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Strategic Leadership Programme for Deans

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 23 Oct 18 19:30
And will end on: 26 Oct 18 16:00

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The Strategic Leadership Programme 2018 provides an ideal platform for learning and sharing best practice and for establishing and fostering a powerful international network of deans and directors as a lasting resource for ideas, exchanges, joint actions and mutual support.

Please note that the programme will be limited to 20 participants.

Aim of the programme
The new Strategic Leadership Programme 2018 brings together new deans and directors of business schools with experienced leaders of leading business schools to discuss developing and implementing strategies in a combination of case studies/experience sharing, intensive discussions and workshops on problems faced by participants.

The focus of the program is on five interconnected, central themes that any dean and director faces in one or another form, and with priorities that may vary between business schools and over time. Hesburgh (1999: 59) noted:

"To be great, an academic institution needs a great faculty, a great student body, and great facilities. In order to have all these things, it needs substantial endowment, which means you have to learn how to raise money - lots of it. And finally, a great university needs to be imbued with a great spirit, which is an inspirational and cohesive kind of ambience, and not just a lot of separate parts that operate around a central heating plant."

The five themes, with sub-themes that we aim to address, are:

  • Managing faculty (e.g. recruitment, retention, remuneration, research support, etc)
  • Students (e.g. selection, international students, curriculum, career services, etc)
  • Providing facilities (e.g. campus location, class-room design, technology, etc)
  • Managing revenue and costs, and raising funds (e.g. fee structure, government support, financial viability of programs, corporate links, etc)
  • Creating and fostering identity and spirit (e.g. vision, mission, unique value proposition, reputation management, alumni network, advisory boards, rankings and accreditations, etc)

Deans and directors participating in the programme are expected to present practical strategic challenges - present or past - from their own institutions in innovative "What-could-I-do" sessions.

Target group:
Newly appointed Deans or Director General of the entire institution with overall school management responsibility.

More Information


Tuesday 23 October 2018

19:30 – 21:30

Networking dinner @ Chez Oki, Rue Lesbroussart 62

Wednesday 24 October 2018

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome to EFMD & Introduction to the Programme.

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer, Former Dean CEIBS, Shanghai, CN and Former President and CEO EBS, DE

09:20 – 11:20

Session 1: Disruption in Business Schools. What if Things Change Dramatically

  • Presenter: Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Executive Dean) Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University, UK
  • Open Discussion with Kai Peters

11:20 – 11:40

Coffee break

11:40 – 12:40

Workshop: What could I have done better ?
Past decisions are no guarante for the future. The Case of Breda university of Applied Science
(The Netherlands)

  • Discussion with Elisabeth Minnemann, President of the Executive Board, Breda University of Applied Sciences, NL

12:40 – 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Session 2: Leading a Business School: Stepping into the Role

  • Presenter: Nils Stieglitz, President and CEO, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, DE
  • Open Discussion with Nils Stieglitz

16:00 – 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 – 17:20

Workshop: What could I have done better?
Faculty Recruitment and Faculty Development: The case of IIM Calcutta

  • Discussion with Bharatendu Srivastava, Director, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, IN

17:20 – 17:30

Outcome of day

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail and fingerfood at EFMD


Free evening

Thursday 25 October 2018

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction of the day

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer, Former Dean CEIBS, Shanghai, CN

09:10 – 10:10

Workshop: What could I have done better?
Managing a Reputation Disaster.

  • Discussion with Rolf D. Cremer, Former President and CEO EBS, DE

10:10 – 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 – 12:40

Session 3: How many papers is a baby worth?  New concepts of faculty performance measurement.

  • Presenter: Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna, AT
  • Open Discussion with Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

12:40 – 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop: What could I have done better? 
Tuition Fees - sometimes the school has to pay the price. The case of EDHEC.

  • Discussion with Emmanuel Metais, Dean, EDHEC Business School, F

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:45

Workshop: What could I have done better?
Managing Conflicts and Behaviors: Between Caring for Students and Protecting the Institution. The Cases of National College of Ireland
(Ireland) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

  • Discussion with Colette Darcy, Dean School of Business, National College of Ireland, IE and Monika Kurath, Dean Research & Faculty, University of St. Gallen, CH

16:45 – 17:15

Outcome of day

19:30 – 22:00

Informal Dinner @ Bab Dar, Chaussée de Charleroi 85

Friday 26 October 2018

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction of the day.

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer

09:10 – 10:10

Special Interest Session: The Creation of China Europe International Business School CEIBS. A 30-Year Success Story

  • Presenter: Rolf D. Cremer, Former Dean CEIBS, Shanghai, CN

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45

Session 4: Building a School’s Institutional Culture

  • Presenter: Santiago Iñiguez de Ozoño, Executive President of IE University
  • Open Discussion with Santiago Iñiguez de Ozoño

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 - 15:45

Session 5: Managing Strategic Direction and Challenges.  What is the Role of the President?

  • Presenter: Per Holten-Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School, DK
  • Open discussion with Per Holten-Andersen

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break


Closing Remarks: Open Forum, any issues, feedback on the program

Practical Information

  • Venue
  • Registration
  • Fees and Payment
  • Accommodation
  • Links
    1. Venue

    rue Gachard 88 (4th floor)
    1050 Brussels - Belgium

    2. Registration Top

    NOTE that this programme is only for those with chief executive (top management) responsibility and authority in their institution. In other words, we only accept registrations for the Dean of the school, the Director General, the President, the Rector, the Managing Director of the school itself

    A maximum of 20 participants will be admitted to the programme in order to enable close interaction with the speakers and participants. Registration will close as soon as this number has been reached.

    Participants should use the online registration from provided above. EFMD will confirm registration within a few days after reception of registration.

    3. Fees and payment Top
    • EARLY BIRD until 25 May 2018
      • EFMD Full member: € 3751 (€ 3100 + 21%VAT)
      • EFMD Affiliated member: € 3993 (€ 3300 + 21%VAT)
      • EFMD non- member: € 4114 (€ 3400 + 21%VAT)
    • NORMAL FEE as from 25 May 2018
      • EFMD Full member: € 4114 (€ 3400 + 21%VAT)
      • EFMD Affiliated member: € 4356 (€ 3600 + 21%VAT)
      • EFMD non- member: € 4477 (€ 3700 + 21%VAT)

    Cancellations must be confirmed in writing before 12/09/2018. A cancellation fee of 75€ +21% VAT will be charged. Thereafter we are unable to refund any fees. As the Strategic Leadership Programmes for Deans is aimed exclusively at directors general/dean of the whole business schools, no substitutes will be accepted.

    4. Accommodation Top

    Recommended Hotel (at 8 mn walking distance from EFMD):

    Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
    Rue Paul Spaak 15
    1000 Brussels, Belgium
    T +32 2 645 61 11

    Please use the Hotel registration link to get the EFMD group rate available until 23 September 2018 (the link will also be provided to you in the organiser’s confirmation mail).

    Accommodation is not included in the Seminar participation fee.

    The EFMD preferential rate with the Four Points by Sheraton Brussels for this event is for the nights of 23 – 25 October 2018:

    • €145 in single occupancy, breakfast & VAT included.

    Please note that the city tax is not included – a supplement of 4,24 € per room per night will apply

    5. Links Top

    Brussels airport
    Brussels Public Transport
    Wallonia Tourism information
    Flanders Tourism information
    Brussels Tourism information
    Brussels weather forecast
    Belgian railway