Welcome to the first issue of Global Focus for 2020. Our lead story from Professors Arnoud De Meyer and Peter J Williamson covers one of the topics of our time, something that is far from new but is now much-discussed – the role of ecosystems in today’s society. Mention “Liberal Arts” in a polite academic company and you are unlikely to attract enthusiastic interest from modern tech-savvy MBA faculty. However, according to Professor Howard Thomas, one of the most experienced and influential management education academics, the answer to the multifaceted problems generally accepted as bedevilling management education at the moment, he argues, is nothing other than just those liberal arts subjects. Professor Thomas might find some moral support in the article by another academic, Professor Dennis Tourish, who finds himself increasingly at sea in the swampy verbosity of published management research. We hope you enjoy the issue.
Global Focus is the EFMD Business Magazine that provides in-depth analysis and updates on international management development and features topical reports, thought-leadership and insight from leading experts from academia, business schools, companies and consultancies.