Learning Conferences in Moscow and Jakarta Co-organized by EFMD with CLIP Briefings

Sberbank and Pertamina have recently achieved CLIP accreditation. Both companies will be co-hosting with EFMD an international learning conference in autumn, in Moscow on October 27 and in Jakarta on November 20, inclusive of a CLIP briefing session. Feel free to pass the information to your colleagues based in the region.

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

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

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

Pertamina conference - 20-21 November (Jakarta)
PertaminaCU logo smallPertamina and EFMD will organize a conference with the title ‘Learning Disruption in Asia – Leading the Future of Corporate Learning’, to take place in the Fairmont hotel in Jakarta on November 20.  Participants are top managers, learning leaders, and Business School representatives from Indonesia and across Asia.

The high-profile event will be opened by the Pertamina CEO and a member of government, and will include 4 keynote speeches and 2 panel discussions that focus on the success factors for learning functions esp. in the Asia region, and on aspects such as artificial intelligence and digital learning that will disrupt the way learning was organized so far.
EFMD will run a CLIP workshop in the morning of November 21.

For more information on the programme, speakers and registration, please contact Dhita Rizkiana Wirapradja at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Managing and Leading Universities in Times of Disruption - SKOLKOVO


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

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

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

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

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

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

Register here and find out.

You can look forward to exploring cases like:

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

New Members Ratified at the Annual General Assembly

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

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

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

To learn how to connect with our new members, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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New Full Members


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

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

New Affiliated Members


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

New Associate Members


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

New Reciprocal Members

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

New Honorary Members

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

Business and Business Education Convergence and Maximizing Opportunity

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

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

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

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

Practical information

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

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

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

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

About the Frank G. Zarb School of Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info on the conference, please go here

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

Guest post by Maria Laura Fornaci, Senior Consultant Fondazione ISTUD

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

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

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

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

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

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

EFMD GN Asia Annual Conference in Bali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sincere Thoughts & Condolences from EFMD - Attacks in Spain

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

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

Management Educators Commit to Advancing the SDGs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.unprme.org.

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

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New Sustainability Literacy Test Module: "Rebalancing Society"

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

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

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

See the video testimony of Henry Mintzberg here

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

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

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

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


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

How to Successfully Make A Late Career Change

question imageGuest post by Helen Sabell. Helen Sabell works for the College for Adult Learning, she is passionate about adult learning. She has developed and authored many workplace leadership programs, both in Australia and overseas

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

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

Get Clear on the What & Why

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

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

Build Your Skills

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

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

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

Networking is Key

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

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

Action Plan

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

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

Your Choice is the Right Choice

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

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

Follow Your Success

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

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

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

MBA Roundtable: Innovator Award Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Challenges for Management Education in Rising Economies

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

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

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

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

About the Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Interactive Agenda Will Feature

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

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

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

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

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

Who Should Attend?

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

For more information, please go here

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Design Thinking and the Triple Helix

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

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

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

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

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

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

EFMD Report Now Available – “Digital Age Learning”

logosSponsored by Capgemini in association with IESE, the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Digital Age Learning” explored how organisations can equip themselves to fully exploit the learning opportunities of the digital age. The SIG focused on documenting existing good practice and trapping emerging technologies, tools, services or learning paradigms that would help member companies move forward exponentially. It combines, therefore, an intensely practical element as well as looking at emerging research and experimentation.

The overall goal was to advance the critical area of digital age learning in concrete and practical terms, while helping install the practices that will allow innovation and development into the future. It acknowledged existing research and this report indicates areas where more research might be needed. The essential aim was to work in partnership with the members of the SIG and share their initiatives and challenges rather than ‘tell’ them what they should do. This project was a partnership in a profound area of learning development, across industries, across geographies and between research and practical applications. This report summaries the conclusions and is accompanied by a detailed research report on digital age learning written by Capgemini.

An initial interview was conducted with those companies who signed up for the EFMD SIG. What emerged was the importance of digital transformation as a live and current challenge for each member company. The implications of this rebounded directly on the learning and development function. That function had the task of transforming itself into a digital age operation as well as lead the reskilling of all staff and all companies caught up in this process. DAL was therefore centre stage and both the subject and object of the process.

What was also clear, however, was that L&D was by no means leading the charge. In fact, the opposite was true. L&D has a significant role in reskilling and changing the mind set of staff to accommodate the changing conditions that digital transformation was creating, and is struggling with the process.

This is the genus of the report you are reading. It is an acknowledgement that the L&D function is critical in terms of helping organisations adjust to very different futures by developing new skills and new mind sets, but has a long way to go in terms of fulfilling that need and realigning itself around the exigencies that the current social, technological, economic climate dictates. If we had to choose title for this report, it might be: “Some Way Forward, But a Long Way to Go!”.

DAL 1The research report reveals six key characteristics of digital age learning, and shares a vision for what an L&D future might look like. The experiments that were undertaken by the member companies demonstrate most of the characteristics but reveal the gap between what is currently being developed and the full panoply of digital age learning. They reveal both the considerable progress is being made as well as pointing the way forward for the road ahead.

The fact that there is some misalignment between the promise revealed in the research, and the reality displayed in the case studies is a sign of health and strength not weakness. There is a recognition of the direction of travel and first steps have been taken. This is a lot of solid progress that should be applauded. Each experiment reveals encouraging signs, and indicates some of the challenges moving forward. This was, after all, action research where the abstract and the theoretical was put to the test in real world situations that emerged from the members work in progress. 

The experiments were not artificial attempts to prove a point but realistic projects set inside the cultural context of the companies listed here. There is some excellent work, and innovative rethinking of how learning should be remade in the light of the current contingency. There is also a large amount of variety in the experiments, which reveals the diversity of the challenges together with an abundance of need. 

Each case study is described in a similar format, so that comparisons can be made and the outcomes and lessons learned, can be clearly described. The report concentrates on categorizing the embodied innovation, rather than going into detail about any specific learning programme. The idea is to reveal the thinking behind the experiment, and show the scaffolding that holds it together. These the most transferable elements, and the ones that will have direct influence on L&D going forward. 

The report, therefore, has a very simple structure. It sets the scene, defines the business landscape and the L&D context and how the digital age is transforming both the business, the learner and the learning organisation. It then describes the research undertaken and the report’s conclusions about the six principles of digital age learning. 

This sets the stage for describing how the case studies embody many of the DAL characteristics. These are laid out in detail in the accompanying research paper. In summary, the six characteristics of digital age learning focus on three essential areas. 

Digital Age Learning is continuous and cross-context; it is learner-led and social, as well as being data-driven and personalized. The analysis revealed six core characteristics that define DAL and differentiate it from what came before. The learning is engaging and delivers an exceptional learning experience. Learning is empowering, personalized and largely self-directed. Learning is ubiquitous, just-in-time, and in context. Learning is social, both formal and informal, and experiential wherever possible. Learning is hyper-connected with analytics everywhere. Finally, learning is continuous and promotes inquiry, exploration and doing. 

The final section focuses on the necessary mind set changes needed to fully embody, and enrich digital age learning. This shift is encapsulated in the new roles of learning architect and learning experience designer that seem to underpin the changes necessary for digital age learning. The report also includes a select bibliography, which reveals and underpins the research conclusions. These references are a good starting point if you want to explore further. 

The full guide is available for EFMD company members by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Eight Programmes Re-Accredited by EPAS

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

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IAE Lyon School of Management, France

- Professional Bachelor European Business Studies
- Professional Master International Business
RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology, Latvia

- The Magellan MBA
- Executive MBA
Porto Business School, Portugal

- BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience
- MSc International Business Management
Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK

- MBA Programme (English Track)
French-Vietnamese Centre for Management Education (CFVG), Vietnam

“We were very happy and proud to be granted EPAS re-accreditation for 5 years for our M.Sc. International Management. It is a further achievement for our teams and a further recognition of the School's development towards continuous progress. EFMD Accreditation processes benefit to the School as extremely useful tools for introspection and a lever for change,” commented Jerome Rive, Dean, iaelyon School of Management. “This accreditation is also the result of the active engagement of our external stakeholders and of very fruitful cooperations with our international partners. I would like to take the opportunity of the renewal of the award to thank them and look forward to even further developments."

“Kingston Business School is proud to have achieved EPAS accreditation from EFMD for the third time for our BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience and MSc International Business Management programmes. At Kingston Business School we provide inclusive, life-changing opportunities for students who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and our graduates are self-confident and resourceful critical thinkers able to apply creative problem-solving skills,” Ronald Tuninga, Dean of Kingston Business School said. “Our innovative BSc (Hons) International Business with Business Experience degree incorporates a work/research placement or business start-up opportunity; a business readiness programme, management training, and a professional academic qualification – all within the three years of a standard UK degree. Our International Business Management MSc programme, meanwhile, caters for students who don’t necessarily have a business-related Bachelors degree, and it equips them with the knowledge and skills – including client-facing work – needed to excel in management or consultancy careers within global organisations.”

The Dean of CFVG, Louis Paré, commented: "I am so proud of the award. For the last 9 years, we have been the unique school with first and only EPAS accredited MBA in Vietnam. The quality of CFVG, our MBA, students, alumni, academic and corporate partnership have been recognized and well respected in the country where awareness of international accreditation is becoming higher than ever. The international accreditation EPAS for our CFVG MBA has strongly supported us to expand our network to several countries outside France; we could bring thus more international learning and career opportunities to our students and alumni. We maintain our leading position in the international master programs in Vietnam since 25 years and we continue our best efforts to develop a prestigious business school model in South East Asia."

David Asch, Director, Quality Services & EPAS added: "I would like to warmly congratulate the five 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 in 12 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. The programme accreditation from EFMD is one of the most demanding yet effective ways to certify the quality of a programme in the field of business and management.

As of June, 105 accredited programmes from 77 institutions across 36 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Three New Programmes Accredited by EPAS

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We are happy to announce that the EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded EPAS accreditation to three new programmes from business schools from Italy and Sweden.

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

- Master in Human Resources and Organisation
Bologna Business School, University of Bologna, Italy

"Congratulations to Bologna Business School for their EPAS accreditation. Their Master in Human Resources and Organisation is a strong programme that benefits, among other things, from a great corporate support. As the first HRO programme taught in English in Italy, it attracts an excellent international mix of students. We are very happy to welcome Bologna Business School in the pool of EPAS accredited programmes,” said David Asch, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director.

- Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Management
- Master’s Programme in International Marketing
School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden

Thomas Wahl, Dean of the School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, said: “We are glad to receive the EPAS accreditation for both of our programmes: Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Management and Master’s Programme in International Marketing. We learned a lot through the EPAS accreditation process which examined in detail the design and delivery of our programmes, programme outcomes and quality assurance. This is a moment of joy for all of our stakeholders to receive the prestigious acknowledgement through the EPAS accreditation which proves that our two programmes hold high quality standards. We feel proud and are highly inspired to continue the hard work to maintain the highest quality of our programmes. We are delighted to be part of the 105 EPAS accredited programmes.”

David Asch, Director of Quality Services & EPAS Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome School of Business, Society and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden to the community of EPAS accredited programmes. Those two programmes are well-established and show a solid grounding in fundamental disciplines, supported by a competent and engaged faculty team. We would like to warmly congratulate both programmes and the school for their accreditation.”

The list of EPAS re-accredited programmes is available here.

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

As of June, 105 accredited programmes from 77 institutions across 36 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation. For more information on EPAS visit www.efmd.org/epas

Advisory Seminar: Faculty Management in the Latin American Context – Save Your Spot!

We are proud to announce that soon we will have the second version of our advisory seminar series targeted at schools from Latin America. This time the seminar theme is faculty management. On August 21st we are looking forward to being hosted by Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas (FGV-EBAPE) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spots are limited so register as soon as you can to make sure you can take part in this opportunity to learn and discuss with your peers on Faculty Management in the Latin American Context.

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We know that faculty management (recruitment, retention, evaluation and development of academic staff) is one of the most complex challenges business school leaders face. In the Latin American context of constrained resources and a heavy reliance on part-time faculty these tasks may be even more challenging.  We have designed this seminar for business schools leaders from Latin America that are interested in better understanding the challenge of faculty management.
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  • Explore the best practices of schools in the region around faculty management; 
  • Discuss in-depth with your peers what your challenges are; 
  • Take away with you knowledge and connections that can help solving your problems at your home institution. 
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Universidad Católica de Chile, and a panel of Brazilian schools will be presenting their best practices regarding faculty management and Eric Rodriguez, Dean of the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, will moderate the seminar. Click here for the seminar program. Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Coordinator, EFMD GN Americas, if you have any questions about this seminar or any activities in the Americas.

London 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 Saturday evening in London, a few days only after the Manchester’s tragedy.

We want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families of the innocent dead of this outrageous and despicable attack. We truly hope that within our UK members, their families, friend and acquaintances none has suffered from this senseless aggression.

I truly hope that a sense of peace will soon come to London and all the United Kingdom 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.

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


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

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

“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: 


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.

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 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