Sostener la educación

La Academia SDG: Una iniciativa global que ofrece educación para avanzar en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (SDG). Florencia Librizzi informa

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See the future 2020

One thing the world is not short of at the moment is predictions. Stuck at home for recent months, many people have had a lot of time to think about the future of business education, and much more besides. So why would you want to read another set of predictions? Seven years ago, EFMD and…

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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…

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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 —…

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How to develop collaborative projects that drive innovation

June 2020 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Motivations: Balancing the differing needs of students


Diversity is not just about gender and nationality it is also about the reasons that students study an MBA. Stuart Robinson explains.   The drive for diversity is a key issue for many business schools. Most business school professionals would agree that it is important to have a diversity of gender, nationality and socioeconomic background…

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Time to right a wrong?


‘Formulaic, cautious, dull and unreadable.’ Dennis Tourish struggles to understand management research papers.   Many decisions in organisations are taken in spite of evidence that they do more harm than good. Consider the use of stock options as a compensation strategy. Originally intended to align the behaviours of managers with those of shareholders, unintended consequences quickly…

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Techno-Humanism: If algorithms make all the decisions, who is the leader?


At the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Innovation in Leadership” kick-off in March 2018, I called for our group to help innovate leadership in the context of rapid digital transformation and ambiguous globalisation.   A year later, the SIG facilitators, Nigel Paine and Roger Delves, note that the challenges faced by the 12 companies involved…

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Flexible Future


Peter Lorange says that introducing greater flexibility and agility into executive education and allowing experts, instructors, contributors, professors and students to simultaneously and easily learn from each other are essential ingredients in building a secure future for management education.   Higher education in business and management has functioned in more or less the same way…

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Educating for personal strength and well-being


Business schools face increasing calls to expand their focus to educating for personal strength and well-being. Jeroen Kraaijenbrink outlines a nine-step programme that helps students—and staff—deal with the stress they face in today’s society.   Ever since their creation around a century ago, business schools have had a strong focus on helping students develop their…

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Chinese graduates: the employability disconnect


As more and more Chinese students study internationally, business schools must look at how they enable graduates to obtain jobs in China. Martin Lockett and Xuan Feng look at the challenges facing students, employers and business schools   A decade or two ago, foreign graduates from mainland China were rare and highly sought after by…

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Optimise your course evaluation system


Ad Scheepers identifies good practices in the use of Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET).   Student evaluations of teaching (SET) are widely used in higher education to assess course and teaching quality. SETs serve as an information source for teachers to be able to improve their teaching, provide information for students to select courses and…

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Take control – seven steps for crisis communications in business schools


Thomas Bieger and Ulrich Schmid outline a straightforward approach to dealing with the increasing challenge posed by print and online media Excessive travel expenses; professors with conflicts of interest between private consulting and research; misconduct of alumni in management positions; offenses against scientific integrity; students questioning the political correctness of professors in classroom discussions. These…

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Do Business Schools have a Plan B for Plan S?


For those involved in STEM research and the publishing industry, the last year has been all about Plan S and its potential impact on both constituencies. But what are the consequences, unintended or otherwise, for business schools and their research programmes? Simon Linacre lifts the lid on Plan S and what might be in store…

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The future of business schools: shut them down or broaden our horizons?


Ken Starkey and Howard Thomas report on a groundbreaking workshop that debated the mounting criticism of business schools and where they might go from here. We live in turbulent and complicated times and business schools are not immune to the uncertainties that now afflict so many aspects of our social and economic lives.

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Preparing students for the world outside the classroom


Ishwar Puri and Leonard Waverman describe how a new programme at a top Canadian university breaks down academic barriers and allows students to pursue their interests across the campus in collaborative and experiential ways.   At Canada’s McMaster University, hundreds of undergraduate students are embarking on an educational adventure. As they pursue their core programmes…

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Harnessing disruption – a glimpse into the future


An innovative programme in Canada is showing how co-operation between academia and business can profit both. By Ralph Eastman.   There are few business sectors that are not being affected by disruptive technologies in one way or another. From web-based video changing how we access news and entertainment to 3D printing changing the way we…

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Will learning get you there?


It may not be enough argues Nikki Huyer. She believes that more attention needs to be paid to learning transfer.   As the nature of work continues to change, the need for learning continues to grow. The business of organisational learning has increased so much that the annual spend is now estimated to be in…

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Positive learning on carbon neutrality


A leading Canadian school helps students to live their sustainable curriculum. By Simon Pek, Rick Cotton and Mackenzie Ford.   Growing a world-class, competitive business school and being a leader in sustainability may seem like two juxtaposed goals but the University of Victoria’s Peter B Gustavson School of Business, in Victoria, BC, has found a…

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The challenge of change


Throughout history people have thought that theirs was a truly transformative time. In hindsight they were often wrong but, says Bert van der Zwaan, now there are reasons to believe that the world of higher education at least is changing more profoundly than ever.   As an institution the university is being forced to adapt…

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Open positions: leaders for unsettled times

Ulrich Hommel, Director of Business School Development & Associate Director Quality Services, EFMD GN.   An overwhelming abundance of narratives by now suggests that the future of business schools (or universities for that matter) will not be like the past – not by any measure. The flood of concepts describing the drivers of change is…

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The trigger for institutional change

Zita Zoltay Paprika, Dean of the Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary & Metka Tekavčič, Dean of the Faculty of Economics (FELU), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.   Business schools have been one of the success stories of higher education over the past 50 years, as Howard Thomas has noted, Singapore Management University, 2017. However,…

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Nurturing higher education leaders

Nadine Burquel, Director of Business School Services, EFMD & Ian Creagh, Strategy Consultant, HUMANE.   HUMANE, the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, is an international association whose aims are to build international networks, to foster innovation in higher education services and to advance professional excellence in higher education management. Since 1997 HUMANE…

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