2017 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General

Hosted by: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics

The event will start on: 02 Feb 17 10:30
And will end on: 03 Feb 17 22:30

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Leading in a World of Uncertainty

Target Group
A conference by invitation only, for those with chief executive (top management) responsibility and authority in EFMD member business schools and centres. In other words, we accept only the Dean of the school, the Director General, the President, the Rector, the Managing Director of the school itself. Directors of non-member schools can be invited at the discretion of the organisers.

EFMD thanks GMAC for their kind sponsorship of this event!

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EFMD thanks HULT International Business School for their support of this event!

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Thursday 2 February 2017


Bus transfer from the hotels

10:30 – 14:00


11:00 – 12:30

EFMD Quality Services Annual Meeting
The EFMD Quality Services Team will report during a plenary session on the current status and the latest developments of EFMD accreditations. Through this session, Deans and Directors will also learn about the future objectives of the EFMD accreditations.
It should be noted that this is not a standard accreditation seminar; explanations on Standards & Criteria or Processes are NOT the main objective of this session.

  • David Asch, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Susan Hart, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Ulrich Hommel, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Michael Osbaldeston, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Alfons Sauquet, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Martin Schader, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Jens Tøndel, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD

12:30 – 14:00

Welcome buffet lunch

14:00 – 14:15

Welcome Address

  • Metka Tekavcic, Dean, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economic, SI
  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:15 – 14:30

EFMD Updates

  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:30 – 14:45

Setting the Scene

  • Marianne Lewis, Dean & Professor of Management, Cass Business School, UK

14:45 – 15:45

Plenary I – Key Changes & Challenges for the World
Session exploring the current and future challenges that are happening in the world.

  • Patrick Dixon, Author, Advisor to Global Companies, and Chairman, Global Change Ltd, UK

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:15

Plenary II - The Precariat, Business and Education: Facing the Coming Revolt
As a result of globalisation, and the silicon revolution and the growth of rentier capitalism, a precariat has been growing and becoming angrier. While this is largely due to changes outside corporations, they need to understand the precariat and encourage policymakers to introduce reforms that will ameliorate the insecurities and structured inequalities that are threatening the sustainability of the global economy.

  • Guy Standing, Co-President, Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)


Bus transfer to hotels


Bus transfer from from Lev to Grand Union hotel

18:45 – 22:00

Drinks & dinner in Grand Union hotel - EQUIS 20th Anniversary Celebration


Bus transfer from Grand Union hotel to Lev

Friday 3 February 2017


Bus transfer from the hotels Lev and Grand Union Business to school

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary III Panel Discussion - Increasing Competition?
As Dean, have you ever asked yourself if the traditional business model of business schools is outdated? Should you be thinking of commoditising the core of your business school? Some institutions have opted for different business models; and it is important to understand who these new competitors are and why they have decided to go in such a direction.

  • Tyra Malzy, Chief Learning Officer, Mazars, FR
  • Robin Goldberg, Chief Experience Officer, Minerva, USA
  • Nick van Dam, Global Chief Learning Officer & Client Advisor, McKinsey & Company, Amsterdam, NL, Professor Corporate Learning & Development, Nyenrode Business Universiteit and Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Moderated by Johan Roos, Professor and Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School, UK

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00

Working groups series A – Challenges & Innovations by Peer Schools
Presentation of best practices by peers of a challenge or innovation they think can inspire other business schools.

A1 New Learning
Based on students’ profiles, how do you adapt your learning methods to be able to help their pedagogic development from the beginning of their studies? How can you innovate in these new learning methods?

A2 Future Classroom
The question is: will there be physical classrooms in the future? What should the learning environment take into consideration? How does physical space impact learning?

  • Jonas Nordquist, PhD, Director, Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institutet and Associate DIO, Karolinska University Hospital, SE

A3 Social Mobility – Do Business Schools Reinforce Inequalities?
Should business schools play any role in actively addressing socio-economic inequalities? If so, what is the role of business schools towards enabling social mobility? Can business schools challenge the socio-economic and educational system that is producing grave inequalities?

  • Piet Naudé, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School, ZA

A4 Beyond Journals
How can research create impact beyond journals? Interesting innovation worthwhile sharing concerning dissemination of research.

  • Winfried Ruigrok, Dean, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law, University of St. Gallen, CH

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch on campus

13:30 – 14:30

Plenary IV – West & East : Clash of Values?
For a long time, Western values were considered as “universal values”, but they are now challenged by other cultures. Are businesses and business schools able to cut across values and culture? To what extent are Eastern and Western values reconcilable?

  • Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director, Lau China Institute, King's College London, UK
  • Lin Zhou, Dean, Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CN
  • Moderated by Peter Moizer, Dean, University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School, UK

14:30 – 15:30

Working groups series B – Things that Matter to Deans
Presentation of topics that are bound to interest Deans in their role as leader of a business school.

B1 Gender in Business Schools
Do business schools promote female faculty and assist their future career? What are the challenges in equipping women faculty with the right skills? How can the schools administration help to enhance gender balance in their faculty?

  • Barbara Sporn, Institute for Higher Education Management, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, AT
  • Metka Tekavcic, Dean, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economic, SI

Is the MBA dead? Is it still what recruiters are looking for in a candidate? Does having an MBA still make a difference or have Masters taken that place?

  • Kai Peters, Former CEO, Ashridge and Chief Academic Officer (Provost), Hult International Business School, UK
  • Matthew Robb, Managing Director, Parthenon - EY, UK

B3 Students’ Different Motivations
There is no one-size-fits-all description of today’s candidates. Candidates for our programs are motivated to apply for a variety of different reasons, and they choose to attend one school over another for many unique reasons as well. GMAC’s CEO, Sangeet Chowfla, will deliver an interactive presentation on the results of a global candidate segmentation study conducted in partnership with market research firm, IPSOS, to help the industry further understand these candidates and why they pursue graduate management education?

B4 Slaves to Rankings?
The eternal tyranny of rankings. Every Dean hates them, but at the same time wants their school to be well ranked. Are we slaves to rankings? Is the landscape changing and can we get rid of them?

  • Ivan Bofarull, Director, Global Strategic Initiatives, ESADE Business School, ES

B5 Everything you always wanted to know about BSIS (but were afraid to ask)
The aim of this session is to give deans the opportunity to ask Business Schools that have been through the process as well as BSIS experts all the questions they may have about the BSIS process.

  • Michel Kalika, Co-Director BSIS, EFMD Global Network & Deans who have been involved in BSIS process

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:15

I Am Ready, Are You ?
I can see old to be challenged with the emergence of new at every step of the way: on a strategic level where new technologies and higher levels of global awareness are challenging the established top down organisational and leadership structures, on a tactical level, where needs of citizens are challenging the established perceptions of markets and political practice, and on an operational level where digitalisation drives efficiency models, and ever higher automation of our processes, while global issues are demanding global solutions. At the same time integrity of individuals and equality of groups is seriously challenged by opportunities, yet at the same time exposed and affected by the limits of our beautiful planet. As a consequence, the responsibility of economic and business leaders to meet the Sustainable Development Goals is bigger than ever, arising from their understanding, courage and persistence to lead the transition from old towards dynamic, participatory ecosystems enabling collaboration, co-creation and finally co-existence of all nations, economies and beings, today and in the future. I am ready, are you?

  • Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

16:15 – 17:15

Plenary V – Sustainable Development Goals – A Challenge for Business Schools?
We’ve been talking a lot about sustainable development in the past years. The big question now is what do the UN sustainable development goals mean for business schools?

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Sercretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sustainable Development Goals, and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development & Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, USA
  • Moderated by Per Cramér, Dean, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, SE

17:15 – 17:30

Conclusions session

  • Marianne Lewis, Dean & Professor of Management, Cass Business School, UK

17:30 – 17:45

Presentation of next year’s venue


Bus transfer to hotels


Bus transfer from hotels to dinner venue

20:00 – 22:30

Drinks and gala dinner in Ljubljana Castle


Bus back to hotels

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