EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to SWUFE SBA, ESC Rennes & University of Groningen FEB

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate SWUFE School of Business Administration, ESC Rennes School of Business & University of Groningen Faculty of Economics and Business who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

This takes the number of accredited schools to 152 across 40 countries.

"As the first business school in western China accredited by EQUIS, we are proud and delighted to join the EQUIS community and will utilize the platform to improve our management education and contribute to the prosperity of economic development in western China."
Prof. Gang Kou, Executive Dean & Prof. Bintong Chen, Dean, School of Business Administration, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

“Receiving the EQUIS accreditation represents for our school a great satisfaction. For our faculty and staff, our students and alumni, and for all of our stakeholders. In the particular case of the ESC Rennes, this achievement corresponds to a final stage of a quality improvement process which started in 2008 with EPAS for our Grande Ecole Programme. The ESC Rennes aims now to fully use its new status of EQUIS accredited institution as a powerful mean to reinforce the implementation of its strategic plan, based on the international dimension of its faculty, its programmes and its student body.”
Dr. Olivier Aptel, Director General & Dean, ESC Rennes School of Business

“We are very proud to have attained the EQUIS label. It proves that our quality and performance meet high standards. International accreditations increase the attractiveness of FEB for our stakeholders, like students, staff and potential partner universities, which AACSB has already proven. EQUIS further strengthens our position; we now rank among the world’s top 1% business schools. The added value for students is that employers in the private and public sector will know that the best graduates in business and economics come from the University of Groningen. And for our education and research programmes it means an incentive for continuous improvement, since only that way we can retain the label.”
Prof. Harry Garretsen, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services added, "We are delighted to warmly welcome the new schools into the EQUIS community. Accreditation from EFMD is one of the best and most complete ways to certify the quality of a business school as accreditation involves an extensive self-assessment by the School, a visit of an international review team who spend several days interviewing many different people in the School, and finally a very experienced jury evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and the three schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

The benefits of accreditation include:

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

Key EFMD Events in the First Half of 2015

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

January
The EIP 2014 Winner Webinar on "BHP Billiton & Billiton Group Learning" will be held on 12 January.  This web based event is focused on the “Executive Leadership Programme – Leaders’ teaching, shifting culture”.

20 January is the date for the EIP 2014 Silver Award winner the category of Professional Development, namely Cabinet Office & Saïd Business School University of Oxford & Deloitte. The theme is “The Major Projects Leadership Academy - An innovative programme allowing major UK government projects to deliver on time and budget”

The 2015 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General will be held 29-30 January, kindly hosted by ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.  A meeting by invitation only, for those with chief executive (top management) responsibility and authority in EFMD member business schools and centres.

February
Module two of the Research Leadership Programme - Cycle 5 will take place on 3-4 February, in Brussels, Belgium hosted by EFMD and EURAM. This module is focused on "The School View - Organization of Research Activities".

The next EQUIS XXL Accreditation Seminar will take place on 18-19 February at the EFMD premises in Brussels, Belgium.  The seminar is targeted at institutions already awarded eligibility or accreditation as well as institutions currently preparing their application for eligibility. It is relevant for Accreditation Officers (EQUIS Project Leaders), Deans and Associate Deans in charge of accreditations.

Copenhagen Business School in Denmark is the venue for the 2015 EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference. It takes place on 25-27 February with overall theme of  "Entrepreneurial Leaders, Educators and Students - A mindset for the Future".

March
The EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE Winter School develops the leadership potential of talented administrators by making them fully aware of the concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context, and the importance of integrating academic matters, finances, human resources, governance, leadership and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy. The 2015 HUMANE Winter School takes place on 1-6 March in Valencia, Spain.

The 2015 EFMD MBA Conference will take place in Rome, Italy at the premises of the LUISS School of Business and Management. This event on 8-10 March is entirely focused on "Redesigning the MBA".

"Developing Middle Management: The Strategic Lifeblood of the Company" is the theme of the next Sharing Best Practice CLIP Workshop that will take place on 19-20 March in Barcelona (Spain) hosted by Gas Natural Fenosa.

The 2015 EFMD Conference for International and External Relations, PR, Marketing, Communication and Alumni Professionals will take place in Vancouver (Canada) on 25-27 March. Hosted by Simon Fraser University, this event will focus on "Understanding, Identifying and Building a Distinctive Business School Brand".

April
April will see the 2015 EFMD Conference in the MENA Region taking place on 12-14 April, hosted by  HEC - École des hautes études commerciales de Paris in Doha, Qatar. The theme will be : “Building Dynamic Networks and Partnerships for the Region".

May
Vilnius, Lithuania is the venue of the 2015 EFMD Doctoral Programmes Conference which is hosted by the  ISM University of Management and Economics. This event will start on 11 May and will end on 13 May 2015.

June
Said Business School, University of Oxford will be hosting the 2015 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference on 3-4 June. EFMD aims to facilitate research and dialogue on topics related to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and business schools by bringing together academics from management, higher education and other fields. This years' theme is: "The Legitimacy and Impact of Business Schools and Universities".

Also in June, the 2015 EFMD Annual Conference will take place on 7-9 June in Brussels, Belgium.

More the latest updates on all the events is available on the EFMD website.

Business Education Faces a Challenging and Disruptive Future, finds Global Research

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Traditional business education models are being disrupted by technology, the introduction of MOOCs, market competition, university fees and increasingly demanding employer and employee needs, finds a wide-ranging new report called See the Future.

 
Conducted by CarringtonCrisp, the education market research and consultancy for business schools and universities, and supported by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), See the Future gathers views from Deans or Directors at business schools and also employers - CEOs and chairman - from 63 countries.

See the Future reveals that business education providers face four main challenges - costs, staffing issues, technology and market competition. They are being forced to reconsider the content of their degrees, with a growing shift towards a multidisciplinary approach to meet the demands of students and corporate business. Lifelong learning will remain important, but lifestyle learning will come to the fore because of technology developments. Key findings highlighted in the 48-page report show that:

  • 70 per cent of business school respondents agree or strongly agree that “technological innovation will bring new entrants to the business education market”
  • Just over 90 per cent said “technology will promote the growth of new business models for business education.”
  • 90 per cent agree that “business schools will develop flexible degrees that allow students to mix study and work
  • 75 per cent agree that business schools will develop new products to help younger and older workers who no or only limited experience of higher education.
  • Only 50 per cent of employers are aware of MOOCs, but 70 per cent agree that “more training and development in our organization will be delivered online in the next five years.”
  • The view from employers is that they want value for money, with quicker, cheaper and more substantial impact from training and development. They have a growing acceptance of online learning as it removes travel and accommodation costs. However, while online learning is popular, the majority, at 80 per cent, agree that “Executive education for senior managers and directors will remain face to face.”
CC logoAndrew Crisp, from CarringtonCrisp and author of the report said: “This situation is not a perfect storm, but the Dean who sticks their head in the sand and fails to think about how best to position their school for the future risks their school and its students being left behind.”

Alan Hatfield, director of learning at ACCA, commented: “Anytime, anywhere learning is on the rise, providing students with the flexibility to learn at their own pace and around their other commitments such as work and family. When they hire new talent, employers believe a professional qualification is essential or desired. As a professional body, ACCA is committed to business education - working with universities, MOOC providers and business schools around the world, we aim to ensure the future of business education remains relevant and valued.”

Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO at EFMD, concluded: “It has been clear for many years that the pace of change in business education is accelerating.  Understanding the drivers of change and the demands of those seeking to learn in the future are key to our member schools delivering effective solutions. More and more, our members recognise the need for business to be studied in a wider context, to see the impact it has on society.  To this end, there is a growing need for business schools to work with other faculties, departments and experts throughout universities and beyond to ensure students receive a rounded education.

For more information, you can download the full 48-page report. The press release is also available in Chinese, SpanishPortuguese.

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EFMD Call for Participation in the 2015 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

correcsurEFMD invites your to participate in the 14th Annual Corporate Recruiters Survey

The survey is conducted by GMAC with partners EFMD, the MBA Career Services & Employer Association (MBACSEA).

Register Your School Today

Visit www.gmac.com/surveysignup confirm your participation before the 30 January 2015 deadline. More details about the survey timeline and benefits are available at www.gmac.com/corporaterecruiters.  

Sign-up efforts are now underway to encourage schools to take advantage of the benefits of partnering with us in the survey, including access to exclusive interactive benchmark reports and data reports for your recruiters and employers.

Benefits to Job Placement and Career Services/Student Advising Offices at Schools:

  • Attract recruiters to your school by understanding employer recruitment strategies look like in your region.
  • Guide your students in their job search and career decisions using robust employer hiring and salary projections.
Benefits to Employers and Recruiters Completing the Survey:

  • Give the companies that recruit your students the inside advantage! Employers also receive access to the interactive data report – giving them much sought-after insight into hiring practices, salary norms, and current industry demand.
The deadline to register to participate in the 2015 Corporate Recruiters Survey is 30 January 2015. We would like to invite all of the EFMD members to take part.

If you have any questions, please email christophe.lejeune@efmd.org

EQUIS Reaccreditation for 10 Leading Business Schools

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

•    Hanken School of Economics, FinlandEQUIS logo13 LR
•    SKEMA Business School, France
•    University of Mannheim Business School, Germany
•    Business School, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
•    Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
•    University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa
•    School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
•    HEC Lausanne, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
•    Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, United Kingdom
•    Management School, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

"To get a renewed vote of confidence from EQUIS is yet another proof of Hanken's activities being internationally competitive. Accreditations are a must for universities with international ambitions. For us, this accreditation confirms that we are on the right track with our strategic areas, which are research, internationalisation and corporate contacts."
Prof. Eva Liljeblom, Rector, Hanken School of Economics
 
"Only five years after its birth, SKEMA Business School has obtained its EQUIS accreditation renewal, and this for five years! With this five-year accreditation, our school joins the small circle of “fully EQUIS accredited” schools – eight in France and 69 worldwide. This five-year accreditation recognises SKEMA’s unique global strategy in the field of higher education, as well as reinforcing our model and its excellence on the world stage."
Prof. Alice Guilhon, Dean, SKEMA Business School

"For us, EQUIS accreditation means being committed to the continuous advancement of the school. It supports us when facing future challenges of global management education. Therefore, we are honoured that we have been awarded with a five-year EQUIS accreditation for the third time."
Dr. Jürgen Schneider, Dean, Mannheim Business School

"We are delighted to have been reaccredited by EQUIS and recognised for our quality and performance over the last five years. As a leading Business School in New Zealand we are committed to striving for excellence and quality in all that we do. EQUIS is part of that journey. Our aim is to ensure our research, teaching and service are not only relevant and impactful and that they make a difference to NZ’s economic growth and prosperity."
Prof. Greg Whittred, Dean, Business School, The University of Auckland

"We have demonstrated not only high quality in our teaching, research and engagement activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation. Accreditation is the best way to certify the quality of Victoria Business School. This process involves an extensive self-assessment, a visit by an international review team which spends several days interviewing staff from across the School and the University, and external stakeholders, followed by evaluation by an experienced jury. Our students and stakeholders can be assured that that they are associated with an institution with high international standards, a significant level of internationalisation, a balance between high academic quality and professional relevance, and that the needs of the corporate and public policy communities are well integrated into our activities. Most importantly, students can be assured that they will receive international recognition for their qualifications, which is extremely important in today’s highly interconnected global environment."
Prof. Robert A. Buckle, Pro-Vice Chancellor & Dean of Commerce, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington

“The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is delighted with its 5 year EQUIS accreditation. It confirms our ideal to be the foremost Business School in and for Africa. We shall use this as basis to serve our students, clients and international partners with even higher quality business research and education. We are committed to develop the wonderful potential of the African continent and her people.”
Prof. Piet Naudé, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School

"We are proud and happy to have been re-accredited. Being accredited means that we can compete for the best students and researchers in the international arena, and is a prerequisite to collaborate with high-quality business schools around the world."
Prof. Per Cramér, Dean, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

"HEC Lausanne is honored to have received the trust of the EFMD with our most recent Equis reaccreditation. We appreciate the insights and support we have received from the Quality Services team throughout the process and were impressed by the rigor and quality of the Peer Review Team.  We have set ambitious objectives and look forward to implementing the feedback we have received and continuing to work with our stakeholders and colleagues in the EFMD network to achieve them."
Prof. Thomas von Ungern-Sternberg, Dean, HEC Lausanne, Université de Lausanne

"We, as a School, are very proud of our ‘triple crown’ accreditation, which places us in a very elite group of world-class business schools around the world. Being re-accredited by EQUIS today confirms the importance we place on innovation, knowledge creation and a global perspective, and how serving the needs of students, business and society – regionally, nationally and globally – lies at the heart of our School. As one of the first business schools to have a year’s professional placement as part of our undergraduate degrees, we have developed resilient, long-standing partnerships with businesses both at home and around the world, and those partnerships live at the centre of who are as a School. EQUIS re-accreditation cements the School’s relevance in today’s fast-changing, global business environment."
Prof. Angus Laing, Dean of Business and Economics, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics

“We are delighted to be awarded EQUIS accreditation for the second time, which cements our position as a leading management school.  Accreditations are a key barometer for Sheffield University Management School and we’d like to thank EFMD and both the EQUIS Peer Review Team and Awarding Body for acknowledging our continued success. I am especially proud of our note of excellence in the new EQUIS standard around ethics, social-responsibility and sustainability – these themes shape our Mission, Vision, research and strategic focus. The School is committed to raising its international reputation for quality research and learning provision and continuing to improve against the EFMD standards in developing management education.”
Prof. David Oglethorpe, Dean, Management School, University of Sheffield

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

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

Back Down to Earth? Business School Leadership in a Time of Disruption

Guest post from Prof. Ken Starkey, Nottingham University Business School, and Dr Christophe Lejeune, EFMD

changeUniversities are faced with a situation of ‘creative destruction’ (The Economist, 2014) or, even worse, a ‘campus tsunami’ (Wall Street Journal, 2012) which has the potential to change the traditional configurations of university education radically.

Disruptive forces facing the sector include: a cost crisis; changing labour markets; new technology; new competition (for example, in the business school context, for-profit providers such as BPP); changing ‘consumer’ expectations; and global competition for students, for the best faculty,
and for space in academic journals. The balance between the traditional bricks and mortar model and web-mediated education may well be close to a tipping point.

Thomas et al (2013) present three scenarios for the future of business schools. Their best case scenario involves a renewal of the historical purpose of business schools in emulating elite US schools such as Harvard with two key goals: management education that produces effective business leaders and research that has a positive impact on the practice of management. Increased stakeholder value is generated through improvement in education and moving closer to practice. Thomas and colleagues also present a scenario they consider to be the most likely ― ‘muddling through.’ One where there is little change, apart from some niche specialisation, and schools carry on as they are. This seems unlikely to us.

We would argue that without change, as demand falters the conditions become ripe for Thomas et al’s (ibid) third, negative scenario, a ‘race to the bottom’, a period of stagnation and inevitable shakeout. Host institutions continue to demand more of business schools but the market is increasingly fragmented by new entrants, international and private providers, able to do things cheaper. Schools become less competitive and less interesting to better informed students faced with a proliferation of choice and delivery models.

In such an environment, the only schools that will survive and thrive are those that learn to innovateInnovation
in a strange business sector which, unlike others, is characterised by entry but not exit (Christensen and Eyring, 2011). Universities have tended to survive because there has been a dearth of disruptive competition and disruptive technology, coupled in the business school case with rising demand fuelled by globalisation. The rules of competition have been set by the elite through ‘the Harvard effect’ and the ‘Carnegie ladder’ with a common goal of heavy emphasis on research, doctoral programmes and particular degrees (the MBA, for example). The strategy of most schools has been imitation, not innovation, supported by accreditations, league tables, journal lists, etc.

This situation is unlikely to last. Top schools in more elite universities will be able to rely, in the medium-term, on students who are willing to pay for a campus experience but there is now a significant and growing group who will want education tailored to their needs (e.g. work combined with study, blended learning, online learning …) and at cheaper cost in this age of austerity. State support for and regulation of the sector are declining, allowing new entrants to make inroads with strong political support. We are witnessing significant falls in demand, even for what were once premium products such as the MBA, which we would suggest has now become a ‘burning platform.’

In the words of Michael Barber, one of the most significant architects of UK public sector reform, particularly in schools when he headed Tony Blair’s Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, An Avalanche is Coming and higher education faces a ‘revolution’:  ‘Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems. Our fear is that, perhaps as a result of complacency, caution or anxiety, or a combination of all three, the pace of change is too slow and the nature of change too incremental’ (Rizvi et al, 2013: 3). The drivers here are technology and new entrants. Look at what Christensen himself is offering through Harvard’s new on-line service, HBX. According to Rich Lyons, Dean of Haas School, UC-Berkeley, half of US business schools could be out of business by 2020. And according to Christensen himself, half of US universities could face bankruptcy within 15 years.

Top schools will survive, although we would not want to hazard a guess at how many will be able to continue to operate with current ‘profit’ margins. We know what top schools do and what aspiring top schools need to do. Top schools are research intensive and teaching intensive with a strong research-led teaching culture and a shared faculty commitment to optimising the student experience (Anteby, 2013). Leadership in these schools is about strengthening this culture and innovating when it becomes necessary, as Harvard is doing with HBX. In top business schools good deans do what any good leader does ― promote a shared sense of purpose and direction, clear identity and a strong brand, and challenge complacency, caution, and anxiety. In second tier schools, however, where business school and university agendas often differ, it is an unusual dean who can convince university management to take his/her business school seriously beyond the lure of the cash cow role too many business schools have been forced to adopt.

We propose a fourth scenario ― ‘back down to earth.’ This will almost certainly require, as described by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), doing more with less and changing work cultures.  We note that funding bodies and our political masters are adamant that complacency is not appropriate! Our scenario will involve deans courageous enough to challenge the almost ubiquitous imperative of churning revenue (based on large student numbers of undergraduate and unsustainable numbers of international postgraduate students) and to justify the role of the business school more effectively, committed to developing an academic  learning community (of staff and students) rather than just running a business. In this scenario, we consider it possible to ‘thrive and prosper’ without necessarily emulating Harvard or any other elite US schools. There could well be a symbolic price to pay in pursuing it, which would involve challenging the shallow rhetoric of ‘grandiosity’ (Alvesson, 2013) now widespread in academic contexts which requires setting our sights lower and more realistically. It is striking, and bizarre, how many business schools nowadays claim to be pursuing ‘excellence’, achieving ‘world-class’ and aim to be in the ‘top X’ of a media-inspired global élite while only a very few national champions can actually hope to achieve the holy grail of ‘world-class excellence.’ Those schools claiming to play this game without actually the capacity or any realistic hope of sufficient investment to achieve it (and thus over-selling themselves) are most likely to lose in the race to the bottom.

However, those business schools that re-calibrate and pursue the ‘back down to earth’ scenario will have opportunities to thrive in a different way, namely by recognizing, valuing, and working with their local communities of internal and external stakeholders and engaging with them on a sustainable basis. Indeed, the local benefits of many business schools are too often forgotten, if not disregarded for the sake of the ‘grandiosity’ rhetoric. In the ‘back down to earth’ scenario, business schools will be proud of and value their impacts closer to home and be more critical of globalisation as the only game in town. Business schools engaged with a local community will strive to: (1) support local entrepreneurs and businesses, big or small; (2) develop research activities for the sake of local, regional and national economic development; and (3) interact and share knowledge with local business and civic leaders. It remains to be seen how this scenario might work out or how business schools might address the challenges it creates. With this in mind, EFMD has recently launched a tool called ‘Business School Impact Survey’ (BSIS) to help business schools assess and promote their impact on the local environment.

To the extent that they are ready to pay the entry price of the ‘back down to earth’ scenario, business schools will need leaders who have the credibility, aspiration, and courage to challenge the narrative of hyper-growth and hyper-success that afflicts many in the sector. It is time to rethink our capabilities, our ambitions, and our metrics for discussing success.

You can download the full leadership series as a PDF publication here.

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Anteby, M. (2013) Manufacturing Morals. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Christensen, C.M. and Eyring, H.J. (2011) The Innovative University. Changing the DNA of Higher Education Inside Out. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Rizvi, S., Donnelly, K. and Barber, M. (2013) An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead. London: IPPR.
The Economist (2014) Creative Destruction. 28 June.
Thomas, H., Lee, M. and Wilson, A.D. (2014) ‘Future scenarios for management education’, Journal of Management Development, 33(5): 503–519.
Wall Street Journal (2012) Changing the Economics of Education. 4 June.

Business and Business Schools Need to Look Towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Goal1Guest Post from Matthew Gitsham, Anthony Buono, Jean-Christophe Carteron, Jonas Haertle

The United Nations was established at the end of World War II with the goal of ensuring peace and security. As the decades have passed, it is increasingly clear that achieving this goal requires not just short-term diplomacy, but also long-term investment in tackling the root causes of conflict: confronting poverty and environmental degradation and promoting human rights – building what is now dubbed a “safe and just space for humanity.”   

To help achieve this, the UN is now coordinating the world’s largest-ever consultation, developing ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) to guide national policymaking and business strategy 2015-2030. This is a strategic planning exercise for humanity.

Sustainable development has come a long way since the phrase was coined in 1987 and has gone from fringe to mainstream in business.

Certainly, there are still plenty of businesses resisting sustainability – Oxfam research suggests businesses spend €44m a year lobbying Brussels to weaken EU climate regulations. Yet some of the strongest advocates for more ambitious action on sustainability are now in the business community. For example, Philips, Yara, DSM, GSK and SABMiller are now putting goals on wellbeing and sustainability at the heart of their corporate strategies. At the recent UN Summit on Climate, over 1,000 companies from 60 countries called for a stable price for carbon.

In parallel, sustainability is moving to centre-stage in business education. The business community has taken the lead in calling for this, realising that new thinking and new competencies are required of business leaders – something hard to achieve without significant change in business schools.

Business schools are increasingly integrating sustainability themes into learning objectives and teaching approaches, and investing in faculty development. 73% of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that committed to take action on sustainability at the Rio+20 Summit have now published details of their progress.

Business schools are also working collaboratively through platforms like the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Academy of Business in Society, and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. Over the past two years for example, PRME has created a group of champion schools and eleven regional chapters, as well as delisting those schools that fail to report any progress.

Regulators, accreditors and rankings providers have stepped up too. In the UK, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) recently published guidance setting out how it expects HEIs to integrate sustainability themes into learning objectives, teaching approaches and assessment. Ethics, responsibility and sustainability now make up roughly 14% of the accreditation criteria for the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), one of the chief accreditors of business schools. BusinessWeek now includes sustainability in its ranking of business schools.

But as businesses push for the SDGs to be as ambitious as possible, what do we in business schools still need to do? Goal5

We need leadership from deans and faculty to build on the progress we’ve made already – we need to think collectively about what our fundamental purpose and contribution to the SDGs is, and how we make that real in what we do. We need to align research and education towards contributing to the new SDGs, embedding sustainability across the curriculum and how we manage our campuses.

And we need more help from others. Regulatory authorities need to follow the lead of agencies like the QAA, accreditors like AACSB should follow the lead of EQUIS, those like the Financial Times and QS providing rankings need to follow the lead of BusinessWeek. We need to build on all these emerging efforts to develop a really thorough and robust mechanism for providing prospective students and employers a real benchmark in understanding how well different schools are doing.

This is how we as business schools will remain relevant and play our part in developing a generation of business leaders who can play an active role in achieving the SDGs.

Matthew Gitsham is director of the Centre for Business and Sustainability at Ashridge Business School, UK. Anthony Buono is professor of management and sociology and director of the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility at Bentley University, US, Jean-Christophe Carteron is director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Kedge Business School, France, Jonas Haertle is Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education Sec & Academic Affairs, UN Global Compact Office, United Nations.

New CLIP Report Showcases 70 Best Practice Examples in Corporate Learning and Development

CLIP Report2014coverCompanies are under ever greater pressure to manage their learning and people development processes strategically. EFMD's Corporate Learning Improvement Process (CLIP) was created to provide an assessment tool, that seeks to identify the key factors that determine quality in the design and functioning of corporate learning organisations.  

The third edition of the CLIP report is now available and excellent practice examples detail how the CLIP-accredited companies have successfully been approaching learning and development challenges. The 70 examples are organised under five main headings:

Contributing strategically
This section deals with planned change and organisational development. The examples highlight successful approaches in making learning the strategic agent for transformation, a corporate cultural integrator or a global integration process. Strategic contributions by a CLO can take the approach of development consulting for the business units or implementing myriad learning strategies. Other examples explore client training as a strategic activity, initiatives aimed at managers in particularly uncertain environments or the co-production of change management interventions.

Integrating people processes
Achieving more impact for learning is the overall driver in the examples in this section, with integration of people processes as the common denominator. The three-way interface between people development, line management and learning is all-present. Context must also be taken into account. Varying from one CLO to the other, the focus may be on covering the most strategic executives, tilting towards strategic workforce planning or implementing an expanded learning mandate covering some 10,000 managers.

Positioning the learning organisation
The examples in this section revolving around positioning are mostly internally focused on the integration towards a single source of formal training, the implementation of a global matrix structure or the establishment of centres of expertise. Budgeting issues and governance mechanisms as well as the role of learning as branding ambassador for the group are also covered.

Designing learning services
The 14 examples in this section break down into three types. While there is no clear-cut demarcation line, there are elements related to balancing internal and external resources, choreography of learning experiences (curriculum, methodologies, evaluation and physical environment) and to multi-location deployment. Expertise of corporate learning team members is the overarching driver when it comes to successful implementation.

Sequencing learning initiatives
The CLIP body of knowledge suggests that sequencing learning initiatives is a major approach for CLOs to achieve a greater impact on business results. The examples in this section focus on talent pipeline interventions and learning paths. It is the interplay between didactic methodologies and the profiles of learners that drives success.

This 2014 report is based on over 500 days of learning expert reviews and allows to observe that transitioning to a learning environment that is grounded in the workplace reality of learners is aclip challenge for any corporate learning function.

CLIP involves internal self-assessment against a set of rigorous standards drawn up by leading members of the corporate learning community is combined with external review by experienced peers. The CLIP Criteria Framework consists of nine chapters, 28 standards and 128 criteria.

Companies having achieved the CLIP accreditation are: Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften ADG, Alcatel-Lucent, Allianz SE, ArcelorMittal, BBVA, Capgemini, Credit Suisse AG, EDF Group, Gas Natural Fenosa, GDF SUEZ, Grupo Santander, MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG, Novartis International AG, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siemens AG, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, UniCredit Group.

If you would like to receive a copy of the latest CLIP report please email Mrs Shanshan Ge.

Successful Launch of ‘An Engaging Place to Work’ Special Interest Group

engageAchieving high levels of employee engagement remains a key priority for many companies, yet it also is challenging especially given the current difficult economic environment. The Special Interest Group (SIG) “An Engaging Place to Work” has started to explore strategies to build the “workplace of your dreams”. The goal is to advance the critical field of employee engagement in concrete terms, by creating a menu of “best practices” and jointly developing innovative “next practices”.

Ten leading companies are participating in this SIG: Allianz, Alstom, Baloise, Mazars, Merck/MSD, Pirelli, Repsol, Swiss Re, UBS and UniCredit.

The group met for the first time in early November 2014. The meeting was facilitated by Dr Siegfried Hoenle and Dr Simon Stoepfgeshoff and focused on three key questions:

  • How can we make engagement a true business priority?
  • How can we facilitate an effective process to improve engagement levels in a complex, multi-layered global organization?
  • How we shape key engagement drivers to drive successful outcomes?
The case examples and open discussions generated no easy answers, but many new practical insights and immediate take-aways:

  • Where companies use an engagement survey, why not rotate responsibility from department to department rather than keeping it in HR?
  • We know from research that higher engagement leads to higher client satisfaction and higher profits: starting with employee centricity might be the key to sustainably higher performance.
  • Technology allows for new ways to enhance employee engagement: on-line “Jams” allow the totality of a global workforce to get into a dialogue across hierarchical levels.
The member-driven SIG will “keep engagement up” and meet again, both virtually and face-to-face. Among other subjects, it will review how companies can engage the Gen Y employees, lovejobchallenge the assumption that engagement always has to be surveyed and study company examples of engagement leaders.

Also, in the spirit to foster peer learning and peer exchange, more successful case examples will be reviewed and discussed, also from companies which have implemented a unique model of engagement in an unconventional way.

The next face-to-face-meeting will be hosted by Repsol in Madrid on 26- 28 April 2015.  Several virtual sessions will be conducted in its build-up.

If your organization is interested in joining this SIG, please note that few places are still available at reduced fees.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Shanshan Ge.

EFMD Corporate Advisory Seminar - New Frontiers in Employee Engagement

brainYou are warmly invited to discover, share and discuss the outputs from the EFMD Special Interest Group on “An Engaging Place to Work”, by joining us on 28 April 2015 at Repsol in Madrid, Spain for a one-day EFMD Corporate Advisory Seminar.

Across industries and geographies the question of how a company can become and stay an engaging place to work is being discussed with increasing intensity. Not only is creating an engaging place to work the right thing to do from a human and organizational health perspective, it also translates into significantly enhanced financial results. Creating a place where employees are happy and proud to work for is one of the few opportunities for leading companies to differentiate themselves lastingly from the competition.

This is why the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “An Engaging Place to Work” has been exploring new and practical ways to conceptualize, measure and enhance employee engagement. In this SIG leading brands like Allianz, Alstom, Baloise, Mazars, Merck, Pirelli, Repsol, Swiss Re, UBS and UniCredit have joined forces to share, debate and look ahead. The goal has been to advance the state of practice in concrete terms, creating a menu of “best practices” and jointly developing innovative “next practices”.

In this Corporate Advisory Seminar (CAS) we would like to share the insights resulting from our intense exchange and debate them with an enlarged group of high-calibre-practitioners. In particular, we would like to jointly look into the future of engagement and explore answers to some imminent questions, like, for example:

  • What are the key drivers of engagement, now and going forward?
  • Beyond running surveys: how can we make engagement relevant and actioned-upon in our organizations?
  • What are new an unconventional ways to create work places that allow employees to happily perform and innovate?
This seminar will build on practical research and cases, leveraging applied social science and leading business practices. Sharing is at the core of what we do and we look forward to assembling a truly engaged group of practitioners to push the boundaries in this field.

Dr. Siegfried Hoenle, Managing Director of Talent & Leadership Solutions and Visiting Professor at IE Business School, has agreed to facilitate the SIG and Dr. Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Corporate Programmes at Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at St Gallen, will provide inputs and co-facilitate this seminar. Further guest speakers will provide input on critical topics of interest.

This workshop is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. EFMD corporate members benefit from a reduced participation fee. For more information, please contact Mrs. Shanshan GE.

Call for Papers: Legitimacy and Impact of Business Schools and Universities

HERC15 banner-bannerIt is our pleasure to announce that the submission of papers for the 2015 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference  will open on the 1st December 2014. We welcome and encourage submissions of research work within the following areas of academic enquiry:

  • Track 1: Legitimacy of business schools and universities
  • Track 2: Impact of business schools and universities

All submissions will be subjected to a competitive double-blind review process on the basis of originality, rigour and relevance. Preference will be given to papers that deal directly with impact and/or legitimacy of business schools and universities. The best proposals will qualify for presentation at the conference.At the end of the conference, the best papers will be invited for a regular submission to a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

HERC15 datesThe Annual EFMD Higher Education Research Conference serves as an anchor event for a community-building effort to encourage research on busi ness schools and their role in higher education. It also serves as a platform to facilitate the cross-fertilization of research by scholars from management, higher education, as well as other fields.

The forthcoming conference taking place in Oxford on 3-4 June 2015 will be the fourth organised in this series. Previous events have been hosted by The Lorange Institute of Business in Switzerland, Paris-Dauphine University in France and the Stockholm Business School in Sweden.We look forward to receiving your submission and welcoming you in Oxford!

If you have any questions, please do contact the EFMD Research and Surveys team. Also please do pass this message onto any of your colleagues who might be interested in submitting a paper.

Pathway: A Tool for Telework Placements Abroad

Pathway bannerStudents need international experience and strong foreign language experience to be competitive on the employment marketplace while to keep growing companies nowadays find it necessary to develop an international growth strategy. One innovative way to meet both these needs is for companies to have international interns work remotely. The Pathway tool supports internships at-a-distance from start to finish.

Developed during successful experiences of virtual internships using open source code. It allows higher education institutions to offer companies:
  • Access to qualified students, coached by academic mentors,
  • Cost-effective channels to new knowledge, new markets and native language speakers,
  • A possibility to further explore the trend of teleworking
The main features of Pathway:
  • Best practices to follow for the organization of virtual internships,
  • Matching students with internship offers,
  • A model internship charter between student, study programme and company, including communication, tasks, deliverables and deadlines,
  • Follow-up and evaluation system for interns from a distance.
Use it free! The open source code to develop a Pathway tool for your institution is available for download. The manual and screencasts explaining the use of the tool are available via this web address as well. The Pathway software is also available as open source code, under the GNU General Public Licence. The software can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone who wants to develop a customized version of the tool or who wishes to integrate it in an already existing system.

Pathway logoAdditional insights about setting up a university – business partnership in order to support long-term use of the Pathway tool can be obtained from the PROVIP website. Should you require further information please contact mariet.vriens@kuleuven.be, or address your questions to Boriana.marinova@efmd.org

The Pathway tool is one of the main outcomes of the PROVIP project. Pathway was developed as a tool to support the internship process and tested during PROVIP. Document sharing is possible but Pathway is not intended as a system for content collection. The privacy of the internship content remains subject to the agreement between student and company. Content that is shared is protected through standard web security protocols and guidelines.

Business School Accreditation: Inside Insights

Please read on to find out about the long-term rewards of accreditation in four top schools as well as the challenges for accreditation bodies:

Grenoble logoGF kemmyGrenoble Business School and Kemmy Business School: Embedding Accreditation Management
Julie Perrin-Halot (Grenoble Ecole de Management, France) and Rachael Weiss (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick in Ireland) argue that it provides long-term rewards when accreditation management is embedded into the life of institutions: “It is what we are doing with our accreditations internally that provides the greatest value”.  Authors Perrin-Halot and Weiss believe that two primary factors are sustainable means of embedding accreditation:

  • Institutionalising accreditation: a quality office.
  • Operationalising accreditation: a system for data management, please click to read more.

GF IESAIESA Venezuela: How to get Accreditation Right
Maria Helena Jaén outlines the accreditation experience of IESA in Venezuela.

  • Accreditation is a tough decision, touching on a school’s foundations and posing strategic challenges noy only for students and alumni but most especially for the school’s leadership, faculty and administrative staff.
  • Our experience with accreditation shows that the process requires committed academic and administrative leadership, supported by faculty members who are convinced that attaining accreditation is good for the school and for themselves. Please click to read more.

HEC-Liège: From EPAS to EQUIS and AACSB … and from AACSB to EPAS
GF14 3 HECL logoThe mix of EFMD and AACSB accreditation models helped achieve a rapid improvement of the quality assurance system.  Anne-Joelle Philippart (HEC-Liège in Belgium) describes the key steps of :

  • Involving stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Defining  graduate profiles documented by about 15 measurable Intended Learning Outcomes.
  • Re-organising faculty members around education background and qualification maintenance.
  • Clarifying the school’s mission, vision and strategy, please click to read more.

The Challenges facing business school accreditation
Business schools face many serious challenges that, as Michael Osbaldeston explains, have deep implications for accreditation bodies. Michael highlights that:

  • GF 3logosEQUIS was conceived as an accreditation system rooted in respect for diversity of institutional and cultural contexts. It promotes no “one best model” of a business school and does not impose standardisation of programme design, course content or delivery mode.
  • Two issues at the heart of EQUIS that have engendered continuous debate since its foundation are exactly what is meant by the term “internationalisation” and how best to assess “high-quality research”, please click to read more.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs): A Key Aspect of Programme Accreditation
ILOs seem to cause many schools and programme directors considerable difficulty or even resistance, Chris Greensted and Ulrich Hommel examine the issues.

  • ILOs are a statement of what a student will know and be able to do at the end of a (degree) programme or at the end of each component course.
  • ILOs should not only be clearly written but their achievement should also be measurable in some form.
  • Six principles for developing ILOs. Please click to read more.

If you are interested in knowing more about EQUIS, or about EPAS or about EFMD Deans Across Frontiers (EDAF).

2015 EFMD MBA Conference in Rome - Early Bird Deadline Approaching

Please join us in Rome from the 8-10 March 2015 for EFMD’s 2015 MBA Conference, hosted by LUISS School of Business and Management.mba2015

The conference theme is Redesigning the MBA and our Steering Committee has put in place a programme that will address many of the current concerns and challenges facing the MBA. Sessions include:

What will the world look like in 2020? Tim Jones, Director, The Future Agenda, UK

Panel - What will the MBA look like in 2020?
Three speakers from different backgrounds will share their perspective for the future. What will change, what will disappear and how does your school need to adapt?
Luigi De Vecchi, Chairman Continental Europe for Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi Bank, IT
Anna-Victoria Anderson, Current MBA Student, LUISS School of Business & Management, IT

Confessions of an MBA Director – Redesigning the MBA
How did you redesign your programme? What was the consultation process and which challenges did you encounter? Gloria Batllori, Director, MBA Programmes, ESADE Business School, ES

The conference will also give you plenty of time and opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues and peers in moderated discussion groups on topics such as:
  • Student expectations: Students or customers? How do you set limits? What does this new relationship mean for your institution?
  • Innovative ways to capture student experience: Blogs, apps, videos, social media etc. How do your students really experience your programme? How can you use their insights to improve the student experience?
  • Faculty management: How do you get your faculty to be more student-responsive and student-focussed? How do you help foster new teaching styles?
  • Engaging corporate partners: How can you involve corporate partners and make sure your teaching caters to their needs?
The EFMD MBA community is one of the key global MBA networks and the aim of the conference is to bring together MBA directors (full-time, part-time, distance learning or executive) to share and exchange ideas whilst also providing practical tools and examples that are applicable for your day-to-day work.

By registering before 28 November 2015, you will benefit from our advantageous early bird registration fee.

More information on the conference programme, speakers and logistics is available via the EFMD website. With other questions, please contact Diana Grote.

Hopefully we will  see you in Rome next spring!

Talent Management: Instrument for Business Transformation

Heidrick Struggles coverAccording to this new White Paper by Heidrick & Struggles the key charge for the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) functionally is to turn talent management into an instrument of business transformation that advances strategy, develops agile leaders, and coalesces in culture. As CEOs have increasingly recognized the value of talent to drive business outcomes, CHROs are expected to transform traditional HR practices into powerful competitive advantages creating a new way of working in a world of continuous change.

Transforming People = Transforming Business: As chief change officer, exceptional CHRO seek to do the following:
  • Transform and leverage HR technology
  • Cultivate a compelling employer brand from the inside out and the outside in
  • Innovate in engagement and retention strategy
  • Re-focus leadership development
  • Lead continual cultural renewal and organisational reshaping
For more information, please download the 12-page paper from Heidrick & Struggles.

For talent development, you may also be interested in the 2014 Winners of the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards.  You can for instance attend the upcoming EFMD Webinar on 1 December: Crossing the Chasm: How the Saltire Fellowship Programme is Developing Entrepreneurial Leaders for Scotland: Saltire Foundation & Babson Executive Education, Babson College. It is the SILVER Award 2014 winner in the category of Talent Development.

You can also read about the GOLD Award 2014 in “Talent Development": Developing International Leadership Talent and Stimulating Significant Culture Change: FrieslandCampina & Ashridge Business School. It is available from the EFMD ISSUU library
 
In “Solving the global talent equation”, Mike Johnson offers thoughts in this Global Focus article on the challenges facing business leaders tasked with managing organisations today and tomorrow.  Mike Johnson is also author of “The WorldWide WorkPlace: Solving the Global Talent Equation", Palgrave 2014
 
Real-life, real-time learning is explored in another recent Global Focus article: Executive Development: A cry for immediate impact. Authors Thorsell and Bridge at Mannaz argue that executive development today is about immediate impact with instant relevance to increasing performance.

How Being Embedded in your Region Helps Growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The University of St Gallen’s vision is to establish and further its position in the worldwide university landscape. However, 20% of its overall financial budget originates from its region, the Canton of St Gallen, while only 10% of its students do.As one of 10 state universities in Switzerland, it is the only specialised
university whose graduates … please click to read more.

Making the Most of the Hiring Process

GF14 3 crsThe latest Corporate Recruiters Survey offers a positive MBA hiring landscape and highlights what is most important for employers in the process. Findings suggest both new approaches for students in the job search and what schools can do to increase placement rates. Christophe Lejeune and Michelle Sparkman Renz report.

Findings from the annual Corporate Recruiters Survey offer good news for class of 2014 MBAs, business schools and employers. Fewer companies surveyed report being focused on containing costs and efficiency and their hiring plans reflect it. Some 80% of employers worldwide plan to hire recent MBAs this year, up from 73% last year and 30 percentage points higher than in 2009, when just half of employers surveyed planned to hire MBAs.

The 13th annual survey  drew responses from nearly 600 employers, including 32 of the top 100 companies in the Financial Times. It was conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council in partnership with EFMD and MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance. It offers insight into business school recruiters’ thinking and demonstrates the importance of internships, suggesting numerous ways that both schools and students can improve graduates’ chances of being hired.

Employers globally rated the hiring of past and present interns and on-campus visits as the most effective recruiting methods. European employers specifically cited internships as their most efficient means of identifying candidates to hire.

gmacBy hiring interns companies can observe first hand whether a prospect can do the work and is a good fit with the company. Likewise, a former intern who accepts a job has a better idea of the company culture and whether the company will be a good fit. Companies that hire past interns with whom they have experience are arguably making hiring decisions at a starting point that is even earlier than the traditional recruiting season viewed by business school career services offices.

A key aspect of the internship equation for schools is that more than half (57%) of employers surveyed reported that satisfaction with current and past interns is factored into their decision making when choosing future schools to recruit from. These findings provide numerous takeaways for how both schools and students can improve job placement rates.

Implications for Business Schools
First: Create more opportunities to place interns from a wider variety of programmes into a broader array of sectors.
Because employers find internships such an effective recruiting strategy, it is up to schools to help place as many students as possible as interns. Identifying which companies offer internships by sector and degree type, the survey results identify potential areas of growth among sectors that students might not have originally
considered in non-traditional fields such as technology, health care and manufacturing.
Please click to read more on how to work with students on internships, learning goals and personal communication plans.

Business school professionals can also attend the upcoming panel discussion on Employers and Recruitment Strategy at the November 2014 EFMD Career Services Conference.

For more details, you are kindly invited to download the full 2014 Corporate Recruiters Survey Report from the GMAC website and you can also register to participate in the 2015 edition.

Enhancing Talent Development and Talent Acquisition

GF14 3 talent IEAmber Wigmore Alvarez and Boris Nowalski, both at IE Business School, describe current changes to the way companies and business schools manage talent.

Corporate Human Resources Officers (CHROs) should think differently about how they attract and develop talent. As we meet with CHROs worldwide, in almost every industry and sector, it is intriguing to see how they have the same issues on their agendas, be it in Mexico City, Lagos or Moscow. They want to:

  • align their position and skills, and subsequently those of their teams, with the overall goals of their companies
  • connect with talent wherever it is located, a concept driven by globalisation, technology, mobility and education. If individuals are continuously being educated, so is the company
  • utilise analytics to better understand talent needs and trends
  • sustain the talent experience in order to attract, maintain and cultivate top talent as work environments evolve

In today’s fiercely competitive global markets, companies strive to hire the best possible talent they can in order to run their businesses successfully. There is very strong competition for finding and sourcing these talent pools around the world.

Business schools have been considered for many years as the perfect partner for many companies when it comes to hiring the best, as they compete among themselves to attract only the strongest candidates in the market. Using rigorous admissions criteria, including standardised tests, academic records and personal interviews, business schools select the best students to pursue their programmes. This process allows companies to have an automatic first filter ready made for them.

GF14 3 IElogoMany schools have developed strong career centres that act as a liaison between corporations, students and alumni. With diversity being one of the hallmarks at our own school, IE in Madrid, Spain, where more than 90 nationalities are represented on-campus, we are witnessing how our community of 50,000 alumni are forming a global talent market across a growing number of fields and disciplines.

This phenomenon poses a major challenge for our team in Career Services from the student/alumni perspective. However, for our recruiters, the result is innovation in which we are seeing new ways of acquiring, developing and managing talent and work. In many cases this involves us working side by side with them to assist in creating customised internships, business case competitions and management development programmes.

With more than 20% of our students across all programmes securing employment outside of their countries of origin, we are witnessing the end result that occurs when there is an open exchange of ideas, technologies, practices and human capital.

In the IE Career Management Center (CMC), we are no longer looking solely at historical data to devise our strategy but rather we are using data analytics to identify our students’ preferences and draft a roadmap for our approach to employers. Employers are similarly using analytics to mine large pools of employee and business data. At IE we understand that applying these analytics in a meaningful way provides both our institution and corporate partners with a competitive advantage and thus we have implemented … please click to read more.

You are warmly invited to read or download the full EFMD Global Focus magazine issue for free via the EFMD Library on Issuu or access the tablet versions via iTunes and Google Play.

One Million African Managers Needed Over Next 10 Years

IESE newestlogoAfrica needs to add one million trained business managers to its workforce over the next decade, in order to drive the dynamic growth that is forecast across the continent. But harnessing this potential will require educational solutions to bridge a gap between talent and business skills.

These were among the principal findings of the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the Management Development Network (EFMD) conference, hosted by IESE in Barcelona this week.

Under the banner of "Quality in Context: Management Education for the Developing World," the conference convened deans and faculty from around the world to discuss the challenges and solutions of business education in Africa. Participants debated on-the-ground realities facing African students and businesses, with a focus on the acute need to provide comprehensive in-company training for new graduate recruits who still lack core business skills.

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"Africa faces significant challenges in terms of business education. It is estimated that one million people will need to be trained to become business managers to respond to economic growth over the next 10 years," said IESE Professor of Strategic Management, Africa Ariño. "African business education operates in a very different context to the West with more constraints on resources. Many African businesses are vertically organized so they have to provide things like energy, and the same is true of education and talent development from within their own environments."

"African employers face a more acute need than their Western counterparts to provide university graduates with company training," she added. "Most recent graduates don't have the requisite business skills when they join a company. There's a key role for business schools to manage this gap between talent and business competencies."

The conference heard from deans, academics, education specialists and business leaders from all over the world, including Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, CEO of Ghana Chamber of Communications, Azam Chaudry, dean of Lahore School of Economics, Anjali Sastry, senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and Keith Engel, director of African tax policy at Ernst & Young.

Sessions focused on how to deliver quality and excellence in business education and the benefits of building partnerships with the private sector. Delegates also discussed the scarcity of soft, or "transversal" skills that are needed to fuel sustainable growth.

Delivering Value Locally and Globally
Director of EFMD Business School Services Department, Nadine Burquel, stressed the importance of this kind of competence building: "Business education in Africa needs to have a defined role in developing a spirit of entrepreneurship. We can’t just go into African countries, deliver curricula and leave. There has to be sustainable value – and this in turn needs to have the double dimension of delivering entrepreneurial and soft skills and to create jobs and prosperity at a local level, while building inter-cultural and transversal skills to help businesses and entrepreneurs compete at an international or global level."

Touching on the presence of overseas businesses operating in Africa, she also insisted on the need to hire locally. "Multinationals have the responsibility to find and employ local, African talent, and reward and nurture it. It’s about harnessing local excellence that better understands local markets. Too much has been extracted from Africa over the course of history," she added. "It’s high time to give something back."

Please click to read more from the IESE News.

Join a Graduway Webinar to Power Your Alumni Relations

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the Graduway Video.

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

  • 6th November - 3.30pm Central European Time / 9.30am Eastern Standard Time
  • 11th November - 11am Central European Time
  • 13th November - 3.30pm Central European Time / 9.30am Eastern Standard Time

To join simply reply by email to Robert Curtis at robert.curtis@graduway.com with your preferred time and we will send through the login details.

The first 100 EFMD members get a 10% discount on the Graduway platform and pay no set up fees.

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

If you have any other questions regarding how EFMD is supporting this partnership, please contact Matthew Wood at EFMD.

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The objective was to obtain a programme accreditation under EFMD’s EPAS standards as a start to a school accreditation under the AACSB and EQUIS (also EFMD) standards. Both EFMD and AACSB proposed very complementary models. The first step was to involve our stakeholders, both internal and external. The involvement of internal stakeholders ensures an institutional ownership of the process and implementation of a quality culture, oriented to continuous improvement. The involvement of external stakeholders helps the school to connect with market needs.

epasThe EPAS accreditation model is built around programme design, programme delivery and programme outcome. It is backed by a Quality Assurance System and framed by the institutional context. This model helped us to structure our activities. The main achievements were the writing of a quality manual and the setting up of a programme management system around the intended learning outcomes (ILOs).

The writing of the quality manual started with an analysis of our organisation. This has allowed us to rationalise and disseminate our processes and procedures. The ILO process started with a broad programme review relating to, on one hand, our main research fields and, on the other, our corporate dimension and the market’s needs.

Wide-ranging consultations were carried out with faculty, staff, alumni, students and employers. These meetings have created a team spirit and a sense of belonging to the school.

As regards programmes, we defined a graduate profile documented by about 15 measurable ILOs. Each professor was asked to determine which programme ILOs were addressed by her or his lectures. They also had to determine which pedagogical methods and which assessment methods they were using and then list them in pedagogic commitments published on the school web site.

A clear definition of programme ILOs has many advantages and serves students, programme directors, faculty and recruiters. Each one better understands the others’ expectations, favouring mutual adjustments and resulting in good teamwork between faculty members.

Every year the Quality Department carries out an analysis of each programme, checking … please click to read more.

Live Stream from the 6th Drucker Forum on November 13 and 14

DruckerWe are pleased to announce that a live steam will be provided from the Global Peter Drucker Forum on November 13 and 14. Chaired by Harvard Business Review Editor in Chief Adi Ignatius, the leading management conference will take place in Vienna for the 6th time to gather some of the key leaders and management thinkers from all corners of the globe to discuss their views relating to the topic "The Great Transformation - Managing our Way to Prosperity”

The live stream participation is free of charge - it is sponsored by the Scrum Alliance. A simple registration is required - please use this link.

You will receive a confirmation mail including the info of how to connect to the live stream. In addition to the live transmission according to the program schedule (in Central European Time) a re-transmission will be provided with a 10 hours time lag to accommodate North and Latin American time zones.

For reference please find the links to the conference program and to the thought leadership page for the 2014 Drucker Forum. You can contact the Peter Drucker Society Europe here.

Beyond its function as a conference, the Global Peter Drucker Forum has become a globally recognized platform and virtual think tank networked into a community of leading institutions, management thinkers and practitioners for the purpose of dealing with fundamental questions about the future of management and its responsibility in economy and society. The dialogue is informed and animated by the writing and spirit of the late Peter F. Drucker, who is widely considered "the father of modern management."

Key links
Conference program
: http://www.druckerforum.org/2014/the-event/program/
Thought Leadership Page: http://www.druckerforum.org/2014/the-event/thought-leadership/

The lead article:
http://www.efmd.org/images/stories/efmd/GF/2014-issue2/Issue__2_2014_greattransformation.pdf

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Peter-Drucker-Forum/105556006206119?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/GDruckerForum @GDruckerForum #GPDF14

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Global-Peter-Drucker-Forum-3976256

https://www.xing.com/net/pdse

From Great to Gone - Lessons for Business Schools

GF14 3 potloodPeter Lorange and Jimmi Rembiszewski argue that business schools must react more urgently to a new type of student.

Evidence from business suggests that we are faced with an entirely new class of consumers – the IT-fluent multitaskers – and that these may require a different set of innovations behind the products and services they appreciate – prestige brands and quality rather than low cost.

In addition, the way of communicating with this group of consumers is different – via social media rather than traditional ads in printed media and on TV. We have documented this in our new book "From Great to Gone", Gower, 2014.

There are also lessons here for business schools. Today’s emerging student is analogous to the new consumer – IT-literate and with more focus on quality and relevance rather than on low cost, though often they are looking at and comparing subsidised public-sector offerings.

This breed of new student typically combine studies with their full-time jobs – and so demand flexibility and modularity in curricula and more extensive use of IT-based studies of the basics at home. For example, some courses may be taken entirely via MOOCS and others at various, different, business schools.

GF14 3 great2goneRelevant innovations, as seen through the eyes of this emerging group of students, would have to focus on what they see as “cutting-edge”, both from a theoretical point of view as well as practical relevance. Typical emerging offerings might be cross functional as, for example, the new inter-face between finance/behavioural sciences/IT or between strategy and behavioural sciences or between marketing and product development. Innovation in both research and pedagogy will also be called for.

Coming up with irrelevant innovations, on the other hand, can often lead to a worsening of an academic institution’s performance. The modern student expects to discuss emerging key current dilemmas in class – learning from fellow students as well as from faculty. Basics, on the other hand, most modern students are ready to study at home via IT-based learning and support.

We identify three specific innovations that tend to be appreciated by modern students and executive participants in business school programmes: relevance; pedagogy; and flexibility.

Relevance: What is important is to be able to offer modern students/participants the most relevant offerings, ideally of the types that they may apply in their professional lives. Such cutting-edge offerings might typically be delivered by a relatively broad spectrum of experts/lecturers – not only academic professors but also consultants and practitioners. Typically these come from many sources and to rely primarily on in-house professors would tend to lead to a too-narrow set of offerings, which are often also more or less out of date.

Pedagogy: Relatively small classes focusing primarily on current dilemmas can create a significant increase in what is being learned.The classroom typically has a level floor with participants seated around tables of about seven individuals with a maximum of five tables.The professor provides an opening lecture of some 20 minutes with a maximum of five visual aids. The tables of participants/students then debate the issues for about 20 minutes followed by another 20 minutes of plenary discussion under the leadership of the professor. Experience indicates that in two days spent this way one might be able to cover up to perhaps five days of traditional learning. Please click to read more.

This article was recently published in EFMD's Global Focus magazine. You can read the issue for free via the EFMD Library on Issuu or access the tablet versions via iTunes and Google Play.

New Global Report: Doing Business in 2015

WB doingB coverDoing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency, a World Bank Group publication released yesterday, is measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. It is focused on 11 areas affecting everyday business activity: Starting a business, Dealing with construction permits, Getting electricity, Registering property, Getting credit, Protecting minority investors, Paying taxes, Trading across borders, Enforcing contracts, Resolving insolvency and Labor regulations.

The main findings of this report include:

  • Entrepreneurs in 123 economies saw improvements in their local regulatory framework last year, amongst others aimed at reducing the complexity and cost of complying with business regulation.
  • Tajikistan, Benin, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Azerbaijan, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates are among the economies that improved the most in 2013/2014.
  • For the first time this year, data was collected for second cities in economies with more than 100 million inhabitants. The economies are: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The added city enables a subnational comparison and benchmarking against other large cities.
  • Case studies highlighting good practices in eight of the indicator sets are featured in the report: starting a business, enforcing contracts, getting credit, paying taxes, protecting minority investors, registering property, resolving insolvency, urban planning
  • Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1–189. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.
  • The top ten shows: Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR China, Denmark, Korea, Rep., Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Finland, Australia.

emlyonFor more information you can explore the specific data on economy or subnational snapshots, topics, rankings. You can also download the full 331-page report.

WB CBS logoYou may be interested too in “Entrepreneurial Leaders, Educators and Students - A mindset for the Future”. It is the theme of the upcoming 2015 EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference on 25-27 February 2015, kindly hosted by Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. This event is aimed at instructors, professors, programme directors, programme developers, persons involved in entrepreneurship education and in other types of public, private and governmental groups/individuals focused in training, educating and assessing entrepreneurs. Also of interest is probably this recent article in the EFMD Global Focus magazine, “Uncertainty and the ‘entrepreneurial mindset”: How to teach students to become entrepreneurs, by Rickie Moore, EM Lyon.

EFMD Awards EPAS Accreditation to Programmes at Binus & RISEBA

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The EPAS Accreditation Board has recently awarded the EPAS quality label to the following programmes:

The following 9 programmes have also been re-accredited:

  • Peking University HSBC School of Business, China
    Master of Economics

  • Ecole de Management de Normandie, France
    Master Grande Ecole

  • Groupe ESC Pau, France
    Grande Ecole Programme in Management

  • Warsaw University of Technology Business School (WUTBS), Poland
    Executive MBA (PT)

  • AESE - Escola de Direcção e Negócios, Portugal
    Executive MBA

  • Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
    BA in International Management
    Master in Strategic Entrepreneurship

  • University of Portsmouth Business School, UK
    BA (Hons) Business Studies Suite

Quotes from the Schools

"We are delighted to have 2 programmes recognised and accredited by EPAS. The process of accreditation has been extremely valuable to the School and we thank EFMD and the peer review teams for their ongoing support. The accreditation will play a key role in helping us drive our international strategy and reach our goal of having 25% of the RISEBA student body as international students."
Prof. Irina Sennikova, RISEBA Rector & Professor of Management

"We are proud of being the first EPAS accredited programme in Indonesia. This inspires us to be a leading business school in the region".  
Dr. Stephanus Remond Waworuntu, MBA Dean, Faculty of Business, BINUS University International

The EPAS process considers a wide range of programme aspects including:

  1. The market positioning of the programme nationally and internationally
  2. The strategic position of the programme within its institution
  3. The design process including assessment of stakeholder requirements – particularly students and employers
  4. The programme objectives and intended learning outcomes
  5. The curriculum content and delivery system
  6. The extent to which the programme has an international focus and a balance between academic and
    managerial dimensions
  7. The depth and rigour of the assessment processes (relative to the degree level of the programme)
  8. The quality of the student body and of the programme’s graduates
  9. The institution’s resources allocated to support the programme
  10. The appropriateness of the faculty that deliver the programme
  11. The quality of the alumni and their career progression

EPAS was launched in 2005 and in 9 years has had a considerable impact on the quality of business schools programmes all over the world. As of October 2014, 84 accredited programmes from 63 institutions in 28 countries that have been awarded EPAS accreditation. 25% of the total are (E)MBAs, 32% are Masters, 29% are Bachelors, 2% are Doctoral Programmes and 12% are non-Bologna country-specific programmes.

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

Social Interpreneurship and The Jazz Age

GF14 3 jazzSocial intrapreneurs are rarely individual heroes but more like jazz musicians jamming in a group. But sometimes, say David Grayson, Melody McLaren and Heika Spitzeck, they need even bigger groups – a fully orchestrated ‘big band’.

A new order of business social innovators is emerging. Canadian author Anne Kingston, citing research by ad agency Sparks and Honey, recently noted key differences between two young groups.

Generation Z – those born since 1995, now 18 and under and who number about two billion worldwide – have a highly developed social conscience. Sixty per cent want jobs that create social impact compared to 31% of Generation Y (also known as “Millennials”), born between the 1980s and 2000. They are also more entrepreneurial (72% want to start their own businesses) and even more tolerant of racial, sexual and generational diversity than Generation Ys, who are a significantly socially conscious cohort in their own right, according to the 2014 Deloitte Millennials survey .

In 2012 the star Generation Z inventors who made headlines included 15-year-old Jack Andraka, who created an inexpensive, accurate sensor able to detect pancreatic cancer; and 17-year-old student Angela Zhang, who developed a protocol that allowed doctors to better detect cancerous tumours on MRI scans. Last February, 16-year-old Ann Makosinski claimed the top prize for 15- to 16-year-olds at the Google Science Fair, a place on Time’s “Top 30 under 30” list, as well as a barrage of media coverage for her flashlight, powered by the heat of a human hand. This had been inspired by the plight of a friend in the Philippines who had failed a grade at school because she lacked electricity to study at night.

GF14 3 jazz bookAlthough far younger than their counterparts currently enrolled in business schools, the emergence of these socially conscious, entrepreneurial Generation Zs represents the crest of a wave of business-based social innovation that we have seen building in our research on social intrapreneurism, which we published in our March 2014 book, Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz. Please click to read more on:

  • What are “social intrapreneurs” and why study them?
  • What do social intrapreneurs do?
  • How did they succeed in spite of the challenges?

You can read or download the full EFMD Global Focus magazine issue for free via the EFMD Library on Issuu or access the tablet versions via iTunes and Google Play.

Last Chance to Join the 2014 EFMD Career Services Conference

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This is your last chance to register to the 2014 EFMD Career Services Conference that will take place from the 19th to 21st November at Porto Business School, Portugal.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to join with peers from schools including: IESE Business School, Maastricht University, HEC Paris, University of St Gallen – HSG, Vlerick Business School, Stockholm University, University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Cologne, LUISS School of Business and IE Business School to discover and discuss the latest trends in career services and to share your experience as well as learn from other colleagues.

Around the general theme of the conference ‘Empower your Career Services’, there is an outstanding line up of speakers and best practice workshop sessions. Maria Nemeth, Founder and Director of the Academy for Coaching, in the US will lead a plenary on ‘How to go from Dreaming to Doing’ - how do we insure the success of our great ideas and plans?Melanie Parker, Executive Director of MIT Global Education & Career Development will discuss ‘Leading a Team’ and explore the different ways of leading a career services team.

We will also have sessions on Train the Trainers Session, Employers and Recruitment Strategy Panel & Story Telling. For more information on the rest of the programme, please visit the special webpage. We hope that you will join us in Porto for one of the most relevant and interesting career services event on the calendar.

Finally I also invite you to read this excellent article from IE Business School ‘Enhancing Talent Development and Talent Acquisition' from the latest issue of EFMD’s Global Focus magazine which describes changes to the way companies and business schools are managing talent.

If you have any questions please contact Virginie Heredia-Rosa.

Masters Programmes Going Global: Join us for the 2014 EFMD Conference on Masters Programmes

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You are kindly invited to the EFMD Conference on Master Programmes that will take place in Grenoble (France) on the 3-5 December 2014. The event will kindly be hosted Grenoble Ecole de Management.

This is the only global event of its type that focuses on the Masters degree and it offers a unique opportunity for colleagues from all over the world to network, exchange, share and discuss common issues and opportunities in Master Programmes.

This year’s conference will include speakers from (Australia, Asia, Europe, America) around the main theme: Master Programmes: Going Global. This will be a unique opportunity for colleagues to network, share and discuss common issues and opportunities in Master Programmes.

 We already have an exception line up of confirmed speakers including:

  • Della Bradshaw, Business Education Editor, Financial Times, UK who will lead a global panel on the future of the Masters degree
  • John Shields, Acting Deputy Dean (Programmes and Infrastructure) & Associate Dean Postgraduate Coursework, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Chris Tsang, Executive Director (School Development & MSc Programs), HKUST Business School,China
  • Mark Vandenbosch, Associate Dean of Programmes, Ivey Business School, Canada
  • Selcuk Erenguc, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs, Hough Graduate School of Business, USA
  • Benjamin Glover, Regional Director, EMEA, Graduate Management Admission Council, UK
  • Julia von Maltzan Pacheco, Associate Dean for International Relations, Fundação Getulio Vargas, BR
  • Bertrand Guillotin, Director, International Programs Office, Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business, US

The sessions and discussions will be around topics such as:

  • Global Trends in Master Programmes
  • Perceptions of Master Programmes
  • Why Masters? / Why Now?
  • How to add value? – Programme Management (Curriculum, Professional and Personal Development, Support Services)
  • Final Projects with Companies Alternatives to Master Theses
  • How Top Schools are dealing with global chammenges
  • The Future of Master Programmes

This event will be chaired by Mark Thomas, Associate Dean and Director of International Affairs, Grenoble Ecole de Management. More information about the Masters Conference is available from the dedicated EFMD website. Please do register now, until 15 September 2014 you can benefit from the early bird fee. Numerous networking activities will be available throughout the event and  please do contact EFMD colleague Caroline Taylor with any questions you may have. 


The New EFMD Global Focus Magazine 2014 is now Available

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This latest issue of Global Focus begins with an article by EFMD's Michael Osbaldeston on how accreditation can, and is, helping business schools respond to many of the challenges and criticisms facing the sector.

You can read or download the full issue for free via the EFMD Library on Issuu or access the tablet versions via iTunes and Google Play.

In focus and Contents

Business School Impact Survey

The EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EIP): Call for Entries

EFMD/EURAM Research Leadership Programme, Cycle 5

The challenges facing business school accreditation: Business schools have been among the most successful higher education institutions of the last 50 years. Yet now they face many serious challenges that, as Michael Osbaldeston explains, have deep implications for accreditation bodies.

EFMD & Graduway partnering to raise standards in alumni relations

Embedding values: Mark Moody-Stuart examines the difficulties of ensuring that the right values are agreed, understood and truly embedded in a large multicultural business organisation.

The Jazz Age: Social intrapreneurs are rarely individual heroes but more like jazz musicians jamming in a group. But sometimes, say David Grayson, Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck, they need even bigger groups – a fully orchestrated ‘big band’.

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Enhancing talent development and talent acquisition: Amber Wigmore Alvarez and Boris Nowalski describe current changes to the way companies and business schools manage talent.

How being embedded in your region helps growth: Thomas Bieger explains how the University of St Gallen used the new Business School Impact Survey to consolidate and build on its local roots.

From EPAS to EQUIS and AACSB…and from AACSB to EPAS: Anne-Joëlle Philippart explains how the mix of EFMD and AACSB accreditation models helped achieve a rapid improvement of the quality assurance system at HEC-Liege.

Adjunct Finder.com: connecting part-time faculty and business schools.

The case for inspiration: Donald Marchand and Anna Moncef discuss the lessons to be learned from the Novartis SMS for Life initiative.

Making the most of the hiring process: The latest Corporate Recruiters Survey offers a positive MBA hiring landscape and highlights what is most important for employers in the process. Christophe Lejeune and Michelle Sparkman Renz report.

Solving the global talent equation: Mike Johnson offers some thoughts on the challenges facing business leaders tasked with managing our organisations today and tomorrow.

Reinvigorating the PhD: PhDs are increasingly under scrutiny for being ‘irrelevant’ and ‘lacking impact’. But given the right tools, Simon Linacre believes that they still have much to offer.

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

Business school libraries – where next? Daniel Gunnarsson describes the major changes that technology has made possible in business school libraries. And speculates about other changes that are still to come.

Strategic leadership and new ways of working to drive organizational growth – the UniCredit approach: Andrew Rutsch explains how Italian banking group UniCredit turned to strategic leadership and new ways of working in a bid to drive organisational growth.

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2015 EFMD Conference for International and External Relations, PR, Marketing, Communication and Alumni Professionals

Looking for more students? Recruit with Precision with the Graduate Management Admission Search Service

If you have any comments or questions on Global Focus or would like to propose story ideas please send them to Matthew Wood.

EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Bangkok

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Join our seminars in Bangkok, hosted by Thammasat Business School to find out more about EQUIS and EPAS and the many benefits the EFMD Accreditation Process can bring to your School.

  • Are you applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation?
  • Is your Institution holding active eligibility?
  • Do you want to get a better understanding about the accreditation systems?
  • Do you want to find out about recent process developments within the EFMD accreditations?

Then we invite you to join our EQUIS and EPAS Accreditation Seminars.

To view the complete programme and all other practical information, please visit the event page. If you have any questions please contact JiaJia Zhu.

Rethinking the MBA for the Future

MBA 100daysGiselle Weybrecht has been posting one short idea a day as a brainstorming exercise towards creating more sustainable leaders.  It was exploring all aspects of the business school ranging from curriculum and research to partnership and campus activities. The 100 days were in the Summer 2014.

Now Giselle is posting 10 short summary points bringing together the main themes:

  • Stronger individuals: The future business school is about creating stronger individuals who have both a better understanding of the world around them, and how they fit within that world.
  • Engaging with the community: Future business schools will be a much more integral part of their surrounding community, engaging in a wide range of community activities. If you are looking for a tool to to determine the extent of a school’s impact upon its local environment, please do check out the EFMD Business School Impact Survey, BSIS.
  • Driving innovation: Business schools are made up of a constantly changing group of interdisciplinary students, faculty experts and outside partners with a wide range of experience which could be put to use to explore opportunities.
  • The bigger picture: The “business” degree itself will reflect more closely the realities of business today by putting a major focus on the bigger picture, those things that business impacts as well as those things that impact business.
  • Useful, relevant and up-to-date: The curriculum of the future will embed current sustainability topics throughout all classes.
  • Focus on education: Rather than move into creating shorter-faster programmes, business schools will focus on creating an environment that maximises learning and teaching opportunities.
  • Flexibility: Business schools of the future will be much more flexible in terms of the kinds of programmes, focus on disciplines, whilst focused on a particular part of a career, or available over a lifetime.
  • Accessibility: the business school of the future will attract a much wider range of individuals, eliminating the need for diversity officers or quotas.
  • For knowing key themes 9 and 10, please follow Giselle on Twitter.

If you are interested in more info, please do explore the 100 different ways to rethink and reimagine the MBA.  You are also warmly invited to join this discussion at the upcoming 2015 EFMD MBA Conference that is to be held on 8-10 March 2015 in Rome, Italy, kindly hosted by the LUISS School of Business and Management.

Last Chance to Submit Cases for the 2014 EFMD Competition

Case submission coverYou are kindly invited to submit cases to the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition. The 2013 edition of the competition broke another record with 258 submissions. 

In addition to the 14 regular categories, generously sponsored by the schools and organizations listed below, we will once again have the “Best of the Best” category, to which all the winning cases from the different categories will be eligible. The 2013 overall winners were:

“SMS for Life Case Series" by IMD and Novartis", written by: Donald A. Marchand, Anna Moncef, Patricia Santos all from IMD, CH.



We warmly thank the sponsors for their continued support. All of the winning cases receive €2000, wide visibility across the EFMD network and publication by The Case Centre.

The “Best of the Best” winners are featured in the EFMD’s Global Focus Magazine, receive visibility across the EFMD and Case Centre networks and are awarded with an engraved plate during the EFMD Annual Conference Awards Ceremony.



Case submission sponsorsThe deadline for the submission of cases is 10 October 2014. For more information and for submitting your case, visit the 2014 EFMD case Writing Competition page.

 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Sponsored by Kedge Business School, FR
  • Entrepreneurship: Sponsored by E.M. Lyon, FR
  • Family Business: Sponsorship Opportunity !
  • Finance and Banking: Sponsored by Toulouse Business School – Groupe ESC Toulouse, FR
  • Supply Chain Management: Sponsored by Kedge Business School, FR
  • Emerging Chinese Global Competitors: Sponsored by Renmin University of China School of Business, CN
  • Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues: Sponsored by Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School, FR
  • African Business Cases: Sponsored by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • Indian Management Issues and Opportunities: Sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
  • Responsible Leadership: Sponsored by University of San Diego - School of Business Administration, US
  • Inclusive Business Models: Sponsored by IMD, CH
  • Latin American Business Cases: Sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia, CO
  • MENA Business Cases: Sponsored by HEC Paris in Qatar, QA
  • Bringing Technology to the Market: Sponsored by ESMT, DE

Please feel free you to consult the 2013 winners in the various categories and also do not hesitate to pass this on to a colleague who might be interested in participating. Please do contact EFMD colleague Caroline Taylor with any questions you may have.

IESE & Barcelona is the New Location for the GBSN & EFMD Africa Conference

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NEW LOCATION: The 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to IESE & Barcelona.

It is with great disappointment that EFMD, GBSN & GIMPA have to announce that the 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to Barcelona, Spain due to the ongoing and tragic crisis surrounding the Ebola virus.

The President of Ghana issued a 3-month moratorium on international conferences and there are rising concerns among our member schools about the Ebola crisis, so the decision to move location had to be made.

Since the new venue for the conference will be Barcelona, Spain, we hope that our members that were not planning to travel to Ghana, but still have an interest in business education in Africa see this as an opportunity to participate in engaging discussions with a very international audience.  The conference program will keep a strong focus on Africa.

We warmly thank IESE Business School for stepping in to offer their facilities at such short notice and being so supportive of the network.

The conference will take place on the initially planned dates of 4th-5th November 2014, with the GBSN Members Meeting and EFMD Accreditation seminar on 3rd November 2014. Even though the conference location will change, the conference program will keep a strong focus on Africa with the same agenda and we look forward to engaging discussions with a very international audience.

Early Bird Registration has been extended through September 30th, and new hotel information will be posted to the website soon. Please check back to www.gbsn.org/africa2014 for more information.

We would like to thank all of our members for your understanding and continued support and look forward to warmly welcoming you to Spain. If you have any questions please contact  Page Buchanan, GBSN, at pbuchanan@gbsnonline.org or Griet Houbrechts, EFMD, at griet.houbrechts@efmd.org.

 

Executive Development Conference: Exploiting/Improving and Exploring/Innovating

Banner2014exdevWe would like to remind you that you have until the 5 September to register online and benefit from our normal conference fee for the 2014 EFMD Executive Development Conference, hosted by the University of St. Gallen, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, Switzerland (1-3 October, 2014).





Join participants from London Business School; Queen’s School of Business; Victoria University of Wellington; Swiss Reinsurance; Vlerick Business School; Mannaz; Amcor; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; EADA Business Schoool; Duke Corporate Education; HKUST Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a host of other leading professionals in the Executive Development sector who have already registered. The conference brings together business schools, executive development centres, consultants and network providers as well as clients (companies) and will investigate, discuss and explore: (EI)² Exploiting/Improving AND Exploring/Innovating.

We would like to encourage you to attend the event with your corporate partner(s)*, so that all viewpoints can be heard, shared and debated during the numerous discussion groups schedules in the programme. *A special conference fee is available for accompanying clients.

EIP2014 GoldThe event will also showcase four outstanding learning and development partnerships from the 2014 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EIP) Gold Award cases.

Please click here  for the complete programme of the 1-3 October conference, you can register online here, and please do contact EFMD colleague Delphine Hauspy with any questions you may have.

Latin America Business Cases: The Very Best

universidad externado de colombiaBusiness development in Latin America is at the core of this category in the EFMD annual Case Writing Competition, sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia and the 2013 winner is this category is:
Mabe: Learning to be a Multinational”, written by José Luis Rivas, ITAM-Santa Teresa Campus and Luis Arciniega, ITAM-Rio Hondo Campus, both campuses in Mexico. All details are available from the Case Centre. The case describes the dilemma of a Mexican appliance manufacturer, MABE.  Just before the financial crisis, MABE formed a joint venture with a Spanish company and entered the Russian market, but this was not successful.  The authors elaborate on the dilemma: should MABE leave the Russian JV and refocus on other emerging markets? Should MABE acquire a local manufacturer? Should things remain as is? Learning objectives include understanding motivations and means of international expansion, respecting cross-cultural differences, understanding economies of scale and global competition as drivers of strategy.

itamAlso the winning cases from the previous years in the “Latin American Business Cases” category  are available from the Case Centre.
In 2012, the winner was “Veja: Sneakers With a Conscience”, from the Richard Ivey School of Business, USA. This case describes the founding and growth of Veja, the first eco-sneaker company in the world with a focus on the development of sustainable business practices in organic cotton, wild natural rubber and traditional veggie-tanned leather. More in general, the case deals with the issue of how ventures integrate sustainable practices into a holistic and ever improving offering, which engages multiple supply chain participants in co-devising a value proposition appealing not just to our sense of fashion, but also to our conscience.

In 2011, the winner was “Natura: Expanding Beyond Latin America”, INSEAD. Here the authors describe how Natura - as a highly regarded brand in the cosmetics industry in Brazil – could enter developed markets.  The case raises issues related to how Natura should expand and  allow to discuss the process of internationalisation and the building of an international/global brand.

You can also consult the full list of winners for all 15 categories on the EFMD website, and NOW submit cases for the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition.

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

Case2013winner logoimd“Inclusive Business Models” is about commercially viable models that include the poor on the demand side as customers, and on the supply side as employees or business owners at various points in the value chain.  This category in the EFMD annual Case Writing Competition  is sponsored by IMD and the 2013 winner is:
Child in Need Institute: Non-Profit or Hybrid?”, written by Anjan Ghosh, Sougata Ray, and Indranil Biswas, three colleagues at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India.

The case features CINI, a reputable NGO with a mission of “sustainable development in education, protection, child health, adolescent and women in need”.  It focuses on the directors’ assignment to recommend whether the organisation should continue (after 37 years) as a NGO or should venture into social business. The authors provide core characteristics of a social enterprise, along with strategies to fulfil its mission in a rapidly changing and challenging socio-economic context. Full details are available from the Case Centre.

IIMCalcutta logoAlso the winning cases from the previous years in the “Inclusive Business Models” category are available from the Case Centre. For 2012 it was: “Planting the seeds of change: The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange”, University of Geneva, Switzerland. This case illustrates the challenging journey of Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin and her team to realize her dream of establishing a transparent and efficient commodity exchange in Ethiopia. The authors describe the integrative approach that provided market institutions to grade quality and set standard, to warehouse and issue warehouse receipts, relay market information to all the relevant actors, coordinate trading, as well as to ensure reliable payment, delivery, and contract enforcement.

There was also a highly commended case: “Schneider Electric in rural India”, INSEAD Singapore.
This case describes the evolution of Schneider Electric’s efforts to serve the base of the pyramid (BOP) market in rural India. Starting out as part of a stand‐alone corporate social responsibility programme to serve villages with no electricity, these have been integrated over time with a rural business initiative that aims to profit from the long‐term opportunity these markets present.

You can also consult the full list of winners for all 15 categories that is on the EFMD website, and NOW submit cases  for the 2014 EFMD Case Writing Competition.

Join Now for the 2014 EFMD ABS International Deans Programme (IDP7)

idp We would like to inform you that you now can register for the 7th edition of the EFMD-ABS International Deans' Programme (IDP).

This exceptional programme enables a group of up to 20 international deans to visit business schools in four countries. You will gain a unique overview of strategy, operations, structures and future markets in business and management education.

The three compulsory module for the 2014 International Deans' programme are:

  • 16-18 September 2014 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong, College of Business, HK
  • 14-15 January 2015 in United Kingdom at Saïd Business School, Oxford,and Imperial College Business School, London, UK
  • 15-16 April 2015 in Copenhagen Business School, DK and School of Economics and Management, Lund University, SE

Other benefits of joining the programme include:

  • Global networking with the potential for long-term collaboration
  • Time to think and engage in current debates on the future of management and business education
  • Psychometrics: MBTI, 16PF, FIRO-B, 360 feedback
  • Join a network of over 75 business school deans from 23 different countries that have already participated in the programme
  • Please note that this programme is aimed at recently appointed directors general/deans of the whole business school only.

More information is available here  and you can register online.  If you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to contact EFMD colleague Virginie Heredia-Rosa directly.

6th Global Peter Drucker Forum: "The Great Transformation - Managing our Way to Prosperity”

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As a premier partner and founding supporter of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, EFMD supports the endeavour to advance management thinking on the foundation of Peter Drucker’s ideas and ideals.

The 6th Global Peter Drucker Forum: "The Great Transformation -  Managing our Way to Prosperity” will take place in Vienna, Austria, this November 13-14 and we invite you to join world-class management thinkers and practitioners.

Chaired this year by Harvard Business Review Editor in Chief Adi Ignatius, the Forum brings together top executives and noted scholars to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. The dialogue is informed and animated by the writing and spirit of the late Peter F. Drucker, who is widely considered "the father of modern management."  

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Clayton Christensen, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands
  • Gary Hamel, Management Expert, Consultant, MIX Co-Founder and Professor at London Business School
  • Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organisational Behavior, INSEAD
  • Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief, Harvard Business Review
  • Julia Kirby, Editor at Large, Harvard Business Review
  • Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School
  • Roger L. Martin, Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management
  • Nilofer Merchant, Writer
  • Marc Merrill, President and Co-Founder of Riot Games
  • Vineet Nayar, Vice Chairman of HCL Technologies, Founder, Sampark Foundation
  • Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times

A background article on the forum theme "The Great Transformation -  Managing our Way to Prosperity” has just been published in the latest issue of EFMD's Global Focus Magazine.

More information about the speakers and program outline is available via www.druckerforum.org

EFMD members have access to a reduced registration fee of 25% during the early bird period ending on July 15 from a combination of early bird discount and EFMD members reduction. To benefit from the EFMD reduced registration fee, click here to register and enter your Group code: « EFMD » or copy in your browser www.druckerforum.org/registration

We hope you will be able to join EFMD and the Drucker Society in Vienna for this high stimulating and excititng conference. If you have any questions regarding registration, do not hesitate to contact the Drucker Forum Secretariat events@druckersociety.eu
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EFMD Support the Fifth International Business School Shanghai Conference

antaiEFMD is delighted to be a strategic partner of the Fifth International Business School Shanghai Conference that will be hosted by Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Oct. 9-10, 2014.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are widely recognized as effective ways to revitalize the global economy. International markets seek new ideas and innovative business practices, which have the potential to strengthen and stabilize economic growth. So many regions, including China, are striving to develop entrepreneurial management practices and create supportive environments that foster and enable innovation.

Business schools are the origins of many successful entrepreneurship practices, and play a vital role in boosting development of economies and the prosperity of business. This requires the business education industry to reflect on questions such as how to nurture management talents who are able to generate new ideas and implement the ideas in innovative ways.

Therefore, the conference has established Innovation and Entrepreneurship as its theme. It is expected to foster discussions on the latest developments in innovation and entrepreneurship, and exchange viewpoints on two parallel session topics: “How Business Schools’ Innovation Education is Driving Sustainable Development” and “Business Schools’ Education about Entrepreneurship”.

In addition, the IBSSC features two pre-sessions on business schools’ development. Some changes in international accreditation standards indicate that the innovation and sustainability of business schools are increasingly recognized as priorities, so:

  • Pre-session 1 will focus on the topic of “New International Accreditation Standards for the New Management Education Era”, to discuss the trend and how business schools will respond to it.
  • Pre-session 2 will explore the topic of “Future of Management Education: Emerging Opportunities for Asian B-schools”.

The biennial IBSSC is one of the most important forums held by ACEM. Since the first successful conference in 2006, the IBSCC has itself become an international brand and the largest dean-level conference for business schools in the Asia-Pacific region.

An outstanding line up of speakers includes:

  • Prof. Peter Blair Henry, Dean of Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, USA     
  • Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Dean of Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, USA     
  • Prof. Gnanalingam Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School, UK
  • Prof. Alfons Sauquet, Dean of ESADE Business School, Spain     
  • Prof. CAI Hongbin, Dean of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, P. R. China
  • Prof. William Boulding, Dean of Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA     
  • Prof. Edouard Husson, Dean of ESCP Europe Business School, France
  • Prof. Fiona Devine, Head of Manchester Business School, UK     
  • Prof. Emerson de Almeida, President of the Board Committee of Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil
  • Prof. Chris Styles, Dean of Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia   
  • Prof. Steef van de Velde, Dean, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherland  
  • Prof. Larry Edward Penley, President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA     
  • Prof. Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School, Spain (TBC)     
  • Prof. Hirokazu Kono, Dean of Keio Business School, Japan     
  • Prof. WU Xiaobo, Dean of School of Management, Zhejiang University, P. R. China

The conference convenes more than 100 deans/general directors from overseas business schools, and 100 local Chinese business school deans, who exchange their ideas on cutting-edge topics in the field of management education. Due to its focused themes, global scale and western and eastern integration, the IBSSC has already become an extremely valuable forum for business schools around world, and Antai is committed to developing the IBSSC into the most influential management forum in the international management education circle.

Who should attend?
Deans, Directors, Rectors and Vice Deans from leading business schools in the world; top executives from international organizations in the business education industry.

For more information about the conference and reserving your seats, please refer to the website http://www.acem.sjtu.edu.cn/intl/conferences/5_en/index.html, or contact Antai College of Economics and Management via Tel: +86-21-52302510; Fax: +86-21-52302511; Email: iceo@sjtu.edu.cn

Please join us in Shanghai in October for this unique event. Registration details are here.

EFMD Awards EQUIS Reaccreditation to 11 Leading Business Schools

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

Amsterdam Business School, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Babson College, USA
CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
ESCP Europe, France
Durham University Business School, UK
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Keio University, Keio Business School, Japan
London Business School, UK
LUSEM - Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Business, China
University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School, UK

“EQUIS has set new standards of quality in management education. The EQUIS accreditation process is a unique opportunity for a university or a business school to reflect on the relevant strategic issues that any institutions face in today’s changing world, as well as on the operational dimensions that make the university’s  educational experience truly good.”
Jordi Canals, Dean, IESE Business School

"EQUIS accreditation provides independent evidence of quality to past, current and potential members of the London Business School community. We are pleased to have their confirmation of the success of our constant search for excellence.”
Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School

"We do appreciate that we are granted EQUIS label for another three years. Under the accelerated globalization of management education, this reaccreditation is just the starting point for our improvement for the coming three years."
Prof. Hirokazu Kono, Dean, Keio Business School

"It is a great honour to be awarded five years accreditation by EQUIS and I would like to thank the peer review team for their carefull consideration of Leeds University Business School. I also would like to pay tribute to all the hard work put in by my colleagues, which has resulted in this well-deserved accolade.”
Prof. Peter Moizer, Dean, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds

"We are delighted that we have been awarded with EQUIS reaccreditation for a second time. The reaccreditation exercise is a clear demonstration of our dedication to excellence, and the priority placed on internationalisation.”
Prof. Edwin Cheng, Dean, Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

"Amsterdam Business School – part of the University of Amsterdam- is proud to be continuously in the league of schools with EQUIS accreditation.”
Prof. Dr. Marc Salomon, Dean, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam

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

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

EFMD Awards EQUIS Accreditation to AUC, KEDGE and Frankfurt

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate AUC, KEDGE and Frankfurt who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.

who have just been awarded EQUIS accreditation.This takes the number of accredited schools to 147 across 40 countries.

  • “Internationally mobile students as well as companies who work with business schools to develop their most promising talent all have an interest in whether a business school is accredited, and if so, by whom,” explained Professor Dr. Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School. “This is where EQUIS plays an absolutely vital role, by helping us to attract top talent from all over the world to study at our business school. This both strengthens us and raises Frankfurt’s profile as a leading business centre.”

  • "The creation of KEDGE BS was challenging for all staff and the support and understanding of the EFMD was essential to our progress. As the EQUIS criteria underpins our vision of an international school, it is particularly motivating to have achieved accreditation following our merger. The input from EQUIS was a caring balance of praise and focused criticism that will guide and motivate us for the future. We want to offer the best in personal and professional development and EQUIS helps us to do so," said Dr. Philip McLaughlin, Acting Dean and Director, KEDGE Business School.
  • “AUC School of Business has been working relentlessly and passionately over the last five years with its different stakeholders to create a culture of change and continuous improvement and to transform assessment and accreditation from being a destination to being the ongoing driver for bettering our program and service offerings to cater to the needs of the society.  It is invaluably inspiring to see the school, over such a short time despite the developments taking place in Egypt, become EQUIS accredited consequently triple-crowned and making it in a better position to serve its community,” said Dr. Sherif Kamel, Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo
  • “EQUIS accreditation is the ultimate acknowledgement of Frankfurt School’s successful development over the last few years – I am absolutely delighted by this achievement!” confirmed Professor Dr. h.c. Klaus-Peter Müller, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG. “EQUIS accreditation helps to underline the fact that our key strategic projects, such as the development of our research capabilities and international expansion, are all heading in the right direction.”

Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, the EFMD Director of Quality Services added, "We are delighted to warmly welcome the three new schools into the EQUIS community. Accreditation from EFMD is one of the best and most complete ways to certify the quality of a business school as acreditation involves an extensive self-assessment by the School, a visit of an international review team who spend several days interviewing many different people in the School, and finally a very experienced jury evaluating the assessment and findings of the review team to determine whether the School should be granted accreditation. There are currently no substitutes for such an in-depth assessment of quality and both schools should be commended for their commitment to excellence."

The benefits of accreditation include:

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

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

Announcing the 2014 EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners

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EFMD is delighted to announce the 2014 Excellence in Practice Gold Award Winners.


"The applications to this year's EIP Awards were again of a very high level and exemplified the growing demand to show the impact of Learning & Development initiatives. Every single finalist represents an excellent investment case, based on solid partnerships." said Dr. Richard Straub, Director of Corporate Services at EFMD.

EFMD wants to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The Gold cases will be showcased during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference which will be hosted by St. Gallen University on 1-3 October. 

The 2014 Gold Award Winners include:

Category: Talent Development
FrieslandCampina & Ashridge Business School
“Developing Talent for 2020”

Category: Executive Development
Promsvyazbank (PSB) & Chicago Booth School of Business
“PSB & Chicago Booth NewEXperienceTime”

Category: Organisational Development
Stora Enso & IMD
“Stora Enso & IMD – A Pathbreaking Partnership”

Category: Professional Development
University Medical Center Groningen & Amsterdam Business School
“An Industry Approach Transforms Healthcare: A 7 Year Journey”

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members for their successful cooperation and hope to receive more exciting cases next year. The continuously growing quality of applications has led to the decision to give visibility to more cases as of this year. As well as the Gold Award winners there were Silver Award winners and also Finalists selected from all of the entries.

More information on the full result can be found via 2014 EFMD Excellence in Practice Award Winners.

Quotes from the Winners

  • “The Amsterdam Business School and University Medical Center Groningen are very proud that they have won the prestigious EFMD best case award in the category professional development. It is a recognition of the dedication and focus of everyone involved in this project and we hope it will provide best practice and inspiration for other organizations to effectively implement operational excellence.”
    Prof.dr. Ronald J.M.M. Does, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam

  • "To receive this award is immensely encouraging for FrieslandCampina. Since we stated our ambition to be the most successful, professional and attractive dairy company we have worked really hard to unleash talent in the company and make talent management an integral part of our business strategy. The programme we have created with Ashridge is really helping our key talents to be our leaders for the future. The leadership mindset created in the programme is working well, and we are currently bringing it alive in the whole company. We still have many great challenges ahead to realise our ambition, so we are grateful for the extra energy this award gives us."
    Willem der Lee, Corporate Director of Talent, FrieslandCampina

  • "We are immensely proud to be working with FrieslandCampina on such a powerful programme of personal and organisational development, and for the quality of this work to have been recognised. This is a testament to our strong and trusting partnership. It also shows that - with clarity, focus and imagination - an incredible amount of change can be achieved over a very short timeframe. We are absolutely thrilled with this achievement and that the FrieslandCampina programme has won a highly coveted EFMD Excellence in Practice award.”
    Lindsey Masson, Executive Director, Corporate Business, Ashridge Business School

  • “Speaking for all the Booth faculty that participated in the NEXT PSB program, we are delighted to win the EFMD gold medal award. The success of the program, and the resulting award is confirmation of the formula for success in customized leadership programs: high quality faculty, a dedicated executive education staff, and a customer who is highly engaged and committed to creating the context necessary for successful leadership development in their organization."
    Marc Knez, Faculty Director, Chicago Booth School of Business

  • "We are happy and proud that EFMD has recognized our NEXT program with such a high award among other well-known international companies. Recognition of our project as one of the best is confirmation that together with our partner Chicago Booth School of Business we have managed to find creative, and most importantly, effective solutions to our challenges. The program became a powerful tool for further business development and strategic goals achievement, and this award inspires our Corporate University to continue forming a new leadership culture and contribute to the development of the next generation of PSB leaders."
    Oxana Martynova, Head of Corporate University, Promsvyazbank

  • “It was our distinct privilege to work with the inquisitive and passionate PSB leaders. Without doubt they made the learning journey at Chicago Booth an insightful, refreshing and impactful experience. Their willingness to think critically and collaboratively about their shared leadership challenges and to engage with our faculty in a robust dialogue is the foundation of a very open and fruitful collaboration with PSB. We are grateful and proud to have been granted this special award. We trust that this recognition will help maintain the desire and ambition to learn and explore new ways to bring success to PSB.”
    Eugenia Patriniche, Programme Director, Chicago Booth School of Business

  • “It’s a great honor and confirmation of our work with Stora Enso to have received this award. The Pathbuilder journey shows the immense strategic impact that educational programs can have both on the individual but also the organization level.”
    Albrecht Enders, Professor of Strategy and Innovation, IMD

If you have any questions or would like further information on the EIP awards you can find out more via this EIP Overview Brief or please contact Florence Gregoire.

EFMD Future Series webinar – “Emerging Trends in Social and Digital Transformation”

WebinarsThis upcoming series of webinars will focus on "Emerging trends in social and digital transformation and their impacts on the People Agenda”, and will be delivered by Stephan Paolini, Senior Vice President, Capgemini Consulting.

According to Capgemini Consulting’s vision, digital transformation is first and foremost a business transformation. People, not technology, are the most important piece in the digital transformation puzzle. 

paoliniDigital transformation has become the ultimate challenge in change management because it impacts not only industry structures and strategic positioning but all levels of an organization (every task, activity, process) and its extended supply chain. Leaders must constantly challenge their organizations to ensure that this technology-enabled change can unlock productivity gains and significant competitive advantage and understand where and how the fundamentals of their current operations could be unsettled by agile new entrants or new business models".

We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity to share best practice by participating in the following 2 webinars:

Digital Performance: People Make it Real! on Tuesday 1 July 2014 (1:00pm - 2:00pm CET Paris)

  • Emerging trends in social and digital transformation and their impacts on the People Agenda.
  • Which components’ structure the picture and how can it be addressed?
  • Which impacts on the Corporate Learning Function and its drivers for change?
  • Some concrete examples of “game changing” initiatives.

Leadership in the Digital Era: A New Deal?  on Tuesday 23 September 2014
 (1:00pm - 2:00pm  CET Paris)

  • How are the Digital / Social / Open context affecting Business management?
  • How do the (digital) new ways of working change the Leadership/ Managerial landscape?
  • How can it be anticipated / adapted / supported?

Free event for EFMD corporate members and special guests.

EFMD Launch Strategic Learning Review

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At the EFMD Sharing Best Practice Masterclass earlier this year, hosted by UniCredit in Torino, EFMD officially launched SLR – Strategic Learning Review.

"Company-based learning organisations are being challenged to maximize the effectiveness, relevance and quality of their programmes. Learning must be seen to deliver value and impact; this new service from EFMD will help companies determine whether their learning organisation is delivering (and is perceived to be delivering) services in line with their strategic mission”, said Prof Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD.

The design of SLR draws on EFMD’s 15 plus years of experience in the area of quality assurance for both business schools and learning organisations through the EQUIS and CLIP accreditation systems. SLR offers a diagnostic check-up service that allows a Learning Organisation to take stock of the strategic effectiveness of its operations and its impact within the company. It is designed to be a flexible service for learning organisations at any point of their development.

“EFMD’s one-day strategic diagnostic review (Strategic Learning Review) was very valuable. The review, which was conducted by experienced auditors enabled us to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of our corporate university. The conclusions, covering a range of strategically significant areas,  have led us to strengthen a number of our processes and better prepare ourselves for future accreditation. I highly recommend this Strategy Learning Review to companies in search of a true strategic approach.” Safran Corporate University

Combining guided self-assessment and a one-day on-site visit by a two-person EFMD team, the evaluation highlights both the areas where the Learning Organisation is performing effectively and the areas where fundamental problems may need to be addressed. The process is designed to offer a checkpoint that provides a critical analysis of the situation at a given moment in time, whilst also helping companies construct a learning roadmap for future development.

"We used the EFMD Strategic Learning Review to get outside feedback on where we stood in our pursuit to build up a state-of-the-art L&D organisation. Based on a one-day visit only, the experienced EFMD consultants were able to draw a very concrete picture of our current strengths as well as the areas we still need to develop. This has since helped us a lot to refine our current priorities. We highly recommend this pragmatic tool to other organisations who want to develop their L&D strategy."  Baloise Campus

The SLR process is centred around six key points: the clarity of purpose & mission of the Learning Organisation, the scope of its activities, its positioning in the company, its operating model, the portfolio of programmes and services offered and finally the governance system to keep it properly aligned.

"The starting point for any strategically effective L&D organisation is always going to be a well-defined purpose and coherent objectives as regards what is to be achieved. SLR focuses on the value chain that links intentions and outputs", said Gordon Shenton, Senior Advisor, EFMD.

The many benefits of SLR include:

  • An assessment of the Learning Organisation’s effectiveness and relevance in delivering on its strategic remit
  • Identification of major dysfunctions, disconnects, misalignments or missing elements in the construction of the Learning Organisation.
  • Bringing to light the perceptions of major stakeholders within the company
  • Outside-in challenge: the visiting experts bring an external view with a constructively critical perspective
  • A sounding board providing an opportunity to test ideas and share concerns with experienced professionals in the field of corporate learning
  • A checkpoint for the Learning Organisation team to concentrate minds and build commitment to future development
  • An opportunity to reinforce the buy-in of major stakeholders in the company.

Two information session webinars are organised to find out more about the SLR process:
19 June 2014 CET 13,00 - 14,00, by Jan Ginneberge, Sernior Expert EFMD
10 July 2014 CET 13,00 - 14,00, by Jan Ginneberge, Senior Expert EFMD with testimonial from Achim Wolter, Head of People Management at Baloise

SLR is a service for any organisation anywhere in the world that wants a strategic review of their learning and development structure and design process. If you would like any further information or have any questions please contact Shanshan Ge (shanshan.ge@efmd.org) or visit www.efmd.org/slr.

Invitation to Join the New EFMD Special Interest Group: "An Engaging Place to Work"

efmd-newlogo2013-lr coloursYou are warmly invited to join the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) on the theme of “An Engaging Place to Work”. Alstom, Baloise, Merck/MSD, Pirelli as well as UBS and Unicredit have already committed to take a lead role in this group for experience and best practices sharing.

Across industries and geographies the question how a company can become and stay an engaging place to work is being discussed with increasing intensity. Two main factors seem at the core of this discussion: First, with Generation Y entering the labor market a distinctively different set of expectations has taken the stage. Second, companies need to constantly adapt and innovate in a world driven by exceptional speed of change. This can only happen where employees take their hearts and minds to work and act like entrepreneurs from where they sit in the organization.

Companies with higher workforce engagement are more innovative and more productive. Recent numbers published by Gallup found a 22% advantage in profitability to companies in the top quartile of employee engagement vs. those in the bottom quartile. Gallup figures also shock us with an overall ratio of only 12% engaged employees as per their latest worldwide report. The case for action seems clear: not only is creating an “Engaging Place to Work” the right thing to do from a human and organizational health perspective, it is also a prime opportunity for leading companies to differentiate themselves lastingly from their competition.

This EFMD Special interest Group (SIG) will explore cross-functional strategies to build the “workplace of your dreams”. We will focus on areas like leadership, talent management, values of a new employee generation as well as innovative technologies and how they change our work experience. The goal is to advance the critical field of employee engagement in concrete terms, by creating a menu of “best practices” and jointly developing innovative “next practices”.

This SIG is addressed to senior delegates from a broad set of specialty backgrounds, including HR, Learning, Talent Management, Technology, Communications, Branding or Strategy. Dr. Siegfried Hoenle, Senior Advisor EFMD, Visiting Professor at IE Business School and former CLO and Head Talent and Credit Suisse, has agreed to facilitate the SIG. Dr. Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Professor for International HR Management at University of Applied Sciences Bern, will provide inputs and co-facilitate the SIG work.

Details of the final work schedule and specific challenges to be addressed within the SIG will be agreed upon by SIG members once the project is fully underway. The kick off meeting - hosted by UBS - will take place on 3-4 November 2014 in Zurich, Altstetten (Switzerland). Please click here for more information and application.

We invite you to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to leverage best practice, utilise leading experts and collaborate with peers to deliver real value to your organisation. Please do contact EFMD colleague Shanshan Ge with any other question you may have.

CEIBS to host the International Teachers Programme© (ITP)

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

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

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

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

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

Please take a look at the brochure and send any queries or questions you might have to Aileen Zhang. You can find more info via this web link.

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

The Art of Teaching and Learning: Counting Down to the 2014 EFMD Annual Conference

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This week in Vienna on 15-17 June 2014, the wonderful new campus of WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business will play host to EFMD’s 2014 Annual Conference.

An App has been created specifically for this conference that can download it on your smartphones through the Appstore/Google Play. The App will enable you to discuss sessions, check the conference schedule, find contacts and speaker information.

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This unique event is designed for all those interested in management education and development. It brings together over 400 EFMD members from all over the world. This year, under the theme "The Art of Teaching and Learning", we will discuss how new technologies have influenced the way people learn and teach, the impact they have on architecture and the design of learning spaces.

Building on Vienna’s musical tradition, we have invited Joshua Jampol, freelance management writer and author of the book “Living Opera” to interview one of the leading figures of the world of music to talk about the leadership skills required to direct music productions and the challenges classical music is facing today. How can classical music productions be adapted to today’s younger audience? How can you modernize classical music without altering its beauty?

wu new campusThe Conference Committee have put together a series of outstanding sessions which include:

  • Designing Learning Spaces: Wolf D. Prix, Founder, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Austria
  • MOOCs: how to get started: Vivek Goel, Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera and Santiago Iniguez, Dean, IE Business School.
  • Financial Models for Educational Institutions: Thomas Estermann, Head of the Unit Governance, Autonomy and Funding, European University Association.

Also the smaller workshops groups will give you the occasion to see and discuss best practice examples on an array of themes:

  • Alliances: with Mariëlle G. Heijltjes, Associate Dean & Director Postgraduate Education, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University; Ali Dastmalchian, former Dean, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria and moderated by Stephen Murdoch, Associate Dean International, IESEG School of Management
  • Research Innovation: with Alan Irwin, Dean of Research, Copenhagen Business School and moderated by Christophe Lejeune, Research Advisor, Research & Surveys Unit, EFMD
  • New Technologies & Accreditation: with EFMD Quality Services Associate Directors Martin Schader, David Asch, and Ulrich Hommel

As always, the event will give you numerous networking opportunities, including a Gala dinner at the Hofburg, Vienna’s Imperial Palace in the heart of the city.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar: Invitation to Gain First-Hand Insights

epaslogo13You are warmly invited to join the upcoming EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar. Following its success in 2013, EFMD is again offering a 2-day EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar on 25-26 June 2014 at the EFMD office in Brussels, Belgium. The EPAS XXL Accreditation Seminar follows a new format that has been designed to provide in-depth guidance on how to successfully complete the different steps of the EPAS accreditation process.

Participants will gain detailed insights on how to compile a Datasheet and Self-Assessment Report, how to organize an effective Peer Review Visit and how to manage the post-accreditation phase including the write-up of progress reports. The objective of the seminar is to move distinctly beyond the EPAS documents and to let participants gain first-hand insights into the Do’s and Don’ts of managing an EPAS accreditation project.

The seminar is targeted at institutions already awarded eligibility or accreditation as well as institutions currently preparing their application for eligibility. It is relevant for Accreditation Officers (EPAS Project Leaders), Deans and Associate Deans in charge of accreditations. Participants must already possess a good working knowledge of the EPAS system, which requires at the very minimum the careful study of the EPAS documents (Standards & Criteria, Process Manual, Process Manual Annexes) before arriving in Brussels. School representatives looking for an introductory overview of the EPAS system are explicitly discouraged from registering for this seminar.Banner events

Please note that the number of places is limited, so please register today to secure your attendance. For more details, you can view the complete programme,  or you can register immediately. Please do contact EFMD colleague Simonne Mac Donald with any questions you may have.

The EPAS team are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

EFMD Launch Business School Impact Survey (BSIS)

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At the 2014 EFMD Deans & Director General Conference in Gothenburg hosted by the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, EFMD officially launched BSIS - Business School Impact Survey.

Prof Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD said, "BSIS is a vital addition to the EFMD portfolio of services as it provides a process and tool to capture the value that a school brings to a defined region. It is a service for any business school anywhere in the world that is interested in collecting key statistical data on its impact. Once collected this information can then be used both internally and externally with key stakeholders to widen the debate about "the role of business schools in society" and showcase the enormous added value and impact they bring to a community."

The BSIS scheme identifies the tangible and intangible benefits that a business school brings to its local environment. For example, a school spends money in its impact zone; it provides jobs and pays salaries that are partially spent in the zone; and it attracts faculty and students from outside the zone whose expenditures contribute to the local economy. Beyond this measurable financial impact, a school contributes to the life of the community in numerous ways. Its faculty generate new business creation through entrepreneurial projects and support local business needs through professional training. Its students are a source of dynamism in the life of the region and are a valuable talent resource when they graduate. A business school also provides an important intellectual forum for the introduction of new ideas in a wide variety of social, cultural and political areas of concern within a region. Last but not least, it contributes to the image of the city or region.

"Demonstrating the many ways in which they add economic and social value to the environment in which they operate has become a challenge for business schools. To meet this demand for greater accountability, BSIS is an effective tool to help schools identify, measure and communicate all the positive contributions they make to the world around them," added Prof. Gordon Shenton, Senior Advisor, EFMD.

At a time when all organisations, public or private, are being held accountable for their activities, there is a need to demonstrate the impact that they are having on their immediate environment. This is particularly the case when they are financed or politically supported by local stakeholders.

"From my experience of BSIS in seven French Business Schools (La Rochelle Business School, IAE Lyon, Groupe ESC Troyes, Audencia, IAE Grenoble, EM Normandie and Toulouse Business School) the first benefit of BSIS was unexpected, as the process significantly raised the awareness within the school of the importance of its impact on the Region. The second major benefit from going through the BSIS review was it substantially improved communication with all of the key stakeholders of the Business Schools," said Michel Kalika, Senior Advisor, EFMD.

The BSIS 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 and FNEGE as a service to EFMD members in any part of the world.

If you would like further information or are interested in your school taking part you can visit www.efmd.org/bsis or please contact: Gordon SHENTON: gordon.shenton@efmd.org, Michel KALIKA: michel.kalika@efmd.org or bsis@efmd.org

EFMD is Delighted to Announce the Winners of the 2013 EFMD Case Writing Competition

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Winners include ESADE Business School, ESCA School of Management, IBS Hyberabad, IE Business School, IMD, Indian Institute of Management Calcuta, Indiana University, Indian School of Business, INSEAD, ITAM Mexico, Lagos Business School, SDA Bocconi, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

EFMD is delighted to announce the winners of the first phase of the 2013 EFMD Case Writing Competition. This year was a record with 258 case entries from 30 countries. The quality was exceptionally high so we thank all of you who took part. The "Best of the Best" category is now being evaluated by The Case Centre  and the results of the overall winner of the competition will be announced at the end of April.

Corporate Social Responsibility: “Accenture Development Partnership” written by Michelle Rogan and Christiane Bode, both at INSEAD, FR. This category is sponsored by Kedge Business School.

Entrepreneurship: “WooRank: Creating & Capturing Value in a European Web Start-Up” written by Robin Demaria, Olivier Witmeur and Paul Verdin, all colleagues from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, BE. This category is sponsored by EM Lyon.

Family Business: “Trusted Family: By Families, For Families, Forever…" (video case) written by Benoît Leleux, IMD, CH.

Finance and Banking: “Tumi and the Doughty Hanson Value Enhancement Group (VEG)" written by Benoit Leleux, Michel Galeazzi and Esmeralda Megally, all from IMD, Switzerland. This category is sponsored by Toulouse Business School-Groupe ESC Toulouse.

Supply Chain Management:CISCO Systems Inc.: Supply Chain Risk Management”  written by Maria Jesus Saenz, MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program (ZLC), ES and Elena Revilla, IE Business School, ES. This category is sponsored by Kedge Business School.

Emerging Global Chinese Competitors: “LENOVO Challenger to Leader”, written by: Hadiya Faheem, Freelance Case Writer, India and Muralidhara G.V., IBS HYDERABAD, India. This category is sponsored by Renmin University of China School of Business.

Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues:HPS, a successful South/North Technology Transfer Model”, written by Belhcen Lhacen and Abbitan Yoni, both at ESCA School of Management, MA. This category is sponsored by Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School.

Public Sector Innovations: “Finding Community Solutions from Common Ground: A New Business Model to end America’s homelessness”, written by Howard Yu, IMD, CH

African Business Cases: Research in Motion: Managing Channel Conflicts”, written by Uchenna Uzo, Lagos Business School, NG. This category is sponsored by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

Indian Management Issues and Opportunities:Embrace”, written by: Mridula Anand and Anand Nandkumar, both Indian School of Business, IN and Charles Dhanaraj, Indiana University, IN. This category is sponsored by Emerald Group Publising Ltd.

Responsible Leadership:SMS for Life Case Series”, written by Donald A. Marchand, Anna Moncef and Patricia Santos, all IMD, CH. This category is sponsored by University of San Diego-School of Business Administration.

Inclusive Business Models:Child in Need Institute: Non-Profit or Hybrid?”, written by Anjan Ghosh, Sougata Ray and Indranil Biswas, all three at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, IN. This category is sponsored by IMD.

Latin American Business Cases:Mabe: Learning to be a Multinational”, written by José Luis Rivas, ITAM-Santa Teresa Campus, MX andLuis Arciniega, ITAM - Rio Hondo Campus, MX. This category is sponsored by Universidad Externado de Colombia.

MENA Business Cases:  “Roca in Egypt”, written by Josep Franch and Marianna Sablina Kondratieva, both at ESADE Business School, ES. This category is sponsored by HEC Paris in Qatar.

Bringing Technology to the Market: “787 Dreamliner: cleared for takeoff?”, written by Vitaliano Fiorillo, Raffaele Secchi and Silvia Zamboni, all at SDA Bocconi School of Management, IT. This category is sponsored by ESMT.

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

To MOOC or Not To MOOC, That is the Question

johanroosGuest Post from Johan Roos, Dean, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

The MOOCs phenomenon – Massive Open Online Courses – comes with either the threat or promise of disruptive innovation in one of the fundamental pillars of society: higher education. How should business schools deal with this phenomenon?

 MOOCs are networked higher education courses delivered on the net to anyone with a thick internet connection, anywhere. The first MOOC was offered in 2008 – and was a result of the convergence of distance (“e-“) learning and the accelerating bandwidth of the internet. The acronym speaks to the promises that MOOCs offer:

  • cable worldMassive. The technology enables thousands of students to enroll and participate at any time in courses about anything taught by talented professors from any institution in the world.
  • Open.  They are open in several respects. Anyone can enroll. Students may pay a symbolic fee to get the formal credit from the host institution, but they do not pay for participation in the course.  The material produced by faculty is open and shared openly.
  • Online. Participants network openly with faculty, among themselves, and with others who are online. Content is always available on the net and can take many forms, like articles, books, videos, tweets and tags.
  • Courses.  MOOCs can cover just about any course taught in a traditional university setting, from humanities to social sciences, to even the hard sciences. Almost no type of course is MOOC ineligible.

The arguments between MOOCs proponents and skeptics are filling newspaper articles, blog posts, tweets and conferences. Will MOOCs fundamentally transform higher education, or is it just hype playing on the emotional appeal of “bringing inexpensive higher education to millions?” No matter what it is, it seems clear that university leaders need to start paying greater attention.

Learnings from Two Conferences: Over the last weeks, I attended two meetings for business school leaders where the MOOCs theme surfaced center stage: the 2014 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General in Gothenburg and the 2014 AACSB Deans Conference in San Francisco. These meetings attracted respectively more than 300 and 600 business school leaders from all over the world. During the sessions, I learned about the leading providers of MOOCs:

  1. A few Stanford science and engineering professors began offering their courses online and founded the for-profit MOOCs providers Udacity and Coursera.
  2.  The MOOCs landscape today includes a range of for- and non-profit providers with their own twist, including KhanAcademy, Udemy, and CodeAcademy.
  3. MIT and Harvard formed a new approach, the edX consortium, which currently includes many Ivy League quality universities in the world. In July 2013, edX went open-source and shared the software needed to develop MOOCs.
  4. In September 2013, Google signed up with edX to create a portal website that will go live in a few months  mooc.org – which they hope will soon become a YouTube for MOOCs. (Google is already a member of the Udacity initiated Open Education Alliance.)

Understanding the debate: At the two gatherings, we heard from both MOOCs proponents and skeptics. Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn (“Learn anytime, anywhere”), gave a sobering view of the possibilities of MOOCs, reminding us they are a merely an extension of the Open University approach already in place for 40 years. His message: Forget the hype about the end of universities. Higher ed just needs to learn how to augment their content with crowd interaction and great online user-experiences. Some claimed MOOCs have already gone from good to great. Paul Stacey of Creative Common praised one of the first MOOCs, ds106.us for its fundamental social learning, open pedagogy and underlying “constructivism” philosophy of education. His message: don’t let these fundamentals slip.

MOOCdrawingCoursera co-founder Daphny Koller (“Take the World’s Best Courses, On-Line, for Free”) and Ben Nelson, founder of Minerva (“Only the world’s brightest, most motivated students will be invited to attend”) represented the contrast between Massively & Open-oriented vs. Small & Elite-oriented.  Their overall message was that MOOCs will help teaching reclaim prominence in today’s research-biased higher education world.

From the debate, Q&As, and informal talk during these gatherings, it became clear to me that in MOOCs lie both opportunities and threats for all higher education institutions, including business schools. Some will find natural strengths to integrate MOOCs into their strategy, like the renowned universities that have already signed up with big MOOC providers. But others will have faculty members who adamantly oppose MOOCs, and some institutions will assert their territorialism.

We are seeing this already. On 2 May 2013, professors in the philosophy department at San Jose State University, CA wrote a letter to Michael Sandel, a Harvard professor whose MOOC on Justice they felt infringed on their own curriculum. The letter urged Sandel to “not produce products that will replace professors, dismantle departments, and provide a diminished education for students in public universities.” But one of the commentaries on this letter countermanded, “…we also need to face the fact that professors can be expendable and replaceable, especially when real financial constraints are considered.  That is tough on egos.” Similarly, 58 Harvard professors voiced their frustration that Harvard had become so deeply involved with edX without consulting them. In a letter to the dean they called for a new committee and greater oversight of MOOCs. The dean didn’t comply.

diplomaSo What’s Next? Personally, I see potential for symbiosis from the interaction of traditional higher education and MOOCs. On one hand, even the skeptics can’t ignore the gross enrolment numbers MOOCs can generate. In January 2014, one of the earliest MOOC providers signed up students at a daily rate of 10.000, totaling some 7 million participants. Skeptics point to low completion rates though, only 4 to 10%. But, even with completion rate of just 7%, the number of Coursera “graduates” equals all students currently enrolled in three Harvard Universities and one MIT combined. Such an achievement calls for celebration, IMO!

I also agree with the criticisms about traditional lectures and often ask faculty why any student should spend time listening to one in an auditorium. Students tell me they rather get an App or go to an online site where they can watch a video of the lecture whenever and wherever they like. They also want to be able to choose the video of a more talented professor—and we are seeing this happen– celebrity professors who are becoming like rockstars.

But questions remain: Will students and employers value a MOOC diploma as much as the one from a “real” university? What is the perceived value of an “accreditation” of a course made by a Nobel Laureate compared to an international accreditation agency? A few days ago 110.000 people had signed up for the first such MOOC, offered by Laureate Robert Schiller,  who gained the prize in 2013. Can MOOC providers continue to operate with a viable business model? And who will pay for the professorial time devoted to develop and run MOOCs, especially in institutions already stretched financially?

What will evolve next is an open question for all of us. If MOOCs represent the tsunami some people claim they are, it is difficult to see how resistance to them will prevail. The next step would at least be for universities to open up to substituting MOOCs for some their own courses in programs delivered on campus. I am sure the MOOCs providers are exploring viable business models that could let this happen, and quality ensured licensing looks like the natural choice.

jonkoping logoIn my business school, JIBS, I want us to be ready for this possibility. That is why we recently launched a strategic project with a dual purpose: 1) to explore how we could encourage some faculty members to develop MOOCs and learn from this; and 2) how we can integrate others’ MOOCs into our degree programs. At least, we’re taking a first step.

Free Participation for Students in the Global Marketing Competition 2014

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Free Participation for Students in the Global Marketing Competition 2014

ESIC in collaboration with Santander and EFMD are running the 19th world edition of the Global Marketing Competition. The Competition is an advanced computer simulation of a real life business environment.

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

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

Find out how your school and students can take part at www.globalmarketingcompetition.com

  • 19th year
  • 81 participating countries
  • Students from more than 850 Universities and Schools of Business from 5 continents

Register Now - Free for all students - the closing date for entries is the April 24th.

Find out more by visiting www.globalmarketingcompetition.com or www.facebook.com/globalmarketingcompetition

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Counting Down to the 2014 EFMD Deans & Directors Conference

The 2014 EFMD Deans & Directors General Conference is fast approaching and will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law in Sweden next week on the 30-31st Jan. ddm2014pic

This year’s conference will cover topics such as:

  • Integrating sustainability and what this means for business education;
  • Are business schools preparing graduates with competencies linked to sustainability?
  • The hot topic of MOOCs will be explored in detail;
  • The relationship between corporations and business schools: are they really working?
  • Reflections on business education in general: does business education have a need for more innovation, is it relevant;
  • Interdisciplinary programmes, how a school can best link disciplines to its advantage, etc.

This is a unique global meeting that allows Deans to exchange, discuss and share their own experiences with their peers from around the world.

The conference will be chaired by Christopher Earley, Dean, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, US and speakers include:

  • Sustainability – Corporate Perspective - Tom Johnstone, President and CEO, SKF AB, SE

  • Panel Discussion on The Role of MOOCs
    Provider perspective: Simon Nelson, CEO, Futurelearn, UK
    Pedagogical perspective: Paul Stacey, Senior Project Manager, Creative Commons, USA

  • Swedish Corporate Perspective
    Olaf Persson, President and CEO, Volvo, SEAnd many more…

For the opening panel on Thursday 30 January, Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and 'Schumpeter' columnist from The Economist will reflect on the changing business education landscape, the role and purpose of business education and highlight some of his key concerns for the industry. The session and Q&A will be moderated by Johan Roos, Dean and Managing Director, Jönköping International Business School, SE.

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The full programme is here and there is still time to register online. If you have any questions please contact Delphine HAUSPY delphine.hauspy@efmd.org

EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars in Paris

We hope that you will join us in Paris to find out more about EFMD accreditation and the many benefits the accreditation process can bring to your school. The EQUIS & EPAS Accreditation Seminars will be hosted by the EDHEC Business School – Paris Campus, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of March 2014.

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  • Information for the global education market on the basis of substance
  • International recognition of excellence: international development
  • Mechanism for international benchmarking with the best
  • Sharing of good practice and mutual learning
  • Agenda for quality improvement and future development
  • Acceleration of quality improvement in international management education
  • Legitimacy to internal and external stakeholders that you have a strong international reputation (donors, alumni, government) and that your school meets the high standards of the best business schools in the world
  • Become part of a network of top schools to develop relationships with fellow EFMD accredited schools for research, exchanging best practices on programmes, etc
  • International Legitimacy vis-a-vis
    - recruiting international students (especially full-time MBA)
    - creating double degree partnerships
    - forming international exchange relationships
    - recruiting executive development custom program clients
    - recruiting new faculty

Currently there are 144 EQUIS accredited schools and 82 EPAS accredited programmes at 62 business schools around the world.The Seminars are targeted at institutions considering applying for EQUIS or EPAS accreditation, those holding active eligibility or accredited Schools wishing to get a better understanding about the systems. They are relevant for Deans and Directors, Associate Deans, Directors of major programmes, Directors of External Relations and Accreditation Officers. EQUIS and EPAS Peer Reviewers are also encouraged to attend in order to receive an update on recent process developments within the EFMD accreditations.
 
The Seminars will focus on the following aspects:

  • Interpretation and Practical Application of the Standards and Criteria equisepasedafdiagram-1
  • Understanding the Key Stages of the Accreditation Processes
  • Preparing an Effective Self-Assessment Report and Peer Review Visit
  • Presentation of the EQUIS & EPAS Documents

Ample time will be allotted for participants to raise issues of particular concern to them. Attending the Seminars also represents a great opportunity to interact with other representatives of the EQUIS and EPAS networks.

An introduction to EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers, will also be presented. EDAF is a mentoring system that can help Schools in their preparation of EQUIS and/or EPAS accreditation.

The seminars will be led by Prof. Michael Osbaldeston, EFMD Quality Services Director and Prof. Christian Delporte, EFMD Business Schools Services Director.

Registration for the seminars will be online shortly. if you would like to provisionally reserve a place you can email Veronique Roumans.

Find out more about EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF.

The Best of EFMD's Global Focus Magazine in 2013

This overview is drawn from the EFMD Global Focus Magazine. In 2013 over 50 top level articles were published covering the management education and development industry.

BestGF SalonerThe business of change
Business schools must change if they are to serve their students and society well, says dean Garth Saloner. Learning from the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, dean Saloner highlights how entrepreneurship and management disciplines can make an impact on poverty alleviation and on other pressing global challenges. 


BestGF Greensted

Towards a coherent portfolio of quality
EFMD’s Chris Greensted explains how the three EFMD quality improvement systems (EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF) are now designed as a portfolio of improvement and development services which are open to the full quality spectrum of business schools.


BestGF Danos

Globalising students
Paul Danos, dean Tuck School of Business,  describes some simple initiatives business schools can take to advance the globalisation of their students.  “The most effective tools to globalise the learning experience relate to the most fundamental building blocks of a business school: its students and faculty”.

 
BestGF Grayson

Fit for purpose: Putting sustainability into practice in a business school
David Grayson provides more detail on how Cranfield School of Management in Britain is incorporating sustainability.  “Business has a crucial role in finding new ways of operating to ensure that nine billion people can live reasonably well within the constraints of one planet”.


BestGF TurpinChallenges and opportunities in the new business education world
Dominique Turpin, IMD President, analyses the issues and forces that are shaping the future of business schools and focuses on public funding, demographics, economics and technology. "Customers are increasingly looking for "the best deal", they take longer to decide if they will take up a particular programme; they want shorter programmes; and cost is becoming an issue".


BestGF hommel

Major disruption ahead!
EFMD colleagues Ulrich Hommel and Christophe Lejeune discuss how technology could change the business model of business schools and particularly look into the evolution of teaching towards customised learning and how research relevance will probably be redefined.

BestGF straub

Managing complexity: an idea whose time has come
EFMD’s Richard Straub explains why we now need to tackle the complexity of issues. “The move from linear thinking to complexity is indeed a paradigm shift, it demands that competing values and priorities remain in view”.

BestGF CCL

The looming leadership gap
The authors from the Center for Creative Leadership analyse why both developed and emerging economies may well suffer a leadership gap at all levels of business. “If we unpack what leadership develop does rather than who receives it, it has a great deal of relevance to enhancing the effectiveness, satisfaction and productivity of all people in all roles”.

BestGF Mamba

Management in Africa
How can African business schools best serve the often unique needs of African businesses and people? Moustapha Mamba Guirassy, IAM Senegal, gives one example on establishing a school-community partnership contributing to the exploration, adaptation, identification and development of community potential.

BestGF BenHur

Making corporate learning work
Only around 20% of business leaders are satisfied with their learning function’s performance. Shlomo Ben-Hur analyses why and how that perception can be improved and highlights five key priorities: focus on behaviour change not learning; focus on functional alignment; step in-out the business; apply market forces; share accountability for learning.

BestGF Crisp

The future is out there
Andrew Crisp reports on a major new study that explores the future challenges facing business schools.  Whilst predicting the future is difficult, there is no escaping the “unknown unknowns”.
 
BestGF Malnight

Preparing leaders for tomorrow’s businesses
The world is changing so fundamentally that business leaders who act as if the old rules still apply will find themselves and their organisations side lined or overtaken completely.  However, those who adapt to this new world will be well placed to make the most of the opportunities it will offer.


BestGF Desiderio

The disappearing classroom
Michael Desiderio describes how new technology is knocking down the walls of the Executive MBA for business leaders. EMBAC research indicates that in 2013 the percentage of electronically supplied materials more than doubled since 2010.


BestGF Maguire

PhDs and DBAs: two sides of the same coin?
The differences – and even more the similarities – between the traditional PhD programme and the newer Doctor of Business Administration, illustrated by IE Business School where "both programmes complement each other by providing the required link between academia and the professional conduct demanded by organisations".

Last Chance to Join the 2013 EFMD Career Services Conference - Special Guest Speaker - Edurne Pasaban

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2013 EFMD Career Services Conference - Special Guest Speaker - Edurne Pasaban

There is still time to register for our first EFMD Career Services Conference that will take place on 20 - 22 November 2013 at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

careeropportunitiesThere is still time to register for our first EFMD Career Services Conference that will take place on 20 - 22 November 2013 at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

The conference is aimed at persons in charge and responsible for taking strategic decisions in the field of career services.

We are delighted to announce that the remarkable Spanish mountaineer Edurne Pasaban will lead a plenary session during the conference on Personal Development. On May 17, 2010, Edurne became only the 21st person and the first woman to climb all of the fourteen eight-thousander peaks in the World. Her first 8,000 peak had been achieved 9 years earlier, on May 23, 2001, when she climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

"Conquering the 14 eight-thousanders in the world has taught me the keys to lead a project successfully. My ​​expeditions have trained me as a mountaineer, as a person and as a team leader. During my session I will tell my story and offered a personal analysis that can be applied to any activity that demands high performance and team management".

Click here to have more information on the conference and the programme.

Please register now and join peers from business schools around the world including IE Business School, HEC Paris, Stockholm School of Economics, Queen's School of Business, Shanghai University, Vlerick Business School, UBC Sauder School of Business, Aarhus University, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, SDA Bocconi/ Bocconi University, BI Norwegian Business School, Maastricht University, Leeds University, Wits University Graduate School of Business Administration, Porto Business School.

Numerous networking opportunities will be available throughout the event so you can develop you own community of career service professionals.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Virginie HEREDIA-ROSA virginie.heredia-rosa@efmd.org. We look forward to seeing you in Madrid in November!

EFMD's Global Focus - See the Future

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This is the 21st issue of the magazine since it was launched in January 2007, so we can, to some extent, claim that Global Focus has “come of age”.

Global Focus was conceived as a way of improving communication between the EFMD and its members. But it was always regarded as something rather more sophisticated than a simple PR tool. It was seen as a forum for lively debate and information on the major current issues of management education and a way for EFMD to formulate, consolidate and share policy on the basis of its European underpinning and its increasingly global outreach and vision.

It has played a full part in the work of EFMD, publicising and reporting on meetings and conferences and providing background briefings and interviews with key speakers as well as, for example, explaining the development of policy in key areas such as accreditation.The seven years covered by these 21 issues have, of course, been among the most volatile and disruptive in the long history of management education. And their effects have yet to become totally apparent.

Global Focus has worked hard to keep up with these developments though a wide range of articles and features that particularly address the key issues facing EFMD member organisations. Many of the sector’s best-known and most effective thinkers and players have contributed articles or shared their thoughts in interviews.

The latest issue is no exception and features:

  • The future is out there
    Andrew Crisp reports on a major new study that explores the future challenges facing business schools

  • International Deans’ Programme 2014
    Gain unique insights into the multiple roles of deans of business and management schools in a cohort of around 20 participants from around the globe

  • Preparing leaders for tomorrow’s businesses
    The world is changing so fundamentally that business leaders who act as if the old rules still apply will find themselves and their organisations side lined or overtaken completely. However, say Thomas Malnight and Tracey Keys, those who adapt to this new world will be well placed to make the most of the opportunities it will offer

  • Moving on from Rio
    Last year’s Rio+20 UN summit may have been something of a disappointment but there were still some significant and positive outcomes say Anthony Buono, Jean-Christophe Carteron and Matthew Gitsham

  • Coping with complexity
    Personal resilience is an increasingly necessary tool to face the stress of a complex work environment. Fiona Dent and Viki Holton describe what it is and how to attain it

  • Employers still in love with MBAs
    Management education is increasingly valued by companies worldwide, according to the 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey. Christophe Lejeune and Michelle Sparkman Renz report

  • The disappearing classroom
    Michael Desiderio describes how new technology is knocking down the walls of the Executive MBA for business leaders

  • PhDs and DBAs: two sides of the same coin?
    Laura Maguire, Elena Revilla and Angel Diaz look at the differences (and even more the similarities) between the traditional PhD programme and the newer Doctor of Business Administration

  • The IMPM innovations and teaching approach
    The International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) programme is 18 years old but continues to be seen as one the world’s most innovative senior management degree programmes. Leslie Breitner and Dora Koop explain how the programme has retained its freshness for so long

  • Accreditation – how to get it right
    María Helena Jaén outlines how to make the accreditation process as pain-free and rewarding as possible

  • Walking the talk: managing a management school
    It is one of the oldest and most common complaints – management schools are great at giving good advice to others but themselves rarely practise the management skills they preach. But it can be done. Loick Roche and Sabine Lauria explain how

  • ACE project offers new opportunities
    The new EFMD-backed Alliance of Chinese and European business schools (ACE) offers new opportunities for mutual understanding and increased co-operation says Martine Plompen

  • Soft skills in the business and personal world
    George Pennington provides a psychologist’s perspective on why training in soft skills is vital for business (and personal) life

  • Planting the seeds of change
    Lea Stadtler and Gilbert Probst describe how the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange came into being and the lessons it holds

  • More EQUAL than others?
    The European Quality Link (EQUAL) is one of the less well-known bodies in which EFMD is involved but is also one of the most innovative and long-standing. Irina Sennikova explains its role

Every issue of Global Focus is available digitially via this link.

We are always pleased to hear your thoughts on Global Focus, and ideas on what you would like to see in future issues. Please address comments and ideas to Matthew Wood at EFMD: matthew.wood@efmd.org

EFMD Global Focus Special Supplement: 2013 Excellence in Practice Winners

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This Special Supplement of Global Focus features the winners and highly commended entries of the 2013 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EIP). The EIP Awards are one of the most prestigious accolades available for both executive development providers and client organisations alike.

 For over five years now companies have been facing a difficult economic climate. It is an environment that increases the risk of focusing on reactive rather than proactive measures, thus limiting the options to rather drastic and short-term interventions. It also means the steady development of organisational capabilities and culture become a luxury in the minds of executive fire-fighters trying to save what is possible in what seems an irreversible decline.

In these critical circumstances support functions in general, and HR development more specifically, are frequently subject to scrutiny and efficiency targets. Their role in analysing and framing issues proactively becomes secondary to supporting existing services and processes with reduced resources.

Intriguingly, all the cases – not just the winners – in the Excellence in Practice Awards competition are going against the tide and focusing on effectiveness and impact in their development projects. And all were successful in bringing an investment focus to learning and development.

The cases also provide interesting reading with respect to the creativity and elasticity of the partners in coping with the pressures and challenges mentioned above.

New formats of risk sharing, mutualising the commitment and inventive partnership constructions have been presented to the competition jury, which more than ever congratulates all contestants on their professionalism, persistence and ingenuity.

As always, we hope the featured cases in this Global Focus supplement will inspire further debate and action. eipaward2013

This year the five category winners were:
 
Award for Organisational Development Category:
EDF & Toulouse School of Economics
“Corporate Turnaround: Focusing, Aligning and Building for Success”
By David Jestaz (EDF Corporate University for Management) and Thomas-Olivier Leautier (Toulouse School of Economics)

Award for Executive Development Category:
Groupe Danone & London Business School
“Danone Leading Edge Program – A Leadership Odyssey”
By Thierry Bonetto (Groupe Danone) and Linda Irwin (London Business School)
 
Award for Talent Development Category:
Atos & HEC Paris
“Developing Atos Future Leaders? GOLD, a Tailor-made Curriculum”
By Valérie Caillaud (Atos) and Christine Baldy Ngayo (HEC Paris)

Award for Professional Development Category:
Danske Bank Sweden & Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education
“Pathway to Premium - Creating Investment Advisors at Danske Bank”
By Lisa Nyberg (Danske Bank) and Kristina Nilsson (SSE IFL)
 
Special Cases Award:
Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA) & CEAGA’s Corporate University
“Management & Development of New Products Programme -Training for Change on the Automotive Sector”
By Pedro Pineiro and Carla Jiménez (CEAGA´s Corporate University) and Alberto Cominges (Fundación CEAGA)


Highly Commended Cases:

  • DB Schenker Logistics & Ashridge Business School
    “Transforming Individual Lives and Organisational Culture for a Sustainable Future”
  • Royal DSM & The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    “Royal DSM Executive Leadership Program”
  • Airbus Military & IESE Business School
    “Empowering Internal Talent to Innovate”
  • IBM & Northeastern University
    “X-SELLerate:  A Professional Development Program for IBM Client-facing Professionals”
  • Repsol & BTS
    “PRISMA – Health, Safety and Environment Leadership”
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Lancaster University Management School
    “Lancaster LEAD: Transforming Leadership and Management in UK SME’s”

The supplement features articles on the 5 winning cases and the Executive summaries of the highly commended papers. Click here for a link to download your copy now or view the issue digitally here.

The 2014 Excellence Practice Awards and now open and you can find out everything you need to know about submitting a case here.

EFMD Awards EPAS to Nottingham Business School

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EFMD would like to warmly congratulate 

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK : BA (Hons) International Business who have recently been awarded EPAS accreditation.

Melanie Currie Head of Undergraduate Programmes at NBS said, "We are delighted to have achieved EPAS accreditation for our International Business Suite of Programmes, as the course team have carefully crafted the content, delivery and international aspects of this programme to offer an exceptional international experience for our students."

Baback Yazdani, Dean of NBS added, "The process of EPAS accreditation has been extremely valuable to the School and we are delighted to have achieved the 5 year accreditation which provides an excellent platform for us to build upon."

The EPAS process considers a wide range of programme aspects including:

  1. The market positioning of the programme nationally and internationally
  2. The strategic position of the programme within its institution
  3. The design process including assessment of stakeholder requirements – particularly students and employers
  4. The programme objectives and intended learning outcomes
  5. The curriculum content and delivery system
  6. The extent to which the programme has an international focus and a balance between academic and managerial dimensions
  7. The depth and rigour of the assessment processes (relative to the degree level of the programme)
  8. The quality of the student body and of the programme’s graduates
  9. The institution’s resources allocated to support the programme
  10. The appropriateness of the faculty that deliver the programme
  11. The quality of the alumni and their career progression

EPAS has established itself as EFMD's Programme Accreditation system, next to the well-known EQUIS system, EFMD’s institutional accreditation service.  The feedback from the market has been tremendously positive, which is clearly reflected by the EPAS numbers after only 7 years of regular operation. Currently we have 82 accredited programmes from 62 institutions in 27 countries. 26% of the total are (E)MBAs, 31% are Masters, 28% are Bachelors, 2% are Doctoral Programmes and 12% are non-Bologna country-specific programmes.

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

EFMD and Management Education in Africa

The interesting thing about Africa is that it is a living laboratory of the global world. There is growth potential, an abundance of natural resources but also developmental challenges as well as disparity and inequality. Derick de Jongh - based at the University of Pretoria in South Africa - believes that the continent is on the verge of a huge explosion of growth but he is worried that sustainability may get lost in the process. In African Futures - a recent Global Focus magazine article he says: “We need to challenge the basic foundation of the theory of for Upretoriainstance economics, or marketing or finance. That takes guts, courage, a very open mind – almost a new breed of faculty”. He feels optimistic about the future in that there is a huge desire and demand for improved education at all levels across the continent and business education and development can and must play a critical role in moving the continent forward.

How can African business schools best serve the often unique needs of African businesses and people? Moustapha Mamba Guisassy gives an example in “Management in Africa”.  After elaborating on internal and external factors in the changes processes, he illustrates how IAM in Senegal established a school-community partnership. The efforts include modules on African anthropology and sociology, Fulani and Mandingo languages for business, research on entrepreneurship and immersion and incubation projects.


With the aim of encouraging the writing of case material, EFMD has been organising its annual Case Writing Competition for many years. The 2012 cases related to Africa included:

  • The “Ethiopia Commodity Exchange” case documents the establishment of a transparent and efficient commodity exchange in Ethiopia. The authors also explore the balancing act between the private and public interests in this partnership.

  • “Nuru Energy” is a social venture providing lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electricity grid in sub‐Saharan Africa.  The case describes the challenges of growing a social enterprise in Africa with a dual role – making a profit and a social impact.

  • The “Beauty of Sorbet” case covers a chain of beauty salons targeting upper income women in South African metropolitan areas with a strong focus on branding.

  • The “Black Rhino” case deals with the creation of a market for legalized black rhino hunting covering elements of Creative Capitalism and Stakeholder Theory and including all its polarizing and contradictory elements.

IAMlogoEconomic growth on the African continent and the demand for local managers backs the need for raising the level of African Business Schools. Following conferences in Cape Town and Nairobi, EFMD is very pleased to go to Senegal for the fourth edition of 2013 EFMD Africa Conference which will take place from 13-15 November 2013, hosted by Groupe IAM - Institut Africain de Management in Dakar, Senegal. Traditionally attracting over 100 participants from around the globe, a variety of corporate and academic speakers will provide input and lead discussions around the theme of “Entrepreneurship and Management Education in Africa: are we miseducating our students?.

The New Frontiers of Executive Development

exed2013pictureCome and join us at the 2013 Executive Development Conference hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education on 9-11 October (Stockholm, Sweden) to explore “The New Frontiers of Executive Development”

This conference will explore the changing and evolving models of partnership between L&D providers and companies. In a fast changing world there is no longer a clear-cut provider-customer relationship but a co-creation, co-design and/or co-deployment partnership. This becomes even more challenging in situations where budget pressures require achieving more with less.

The 2013 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) winning cases - which were recently selected by an international jury panel - will also provide live inputs to the debates.

Join this unique dialogue where key participants of a new emerging ecosystem come together and provide perspectives from different angles: Corporations, Business Schools, Executive Development Centres and Consultancies.

Register now to join peers from Allianz; Atos; BP; CEAGA; Danone; Danske Bank; EDF; Rabobank; Raiffeisen; Repsol; Santander; Sberbank; Siemens; Volvo; IESE Business School; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Melbourne Business School; Koç University; The American University in Cairo, School of Business; Duke Corporate Education; HKUST Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Click here for the complete programme.

REGISTER ONLINE now as places are limited. 

We look forward to seeing you this fall in Stockholm for what we are sure will be a highly stimulating and exciting EFMD Executive Development Conference. if you have any question or require further information please contact Delphine Hauspy.

See The Future - A Brave New World For Business Education

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See The Future - A Brave New World For Business Education

A new survey on the future of business education suggests demand from students and employers is growing for a more sustainable, international and technological future.

A Brave New World For Business Education - Money Or Fulfillment, China Or Chicago, Sustainable or Shareholder Value, on Campus or Online?


A new survey on the future of business education suggests demand from students and employers is growing for a more sustainable, international and technological future.

With much uncertainty in business education during the global financial crisis, CarringtonCrisp, supported by EFMD and ABS, launched the See the Future research study to better understand some of the key issues in business education over the next few years.

Andrew Crisp, one of the authors of the See the Future report commented “Students are embracing change faster than business schools. Many of the changes have been accelerated by the global financial crisis, vast growth in international study and rapid adoption of new technologies. The generation entering business schools today have grown up with digital technology, it’s a core part of their lives, they expect it to be part of education and understand it offers the opportunity for lifestyle learning”.

Working with 37 business schools CarringtonCrisp conducted an online survey that attracted 5365 respondents from 137 different nationalities. Some of the key findings are set out below.

Value of a business education

  • More students value a business education to get a more fulfilling job rather than a more highly paid job

Business in society

  • Over 70% agree that business models need to change to better engage with society
  • More than 81% agree that business needs to be about more than just maximising shareholder value
  • However 8% of prospective undergraduates disagreed that business leaders should behave ethically at all times

Sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility

  • More than 80% of respondents agree that ‘sustainability and ethics should be embedded in all business education programmes’
  • Just under half of all respondents agree that ‘schools that don’t teach sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics should be ranked lower than those that do’
  • Over 60% of respondents agree that ‘business schools should run projects to give back to local, national or international organisations and communities’

Internationalism

  • While the USA and the UK remain the most popular destinations for international study, Singapore and China are on the rise, ranking 4th and 6th respectively with many respondents
  • More than 30% of respondents choose a international study destination because they are ‘attracted by the sporting and cultural profile of the country’
  • Over a third of all managers and directors agree that ‘graduates should learn another language as part of their degree’. 

Technology

  • More than 50% of all prospective students agree that they ‘would not study a business programme in a MOOC’
  • Around half of all managers/directors agree that ‘I am uncertain of what a MOOC offers and how it can be part of a business degree’ and that ‘I would not recruit a graduate who had only studied online’
  • More than 60% of all current students agree that ‘For academics, technology often means little more than using a PowerPoint presentation’
  • Over 70% of prospective and current students and alumni want lifestyle learning, using technology to learn around work and family commitments

Despite the uncertainty and upheaval in business education, between 70% and 80% agree that business is a force for good in society. Demand for business education seems likely to remain strong, albeit with changing content, in different locations, delivered in new formats and with changed outcomes.

Background information
Data was collected for the See the Future study in May 2013.  Respondents were prospective students, current students, alumni and employers. Copies of the full report are available for £360 (+VAT where applicable).  To purchase a copy of the full report email: info@carringtoncrisp.com or purchase by credit card through PayPal on the See the Future page.

For further information, please contact:

Andrew Crisp, CarringtonCrisp
andrew@carringtoncrisp.com, +44 (0) 207 229 7373 or +44 (0) 7802 875260

Matthew Wood, EFMD
matthew.wood@efmd.org, +32 2 629 08 10

Major Disruption Ahead - Global Focus Magazine

Welcome to the latest issue of Global Focus with content that certainly reflects the title. The coverage is indeed global, ranging from stories about China to Senegal by way of America, Canada, France and others. And the focus is acute, centering on some of the key issues facing management education in today’s uncertain world. You can view the full issue digitally here or download the individual articles as PDFs below.

logo_pdf 1. In focus and contents Issue 2 2013 cover

logo_pdf 4. Management Education for the World
A vision for business schools serving people and planet

logo_pdf 6. Challenges and opportunities in the new business education world
Dominique Turpin analyses the issues and forces that are buffeting business schools

logo_pdf 10. Major disruption ahead!
Ulrich Hommel and Christophe Lejeune discuss how technology could change the business model of business schools

logo_pdf 14. Managing complexity: an idea whose time has come
Richard Straub explains why we now need to tackle the complexity of business

logo_pdf 20. Preparing Chinese managers for global leadership
As Chinese business goes global it is time to start training its managers for leadership in a global business world say Jørgen Thorsell, Justin Bridge and Fiona Gardner

logo_pdf 24. Cadres for the common good
The 50+20 vision has ignited a flame that illuminates a path towards the future of management education. John North describes the latest steps on the journey

logo_pdf 28. Fuelling business growth through coaching and mentoring – the Swiss Re approach
The long-lasting financial crisis challenges the business case for corporate learning. Andrew Rutsch suggests that re-insurance group Swiss Re’s business-focused emphasis on coaching and mentoring may be one way forward

logo_pdf 32. Business school evolution: media insights and the future outlook
Gillian Goh, Michelle Lee and Howard Thomas examine the way the media has reported the business school “industry” over the past 20 years and what the future might hold

logo_pdf 38. Giving students the best in international education
John Oldale explains how Canada’s University of Victoria’s business school turned the search for a more international MBA into a new type of graduate programme

logo_pdf 40. Liberal education key to business success
A new form of business education that links business competences with a grounding in liberal arts and sciences is essential argues a new book. John Johnson reports

logo_pdf 44. The looming leadership gap
David Altman and Roland Smith of the Center for Creative Leadership analyse why both developed and emerging economies may well suffer a leadership gap at all levels of business

logo_pdf 48. A French debut in America
French business school SKEMA is opening campuses around the world, including a unique venture on the American mainland. Pascal Vidal details the how and why

logo_pdf 52. Management in Africa
How can African business schools best serve the often unique needs of African businesses and peoples? Moustapha Mamba Guirassy gives one example from Senegal that may serve as a guide

logo_pdf 56. UN PRME and emerging economies
Business schools from emerging economies need to embrace UN PRME, argues Umesh Mukhi, and suggests some ways they could do it

logo_pdf 60. Risk management ante portas
Ulrich Hommel and Anna Pastwa present the results of the EFMD Risk Management survey and argue that most business schools have just begun to look at this issue more seriously

We are always pleased to hear your thoughts on Global Focus, and ideas on what you would like to see in future issues. Please address comments and ideas to Matthew Wood at EFMD

EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2013 - Congratulations to the Winners

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EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2013 - Congratulations to the Winners

EFMD is pleased to announce the Winners and Highly Commended Cases of the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award 2013.

"Once again the EIP Awards have drawn out some outstanding cases that illustrate the value and impact of successful partnerships in Learning & Development. Providing an environment that helps to engage and develop people and enhances skills is an essential component for any company. All of the winning cases and highly commended cases clearly show that investing in people is not a luxury; it is a key strategic asset for business success if done well," said Dr. Richard Straub, Director of Development at EFMD.

EIP Winners 2013

Organisational-Development  Executive-Development  Talent-Development  Professional-Development  Special

Category: Executive Development
  • Groupe Danone & London Business School
    “Danone Leading Edge Program – A Leadership Odyssey”
    By Thierry Bonetto (Groupe Danone) and Linda Irwin (London Business School)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Talent Development
  • Atos & HEC Paris
    “Developing Atos Future Leaders? GOLD, a Tailor-made Curriculum”
    By Valérie Caillaud (Atos) and Christine Baldy Ngayo (HEC Paris)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Professional Development
  • Danske Bank Sweden & Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education
    “Pathway to Premium - Creating Investment Advisors at Danske Bank”
    By Lisa Nyberg (Danske Bank) and Kristina Nilsson (SSE IFL)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Organisational Development
  • EDF & Toulouse School of Economics
    “Corporate Turnaround: Focusing, Aligning and Building for Success”,
    By David Jestaz (EDF Corporate University for Management) and Thomas-Olivier Leautier (Toulouse School of Economics)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Special - Network Partnership
  • Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA) & CEAGA’s Corporate University
    “Management & Development of New Products Programme -Training for Change on the Automotive Sector”
    By Pedro Pineiro (CEAGA´s Corporate University) and Alberto Cominges (Fundación CEAGA))
    logo pdf Executive Summary

EIP Highly Commended 2013

Category: Executive Development
  • DB Schenker Logistics & Ashridge Business School
    “Transforming Individual Lives and Organisational Culture for a Sustainable Future”
    By Monica Behrens (DB Schenker Logistics) and Stefan Wills (Ashridge Business School)
    logo pdf Executive Summary

  • Royal DSM & The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    “Royal DSM Executive Leadership Program”
    By Marcin Skarbon and Chris Van Steenbergen (Royal DSM) and Catherine L. Hawkes and Jane H. Farran (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Talent Development
  • Airbus Military & IESE Business School
    “Empowering Internal Talent to Innovate”
    By Javier Matallanos and María Jesús Navarro Veroz (Airbus Military) and Marta Elvira, Alfonso Sanz and Ana Vinambres (IESE Business school)
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Category: Professional Development
  • IBM & Northeastern University
    “X-SELLerate:  A Professional Development Program for IBM Client-facing Professionals”
    Berverly Ward (IBM) and David Abdow (D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Organisational Development
  • Repsol & BTS
    “PRISMA – Health, Safety and Environment Leadership”
    By Celia GallegoQueipo (Repsol) and Marta Zaragoza (BTS)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
Category: Special
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Lancaster University Management School
    “Lancaster LEAD: Transforming Leadership and Management in UK SME’s”
    By Clive Memmott (Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce) and Eleanor Hamilton (Lancaster University Management School)
    logo pdf Executive Summary
The winners and highly commended cases were short-listed by an international jury-panel and the winning partnerships will be presented during EFMD's Executive Development Conference hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education, Stockholm, Sweden on the 9-11 of October.

For more information visit www.efmd.org/eip.


Quotes from the Winners

"We are grateful & proud to have been granted this prestigious EFMD award. It is recognition for the challenging & inspiring approach we have dared to take together with our trusted partner London Business School, to make the "Leading Edge program" sustainable & impactful over time, while reinvented every year. It is also an encouragement for the Danone L&D team, to continue to explore new horizons in learning & leadership development, to support business growth, people growth and the nurturing of our culture".  Thierry BONETTO, Group Learning & Development Director, Danone

EFMD Awards CLIP Accreditation to ArcelorMittal, BBVA & PSA

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EFMD Awards CLIP Accreditation

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

We are delighted to announce that ArcelorMittal, BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and PSA Peugeot Citroën have recently received CLIP accreditation and join the CLIP community which also includes:

The CLIP accreditation was an important achievement given the complexity of our organization. We are proud of the official recognition for the quality of our work so far, which will also strengthen our position internally. At the same time the peer review report gives also clear indications on the way forward, how to further improve and bring more structure into our learning landscape. The CLIP accreditation has certainly given a new momentum to the global roll out of ArcelorMittal University.Christian Standaert, General Manager, ArcelorMittal University

CLIP will help us to be positioned on the same level of excellence as other global organizations that like BBVA have long-standing learning models, with high standards of quality and rigorous, dynamic and high impact organizational learning management models. Organizations that are CLIP certified reflect excellence in its learning model and meet the quality standards in the more rigorous learning management values. Therefore, it is an honor for Campus BBVA to have obtained this certification and to have been recognized as a best-practice reference in the learning industry. The accreditation process has given us the opportunity to conduct a rigorous internal analysis,  that has pointed out not only our strengths but also  the areas for improvement that we must promote as a unit that supports our business in the achievement of its goals and our professionals in their development. This is the recognition of a sustained continuous effort of many people in the last years; people that are aligned with BBVA’s values that have committed firmly to the people as the center of the organization, and to their learning and development as differential elements.
Ignacio de La Vega Garcia, Chief Learning Officer, BBVA

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

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

Richard Straub, Director of Corporate Services who leads the CLIP process at EFMD believes the whole experience delivers a great deal of added value to an organisation. “In the past corporate universities and training centres have either flourished or failed because of how they are perceived internally. Gaining CLIP accreditation has helped to establish the credibility and internal recognition of the corporate university and gives a corporate university something tangible it can show to its board.”

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

Vision 2020 Video Contest Winner Announced

And the winner is ................vision2020



Global Business Education Cloud System in 2020

Danyang Li, Solbridge International Business School, Korea




EFMD, Babson and the Robins School of Business would like to congratulate Danyang Li and her team for the winning submission. They have been invited to attend the EFMD Annual Undergraduate Conference that will take place at the St Petersburg Graduate School of Management, St Petersburg, Russia to share their ideas with a network of undergraduate programme directors who are part of the EFMD community of business schools.

We would also like to highlight the entries from Christian Janisse, Odette School of Business; Alejandra Vasquez, Universidad Externado de Colombia & Jan Natividad Schulich School of Business - York University that we all Higly Commended by the Jury.

Finally we would like to thank everyone who entered as there were some fabulous ideas that will be debated in much more detail at the Undergraduate Conference later this year. All of the video submissions can be found online at http://www.efmdvision2020.org/

EFMD Open House - Quality Services Information Session - Cape Town

stellenbosh1EFMD is organising a Quality Services Information Session in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School. The session will be given by Professor Michael Osbaldeston, Director of Quality Services, EFMD.

The EFMD Open House - Quality Services Information Session will take place on Friday, 2 August 2013.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about EFMD and its activities around the world.

equisepasedafdiagram-1The session is designed for institutions that have little or no knowledge of the EFMD global network and its quality services porfolio. The information session will provide a basic introduction to  EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development system) and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. Special emphasis will be put on two of EFMD’s systems: EPAS and EDAF. The information session will be relevant for Business School Deans or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, accreditation and development.

After the information session, participants will have ample time for questions and also have the opportunity to discuss individually the services which EFMD offers. If you wish to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Professor Osbaldeston in the afternoon of the 2 August please contact marielle.vanrenterghem@efmd.org. This is highly recommended for any School that is considering applying for EFMD accreditation or development systems and the extra knowledge acquired during the session will be helpful in this process.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore EFMD and its accreditation and mentoring systems. The programme of the session, practical information and online registration form is available here. Find out more about the EDAF, EPAS & EQUIS.

2013 Emerald / EFMD MENA Management Research Fund Award

emerald logoEmerald and the EFMD are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended for their Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Management Research Fund Award.

The closing date for receipt of applications is now 1 December 2013.

The Prizes
There will be one award of £2,000 (or currency equivalent) for the winning research project, and two awards of £500 each for highly-commended runners up, to fund or part-fund these projects. The winner will be invited to receive their award at the 2014 EFMD Conference in the MENA Region and will receive a complimentary delegate pass. In addition to the research fund it is also hoped that once the research is completed its findings can be published in one of Emerald’s many excellent management research titles.

The main member of the research team must be based in a MENA country. For the purposes of this award, MENA countries are defined as: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Gaza, Mauritania, Sudan, Turkey and Yemen.

For further information and details of how to apply please visit the webpage below: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/research/awards/mena_man.htm

This award represents a fantastic opportunity for researchers to gain significant financial support as well as international recognition. Please pass this message on to anyone else that you feel may be interested in applying.  If you have any questions regarding the award please do not hesitate to contact either:

Emma Stevenson, Emerald Head Office, UK
E-mail: estevenson@emeraldinsight.com
Tel: +44(0) 1274 785198

or Inês Proença, EFMD
E-mail: ines.proenca@efmd.org
Tel: +32 2 629 08 10

EFMD Call to Participate in a Pilot Network Supporting Virtual Internships

ProvipWhat is a virtual internship?

International internships are gaining more and more importance in the context of the internationalization of higher education and globalization of our (professional) world. Traditional international work placements, where the learner travels abroad to the company, are not always feasible for all students because of financial, geographical, social or other reasons. For those physical placements abroad that do happen, there are also a number of difficulties to overcome, mainly related to a lack of communication between the student, the foreign company and the institution for higher education.

Virtual mobility and ICT-supported interaction can help address these issues. There are always three stakeholders involved in an international internship: the higher education institution, the student and the receiving company or organization. ICT-supported activities can be used to facilitate the interaction between these stakeholders. When the interaction between a student and a company is mainly ICT-supported, this is classed as a virtual placement.

The European project EU-VIP looked into the conditions for success when integrating virtual mobility in international internships. All of the results are available via www.euvip.eu.

The project noted that international internships are mostly the result of individual relationships or actions, while - for successful virtually supported placements - a structured implementation and collaboration between higher education institutions and companies is desirable. These issues are now being addressed in the follow-up project PROVIP (“Promoting Virtual Mobility in Placements”, 2012-2014), http://www.provip.info. This project is aimed at creating an international network of companies and study programmes in the fields of marketing, IT and engineering, interested in offering international internships to students, vip2supported or facilitated by virtual mobility. The whole internship process (before, during and after) will be supported through an online platform.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for companies or their departments of marketing, IT and engineering willing to be part of this pilot network and its innovative approach towards international internships. We are also looking for study programmes in the same fields that can provide mature students who can work independently.
 
What can you expect from us?

For companies
  • An additional international pool of candidates for an internship
  • Contacts with higher education institutions from all over Europe, active within study fields related to your sector
  • A network that can serve as a bridge towards foreign markets, other languages and business cultures
  • Development of the online platform based on your needs and current practices regarding (international) internships
  • Input of extensive knowledge in the field of virtual mobility
For business schools and HEIs
  • An additional offer of virtual or virtually supported international internships to your students
  • Contacts with companies from all over Europe, active within sectors related to your study field
  • A possibility to further internationalize your curriculum and work on the intercultural competences of your students
  • Development of the online platform based on your needs and current practices regarding (international) internships
  • Input of extensive knowledge in the field of virtual mobility
What do we expect from you?
  • To promote your internships via the platform or to promote to your students the international virtual or virtually supported internships in addition to your “traditional” internships
  • Active participation in and use of the platform by the internship supervisor
  • To assist in platform evaluation
Timing?
  • June 2013: input of information about your needs and practices regarding internships
  • September / October 2013: short training session about the use of the platform
  • October 2013 – June 2014: pilot run of the network and platform, during this period evaluative input will be asked of the participants twice.
If you are iInterested to know more or to get involved, please contact Boriana Marinova at boriana.marinova@efmd.org.

New Strategic Alliance of Chinese and European Schools

On the 31st of May in Angers, France, ESSCA School of Management inaugurated the new Alliance of Chinese and European Business Schools (ACE). Twenty universities and colleges areACElogo2 the founding members of the alliance, which is under the patronage of EFMD.

Already since 2012, Wei Shen (Associate Dean for China at ESSCA) and Chong Li (Director EFMD Asia) have been combining efforts to create this important project.

The sharing of experiences and exchanges around the internationalisation and the future development of teaching and research are the keystones," says Catherine Leblanc, Director General of ESSCA Group.

On May 31st, the inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of

  • Yansheng Ma, Minister Counsellor for Education, Chinese Embassy in Paris
  • Stéphane Chipponi, Sous-Préfet of Maine et Loire
  • Professor Cheng Siwei, Dean of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Management School (former Vice-President of the National People's Congress of China)
  • Prof. Eric Cornuel CEO & Director General of EFMD

"For over 40 years EFMD has been involved in raising the standards of management education around the globe. Through accreditation, conferences, seminars and research EFMD has been a key element in the internationalisation of business education. All of the ACE Alliance partners are active members of EFMD and we wholeheartedly support this initiative and give it our full support," said Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD.

ACE will focus on academic excellence and the synergy between research and education in order to better prepare the next generation of executives. High-level representatives of the 20 schools finalised the ACE consortium agreement in parallel Deans’ forum discussions.  Planned activities include the establishment of a joint programme under the ACE label, exchanges of professors and students, projects and research conferences and the development of international skills modules. The initiative is closely linked to EFMD activities, whilst the commitment to quality improvement is assured. Already in the first year, ACE will provide a symposium on research and will lay the foundations for the first batch of students for a joint programme.

The ACE Founding Members are, under the patronage of EFMD:

•    Antwerp Management School (Belgium),
•    Beijing Jiao Tong University (China),
•    Chinese Academy of Sciences (China),
•    EBS Business School (Germany),
•    ESSCA School of Management (France),
•    Gothenburg University (Sweden),
•    Harbin Institute of Technology (China),
•    Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong),
•    Leeds University (UK),
•    National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan),
•    Northwestern Polytechnic University (China),
•    MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy),
•    Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands),
•    Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (China),
•    Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China),
•    Universidade Catolica Lisbon (Portugal),
•    University of Ljubljana (Slovenia),
•    University of Macau (Macau),
•    VSE University of Economics Prague (Czech Republic),
•    Xiamen University (China).

For more information on the ACE Alliance, please contact Wei Shen wei.shen@essca.fr or Chong Li – chong.li@efmdasia.org

2013 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference (HERC) – Key Insights and Outlook

highereducationresearch2013The 2013 HERC that took place in Paris Dauphine University on May 23-24th was a great success, concluded Prof. Ulrich Hommel. With more than 50 scholars participating, 20 competitively selected papers and 5 keynote speeches, this second edition of HERC has confirmed the role EFMD can play as a catalyst in the field of research.

“Since its creation, the Higher Education Research Conference was conceived with a long term perspective to stimulate research on and around business schools and higher education institutions. This is an important initiative for EFMD and we are fully satisfied with the achievements so far”, said Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD.

Of remarkable insights were the conference’s keynote speeches. Prof. Jordi Canals delivered a talk on the impact of business schools on society. He insisted that there are nowadays new dimensions of impact that have to be taken into account (social innovation, job creation, fighting poverty, etc.) as well as long term challenges that he structured around the purpose of Business Schools, their intellectual foundations and their governance.

Then, Prof. Andrew Pettigrew presented a major research project he is undertaking on the present and future of the business school professionariate and the changing rules of the game. Finally, Prof. Hellen Hazelkorn introduced a more macro research policy perspective in the conference, by explaining how higher education had moved from elite-based education to a mass-production model, therefore challenging the idea of the university as an “ivory tower”. Thinking of higher education as part of an “eco-system”, Prof. Hazelkorn talked about some major current trends for more co-production of knowledge, engaged scholarship and demonstration of impact.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Andrew Pettigrew, Chair of the Research Steering Committee, was pleased to announce that Stockholm University School of Business will be the host of next year’s conference, which will also take place in May.

Full details on the 2013 conference can be found here. More information concerning the 2014 conference will be available later in the year.

Henry Mintzberg Workshop on Developing Practicing Managers and their Organisations

henrymThe Henry Mintzberg, IMPM & EFMD Special Workshop will take place on 16th May in Brussels on the theme: "Developing Practicing Managers and their Organisations".

The workshop will be led by led by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, CA together with his two colleagues Dr. Leslie K. Breitner, Cycle Director, IMHL and IMPM Programmes and Dora Koop, Director, McGill University Executive Institute.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to discuss new ways to engage in management education and development with academics, training professionals and staff of corporate academies. Join colleagues and peers from business schools including INSEAD, IESE, Rotterdam School of Management, Vlerick Business School, ESCP Europe and Oxford Said Business School as well as corporate representatives from L'Oréal, GDF Suez University, SAFRAN, Eli Lilly and Company, Rabobank and Novo Nordisk.

The workshop will tap into the years of learning from the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM.org), founded in 1996, and a family of spin-off programs that have been designed to build on that experience. Picking up where Henry Mintzberg left off in his book Managers not MBAs,, the IMPM has made significant progress in rethinking education and development for people well into their managerial careers.  The pedagogy is built around the belief that managers will invest by building on their own experiences and involves a number of pedagogical innovations such as; managerial mindsets, morning reflections, managerial exchanges, friendly consulting (on managers’ challenges), competency sharing, IMpact teams, and novel seating arrangements.

Participants in this workshop will not only hear about these new ideas but also live them in the design.  To open, they will be asked to share their concerns for management education and development, and to close, they will reflect on the consequences of the day’s learning for their own programmes.

If you have any questions please contact Virginie HEREDIA-ROSA virginie.heredia-rosa@efmd.org

Announcing the Winner of the "Best of the Best" 2012 EFMD Case Writing Competition

case-award2012The winning case from the "Best of the Best" category has now being evaluated by ecch and EFMD is delighted to announce that -

Inclusive Business Models: Planting the Seeds of Change: The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Lea Stadtler and Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva, CH 

has been selected as the 2012 "Best of the Best Case Award". Many congratulations to Lea Stadtler and Gilbert Probst from the University of Geneva.

"Our case illustrates the challenging and inspiring journey of establishing an efficient commodity exchange in Ethiopia by means of an inclusive public-private partnership. Given the technological challenges in the country and the deep mistrust of many of the stakeholders involved, this was no easy task. Once the seeds of change had been planted, however, the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) experienced a period of strong growth, which, in turn, led to new challenges.

We are really honored to receive the "Best of the Best" category of the internationally well-known EFMD Case Writing Competition. It is also a great timing since it conincides with the creation of our Geneva PPP Center: a university center to serve as a hub and catalyst for PPP-related research projects. Our thanks go to all case stakeholders involved, especially Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, and the reviewers who nominated the case."


Choosing the “Best of the Best” award is always so difficult due to the outstanding nature of all the case involved so we would like to once again congratulate all of the Category Winners.

 2012 Category Winners

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Novo Nordisk: Managing Sustainability at Home and Abroad, written by Jette Steen Knudsen, Copenhagen Business School, DK and Dana Brown, EMLYON Business School, FR

  • Entrepreneurship: ENVIU: Starting World Changing Companies, written by Luca Berchicci and Giovanna Domingues Sanches, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, NL

  • Family Business: Bavaria and the Swinkels Family: Brewing a Sticky Brand, written by Benoit Leleux and Jan Van der Kaaij, IMD, CH

  • Finance and Banking: Irish Schools: Sovereign Risk in Social Infrastructure PPP, written by Pierre Hillion and Jean Wee, INSEAD

  • Emerging Chinese Global Competitors: Hard Choices: Best Buy and Five Star in China_Cases A , B and the Industry Note, written by Terence Tsai, Zhu Jianhua and Xu Leiping, CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), CN

  • Supply Chain Management: Danfoss - Global Manufacturing Footprint, written by Torben Pedersen and Jacob Pyndt, Copenhagen Business School, DK

  • Euro-Mediterranean Managerial Practices and Issues: Launch of Durra: Women in Islamic Banking, written by Alexandra Roth and David T.A. Wesley, Northeastern University, US

  • African Business Cases: Nuru Energy (A): Financing a Social Enterprise - Nuru Energy (B): From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs, Filipe Santos and Anne-Marie Carrick, INSEAD

  • Public Sector Innovations: Restoring the British Museum, written by Anand Narasimhan and Jean-Louis Barsoux, IMD, CH

  • Responsible Leadership: VOLTIUM, Inc, written by Eloy del Potro, Juan Carlos Vasquez Dodero, Jose Ramon Pin Arboledas and Guido Stein, IESE Business School, ES

  • Inclusive Business Models: Planting the Seeds of Change: The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Lea Stadtler and Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva, CH  

  • MENA Business Cases: Chabros International Group: A World of Wood, written by Paul W. Beamish and Bassam Farah, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA

  • Latin American Business Cases: Veja: Sneakers With a Conscience, written by Oana Branzei and Kim Poldner, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA

  • Indian Management Issues and Opportunities: Bayer CropScience in India (A): Against Child Labor, written by Charles Dhanaraj, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, US, Oana Branzei and Satyajeet Subramanian, Richard Ivey School of Business, CA

We would like to thank all of our sponsors of their continued support of the Case Writing Competition. Abstracts for the cases are available on the EFMD website and all of the cases are available on the ecch website.

The 2013 competition will open twoards the end of May. If you would like further information please contact Inês PROENÇA ines.proenca@efmd.org

The GRLI Announces a Strategic Alliance with EFMD and AACSB International

grliBrussles, Belgium (March 21st, 2013) – Announced today, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with EFMD and AACSB International (AACSB). The agreement will see two of the most influential global voices in management education working closely with the GRLI, a network of forward thinking companies and business schools, to focus on an important message: that business and business schools need to work collectively to devote greater attention to developing responsible companies and leaders in the future.

Mark Drewell, CEO of the GRLI said, “Over the past nine years we have learnt a great deal about catalysing change in the complex interface between management education, business and society. This move creates a platform on which we can transform success into significance as we work to scale our impact in partnership with EFMD and AACSB International.”

Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO of EFMD said “The GRLI, which we co-founded with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2004, plays an important role already in providing direction, support, and visibility to what business schools are doing to foster responsibility and sustainability.  However while there has been some initial success, much more remains to be accomplished. GRLI will become the armed wing of our shared ambitions at EFMD and AACSB to accelerate change.”

Commenting on the announcement, AACSB International President and CEO John Fernandes said: “In recent years, the role of business as a sustainable and socially responsible enterprise has risen consistent with the world’s demand for accountability. Through our accreditations and services, AACSB and EFMD are important stakeholders in addressing society’s objectives of sustainability, social responsibility and ethical leadership. This move increases the intensity of our focus in this area, and will enable both organisations to serve our members more fully as they seek to address the challenges of 21st century management education.”

EFMD and AACSB will join GRLI’s current Board of Directors, by each appointing two representatives that will participate in governing decisions. The two organizations will also provide financial support to bolster GRLI’s capacity to achieve its mission.

Detailed  discussions will take place amongst the three organisations over the coming months to turn the agreement into a practical programme. This will include making knowledge and expertise developed by the GRLI accessible to EFMD and AACSB members, as well as participation in GRLI’s pipeline of projects and its various international events.

For further information contact:
Mark Drewell (GRLI) +44 7805 568 493 mark.drewell@grli.org

Editors Notes

About the GRLI (www.grli.org)
The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) is a worldwide partnership of companies and business schools/learning organisations working together in a laboratory of change to develop a next generation of globally responsible leaders. The GRLI engages in thought leadership, advocacy and projects to achieve measurable impact. It’s current projects to support the development of responsible management education are concentrated around the implementation of the 50+20 Agenda, a blueprint of management education in service to society launched at Rio+20 in June 2012.

About EFMD (www.efmd.org)
EFMD is a leading international network of business schools and companies (810 members / 82 countries) at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development globally. EFMD runs the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems as well as the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers programme (EDAF) and is one of the key reference points for management education worldwide.

About AACSB International (www.aacsb.edu)
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,300 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 81 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services.
As a premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore.

Updates from the ETP in Japan and Korea

logo-etpThe Executive Training Programme (ETP) provides European Companies with the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome business, language and cultural barriers in Japan and Korea, in order to take advantage of the many trade and investment opportunities available with these two countries.

The current cohort of participants have already started their immersions in Japan and Korea following a well-received inception module at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The EU ambassadors and delegations, along with Waseda University in Tokyo and Yonsei University in Seoul, have welcomed the participants who are now enjoying intensive language training. The ETP training providers have been chosen for their international recognition and experience. Together with them, the EU ensures that ETP participants are given the very latest information, know-how and skills they need to succeed in Japan and Korea.
 
The European Commission is now seeking new candidates for the ETP 2013/2014 cycle. In order to provide interested candidates and stakeholders with more details on the EU-funded Executive Training Programme (ETP), the ETP team organised a series of webinars. You may view the slides from the webinar here.  You may download the recording and listen to the full webinar here.

The ETP is designed to help you and your company succeed by improving your knowledge of the Japanese or Korean language, cultures and business practices while leveraging EU networks. This infographic summarizes the benefits of participating in the ETP. You can download it here,
www.euetp.eu/sites/default/files/content/infographic/infographic-etp.pdf

The next training cycle of the ETP begins in November 2013. The enrolment is open, apply now via the ETP website: www.euetp.eu

  • The skills I learned through the ETP undoubtedly helped me guide my company towards success in Japan. The programme gave me the tools to do it
    Richard Thornley, President Rolls-Royce Japan Co. Ltd., Japan
  • There are a few things in life which you can put your finger on and say ”this really changed my life.” ETP is one of them
    Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga, Sports Marketing Executive, ASICS Skandinavia Sweden

See the Future - A New Study About the Future of Management Education

futureIt seems that not a day passes without an article about the uncertain future for higher education.  However, much of this is opinion and crystal ball gazing.  To provide clear direction for any school thinking about the future, CarringtonCrisp, the education market research specialists, working with EFMD, are planning a special new group market research study, titled 'See the Future'. 

Taking part will cost only €800.


The study will provide an overview on the future of management education from the student and business perspective – the role it should play in society, its position in higher education, the value to the potential student, the support it can provide for business and data on key trends in the marketplace. We will question four key audiences: prospective students, current students, alumni and corporates and ask these groups about five key areas:future2

  •     attitudes to business,
  •     the value of a business education,
  •     sustainability and CSR,
  •     internationalisation, and
  •     the role of technology.
And provide reports based on audience, geography and business school, as well as a global view of the market place. The aim is to have at least 100 business schools take part and to capture the views of more than 10,000 respondents.  The study will take place in late April/early May with results from mid-late June.

For further details on how to take part please contact CarringtonCrisp by email at info@carringtoncrisp.com or by telephone on +44 207 229 7373 or Matthew Wood matthew.wood@efmd.org +32 2 629 08 10.

We hope that your school will take part in this fascinating study.

Join us in Madrid for the 2013 EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference

The 2013 EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference

...will take place on 4th - 5th March 2013, hosted by EOI Business School, Madrid, Spain. The theme of the conference is "Empowerment of Entrepreneurs for Growth".

Join colleagues and peers from across the globe for a mix on plenary sessions covering – Social Entrepreneurship, Youth Entrepreneurship & When Entrepreneurship Meets Educators and Students to an arrays of parallel sessions with presentations and cases covering many of the key issues facing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education and teaching.


  • Internationalisation Strategies into BRIC Countries - A Comparison of Danish Family and Non-family Businesses
  • Entrepreneurship: from Motivation to Start-Up
  • Venture Philanthropy through New Radical Social Enteprises: An examination of Key Success Factors
  • Is Entrepreneurship a Determinant of Economic Growth?
  • Creating Social Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Preliminary Findings
  • Designing a National Innovation System for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises
  • Mapping the Environment of a Civic Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurial Resilience: an Approach to the Concept in the Context of Start-up Companies
  • Modern Open Platforms for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development - Case Presentation Aalto University, School of Business, Small Business Center
  • The Reverse Side of Growth: Exploring Encountered Problems during the Founding Process of University Spin-offs
  • Recruiting Partners for Co-Evolution: Leveraging on Sidecar Investments and Escalating Commitment
  • The Use of Product Development Networks to Grow the New Venture
  • Entry Mode Strategies of Exporting SMEs to Distant Growth Markets
  • The Impact of Absorptive Capacity and Business Owner Human and Social Capital on Start-up International Growth
  • Toward Internationalisation of SMEs: Capturing the Relevance of Regulative Dimension in Emerging Economies
  • Designed and Made in Denmark for a Purpose: Threading Social Innovation in New Meaningful Patterns
  • COEUR – Developing Business Creativity and EuroPreneurship in European University Networks
  • Modelling an Innovative Approach to Social Entrepreneurship Education
  • Entrepreneurship Education and Developing University Students’ Metacompetences
  • Entrepreneurship Education and the Triple Helix Theory
  • Be Entrepreneurial. Active Learning Approach
  • Developing the Student Enterprise Mind Set Through Multi Partner Work-based Learning
  • Understanding the Impact of Creative Activities for Learning in Innovation (CAL4INO)
  • Business Curricula and the Teaching of Entrepreneurship
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Capabilities Through Action Learning in an MBA Program
  • Riding the Third Wave of Social Entrepreneurship Education: Assessment of Effectiveness of Projects as a Tool to Learn about Social Entrepreneurship
  • Does Business Simulation Gaming Affect Entrepreneurial Intent in Undergraduates?
  • A New Technology for Entrepreneurship Education as an Extra-curricula
We hope that you will join us in Madrid for one of the key entrepreneuship events in Europe. If you have any questions please visit the special website for the event or contact Virginie HEREDIA-ROSA virginie.heredia-rosa@efmd.org directly.

Coaching and Mentoring as Motors of Change - 15 March

Join us for the EFMD Sharing Best Practice CLIP workshop hosted by SwissRe in Munich on 14 (evening) - 15 March 2013!! The workshop will examine the many different areas and ways in whichmentoring coaching and mentoring techniques can be deployed in support of strategic L&D objectives.

  • How does coaching and mentoring fit into a company’s strategic learning processes?
  • To what extent can the learning outcomes of coaching and mentoring be considered organisational and not just individual?
  • How should the ‘targets’ for development through coaching and mentoring be chosen from a strategic perspective?
  • What learning and development objectives should be set for the different target groups?
  • How does coaching and mentoring fit into the learning organisation’s toolkit of didactic techniques?
  • How should coaching and mentoring be combined with other L&D techniques?
  • What is the place of coaching and mentoring in group-oriented leadership programmes?
  • How can the effectiveness of these techniques be measured?
  • How can the cost be justified?   
swiss rePrisca Peyer-Ehrbar, Head of SwissRe Academy, will share her experience with you. Other speakers will include Justus Boeckheler, Vice President, Center for Expertise Development & Change, BASF; Philippe Bonnet, Vice President, Global Head Learning & Education, Essilor International; Andrew Clayton, Head of Group Learning Allianz and Charles Jennings, Former Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters, Founding Director of The 70:20:10 Forum.

Join colleagues from Airbus, Alcatel-Lucent, Allianz, Atos, Baloise, BASF, Coca-Cola, Daimler, DuPont de Nemours, EDF, Eli Lilly, Gas Natural Fenosa, GE, ING Insurance, Maersk Line, Rabobank, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, UBS and UniCredit. For more information and registration please click here.

About the EFMD Sharing Best Practice CLIP Community

Led by representatives of EFMD and EFMD's Chief Learning Officer Community, HR and learning & development professionals meet twice a year to work in depth on the key challenges modern corporate learning functions are facing. The CLIP accredited companies share their experience with complementary inputs supported by other CLOs and/or Business Schools. These events are designed for senior corporate HR and learning & development practitioners from EFMD company members network and selected guests. As an interactive forum, this community of practitioners is unique in corporate learning and development in Europe.

For more information, please contact Shanshan GE  Shanshan.ge@efmd.org

EFMD's External Relations / Marcoms Community to meet in Hong Kong

The 2013 EFMD Conference for International, External & Corporate Relations, Marketing, PR, Communication and Alumni professionals

will be hosted by the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, on the 14-15 March 2013. Registration is now open.



Join colleagues and peers from over 20 different countries to network, share ideas and make new connections. Schools already registered include: HEC Paris, Monash, QUT, RSM, MIP-Politecnico di Milano, Asian Institute of Management, University of Edinburgh Business School, Leeds University Business School, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, EADA, Toulouse Business School, Tsinghua University, Lingnan (University) College, Nottingham Trent University, Audencia Nantes School of Management, EDHEC, Hanyang University, Aston Business School, ESCP Europe, HKUST Business School, KAIST and more.

The organizing committee has chosen to investigate, discuss and explore the theme of: Bridging the “Gap” – Awareness and Collaboration between Europe and Asia and has put together an exceptional programme with high-class speakers including:
  • Hong Kong as a Regional Education Hub
    Cherry Tse Ling Kit-Ching, Permanent Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, HK, CN 

  • Trends
    Chris Tsang, Executive Director for MBA/MSc Programs, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, HK, CN
    Speaker to be announced from, KPMG Hong Kong, HK, CN

  • Student Mobility
    Wei Shen, Associate Dean for China and Professor of International Affairs, ESSCA School of Management, FR
    Jane Delbene, Director of Marketing, EMEA, GMAC - Graduate Management Admission Council®, UK

  • Cultural Understanding of International Collaboration
    Steven DeKrey, President, AIM - Asian Institute of Management, MY
    Karmen Yeung, Partner, China Tax, KPMG Hong Kong, HK, CN

  • Community Relations and Engagement
    Carol Ma, Assistant Director, Office of Service-Learning and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, CN

And much more…

You can view the complete conference programme online and see what is of interest for you. Moreover, some of you will be regular participants of the APAIE Conference (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) and will be happy to learn that their 2013 conference will take place just before ours, also in Hong Kong. Hopefully this will allow you to attend both international events and make wise use of your time and trip to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a fantastic venue and also home to EFMD’s Asia office, which was opened last year. Having a presence in Asia has lead to a significant increase in membership from the region so we really are hoping that this event will bring many opportunities to learn, share and form new alliances and partnerships.

I would like to invite you to join the EFMD External Relations group on LinkedIn which will help you build your own network and contacts across the EFMD network. If you have not yet joined please request to join the EFMD - External Relations group. You can also follow @EFMDnews on Twitter for news and updates from EFMD and the international network.

We hope that you will be able to join us in Hong Kong for what promises to be an exiting event! If you have any questions or require further information please contact Delphine HAUSPY delphine.hauspy@efmd.org

 

What does the future hold for academic research?

imagesMost deans of leading business schools would agree that being a top-performing faculty member is synonymous with being a top researcher. The production of widely cited A-level articles has become the core ingredient for a successful academic career, leading to peer recognition, tenure and ever-larger pecuniary rewards in the form of higher base salaries and bonuses.

At the same time, though, many practitioners would argue that the way academics are conducting research is the very essence of what is wrong with business schools today. They claim that research methodologies and outcomes are too often detached from the realities of managing enterprises and that researchers lack the motivation as well as all too often the ability to credibly surpass Andrew Pettigrew’s double hurdle of generating academically meaningful as well as practically relevant knowledge.

What is particularly worrying about this long-standing debate is the apparent unresponsiveness of the business school community, which continues to operate in the “we know best” mode. Business schools are facing environmental dynamics that will eventually make change inevitable. PhD programmes are not producing enough graduates to fulfil the hiring needs of a rapidly growing sector. Market entry by non-research for-profit providers will produce additional challenges to a system where business schools are using a large part of their resources to support a seemingly zero-return activity. There are effectively two pieces to the puzzle.

Researchers argue that they are, above all, writers seeking recognition from their peers. In contrast, communication experts claim that business schools need to improve on their customer orientation. They should produce research that meets the real needs of their stakeholders in terms of content and packaging.

Building a bridge between these two positions is not impossible. Business schools are currently operating based on model where researchers are drifting like particles in institutional space, where they have complete freedom to interact with other particles within or across institutional boundaries and where they eventually release output that is measured by a centuries-old metric.

But why not define academic research as a starting point of an innovation chain? It would allow researchers to focus on what they know best, the production of peer-reviewed articles. It would also, however, introduce the research outcomes into a refinement process that leads to spin-off outputs such as case studies, podcasts,  business simulations, policy position papers, open source e-learning content and interactive communication with corporate partners.

Embedding researchers into vertical innovation chains might also foster mutual learning with practitioners, which will affect the direction of research \and thereby address the main criticism of the corporate world.

In sum, business schools should reflect on how to organise their research activities better in order to justify the significant resource commitments. Laissez faire, with some moderation using a system of external, peer-based controls, has so far not enabled them to pass the double hurdle test. Existing research capabilities could possibly be made better us of by reversing the atomisation of research production and by creating support structures for top researchers.

Proceeding on this line must and should not infringe on the academic freedom of the individual researcher as since this would probably lead to harmful feedback effects in terms of research quality and productivity. However, business schools should attempt to break open their research silos and let the wider community that surrounds them participate in the benefits of their knowledge-generation activities.

Ulrich Hommel, Director of Research & Surveys at EFMD

Leading the MBA: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Leading the MBA: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

EFMD with the support of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), has great pleasure in inviting you and your business school to attend the 2013 EFMD MBA Conference that will be hosted by IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland from the 17-19 of March.

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The conference will explore the role of the Programme Director under the theme “Leading the MBA: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” and will include a tailor made case "The MBA Director’s Dilemma” that will address some of the key challenges encountered by Programme Directors.

The conference will be Chaired by Giulio Toscani, Director of the MBA Programme at EADA, Spain. The event brings together the global community of MBA directors (full-time, part-time, distance learning or executive) to share and exchange ideas whilst providing practical tools and examples that are applicable in day-to-day life. It also offers a great networking opportunity to collaborate internationally and build your own network of MBA contacts around the world. If you are involved in leading an MBA programme this is a key annual event that you must attend so please register now to join peers from: IMD, esmt, EADA, LBS, Bocconi, BI, Lancaster and more.

In addition, we have scheduled the following sessions:
  • Developing Partnerships & Portfolio Expansion Strategies
    Julia Marsh, Director MiM, LBS, UK

  • Creating Positive Group Dynamics
    John Sadowsky, Professor of Leadership and Marketing, Grenoble Ecole de Management, FR

  • Trends in Graduate Management Education                                                                                                    
    Deborah Somers, Director, EMEA, GMAC ®, UK

  • Media: Developing Key Messages about You and Your Programme
    Teresa Martini, Consultant, Ex-International Producer at CNN, UK

  • Learning how to Learn
    Sonja Zaar, Director MBA programmes and International Projects at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, NL

  • Corporate Panel
    Are employers actually aware of the programme details when hiring your MBAs? Can they really tell the difference between a specialised Masters Programme and an MBA? What in-house training do they provide and how relevant are business schools to them?

  • Innovation in Blended Learning …and much more to come! 
More information about this event is available via the EFMD website.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Lausanne next spring - if you have any questions or require any further information please contact Diana Grote - diana.grote@efmd.org

2013 EFMD MENA Conference - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

2013 EFMD MENA Conference - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

We are delighted to invite you to the 2013 EFMD Conference in the MENA Region hosted by the Abu Dhabi University and sponsored by GMAC® in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the 14-16 April 2013.

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Business Schools in the MENA Region - Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

The EFMD MENA conference is one of the most important management education events in the region and brings together business schools, companies, NGOs and the private sector to share and exchange ideas and best practice examples. More specifically it addresses ongoing trends in management education inside and outside of the MENA Region and promotes an active debate between regional actors and participants from other regions of the world.

Topics such as business education for employment, family business and succession planning, the role of business schools in preparing entrepreneurs for the region, research, managing country risk perception, executive education, alumni engagement and the role of international campuses will be discussed, with the contribution of leading academics and business representatives from the MENA Region, North America and Europe.

As well as the conference there will be an EFMD Quality Services Seminar that will provide information on EQUIS & EPAS accreditation and the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development system (EDAF). The seminar will take place on Sunday 14 April just before the conference starts and requires a separate registration (which can be done through the same link as the conference, by choosing the option "I will attend the EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF Seminar on Sunday 14 April").

If you and your school are interested in participating in the conference and seminars, please register by visiting the conference webpage: www.efmd.org/mena. If you have any additional questions you can contact Inês Proença (ines.proenca@efmd.org).

Finally, do not hesitate to pass on this invitation to your colleagues who might be interested in attending.

Update on the EFMD Extraordinary General Assembly

efmega002It is my pleasure to give you some information about our Extraordinary General Assembly that took place at EFMD on November 22nd, 2012.

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to all the members who attended this assembly. I know that their time is precious and their agendas are very busy. Having them in Brussels demonstrated their commitment to EFMD. I would also like to thank all of the members who sent their proxies, to have their voice heard and to shape the future of our organisation. The Extraordinary General Assembly allowed us to present the evolution of EFMD over the last 10 years and to share with you our vision for the future and our strategy for EFMD development.

During the last 10 years, EFMD has seen uninterrupted growth, as well as unprecedented change in its membership. We have evolved from a predominantly European organisation into a truly efmdega043 international one, as more and more institutions from all regions of the world are joining us and supporting our goals and values.

As you have been informed, EFMD Global Network, a non-for-profit organisation, has been created in Geneva. Its role is to accompany and facilitate the global development of EFMD. Becoming a member of EFMD Global Network is solely possible for EFMD members and you are all invited to join this new organisation.
 
This new structure, EFMD Global Network, will be responsible for the management of international offices in Asia (Hong-Kong) and the Americas (Miami), in order to offer our non-European members closer proximity and better targeted services. EFMD Brussels will maintain its historical stronghold, playing a key role in the heart of the network.

We see this evolution as a great opportunity to ensure a better visibility of the EFMD brand and activities worldwide. All EFMD members will have the possibility to join EFMD Global Network in Geneva. The 2013 membership fee for EFMD Global Network will be 1500 €.

efmdega042We have taken careful steps to ensure that this dual membership will bear no financial consequences for our members. This is why we proposed a decrease in the EFMD membership fees for the members of EFMD Global Network, enabling them to be members of both institutions at no extra cost.

This was the object of the resolution that was voted on at the Extraordinary General Assembly and I am very pleased to say that this proposition was met by an overwhelming approval from the members.

Out of 547 voting members, 287 participated in the voting exercise, a number that far exceeded the 182 votes needed for quorum. It is a pleasure to announce that theefmdega186 outcome is 286 (99.65%) votes in favour of the resolution.

We remain at your entire disposal for any further information. Mayen Enodien (mayen.enodien@efmd.org) will be happy to answer any of your questions on these membership issues. 

We would like to thank all our members once more for their continuous support. We feel confident that this new step in our development will bring you a stronger network, better fitted to face the international challenges whilst providing you with more valuable services in the future.

Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO, EFMD


Click here to view the photos from the Extraordinary General Assembly

Record Year for Entries to the Case & Doctoral Awards

caseprize20122012 has been a record year for entries to the EFMD Case Writitng Competition and the EFMD / Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. 210 cases were submitted to the Case Writing Awards and 422 papers were submitted to the Doctoral Research Awards.

We would like to warmly thanks all of the sponsors for their support of the Case Awards and thank Emerald for the long-standing partnership in developing the Doctoral Awards. We would also like to thanks all of the people who have submitted cases and papers and wish them well in the judging stages! The winners will be announced in 2013.

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The Case & Doctoral Awards run annually so please make sure you school, faculty & students take part next year. If you have any questions concerning the EFMD Case Awards please contact - Ines Proença (ines.proenca@efmd.org). If you require any further information on the Doctoral Research Awards please contact Emma Stevenson (EStevenson@emeraldinsight.com).

EFMD Quality Services Seminars in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Moscow & Beijing

equis-epas-edafThe information sessions will provide an introduction to EFMD and the international network  as well as providing information on EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers mentoring system) and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. The sessions will be relevant for Business School Deans and / or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, events, seminars, and specifically about accreditation and mentoring.

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More information on all of the events is available on the EFMD website or please email info@efmd.org if you have any question or require further information.

Join us for an EFMD Quality Services Information Session in Moscow

equis-epas-edafEFMD will be organizing a Quality Services Information Session in Moscow on Thursday 29 November 2012, hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School. The session is given by Professor Christian Delporte, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD.

The session is designed for institutions that want to learn more about EFMD, its accreditations and other quality services and will provide a basic introduction to EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EDAF (EFMD Deans Across Frontiers mentoring system) systems and the underlying concepts of accreditation, mentoring and quality improvement. Special emphasis will be put on two of EFMD’s systems: EPAS and DAF. The information session will be relevant for Business School Deans or their delegates with responsibility for quality assurance and/or accreditations. This is highly recommended for any School that wants to learn more about EFMD membership, accreditation and mentoring.

After the information session, participants will have ample time for questions and also have the opportunity to discuss individually the services, which EFMD offers. If you wish to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Professor Christian Delporte in the afternoon of the 29th, please contact magdalena.wanot@efmd.org. This is highly recommended for any School that is considering to apply for EFMD accreditation or mentoring systems and the extra knowledge acquired during the session might be helpful in this process.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore EFMD and its accreditation and mentoring systems: EPAS and DAF. The programme of the session, practical information and online registration form is available here. Find out more about the Deans Across Frontiers programme (EDAF), EPAS & EQUIS.

If you have any question or would like further information please contact magdalena.wanot@efmd.org.

EFMD Webinars – Showcasing the 2012 Excellence in Practice Award Winners

webinarThe 2012 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards winners include:  BAE Systems, Goldman Sachs, Leeds University Business School, Lonza, Merck, Saïd Business School, Siemens, the Wharton School and the University of St. Gallen.

The winning partnerships will be presenting their experiences via FREE webinars which you, your partners and peers are welcome to join.  Please feel free to pass this invitation on.

2012 Excellence in Practice Award Winners - Webinar Series
 
8 November 2012, at 2:30pm (CET): Merck and The Wharton School
“Merck Global Human Health Executive Development Programme””
Register for the webinar

20 November 2012, at 6:00pm (CET): BAE Systems & Saïd Business School
“Trusted, Innovative, Bold - Building Global Mindsets for a Global Future”
Register for the webinar

22 November 2012, at 10:00 (CET): Lonza & University of St.Gallen
“Business Unit Strategy at Lonza – Linking Executive Education and Strategy Development”
Register for the webinar

6 December 2012, at 10:00am (CET): Siemens & Siemens Learning Campus
"Senior Siemens Production System (SPS) Expert Program”
Register for the webinar

Online registration is required but all the webinars are free, however they do have a restricted number of seats with priority offered to EFMD members.

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EFMD Global Focus Special Supplement - 2012 Excellence in Practice Winners

This special supplement is available online and features articles on the winning cases as well as executive summaries of the highly commended cases and observations and trends from all cases submitted. You can view and online copy here or download a copy here (pdf).
 
Join the 2013 Excellence in Practice Awards – Call for Papers now OPEN

Deadline for submission: 15 April 2013
Expression of interest: Florence Grégoire
More info: www.efmd.org/eip

Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: copies available to order now

prmeguideThe Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing sustainability at the heart of management education, created by the UN Global Compact initiative, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) was presented at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012 and is now offered for sale in print for the first time by publishers, GSE Research.

The book features 63 case studies from 47 institutions, representing 25 countries across Asia, Oceania, Latin America, USA and Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The business schools’ experiences are classified into six sections, corresponding to the Six Principles of PRME (Purpose, Values, Method, Research, Partnership, and Dialogue) and offering useful advice on setting up and implementing specific aspects of each. This important compilation will be an inspiration for all forward-thinking Business Schools across the world, especially those who are keen to embrace the PRME principles and put sustainability at the heart of their operations.

“Seeking to inspire the further integration of responsible management education, real world examples are highlighted from around the globe on fostering a sustainability culture, changing curricula, enabling faculty or managing and consolidating. This is a unique publication in that the 63 cases illustrate successful and relevant approaches in their different contexts, moreover the standardised structure around challenges, actions taken and results provides the most effective source of inspiration. A must-read on the transformation of management education and on how our institutions are placing sustainability at the heart of management education.”
Prof. Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General of EFMD

The guide is now available to purchase in print, priced at £29.95 (excluding shipping). To purchase your copy of the Inspirational Guide, please visit the GSE online shop: http://www.gsepublishing.com

For more information on PRME visit - http://www.unprme.org/index.php

What Do Companies Need from an Executive Training Programme in Japan and Korea?

logo-etpSHARE YOUR VIEWS ON COMPANIES’ NEEDS FOR THE STAFF TRAINING
The aim of this on-line consultation is to gather the EU companies’ opinion on their specific needs and requirements with regards to specialised long-term training, as well their expectations and willingness to send key staff members on the training programmes. Please fill out the online questionnaire which should take you no more than 5 to 10 minutes.

The survey has been developed in relation to the EU-funded Executive Training Programme in Japan and Korea which aims to support EU companies and their executives to develop their business plan and build knowledge of Japanese / Korean business practices, culture and language in order to succeed in the Japanese and Korean markets. The results of the survey will allow the European Commission to further improve the programme with EU companies’ expectations in a continuously changing environment.

What is the Executive Training Programme?

Since 1979, the European Commission’s Executive Training Programme (ETP) has helped over 800 European companies and 1000 European executives to succeed in the Japanese and South Korean markets by providing intensive language and business training for their executives.

Following the successful selection of candidates for the 2012 cycle of Executive Training Programme (ETP) which will start this November, applications are now open for the 2013 cycle of this prestigious business support and executive training programme.

The ETP enables EU companies and their executives to develop their business plan and build knowledge of Japanese / Korean business practices, culture and language, as well as their networks in order to succeed in these Asian markets. The selected participants, who will be granted a scholarship, will follow an intensive business and language training at the internationally recognised universities in Japan / Korea, including an internship in a local company.

EU executives can apply by submitting an online application via http://www.euetp.eu.

Why participate in the Executive Training Programme?
  • On average, participant companies’ related turnover increases two fold within ten years of completing ETP
  • More than 65% of ETP alumni proceed to become top executives within their companies
  • Executives from 15 of the top 20 European companies have taken part in ETP
  • The training is given by prestigious and internationally recognised universities and leads to real business opportunities
Financial support
- Funding for the entire training course in Japan or Korea
- A scholarship of 2,200€ per month for Japan or 2,000€ per month for Korea

Further information
The deadline for applications for the next ETP cycle 2013-2014 is 31st May 2013. Enroll now on www.euetp.eu

Sustainable Business Education for Africa - 3rd Annual EFMD Africa Conference

africapictureEFMD is organizing its 3rd annual Africa Conference entitled "Sustainable Business Education Appropriate for Africa", which is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-12th October 2012 co-hosted by the University of Nairobi School of Business and Strathmore Business School. The conference will be preceded by a joint introductory seminar on EPAS and Deans Across Frontiers (DAF) on 10th October. It will be followed on 13-15th October by the "Meeting of the Minds" conference in the Masai Mara organized by University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Topics covered in this year's Africa Conference will include: The Role of Business Schools in Africa, Partnerships, Management Development Powering Development, Income Streams, Which Governance for a More Sustainable Business Schools, and many more. Speakers will come from top African Business Schools & leading schools from across the EFMD global network, African companies and NGO's.

Join us in Nairobi and take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with peers from across the globe as well as the speakers. Please refer to the EFMD website for further information and registration details.

We hope to see you in Nairobi.

Last chance to enter the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

emerald logoEFMD & Emerald Group Publishing Limited seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2012 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.

Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent), a certificate, a winners' logo to attach to correspondence and the prospect of an offer of publication in the sponsoring journal - either as a full paper or an executive summary - at the discretion of the Editor(s). In addition, a number of Highly Commended Awards will be bestowed. This year there are 12 categories:

Interdisciplinary accounting research
Category sponsored by Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

Marketing research
Category sponsored by European Journal of Marketing

Hospitality management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

Operations and production management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Logistics and supply chain management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Information science
Category sponsored by Journal of Documentation

Educational leadership and strategy
Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration

Knowledge management
Category sponsored by Journal of Knowledge Management

Management and governance
Category sponsored by Management Decision

Human resource management
Category sponsored by Personnel Review

Leadership and organization development
Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal

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

If you are unsure of which category to submit to please feel free to contact us, and after consultation with our Editorial team, we can suggest that which is most appropriate.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the Awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the various subject areas listed above. The Awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a Doctoral award, or will do so, between 1 October 2009 and 1 October 2012, and have not applied previously for one of these Awards.

Submission requirements
1. Researchers must apply online using the application form at: http://ww2.emeraldinsight.com/awards/odra.htm
2. The following documents will be required electronically:
  • Covering letter – as part of this please state whether or not your doctoral research has been published and/or will be published in any form (conference paper, article, peer reviewed journal, etc)
  • Executive Summary – paper that summarises the Doctoral research. The Executive Summary should not exceed 1,000 words (reference lists and presentation of data, as either Tables or Figures, do not count towards this total).
  • Letter of recommendation/reference from a supervisor/senior faculty member. For short-listed applicants, further contact may be made with the referee.
  • Contact details of external examiner(s).
3. Applicants must only submit to one category.

Judging criteria
The entries will be judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Significance/implications for theory and practice.
2. Originality and innovation.
3. Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
4. Analysis and presentation of the data.
5. Quality of the literature review.

Short-listed applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the Award. The Editors reserve the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries is considered satisfactory.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will not receive any feedback.

Key dates
The closing date for applications is 1 October 2012.

Winners will be announced in January 2013.

Contact details
For further information or if you have any queries, please contact:

Emma Stevenson
External Relations Executive
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Howard House
Wagon Lane
Bingley BD16 1WA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1274 785198
Fax: +44 (0)1274 785200
E-mail: estevenson@emeraldinsight.com

Call for Papers: The Unfulfilled Promise of Responsible Management Education

Special issue call for papers from the Journal for Management Developmenjmdcovert
The Unfulfilled Promise of Responsible Management Education (RME)

Guest Editors:    

  • Eric Cornuel, European Foundation for Management Development, Belgium & HEC Paris, France
  • Ulrich Hommel, EBS Business School, Germany & European Foundation for Management Development, Belgium
Theme
A. The Context
Business schools have been on the defensive since the beginning of the financial crisis, not least for apparently failing to acknowledge their role in educating responsible managers. This debate has triggered a number of interesting and valuable responses from business schools such as the introduction of degree programmes strongly emphasizing RME-related aspects, the management oath initiative as well as fruitful and still on-going debates on adjusting international accreditation standards. We have further witnessed various organizational efforts to give responsible management education a higher priority in research and teaching such as the PRME initiative (http://www.unprme.org/) or the 50+20 initiative (http://50plus20.org/).
 
Nevertheless, the general view prevails that business schools as a whole are making only very gradual and still minor progress in addressing these issues on an institutional level. It is also argued that the laggardness of immersing themselves in this debate has led business schools to become increasingly detached from the business world, which is addressing these issues with much more fervour. And indeed, it appears that RME activities are still mostly kept in isolated silos in business schools and therefore do not seem to impact the full range of institutional activities. The purpose of this special issue is to address this phenomenon and develop explanations for why responsible management education remains largely an unfulfilled promise to this day.

B. Purpose
The purpose of this special issue is to advance the understanding of the structural barriers and resistances limiting the business schools’ ability and willingness to embrace the principles of responsible management education. The submissions can relate their arguments to any of the common themes in the business school and higher education literature, but are not limited to it. Examples are governance and faculty incentive management, accreditations and rankings, entrepreneurialism and corporate relevance as well as globalization / internationalization of business school activities. It is expected that papers will offer an appropriate appreciation of the RME-specific literature as well. Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers in other fields such as higher education, economics, political science or philosophy. They are in a position to add valuable outside-in perspectives, which may be enriching the viewpoints put forward by the special issue.

C. Research Questions
This call is seeking contributions on any aspect of the special issue theme. Suggested questions to be explored include (please note that these questions are only intended to serve as examples and are not meant to restrict submissions in any way):
  • Is RME another management fad with negligible relevance for practicing managers?
  • What role do market-based performance metrics play in preventing business schools from embracing RME more fully (in strategy, research, teaching, etc.)?
  • Are ambiguities in defining and measuring RME preventing more widespread adoption?
  • To what extent do business school governance and management practices explain why RME still retains its orphan-like status?
  • To what extent do discrepancies in the philosophical foundations of management science and economics vs. RME create intellectual resistance to the widespread adoption of RME?
  • Why do the diverse cultural traditions and religious values around the globe or differences in economic development not have a more noticeable impact on the adoption and interpretation of RME?
We welcome submissions of high-quality papers on all topics related to the theme of the special issue. Contributions may develop theoretical frameworks, synthesize the existing body of knowledge, present strategic problem-solving applications or offer empirical evidence. Successful submissions will employ accurate methodologies and develop their arguments on the basis of rigorous analysis.

Submissions
To be considered for publication in this special issue, manuscripts must be received by January 31, 2013. Papers submitted will be subject to a minimum double-blind peer review process to ensure that this special issue maintains the excellent reputation and record of the Journal of Management Development. The journal website is located at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/jmd.htm.

Please read through the author guidelines on this site before submitting your paper. Submissions to Journal of Management Development are made using ScholarOne's Manuscript Central http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmd. Full instructions can be found on the author guidelines site. As a guide, articles should not exceed 5,000 words in length. A title of not more than twelve words should be provided.

Queries should be submitted directly to the special issue co-editor, Ulrich Hommel (ulrich.hommel@efmd.org).

Management Skills for Growth: EFMD EU Affairs Call to Action

management-stylesAdrian Wooldridge (Management Editor, The Economist), Alexander von Gabain (Chair of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology - EIT  and Santiago Iniguez (President of IE Business School and President of IE University) gave opening statements at the EFMD April Roundtable: Management Skills for Growth. A full report on the roundtable is available here and video highlights are below. Readers are also invited to comment on the EFMD Call To Action “Management Capacity: The Missing Link to set up value creation and innovation in Europe” by mid June 2012.



Three key suggestions concluded from this roundtable are:

  • Re-inventing the EU innovation model: The current European innovation strategy design tends to be based on a stable evolutionary model. This approach needs to be changed. The idea of supporting the creation of high-growth companies in Europe is highlighted as an important element. It is also suggested to re-prioritise policy objectives, to avoid trying to achieve everything at the sametime. Too many equivalent priorities lead to no priorities.

  • Developing skills for future leaders: There is a call to develop humanistic managers who are not only expert in management techniques, but also have the capacity to understand and deal with cross-disciplinary and inter-cultural issues.

  • Entrepreneurship: The possibility to exploit knowledge and capital from all entrepreneurs needs to be further addressed. Entrepreneurial mid-sets are required in all types of organisations, small and large, pubic and private.
The Call to Action addresses key issues such as the inclusions of management education in scientific and engineering studies, supporting entrepreneurial mind-sets and values from school-level onwards, and providing community research funding for important fields such as design thinking, open innovation and organisational sociology. This paper is to be used as the essential basis for EFMD EU Affairs’ interactions with the EU policy makers as well as relevant consultation and networking activities in the coming future. You are invited to comment on the EFMD Call to Action, please send your comments and feedback to: jocelyne.wang@efmd.org

Martine Plompen, Associate Director, Research & Surveys Unit, EFMD
Jocelyne Wang, Manager, EU Affairs Unit, EFMD

Latest issue of EFMD's Global Focus now online

issue  2012 coverThe latest issue of EFMD's magazine Global Focus is now available online in English & Chinese. Highlights include Deans Across Frontiers, Customised Executive Learning – A Business Model for the 21st Century, Unlikely Heroes, From Rankings to Ratings and What is the European Management School Model?

1 In Focus

4 Talking Shop
EFMD celebrates its 40th birthday
Tomorrow's MBA
Mathias Falkenstein joins EFMD
EQUIS accreditation for three new business schools

6 International Deans’ Programme

8 Deans Across Frontiers
As EFMD launches its Deans across Frontiers initiative, Professor Chris Greensted looks at its mission of promoting excellence in business and management education worldwide

12 Customised Executive Learning – A Business Model for the 21st Century
A new design for tailored executive education is emerging – Gert-Jan van Wijk and Jamie Anderson report on the Platform model

17 What is the European Management School Model?
Over the last ten to fifteen years the identity, importance and legitimacy of european management schools has been strongly established in the context of the ‘business of business schools’, writes Howard Thomas

22 Business Schools and Society – Opportunities and Accountability
Business schools can create new opportunities, says Alfons Sauquet, if they continue to take stock of their role in society

26 Risky Business? Do you know what your risk exposures are?
Institutional and regulatory perspectives from Ulrich Hommel, Roger King, and Anna Pastwa, who open the debate on risk management in the business school community

30 Unlikely Heroes
A 21st century publishing revolution? John Peters looks at the post-publication environment and its unlikely heroes

34 Defining the role of business schools
Baback Yazdani, Dean of Nottingham Business School, looks at how business schools across the globe might define their role

38 From Rankings to Ratings
Roberts Rubin, Eric C Dierdorff and Fredrick P morgeson look at the significant changes to mBa programme quality, due in part to media ranking

42 Busting Boundaries to Accelerate Business Transformation
A recent EFMD CLIP workshop shedded light on siemens’ transformation from troubled company to role model. Andrew Rutsch explains how Corporate Learning played a key role in this strategic renewal

46 Using “action strategy” to transform a business school
George Yip reports on his programme of action strategies to transform Rotterdam School of Management

50 Case by Case
Stephanie Hussels describes how Cranfield uses case study writing as a means of integrating research, teaching, and practice on the mBa course

54 Closing the gap
Lin squires and elmar husmann show the significant gap between the perception and reality of Open education

56 The Human Factor: the emerging user experience discipline
William m. Gribbons explains why, increasingly, leading organisations demand a balance of the user perspective with the traditional focus on technology, and how business schools can fulfil this need

60 GMAC

Dr Tony Kinder on selecting for success

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Goodbye to our dear friend Jim Herbolich

jim close upMany members will now be aware that Jim Herbolich passed away in early April. Jim had been seriously ill for some time and died peacefully in his sleep on 8 April 2012.

It is hard to put into words just how much he will be missed both as a colleague and friend.  Jim was a pillar of EFMD, kind to everybody, attentive, and wonderful to work with. His  contribution to the development of EFMD over the past decade has been immense and the organisation feels a little bit like an orphan now.

Jim was involved in the world of education ‒ his life-long passion ‒ for nearly 40 years. He was a scholar of management, both as a teacher and as a researcher and was a faculty member of the Human Resources Management Department of ESADE business school in Barcelona, Spain. He was also a formidable practising manager and administrator himself, with particular skills in man-management and motivation.

Jim was American-born though he spent most his life outside that country and was Director of Network Services at EFMD for 11 years where he held overall charge of Membership, Business School Services, Corporate Services, and Research and Surveys. As such, his old-world charm, politeness and universal friendliness pervaded the whole EFMD organisation, laying the foundations for the relaxed professionalism that it exhibits today. To EFMD staff and to the many members who knew him well, Jim meant friendship, kindness, openness, guidance and advice  ‒ and great company.

For me he was a kindred spirit, a loyal and dear friend who had a profound influence on my life and I will miss him greatly. In fact everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him will miss him greatly but his legacy will live on through the work of EFMD in the future.  I also know that Jim would not want us to be sad, rather he would want us to celebrate his wonderful life and many achievements. At the moment this is very hard on all of us but with time I am sure we will be able to look back with a smile on our faces at a truly remarkable man.

Goodbye my friend – I will never forget you.

Eric Cornuel

“Learning Inc ! The growth of learning and development consulting inside the L&D landscape”

index1Join us for EFMD's Sharing Best Practice CLIP workshop hosted by EDF Corporate University for Management on (20-)21 September 2012 in Paris (Chatou). David Jestaz, Director, EDF Corporate University will share his experience with you and other speakers will include Edith Lemieux, Head of Air Liquide University, Thomas-Olivier Léautier, Professor of Management at the University of Toulouse and Anna Simioni CEO of UniManagement Unicredit Group.

Traditionally in a large number of companies corporate L&D organisations were tasked with the challenge of integrating employees into a single corporate culture. However more and more L&D organisations are challenged to be relevant in the short term and deliver immediate impact. In doing so, the line between traditional learning provision and consulting service is blurring. Beyond the ability to design customized programmes for the business units, there is a growing need for broader upstream services that guarantee alignment of strategic objectives, organizational development and L&D solutions. The central learning entity is called upon to intervene at the problem definition and needs analysis level in support of the business units, even if a subsequent learning & development intervention is not required or even envisaged in a number of cases.

This evolution has created the challenge for central L&D entities to create their own consulting services inside their larger portfolio of activities. At the same time, external vendors, who are reacting to the same trend, are offering both consulting and L&D solutions. In short, corporate universities as well as training firms and Business Schools are beginning to offer consulting services, while consulting firms are starting to build learning capabilities.

This trend deserves more thorough and comprehensive exchange to address a number of issues:
  1. Do we fully understand why this phenomenon has emerged and to what extent this broader consulting role is different from the traditional provision of customized programmes?
  2. Facing this growing demand, how should the L&D organisation within a company design such an offer (business model, pricing, value chain etc…)?
  3. What is the mandate of this L&D consulting practice? How does it fit into the wider landscape of L&D and other internal consulting services?
  4. What are the competencies required to staff such a service? Does it create a natural need to partner with other internal structures or with outside vendors in order to fully integrate a structured service offer?
  5. What is the legitimacy of this consulting service over time?
This workshop is free of charge for EFMD members and by invitation only. It is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. For more information, please contact Shanshan GE  Shanshan.ge@efmd.org

EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2012 – Still time to apply!

eipcoverThe deadline to submit your case to the 2012 EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards is now approaching and we look forward to receiving your cases by 1st May 2012.  The EiP winning cases will be presented and awarded during the EFMD 2012 Executive Education Conference hosted by  Instituto Internacional San Telmo on 3-5 October 2012 (Sevilla, Spain).  Registrations for that conference are already open.

The EFMD Excellence in Practice Award attract case studies showcasing outstanding Learning and Development (L&D) partnerships. Fields might include Leadership, Professional, Talent or Organization Development and the programme described in the case should be deployed by an organisation either together with its in-house L&D unit or with an external L&D provider (Business School, Executive Education Center, etc...). Case-studies must demonstrate Operational Excellence (e.g. sustainable partnership & effective learning environment etc.); Excellent Programme Management (e.g. design, delivery, evaluation, selection methodology of participants etc.); and above all Strong Business Impact (e.g. alignment with corporate strategy, impact for company, incorporation in corporate HR processes etc).

Winners in 2011 included: ArcelorMittal, CCL, Emerging World, ING Bank, INSEAD, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Philips Electronics, the world we work in, TMA World and Wharton.

Please make sure that your entry to the Awards is submitted by the 1st of May 2012 via the online registration process. The detailed assignment brief, submission guidelines and online registration process are available here.

Information session webinars have been organised over the last few weeks that provide detailed instructions and tips on how to apply. If you are interested in getting the session recordings, please contact Florence Grégoire - florence.gregoire@efmd.org

If you have any questions or would like to express an interest in taking part please contact Florence Grégoire - florence.gregoire@efmd.org

Latest updates available to the EQUIS & EPAS Quality Documents

epasequisThe Quality Services Office is happy to present the 2012 version of the EQUIS and EPAS Documents. Every year the Quality Services Department revises its documentation to improve the quality of its accreditation services. The revision includes changes to:

-    EQUIS Standards and Criteria
-    EQUIS Process Manual
-    EQUIS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Process Manual
-    EPAS Process Manual Annexes
-    EPAS Standards and Criteria

Some of the key changes are:

•    A new annex on the provision of the distance learning programmes (EPAS)
•    Fundamental changes to the EPAS Doctoral criteria (EPAS)
•    A strengthening of aspects of academic learning (EPAS)
•    Revised Peer Review Visit Schedule Templates (EQUIS and EPAS)
•    Many minor improvements in the accreditation process (EQUIS and EPAS)

A new re-accreditation procedure for EQUIS Schools that received 5 year accreditation three consecutive times is currently being fine tuned. Since it will only be of application for the first time to a few schools in their reviews in 2013, it will be published as a separate document in March 2012. After this pilot testing, it will be incorporated to the EQUIS Process Manual in 2013.

For more detailed information, please consult the relevant lists of changes and the new versions of the documents on our website. Schools are advised to use the most recent version of the documents when preparing for the next step in the accreditation process.

EFMD launches EDAF – EFMD Deans Across Frontiers

EDAF logo13-LREFMD Deans Across Frontiers (EDAF) aims to assist Business Schools to develop further through mentoring of the institution’s Senior Management Team. DAF is the third service offered by the EFMD Quality Services Department that complements EQUIS and EPAS and as with the accreditation systems, the school will undergo a Self-Assessment and Peer Review Process. Following the assessment by the Peer Review Team, the School will benefit for a three-year period of mentoring by an experienced former Dean and will progress towards defined development objectives. The EFMD will assure the effectiveness of the process through systematic progress tracking.

EFMD has a mission to promote excellence in business and management education worldwide. This is partly fulfilled by its existing accreditation systems, EQUIS and EPAS, which are aimed at the very top schools. However, EFMD also has a social responsibility to support all levels of schools, whether they be members of EFMD or not. The launch of EFMD Deans Across Frontiers is the response to this need. Fees are charged for DAF but applications are invited for full or partial-funding scholarships on a case-by-case needs basis.

The spirit of DAF and especially the relationship between mentor and institution is one of mutual cooperation and learning.  The mentoring and evaluation of a School has to consider the educational, cultural and political environment in which the institution operates and to relate it to a wider international context. It is not the intention of DAF to promote any particular model of Business School, but to give contextualised assistance or advice.

The EDAF Committee convened for the first time on 18 October and the system was presented in November at the EFMD Africa Conference in Cape Town and the EFMD MENA conference in Casablanca.

The pilot phase has now been officially launched and the EDAF office is happy to receive applications. As DAF is still at an early stage of development, individuals and institutions are invited to become involved with EDAF as mentor, reviewer, donor or godfather institution.

If you are interested in DAF or have any questions please email edaf@efmdglobal.org

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