it has a lot to add to it but it’s not necessarily an alternative.”

EOCCS, good news for business & management students

Overall, students taking courses from EOCCS certified institutions, whether it comes from a MOOCs platform or directly from their school, or, if it is higher education or corporate, can feel relieved: they’ll learn something that will be officially recognized and relevant professionally.

More importantly, this new certification announces the official recognition, in business & management education, of online learning as a relevant source of knowledge that learners must have in their portfolio.

It’s only the beginning and we’re excited to see how EOCCS will grow over time and how they will build the precious community that online learning needs to solve its problems and ensure a better education for all current and soon-to-be managers and business people. 

*This article by TestWe orignally appeared on testwe.eu.

Interested in the EOCCS label? Want to know more and be a part of the community? You’re right! Start by checking the website http://www.efmdglobal.org/eoccs.

Postdoctoral Researchers Wanted

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Would you like to be part of our research group? Open Evidence Research has just been awarded by the Catalan Government with the highest qualification as Consolidated Research Group and we are looking for excellent postdoctoral candidates.

Please have a look at our research lines:

  • Educational Uses of ICTs and their impact on higher education institutions
Analysis of the institutional impact of the technology uses and how this adoption affects teaching and learning processes (educational model), the students’ role and profile, and organizational changes (organizational model).
Professors: Josep M. Duart

  • Estimating the social impact of the Online Higher Education Institutions focusing on university access and higher earnings
Analysis of the contributions of particular online-higher-education institutions allowing students to improve their salaries, achieve job promotion, and shift to “better” jobs as a result of the online courses taken.
Professors: Josep M. Duart

  • Sensitivity Analysis of Model Output
Quantitative methods for global sensitivity analysis and their application to novel settings with a focus on numerical recipes, algorithms and software applications. Development of demonstration material (Jupyter Notebooks) for didactic purposes.
Professors: Andrea Saltelli

  • Behavioural economics
Behavioural economics and more generally behavioural sciences study heuristics (mental shortcuts) and biases providing a more realistic picture of  attitudes, decision making processes, choices and behaviour than the one proposed in the utility maximising view of human nature proposed by neo-classical economics and rational choice theory. Regardless of the label and the origin of different theoretical and empirical streams, broadly defined behavioural scientists have theoretically and empirically shaken the edifice of standard economics and, as a side effect, they are influencing the behavioural turn in policy making.
Professors: Cristiano Codagnone, Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Frans Folkvord

  • eHealth, Big data and Health analytics
Analyse how ICT, big data and health analytics can contribute to (1) Improve the quality of life of citizens and empower them in managing their own health; (2) Improve access to the health system while promoting equity; (3) Improve the efficiency of the system, facilitating its sustainability
Professors: Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Pedro González, Ruth Vilar.

  • Technopolitics
“We define technopolitics as a new context, enabled and enhanced by ICTs, where its actors aim at higher levels of freedom, empowerment and governance. Technopolitics reflect a multipurpose application of ICTs that aim at more efficacy and efficiency in democracy, but also at transforming traditional democratic practices, oftentimes to get them back to their original purpose, but with a refined vision and mission focused on political emancipation and decentralization. Furthermore, we understand technopolitics as a multi-scale way to approach politics that is deeply rooted in the community but which connects with the global agora, and directed both to the achievement of finalistic goals as well as of intermediate goals affecting the design of protocols and processes. It encompasses the concurrence of multiple actors, contributing with their actions – big or small – and knowledge in a gift-economy characterized by a highly granular design of tasks and degrees of participation, and in the end it can be perceived as a synchronization construct that operates in and through many layers and spaces, (re)connecting actors and communities through shared procedures and converging goals” (Kurban et al., 2017). This research line aims at deepening the understanding of technopolitics, both from the citizen and the institutional points of view.
Professors: Ismael Peña-López, Francisco Lupiáñez-VillanuevaCristiano Codagnone

UOC has just opened a call for four new Postdoctoral three-year fellowships with deadline for applications on March 4 as per the terms and conditions of the call.

Researchers awarded a doctoral degree – whether at the UOC or elsewhere – before publication of this call for applications may apply. Candidates with a doctoral degree from the UOC must provide proof of having carried out a postdoctoral stay at another university or research centre for a period of at least two years.

Those benefiting from these contracts cannot have been contracted by the UOC in the two years immediately leading up to the publication of this call for applications.

The decision regarding this call will be made public on or after 2 April.

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Insights from Highered - EFMD Global Career Services

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Highered - EFMD Global Career Services has been offered as an additional EFMD full member benefit for one year now. To gain a better understanding of the students that have registered for the platform a survey was sent to all active student users. The results from the 2018 student survey has provided us with insights to better understand the types of positions, companies, and sectors that are most attractive to the students. The gathered information is being considered in order to best serve the students work opportunities, compliment schools existing career services and compliment company recruitment strategies.

According to the latest Student Survey, already within the first year close to 50% of students from EFMD member schools are using the newly launched platform as a resource to look for jobs. 

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The findings indicate that two out of three of the active users are national students (studying in their home country) and more than 65% of the students when seeking work opportunities look both in the country of study and outside the country of study. Additionally, 27% of the respondents indicated that they have secured a placement through the platform. The platform is designed to support and enhance existing career services initiatives at EFMD school members, to help place international students or local students looking for an international opportunity.

To further support and understand the international student's perspective Highered recently turned to three international students to learn more about why they chose to study aborad and the value that Highered has brought to them as an international student. 

Highered Lets You Fly  - Spanish Student Perspective 
 
Nicole is a Spanish international exchange student at BI Norwegian Business School from Universidad de Navarra. Nicole shares her story and thoughts on why she chose to study abroad.  Where do you look for jobs? “Well, beforehand I would search in Spain because that is where I have my friends and network, and I study there. However, now that I am in Oslo, I have met so many people from so many different countries and places that I literally have never heard before, and now I ask myself why would I not study or work or search for opportunities anywhere in the world?”

Chinese international student perspective
 
International Exchange student at BI Norwegian Business School from Hong Kong Baptist University shares his perspective. Highered is a platform that shows me how many multinational companies are so willing to hire international students. This allows students like me to work overseas, most importantly helps me to achieve my life plans. Highered gives me a global mindset.

French international student perspective
 
 
International Exchange student at BI Norwegian Business School from Emlyon shares his perspective. “I needed to try new things, get outside from my comfort zone. Firms are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and different experiences.” He built his career path tailored to his needs with just one click.

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About Highered – EFMD Global Career Services

Highered – EFMD Global Career Services is the newest membership benefit which all full member schools and member companies have access to. EFMD launched the Highered initiative to schools in February 2017 with the aim to connect companies, schools and students within the network at an unpresented level. Highered provides unique international possibilities for the students and supports EFMD School’s initiatives in placing students while providing a truly global platform for companies to expose their strategic employer branding efforts to attract better and more diverse talent.

The iaelyon School of Management Increases Its Impact on the Region by 38%

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The BSIS report reveals that, in 2017, the iaelyon School of Management had an Impact of 357 million on the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. That represents a 38% increase compared to 2012, when the school first went through the process, during the pilot phase of the Business School Impact System. The report also shows other positive impacts of the School on the region.


The report shows that the important financial contribution of the iaelyon to the region is a result of far-reaching endeavours of the School. This includes the expenses of international visitors coming for conferences and seminars, of students renting flats, buying food or going out in the city, the use of regional services providers by the School, just to name a few. 

In 2017, the iaelyon participated in the creation of the equivalent of 734 full time-jobs through internships, work-study contracts and voluntary work, showcasing the School's contribution to the development of the regional businesses and local associations.

The report also proves the increasing visibility the School provides to the city of Lyon and the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, thanks to a large press coverage - 632 mentions in 2017.

The School's intellectual impact is also underlined by the report. In 2017, 203 events and conferences were organised and the School released in 725 research and publications, increasing the region's reputation and global reach.

Jérôme Rive, General Director of the iealyon School of Management appreciated the the BSIS study results: "I was impressed by this innovative approach that enabled the iaelyon to highlight new impacts that complement the traditional measurement tools included in national or international accreditations schemes."

He also emphasized three key benefits of BSIS:
  • The report can be used externally to demonstrate to the regional authorities and other stakeholders how the School's activities benefit the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the city of Lyon.
  • Internally, it is a great tool to showcase and encourage the involvement and the contribution of the iealyon's teams.
  • The results offer an opportunity to communicate with a new angle to the media, the students and the strategic partners.
The report is available in French 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 BSIS is 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.

12th GEM&L International Workshop on Management & Language: Call for Papers

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Paris, 22-23 May 2018
CALL FOR PAPERS
 The impact of language on knowledge creating and sharing

 Knowledge acquisition and transfer are vital to companies’ strategic development but they require an ability to collaborate successfully across professional, cultural and linguistic boundaries. Given its role in facilitating the flow of meaning, language has been called “the lubricant of the transfer of knowledge, values and experience from one source of common knowledge to others” (Holden, 2002). However, language issues occupy a relatively small place in knowledge management (KM) research. The link between language and cross-boundary knowledge transfer needs to be further articulated and explored.

The interconnection between knowledge and language in fields such as organizational and international business studies (OS/IB) can be seen in the paradigmatic shift from a mechanical vision of meaning-making to one that sees meaning as co-produced in interaction with others and embedded in the context (Bakhtin, 1981; Hislop, 2013). There is a growing body of research on the emergence of negotiated language practices which have been shown to enhance productive knowledge-sharing in ways that lingua franca practices cannot (Janssens et al, 2004; Steyaert et al., 2011 and Logemann and Piekkari, 2015). This work is consistent with knowledge management (KM) research which refers to knowledge as “knowing” to emphasize its dynamic, evolutive nature (Paraponaris and Sigal, 2015; Tsoukas, 2009). Both KM and language-sensitive researchers are seeking to better understand how tacit or socially-embedded knowledge can be communicated between heterogeneous groups (Collins, 2007; Nonaka, 1994). Knowledge sharing is dependent on dialogical relations (Bakhtin, 1981; Tsoukas, 2009), but dialogical exchanges are threatened when people do not speak the same language.

The role of language as a tool in the mediating of meaning has been explored in OS literature (Engeström and Sannino, 2010; Lorino, 2014). Studies on boundary objects have yielded important insights into the way semi-universal, semi-localized objects such as maps, visual aids and symbols can help heterogeneous groups understand each other (Carlile, 2002).

Next, language-sensitive researchers can contribute to a deeper understanding of the link between knowledge sharing, social identity and trust (Barner-Rasmussen et al., 2007; 2011). Scholars are also reexamining the direction of the flow of knowledge across boundaries, as demonstrated by Peltokorpi and Yamao’s (2017) study on reverse knowledge transfer between local subunits and company headquarters.

We also need to better understand the social processes at play in the formation of language clusters, language communities, knowledge clusters, knowledge boundaries and communities of practice.

We welcome empirical, methodological and conceptual papers which aim at breaking new ground, and in particular, papers which examine the way language impacts knowledge sharing and creation across boundaries.

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Honorary President of EFMD and Former Heineken CEO Offers Lessons in Managing a Family Business

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February 7, 2018. Shanghai – Outside talent tapped to manage family-owned businesses should never forget that the company belongs to the family, which they are there to serve. The trick is to find the balance between keeping owners happy and taking a stand, when needed, to protect the company’s long-term future. That was among the nuggets of advice Gerard van Schaik, former CEO of Heineken, a family business that became a global brand, served up during this evening’s Master Class at CEIBS Shanghai Campus. Van Schaik is also Co-Chairman of the CEIBS Board and Honorary President of EFMD.

“You have to accept that the family’s interest is predominant when there is a majority, and you have to serve it. If you can’t accept that, from time to time, the family may want you to do something you think is very unwise, then don’t work for a family company. You can’t avoid those situations. It’s THEIR company not yours; you should have those words over your bed,” he said. “You may be given total managerial freedom, but you cannot ignore the family interest. At the same time, there are certain moments in your life when you think [a particular course of action not supported by the owners] has to be [taken]. Either take a risk, or resign; but you have to deal with the issue.”

In an anecdote-rich presentation he also gave advice on topics such as when the family firm should look outside for expertise, the skills needed to run a family business, and how family-owned firms should prepare for going global. His responses were practical and he frequently drew on examples from his career at Heineken as well as his time as a non-executive board member at firms including ABN-AMRO, Philips, Sara Lee, DSM, etc.

Ray1CEIBSVan Schaik also weighed in on the challenging issue of succession, especially for firms with global ambitions.  “If it’s an international company, or one that wants to go global, the family member destined to take the helm must have had international exposure,” he said. “They need to be conscious of the world outside, with its different ethics, different political structures.”

Vital elements that would help in these situations and generally in successfully running a family firm, he said, include deep understanding of the family and respect for the business they had built. It was also crucial, he said, to have trust between the owners, outside talent and other stakeholders. “If you’re not completely straight with people, you sign your own death warrant,” van Schaik told the packed lecture hall.

CEIBS Dean Ding Yuan, who moderated the event, echoed van Schaik’s views on the need for owners of family businesses to leave room for non-family member CEOs to do their job. He added that van Schaik’s advice that owners should never bypass their CEO and give orders directly to subordinates was particularly challenging in China where “information asymmetry is power”.

Ray2CEIBSIn a glowing introduction of the evening’s guest speaker before his lecture, Dean Ding also announced the launch of a research fund in honour of van Schaik. Under the research proposal, “Aged to Perfection: Benefits from An Inactive Population” the goal is to attract four projects, over a 12-month period, to examine the timely issue of how aging members of society can still add value. As van Schaik explained in his inimitable style of shooting straight from the hip, the idea is to look at “how to deal with this ever-increasing lake of people that have been made redundant and have nothing to look forward to.”

Van Schaik’s hour-long lecture was followed by a brief but spirited Q&A in which both he and Dean Ding fielded questions from the audience.

Master Class, a high-end brand event, was launched in 2014, when CEIBS was celebrating its 20th anniversary. It aims to invite the most influential corporate leaders and scholars from home and abroad, providing direction, inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit for students and alumni.



The original article appeared on the CEIBS website.

GBSN Teaching Entrepreneurship: Call for Contributions

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GBSN, together with ESCA Ecole de Management and the Summit’s Steering Committee, call for your contribution to this exciting international forum, addressing and exploring innovative models for entrepreneurship education.  

This invitation goes out to faculty members, education practitioners, researchers and stakeholders interested in the impact and influence of business education on the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal addressing one of the following five areas:
  1. Topics and emerging issues for entrepreneurs that are important for educators to address
  2.  Innovative pedagogy, teaching tools and program design that educators should consider adopting to be effective in their respective regional or local context
  3. Women entrepreneurship
  4. Social entrepreneurship
  5. Family business
General Information
  • All Proposals should be submitted through GBSN’s online system by February 28th, 2018.
  • Applicants will receive information about the status of their submission from GBSN by March 9th, 2018, at which point additional information and interviews may be requested.
  • GBSN Membership is not required to submit an application; however, special consideration will be given to proposals that include faculty or staff of GBSN Member Schools.
  • Schools and organizations that have not presented at or attended a GBSN conference or summit in the past are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.
  • All Summit speakers are requested to ensure sufficient funds to pay for their flight, their accommodation and their registration fee. GBSN will provide a code for a significant discount on registration.
  • French proposals are welcomed and presentations can be in French or English. GBSN will provide translation.
  • The GBSN Summit does not provide a peer-review process for research or publication. Research, cases or other publications that are submitted should have practical relevance to the selected topic and do not have to be exclusive to this summit.
Please find the detailed information here


PSA Corporate University Re-accredited by CLIP

EFMD Blog header CLIP accreditation PSAThe 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.

We are delighted to announce that PSA Group has been successfully re-accredited by CLIP.

“This reaccreditation represents the reward of Corporate University Team’s action and engagement to be even closer to Group’s business and strategy, a major pillar of our HR policy. Thanks to Claudia Constant and her team for their contribution to make HR Division, more innovative, global and a strategic partner,” commented Xavier Chéreau, EVP HR, Digital and Real Estate for PSA Groupe.

Martin Moehrle, Associate Director, Corporate Services, who leads the CLIP process at EFMD, added: “EFMD is very pleased that PSA Corporate University (PSA CU) has successfully gone through CLIP re-accreditation. We were particularly impressed by PSA CU’s closeness to and understanding of the business, by its exploration of new learning methodologies and technologies, by having become a transformation agent, by the mobilization of a large internal pool of trainers and experts, and finally by the motivation and professionalism of the CU team itself. We congratulate PSA CU for this achievement and look forward to their continued contribution to the CLIP community.”

PSA Groupe is part of the community of CLIP accredited organisations which also include:

Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften ADG, ArcelorMittal, BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya ArgentariaCapgemini UniversityEDF GroupEDP - Energy of Portugal, ENGIEGas Natural FenosaGrupo SantanderMazarsMLP Finanzdienstleistungen AGOCP, PertaminaRepsolSberbank Corporate UniversitySiemens AGSwiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Telkom Indonesia and UniCredit Group.

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.

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.

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

Lessons Learnt from 2018 EFMD Deans Conference

20180125 EFMD AH 389875A lot has been said about the impact of technological advancement on the world we live in. Digital revolution presents both opportunities for economic development, raising global income, improving the quality of life for people around the world, enhancing interconnectedness and access to global products and services, but may also disrupt labour markets through automation of work, exacerbate inequalities and lead to anxiety, isolation and social unrest.

“Digitalisation is a major disruptive force in the fourth industrial revolution,” said Eric Cornuel, EFMD’s CEO & Director General, opening up the annual EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General. “In its scale, complexity and speed, it’s like nothing we have seen before.”

What kind of education do we need to stay ahead of automation and technological disruption? How should we use digital tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience, and instil in students and future leaders the aptitude and skills that will help them thrive in this disruptive environment?

Those were just some of the questions we asked ourselves during the annual EFMD Deans meeting which took place on 25 and 26 January 2018 at the Technical University of Munich School of Management. A record number of 400 deans from 58 countries gathered for two days full of discussions and insights on how to lead in the digital world.

Claudia Peus, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity at TUM & the conference Chair, stressed that business schools should not only be at the vanguard of digital transformation, but ought to discuss about its implications for the society at large. As EFMD’s CEO said: “Digitalisation can’t be dissociated from the concepts of purpose and impact.”

20180125 EFMD AH 390040In an inspiring talk, Frank Kohl-Boas, Head of People Partner North and Central Europe & EMEA at Google Germany, outlined the evolution of digitalisation from the Google’s search engine to the era of artificial intelligence and deep learning. The era where we have no longer time for prototyping but instead turn to experience-based learning, design thinking and co-creation. The era of ambidextrous leaders who don’t necessarily poses all the knowledge, but know how to ask the right questions and surround themselves with agile and curious talent.

Horst J. Kayser, Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Siemens, presented Siemens' view on digitalisation and analysed five megatrends which shape our world: demographic change, globalisation, climate change, urbanisation, and an overlaying fifth trend, digital transformation. “Digital transformation of businesses enables exponential growth – with new opportunities, but also new risks,” he concluded.

In a panel discussion – Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, the Dean of Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University; Gerry George, the Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University; and Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean of Saïd Business School at University of Oxford – had a passionate debate on how their institutions embrace digitalisations in their curricula and market-oriented projects.

Entrepreneurial, multidisciplinary and holistic approaches have emerged as the driving forces of digital transformation in business schools.

Gerry George outlined three important assumptions on innovation: that digital is a tool, that the language of20180126 EFMD AH 391158 change is always faster than the change itself, and that we are all already digital is varying levels. Innovation strategies comprise unbundling certifications (micro-certifications), unbundling capabilities and unbundling content.

Peter Tufano pointed out to somehow slow-paced adaptation process within higher education institutions and crippling bureaucratic mechanisms, which put business schools “on the back foot” of not only digital transformation but also student and corporate relevance, especially in terms of research.

In this context, Gerry George mentioned the Responsible Research in Business and Management vision, actively supported by EFMD, which is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting credible and useful research in business and management.

“Who will fill the educational gap if business schools become irrelevant?” Peter Tufano asked provocatively.

In one of the last panels, industry representatives from Munich entrepreneurship and innovation incubators inspired everyone with their latest collaborative start-ups combining business and technical knowledge. It was easy to get carried away by those big ideas, but Helmut Schönenberger, CEO of Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners GmbH, stressed the importance of staying down to earth while working of innovative ventures. “One may have a great idea, but this idea has no value unless you bring it to the market,” he said.

During the two days, we also discussed changing business models, ethical management challenges, new learning mechanisms in a digital context, emerging leadership models, curriculum design, faculty management, relationships with parent university and managing strategically the accreditation process.

20180126 EFMD AH 392209Finally, Nick Lovegrove, Business Strategist, Writer and Executive Coach & Former Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and the Brunswick Group, left us with some burning questions on the effective leadership and societal impact. “Business will not be part of the solution if we have a very narrow conception of the business aim,” he proclaimed.

Given the challenges of globalisation, technology, sustainability and longevity, business schools need to set clear priorities for themselves and their students, which include mastering several disciplines (many schools already allow pairing a business degree with another degree), maximising collaboration, encounter and learning from cross-disciplinary perspectives, and finally, implementing six dimensions in the educational journey – a moral compass, an intellectual thread, transferrable skills, contextual intelligence, extended networks and a prepared mind. “We’ve come to a fixed rather than a growth mind-set,” he said. And this needs to change. We don’t have a choice but to “educate integrative problem solvers to solve today’s complex problems.” We need more breadth rather than depth.

Many of the concepts Nick Lovegrove talked about during his engaging speech, can be found in his latest book “Mosaic Principle,” which conference participants received as part of their conference material, and in the latest Global Focus magazine article.

Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, commented: “Since we launched the EFMD Deans and Directors20180126 EFMD AH 391452 General Conference in 1973, this premium event for business schools’ deans has fuelled 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 just last year. 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.”

Discover 40 years of innovation at EFMD in this short VIDEO.

Pencil the next dates in your calendar. On 21 – 23 January 2019 we meet at CEIBS in Shanghai.

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

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

Sharing Best Practice Workshop - Learning & Innovation: Catalysing Performance

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

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

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

EQUIS Success Story: University of Stellenbosch Business School

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

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

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

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

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

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Application Trends in Graduate Business Programmes

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

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

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

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

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

Silver Winners of 2017 Excellence in Practice Awards

EiP Winners Silver2017 homepageEFMD is delighted to announce the 2017 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners.

"Once again, the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development. Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success,” commented Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD. 

The 2017 Silver Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Talent Development

PricewaterhouseCoopers & PWC My Way
“PwC: My Way - Choose to Go Further”

PwC and all My Way stakeholders are delighted and honoured by the recognition awarded by EFMD. The My Way programme, a transformational leadership development programme with business impact, has welcomed 1,800 key talent delegates from 23 EMEA territories since 2005,” commented Christine Hazard, My Way Programme Lead, EMEA Learning and Development at PwC“Delegates define how to become valuable leaders who are able to grow business sustainably and deliver on their values and purpose; they also reflect how they can confidently deliver value and excellence, while being resilient and astutely navigating our complex, uncertain and changing environments. On return to the business, participants receive ongoing support from tutors, internal partner coaches and peers to help them apply the learned for direct business impact,” she added.

Organisational Development
ANZ & University of South Australia Business School
“Developing Leaders of Growth Companies”

ANZ’s General Manager, Business Banking, Tania Motton, said: “The clinics and programs have proven to deliver significant positive impacts on participating businesses. Our collaboration with the UniSA Business School has delivered valuable insights that have informed our strategic activities and the development of products and services to better support business owners with their growth ambitions, in both domestic and international markets. This partnership encourages a growth mindset among our customers and provides them with the tools to evolve their businesses, ensuring their long term success."

UniSA’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), Marie Wilson, added: “The award acknowledges UniSA’s standing as Australia’s University of Enterprise. This award recognises an excellent partnership that has transformed small business clients of ANZ and developed the bank's capacity to foster innovation. The award also demonstrates the ANZ bank’s ability to embrace and execute new ideas, to foster a culture of business growth, and to leverage the expertise of the Centre for Business Growth and our Business School.”

Professional Development
Capgemini & Capgemini University
“The Engagement Management Transformation Journey”

“It’s a real honour to receive this award from the EFMD. In our role as a tool for Group alignment and acceleration, Capgemini University is committed to developing key employee populations such as Engagement Managers. The Engagement Management Transformation Journey is an excellent example of how we are developing our people’s skills and capabilities to deliver the best solutions for our clients and drive real business results for Capgemini,” commented Steven Smith, Executive Vice President & Capgemini University Director.

“This programme aligns our delivery professionals under one curriculum and competency-based framework, recognizes their skills through certification, supports their personal growth and delivers value for our clients. Thanks to this program, we have empowered our Engagement Managers with the relevant skills and competitive edge to manage the many different types of engagements that Capgemini delivers, and created one of the largest and strongest internal communities within Capgemini,” completed Jaap van de Ree, Executive Vice President at Capgemini Group Delivery.

Executive Development
Old Mutual Wealth & Accelerance
“Enabling Positive Futures at Old Mutual Wealth”

“At Old Mutual Wealth, we recognise the impact our Leaders have on our progress and success as we have transformed and grown our business. The Enabling Positive Futures programme has been an important element of our transformation and has delivered measurable business benefit. It has challenged our leaders to think differently and incorporate our purpose, strategy, priorities and values in the way they lead,” said Tracey Hahn, HR Director at Old Mutual Wealth. “Our trust based partnership with Accelerance is one we value and we are pleased to be recognised with this Silver Award in the Executive Development category,” she added.

“Working in close partnership with our clients to develop high-impact development solutions is a core value of Accelerance. The Enabling Positive Futures Programme (EPF) is a powerful example of the impact organisations can achieve through a “trust-based partnership” that challenges assumptions, identifies what needs to change, and is open to developing innovative learning solutions. Accelerance is honoured to be recognised with a Silver Award for the strong and collaborative partnership we forged with Old Mutual Wealth to accelerate their strategic transformation,” added Michael Maffucci, Partner and Mark Jenner, Associate at Accelerance.

Ecosystem Development
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Norwegian Armed Forces Study Center & BI Norwegian Business School
“The Story of how a Business School got involved in Working with National Security”

“The Norwegian Armed Forces Study Center has worked with procuring education programmes the last 20 years, but never have we met a team so dedicated to using education as a tool to improve our society as the BI Corporate team with Kjell Eliassen, Tom Lindtein and Rikke Keim. This case is an excellent example of how the academic world can cooperate with public and private sector to create value and impact, in this case to national security,” commented Per Audun Bech, President, The Norwegian Armed Forces Study Center.

“As a non-for-profit foundation devoted to improving our society, BI is honoured to receive the EiP Silver Award for the work within the field of national security. We are especially grateful for the close cooperation with Per Audun Bech, President of the Armed Forces Study Center and the international support from Jason Wiseman, General Secretary of the Atlantic Treaty Organisation (ATA),” added Tom Lindtein, Business Development Director, BI Corporate.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Gold and Silver Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held in Milan, Italy, on 18 - 20 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Gold Award winners there were Gold Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 1 March 2018

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmd.org/eip

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Twelve Schools Re-accredited by EQUIS

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

“We are delighted that Schulich has received a second consecutive five-year EQUIS accreditation from EFMD. We regard EQUIS as the premier quality designation for internationally oriented business schools, and EQUIS accreditation once again affirms our School's strong focus on real-world business relevance, program innovation and global reach,” commented Dezsö J. Horváth, the Dean of the Schulich SoB. “We look forward to working with EFMD and the other EQUIS member institutions in the years ahead as we continue to expand our global footprint and position Schulich as a leading centre of management education.”

"The EQUIS accreditation from EFMD is an important affirmation of Beedie's stature as a leading Canadian business school, and it is an honour to have been awarded re-accreditation for a further five years. We share EFMD's commitment to uniting academic excellence with close ties to corporate business, as well as their international outlook," said Ali Dastmalchian, Professor & Dean at Beedie“This can be seen in the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff, our focus on experiential learning, our concern for sustainability and social responsibility, our strong relationships with the business community locally and internationally, and the practical grounding of our programs and our research. These continue to be central to Beedie's mission, and I believe our EQUIS accreditation reflects our School's values."

“EQUIS evaluates not just our entire line-up of programmes from MBA to Executive Education but also the degree of CEIBS’ internationalisation; so we are pleased that it has confirmed that CEIBS consistently operates at the highest global standards,” said CEIBS Vice President & Dean Ding Yuan in reacting to the news. “We take very seriously our responsibility to educate socially responsible business leaders of today and tomorrow, who are able to make a difference anywhere in the world. This recognition of the tremendous work put in by the entire CEIBS community will inspire us to work even harder.”

"The EQUIS accreditation marks the international recognition of Lingnan’s efforts and achievement in the past years, and reaffirms our reputation as a premier business school in China with international standing. With the goal of becoming one of the best business schools worldwide, Lingnan will be dedicating itself to the internationalization of education and research, and will continue to make progress and pursue excellence in the future," said Lu Jun, the Executive Dean at Lingnan College.
 
Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean at Kedge said: “The Governance and Senior Management of Kedge Business School are grateful to the faculty, staff and students whose dedication and engagement have enabled us to attain the EQUIS five-year accreditation. The Peer Review Team has commended the School for its emphasis on the acquisition of managerial skills, the breadth of its personal/professional development and career placement programmes, its innovative faculty appraisal, review and promotion processes, as well as for the quality of its external governance and the relevance of its corporate connections. This five-year accreditation highlights the School’s purpose of “transforming people, organisations and environments in a global context” and provides renewed energy to pursue its strategic agenda of strengthening the student experience while being impactful, global, networked and sustainable.”

“We are extremely proud to be re-accredited for five years. Frankfurt School was first accredited by EQUIS in 2014 and, since then, faculty and staff have been working hard to maintain and improve the international and high quality standards required by EFMD. It is a great achievement for Frankfurt School to receive this hallmark of excellence once again. The accreditation helps us attract outstanding talent from all over the world to study and work at Frankfurt School, and raise our profile as a top business school,” said Udo Steffens, the President of Frankfurt School.

“Great pleasure for EQUIS label, and big responsibility for further improvement for the sake of our school, Japan, and Asia as well,” added Hirokazu Kono, the Dean at Keio.

Susan Hart, Dean of Durham University Business School, said: “The Business School’s five-year EQUIS re-accreditation is testimony to our position as a leading international business school, with excellence across our key strategic areas of research, education and student experience. The peer review team highlighted how the School provides its students, at all levels, with a research-led education in all areas of business and management that enables them to pursue meaningful international careers. Contributing to the strength of our 20,000 alumni network across 150 countries.”

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.”

EQUIS has now accredited 172 schools across 42 countries. More information on EQUIS is available at www.efmd.org/equis

TUM & NTUST Accredited by EQUIS

EFMD Blog header TUM TaiwanEFMD would like to warmly congratulate School of Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München which have been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

“We are delighted to welcome TUM School of Management into the community of EQUIS accredited schools. TUM School of Management is an excellent example of a profound strategic transformation into an internationally renowned institution. It is a true pleasure to congratulate on the success of a school who has moved up the quality improvement ladder, from having its Bachelor in Management and Technology programme accredited by EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) three years ago to achieving the leading international recognition for the whole institution,” commented Eric Cornuel, EFMD Director General & CEO.

Gunther Friedl, the Dean of TUM School of Management added: “Since we were founded 15 years ago, we have striven for excellence which is now confirmed by the EQUIS accreditation. In the last five years particularly, we have transformed our school into a strategically run and international competitive management school. The EFMD accreditation processes, first EPAS and now EQUIS, helped us to rethink and continuously improve processes and programmes at TUM School of Management. With our unique mission to research and teach on the interface of management and technology, we are confident to contribute strongly to the EQUIS community.”

“This journey has been a very valuable learning experience, for me personally, as well as for the entire School of Management and all its stakeholders. The process is great for internal improvement and offers excellent networking opportunities to learn from peer schools. By periodic and quality evaluation, we hope to create more positive impact on society,” commented Pin Luarn, the Dean at the NTUST School of Management.

“The School of Management at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology is one of the leading business schools in Asia, with a distinctive expertise in areas of management that are closely aligned to technology and engineering. There is no doubt that its strong corporate connections and high-quality students will allow the School to continuously advance in the quality improvement process as part of the community of EQUIS accredited schools,” added Martin Schader, the EQUIS Director.

The list of re-accredited schools is available here.

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. EQUIS has now accredited 172 schools across 42 countries.

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

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

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INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS PROGRAMME 2017 and 2018

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

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

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

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

Carolina Serrano-Archimi, ITP Programme Director

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

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

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

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Winners of 2017 Excellence in Practice Awards

EiP Winners Gold2017 homepageEFMD is delighted to announce the 2017 EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners.

"Once again, the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development. Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases clearly show that investing in human and organisational development is a key strategic asset for business success,” commented Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD. 
The 2017 Gold Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Talent Development

Mars & Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
“Filling the Senior Leadership Pipeline”

“Mars is thrilled to receive this award that recognises the mutually beneficial partnership we have had for 10+ year with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). People development is at the core of Mars, Inc.  By partnering with a world-class organisation such as CCL, we’re able to offer tangible evidence of our commitment to our Associates. And, at the same time, to develop leaders who deliver extraordinary results,” said Kristin Colber-Baker, Global Director, Leadership Development, and Mars University Leadership College Director.

“We at the Center for Creative Leadership are honoured to receive this award that recognises the amazing partnership we have had with the Mars Corporation for over a decade. Mars’s commitment to accelerating the development of their leaders and measuring the ROI of this development is unparalleled in organisations today and it was our shared values that allowed us to create such an impactful talent development experience,“
commented Phil Willburn, Senior Faculty at the CCL.

Organisational Development
Telenor & INSEAD
“Creating a Culture of Innovation”

Joakim Slørstad, SVP Group Learning & Development and Susanne Hoffmann, Head of Strategic Leadership Development, Telenor Group said jointly: “We are proud to receive this EFMD EIP Gold Award. It has been an unique and inspiring learning experience to collaborate with the INSEAD team and Assistant Professor Nathan Furr. Thanks to an innovative approach to learning and dedicated team work, the programme has exceeded all expectations. We appreciate the recognition from EFMD and the efforts that has made the programme such a success.”

“INSEAD is honored to receive the EFMD EiP Gold for the second consecutive year. This year, we embarked on an incredible journey with Telenor Group to jump start their digital transformation. We hope that our collaborative and innovative approach to programme design can provide a “proof-of-concept” for many more organisations to consider during their own transformation in this digital revolution,” added Chengyi Lin, Lecturer of Strategy at INSEAD, Director of Strategic Innovations & Online Programmes.

Professional Development
Cisco & LIW
“Cisco Global Technical Leader Programme”

Rob Dinsmore, Learning Delivery Program Manager at Cisco, commented on the award: “Cisco is very honored to be recognised by EFMD for the Global Technical Leader Program (GTLP). I have seen first-hand the leadership development growth of our many participants over the 3-month programme duration, as well as the benefits of their GTLP experience later in their careers to help advance Cisco’s business transformation.”

“I am so delighted that our wonderful partnership with Cisco has been recognised again in this way. This programme, the Global Technical Leaders Program (GTLP) has grown over 10 years to deliver measurable impact through the individual engineering leaders and also by acting as an incubator for complex projects,”
 added Pia Lee, CEO at LIW.

Executive Development
Nokia & Complex Adaptive Leadership & Abilitie
“Nokia Adaptable Leader Programme - Turning VUCA to Advantage - The ALP Journey”

Hans Jürgen Bill, Chief Human Resources Officer at NOKIA commented: “NOKIA has always continued its investment in Leadership Development. Today we are honoured to be awarded Gold Medal for our flagship programme Adaptable Leader which allows Nokia Leaders to create the technology to connect the world.”

“Working in partnership with Nokia over the years to develop this programme has been a great experience and we are very honoured by this award. Applying complexity science to leadership has got some great results and we look forward to exploring further with Nokia,” added Nick Obolensky, CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd.

“Partnering with the likes of Nokia and CAL to deliver effective leadership development has been an honour in its own right. Now it is an additional honour to have that partnership recognised by such a prestigious organisation as EFMD,” finally added Nathan Kracklauer, Principal Consultant, EMEA, Abilitie

Ecosystem Development
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Diabetes UK & Novo Nordisk & Ashridge Executive Education
“Tackling the Diabetes Crisis”

“To receive this award is an immensely proud moment for us. This initiative began with the desire to make real improvements for people living with diabetes,” commented Amy Rylance, Head of Healthcare Professional Engagement, Diabetes UK

Guy Lubitsh, Client Director at Ashridge Executive Education, added: “We are immensely proud to be working with Diabetes UK and Novo Nordisk and that this unique, impactful approach has been recognised internationally.” 

“This is a fantastic result for our team, demonstrating our belief and commitment to pushing forward the boundaries of leadership and organisation development, along with our focus on making a difference where it really matters," complemented Bjorn Bengtsson, President, Ashridge Executive Education

“It is wonderful that this ambitious initiative has been recognised with such a prestigious EFMD Gold Award. We are delighted to be part of this partnership, supporting change and quality improvement in diabetes care,” said Adam Burt, Director Market Access and Public Affairs at Novo Nordisk UK

“I am incredibly proud of our team at Diabetes UK. This began as a small idea which grew and the impact it is having is inspiring. For all involved there is the sense of being part of something bigger. A movement. Fighting for diabetes healthcare, tackling the underlying challenges and raising awareness of the condition,” added Chris Askew, CEO Diabetes UK

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Gold and Silver Winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be held in Milan, Italy, on 18 - 20 October.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. We are pleased to take note of the continuously growing quality of applications. As well as the Gold Award winners there were Silver Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

Next submission deadline: 1 March 2018

For submission guidelines & expression of interest, please visit www.efmd.org/eip

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Manchester Attack: Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD

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

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

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

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

Recruiting, Managing and Developing Doctoral Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EQUIS Success Story: School of Management, Xiamen University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover other EQUIS Success Stories: 

Alumni Networks Are Driven by Social Media and Digital Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EQUIS Success Story: Nottingham University Business School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alistair Bruce, 
Dean of Nottingham University Business School

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Three New Schools Join the EQUIS Business School Accreditation Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The list of reaccredited schools is available here.

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

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

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.

Discover other EQUIS Success Stories: 

EQUIS Success Story: SKEMA Business School

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

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

The merger’s objectives were twofold:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

Alice GUILHON
Dean 

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

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

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

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

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

The study’s other key findings include:

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

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. 

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

Almost 2 Billion Euros: This is the Annual Impact of Eight Business Schools on the Economy of their Region

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A recent Business School Impact System (BSIS) report shows that eight Business Schools have an annual impact of 1,9 billion Euros on the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The aim of this impact assessment exercise was to determine the extent and nature of impact in case of the following schools:

  • emlyon business school
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Grenoble IAE
  • Groupe ESC Clermont
  • IAE Auvergne
  • iaelyon School of Management
  • IAE de Saint Etienne
  • IAE Savoie Mont Blanc
Some key findings include:
  • 1,9 billion euros annual financial impact
  • Almost 700 researchers-faculty members, with high internationalisation
  • Around 32 000 students into the Schools’ degree programmes
These results confirm that Business Schools have not only a direct financial impact through the budget, but also an indirect impact through the money students, employees and professors spend in the region.

This was the first time in France that management education institutions worked as partners to measure their impact. The Schools now hope that the positive results will enable them to help the region develop further its policies in the higher education, research and innovation areas.

“We are thrilled to have participated in a collective project within the Auverge-Rhône-Alpes region. For us, it is not only the first collective process of its kind in France, it is also our school’s first BSIS experience. We are now working on a second impact measurement process upon the Clermont-Vichy-Auvergne metropole,” says Françoise Roudier, Director General, ESC Clermont Group.
 
About BSIS
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.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes from EFMD

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Take Part in the EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Award 2017

EiP2017 Header bannerThe EiP Awards have developed into one of the leading global awards that recognise excellence in learning and development partnerships. In difficult times we need to reinforce the importance of investments in Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organisational Development.

Come and show us your achievements!

Taking part in this Award helps the client and its provider(s) to develop and reflect on the impact and value of their L&D initiative and the contribution it has made to the client organisation.

“The whole process allowed us to build up trust and commitment with our corporate partner, which form a great foundation for future projects.” (EiP participant 2016)

Next submission deadline: 20 March 2017
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For more info, please consult: EiP Brief, Submission Guidelines and FAQ’s.

A last online information session will take place on 17 February for those who may have any questions about the Awards and submission process.

EiP 2016 Gold and Silver winners

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The EiP 2016 Gold and Silver winners are providing many good insights for your own programmes: Don’t hesitate to participate in the series of EiP 2016 webinars from November to January (free registration).

The winning cases are also showcased in EFMD Global Focus Special Supplement available online.

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

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

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

RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

Drucker Forum Live Stream: Special Offer for EFMD Members

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

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

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

Please see the full conference program here.

EFMD Webinars – Showcasing the 2016 EiP Award Winners

The EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) recognise outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organisation Development. The winning cases from 2016 will be presented in a series of upcoming webinars.

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"Exploring Leadership within BG Group”

BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) & Cranfield School of Management
Monday 5 December 2016 (10:30am CET)
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“Addressing Live, Organisational Issues to Ensure Swarovski’s Future Success"
Swarovski & Ashridge Executive Education
Thursday 8 December 2016 (1:00pm CET)
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"Microsoft-INSEAD Customised Online Programme: An Innovative Solution for Global Transformation"
Microsoft & INSEAD
Thursday 12 January 2017 (1:00pm CET)
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"Changing the Leadership Culture in the English National Health Service: Building Care and Compassion into the Leadership DNA"
NHS Leadership Academy & Alliance Manchester Business School, KPMG, LEO Learning, University of Birmingham, National Voices, Unspun, Cumberlege Eden & Partners and others
Thursday 26 January (12:00pm CET)
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"Telstra Business Leader Programme - Transforming Culture Through Connections"

Telstra & LIW
Tuesday 29 November 2016 (9:00am CET)
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"From Invention to Innovation: Atomic Intrapreneurship at Rosatom"
Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation & Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Tuesday 24 January 2017 (1:00pm CET)
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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.”

Please visit CarringtonCrisp's BusinessSchool.guru website to learn more or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press.

“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.

EFMD Global Network and HigherEd Launch the First Global Internship Portal

EFMD blog stickyEFMD Global Network and HigherEd join forces to launch the first global internship portal to connect students, schools and companies worldwide.

How can your school benefit from the portal?

Through this strategic partnership every single school and student in the EFMD Global Network will get its own branded internship career portal, making this 600-school network the largest community of top talent in the world.

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, 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.

What's in there for students?

Every single student that is admitted to one of the EFMD member schools will have the possibility to build his or her own fully customised career portal, based on their educational track and interests. This unique feature will be based on the preferences specifically tailored for each of the students based on their education track and matched with the corporate members recruiting preferences.

This will make HigherEd the largest and most targeted recruitment tool available in the education industry.

This groundbreaking initiative will, in a unique way, connect students, schools and companies at an unprecedented level. Adding great diversity and corporate innovation possibilities for the corporate members, and unique international possibilities for the students.

This initiative will only be available to EFMD full member schools and 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 highered.efmdglobal.org or HigherEd corporate website www.higheredtalent.org 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..
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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

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

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Internationalisation Strategies in Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Launch of the Business School Impact System (BSIS) Label

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Launch of the Business School Impact System (BSIS) Label

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EFMD Launch EOCCS - EFMD Online Course Certification System

EFMD launch EOCCS


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

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

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

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

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

EPAS Accred 2015 UE IAE

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.