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Real learning, Real impact

Jean-François Manzoni explores an international business school’s experience with the EFMD Business School Impact System In 2017, IMD adopted the tagline “Real Learning, Real Impact,” reflecting the institution’s orientation towards having a significant and sustainable impact on individuals, organisations and society. Around the same time, we were introduced to the EFMD Business School Impact System…

COVID-19: crisis, lessons and opportunities

Business education worldwide has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Martin Lockett looks at the challenges faced by business schools and the opportunities that are now emerging No one imagined that 2020 would be a year of massive disruption in business schools. But as the year started, the first cases of COVID-19 were becoming public…

Deciding life or death

Peter Lee discusses decision making when lives are on the line Is it ever right to kill or to let someone die? These are questions I have wrestled with over the past two decades and philosophers have argued about for millennia. For most of that time, I was safely tucked away in a lecture theatre,…

The complexity of business schools

Kai Peters and Howard Thomas wonder how long business schools can survive the growing complexity of their industry Increasingly, universities and, relatedly, business schools have become more complex and complicated – with multiple activities, multiple locations and multiple audiences. For example, state-wide higher-education systems exist across many US states including California, Texas, Virginia and Illinois…

The case for teaching integrated strategy

Strategy education is under siege. It is heavily criticised both from outside and from within. As a way forward, Jeroen Kraaijenbrink makes the case for teaching integrative strategy methods and illustrates what such methods could look like The traditional way of teaching strategy is to make students learn a significant number of analytical frameworks —…

How to develop collaborative projects that drive innovation

Boston University’s Questrom School of Business is creating an innovative approach to identifying co-operative ways to improve business education. By Paul Carlile, Steven Davidson and Howard Thomas The Business Education Jam Global Symposium was held at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in November 2019. This unique collaboration brought together 31…

Ready for disruptive changes in education

How a leading Hong Kong business school responded to both social and health crises. By Tam Kar Yan The COVID-19 pandemic has forced extensive experimentation with online teaching globally. Such experimentation started earlier in Hong Kong than in many other regions due to the social unrest in late 2019. This was followed closely by the…

Corporate learning as an accelerator of digital transformation

The COVID-19 experience will accelerate digital transformation even further says Martin Moehrle Digital transformation challenges traditional ways of organising work, of defining careers and work identity, of understanding competition within clearly defined boundaries, and of experiencing products and services. It requires organisations to somehow reinvent themselves and, thereby, to recognise that transformation is more about…

Intellectuals of the world, unite!

Johan Roos says we must learn how to make best use of the input of academics and scholars to recover from an unprecedented pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is testing every thread in the fabric of humanity – our personal lives, families, jobs, communities, companies, nations and the entire world as we know it. What is…

Sustainable education

The SDG Academy: A global initiative offering education to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Florencia Librizzi reports Business school education and sustainable development Sustainable development is without a doubt, the greatest challenge of our time. In 1987 the Brundtland Report Our Common Future introduced the concept of sustainable development as “…development that meets the…

An African MBA fit for purpose

Hayley Pearson explains the rationale behind a major re-thinking of one of South Africa’s leading MBA programmes Spurred on by the fast-changing global business environment and an increased demand for competitive skills, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has undertaken a full rethink and refreshment of its flagship MBA programme. The South Africa-based business…

A business school disrupted: a view from Singapore

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed our world. And though the preparation, rapid response, and early vigilance of the universities and the government in Singapore was admirable. Richard Smith looks at the challenges still ahead After noting the early actions in January, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Singapore was the “Gold Standard” for managing…

North meets South: a call for inclusive global research

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health, economic and humanitarian crisis, it is laying bare some undeniable truths in societies worldwide. By Smaranda Boros, Anita Bosch and Yuliya Shymko The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasising the extent of inequalities, both between and within societies. In the dynamics between nations, these inequalities revolve around the reliance…

Coping with COVID-19

The experience of Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), in India in facing the disruptions caused by COVID-19 by Harivansh Chaturvedi, Ajoy K Dey and Nimisha Singh The sudden and disruptive nature of COVID-19 rendered the famous quote of the Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tsu that: ‘The supreme importance in war is to…

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Higher Education

Agenda 2030 is the new global roadmap for public policies. Alain Tord explains The 2030 Agenda was adopted by heads of member states in September 2015 at the special summit for sustainable development. It features 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 states, the universal programme for sustainable development addresses environmental, social and economic…

Curriculum 4.0 for Industry 4.0

Educational institutions globally are facing major challenges, a function of tectonic shifts in the techno-socio-economic landscape and the digital revolution occurring in Industry 4.0, ushering in the shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy. Atish Chattopadhyay explains what might be in store IFIM Business School, Bangalore, India, in association with National Human Resources Development…

Ensuring employee engagement amid a pandemic

Jawad Syed explains how organisations can ensure the involvement of their employees during a crisis and suggests 15 steps to enable or sustain employee engagement. In a fast-changing and uncertain situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic, many leaders are struggling not only in terms of organisational survival and operations but also in terms of the…

The ‘Sustainable Business’ and agriculture

Jonathan Scott describes a front-line research project designed to reduce costs, increase revenues and create jobs in agriculture The challenges posed by agriculture are becoming more pressing as the world struggles to meet its ever-growing need for food. By 2050, over nine billion people will need to be fed – two billion more than the…