Edtech as a catalyst for the advancement of ecosystem-based management education

A prolific research stream has investigated the role of universities and schools in innovation ecosystems and their participation as economic development partners with industry and local, state, and national governments. However, the recent developments of business schools’ “business and organisational models” have opened a new question: are the emerging networks surrounding schools and the unbundling process of their provisions transforming them into educational ecosystems?

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Building a sustainable online strategy post COVID-19?

Ginny Gibson, Stephanie Lambert and Anne Swanberg on EFMD’s invitation to a workshop in a hybrid format The impact of COVID-19 across the globe has been (and continues to be) catastrophic and unprecedented. Whilst we cannot escape the difficulty, sadness and uncertainty that define this pandemic, in many instances we have seen people and organisations…

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The QTEM Global Business Analytics Challenge (GBAC) and Why it Matters

Online learning has taken on an entirely new dimension during the COVID-19 crisis. The enormity of the situation has forced us to innovate, change and adopt new technologies and ways of working at an exceptionally accelerated rate. By Anne Vaxelaire With students spread all over the world, QTEM (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management), a…

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The acceleration of digitalisation within education as a result of COVID-19

Federico Frattini on the impact of COVID-19 on society and changes within education There is no doubt that the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will be profound and will have a significant impact on multiple sectors of society, in the Global North and beyond. In particular, the education sector, from schools to universities has been…

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Hybrid classes transform learning

A conversation with professors at Hult, IE and IMD When you gather top professors from three international business schools to discuss the challenges and successes of teaching in a Covid world, you are faced with the stark realisation that things may never be the same again. For many years, online learning was an option for…

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Crisis as opportunity

During a global pandemic when business school leaders are preoccupied with virtual learning, budgets, and student bubbles, where do doctoral programmes feature on the list of priorities? Ask Julie Davies, Nicola Palmer, Elena Braccia, Karen Clegg and Mark Smith Far from being the Cinderella of business schools, we believe that doctoral researchers are key to…

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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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Digital Augmented Education – Are you ready to experiment?

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Chengyi Lin looks back on the so far somewhat chequered history of technology in management education but is sanguine about its future.    In 2018, total registered learners in the top MOOC platforms passed the 100 million mark. The total number of online courses was over 11,400. Roughly 18.2% of the courses are business-related, a…

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Sustainable education

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Antonia Lütgens describes how an education geared to sustainability is proving itself as sustainable.   Many business schools are now numbered among the 730 global signatories of the United Nations’ PRME initiative. PRME aims to raise the profile of sustainability – including equipping students around the globe with a deeper understanding and better-developed skills to…

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Robots and the Law

An online international knowledge sharing case study – exchanging UK-South African legal cultures. By Beth Richards-Bray, Alan East, Stephen Hardy and Stephan van der Merwe. In 2017, Coventry University in the UK established the Coventry Law School Advocacy Project in partnership with the Central England Law Centre. This move enables students to represent clients in…

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From A to Z

Reference dictionary Corporate learning for the digital world The global technological revolution is transforming business models and the way we think about management. Is the learning and development community ready to face the changes? By Valery Katkalo, Martin Moehrle, Dmitry Volkov. We live in an era in which digital technologies are integrated into virtually all…

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7 questions to ask before joining an online programme

Paul Hunter provides an insider’s guide to the questions you need to ask before signing up for an online programme – and the answers you need to hear. Q1: Will this programme help me in my career? Unscrupulous providers, keen to get your credit card number, will undoubtedly respond with a resounding yes. However, this…

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The digital revolution in management education

Nowhere is the impact of digital technology more apparent – and important – than executive education custom programmes. Olga Alonso Pelegrín and Sergio Vasquez Bronfman investigate the implications, particularly the use of ‘blended’ teaching One area undergoing a true digital revolution in Executive Education is custom/bespoke programmes, since this is where technology is making a very deep impact in response to…

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Digital learning: How to train for long-term impact

David Pontoppidan and David Everhart say that a solid understanding of the basics of learning is now in place and technological aids are increasingly available. Now is the time to put them together into blended learning journeys that deliver high and lasting impact Globally, the return on investment from e-learning is fading. In 2016, global revenues for self-paced e-learning reached…

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Stacking the odds

Stackable programmes and courses deliver flexibility and options to the market and allow universities to unlock their breadth of knowledge. Paul Kofman describes a quiet revolution Technological disruption affects every sector of the economy including education. From TEDx talks on YouTube to edX MOOCs and Udacity nanodegrees, the mode of delivery is increasingly online. Just as FinTech lowered the bar on…

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EOCCS Symposium 2017

Ginny Gibson analyses the first EOCCS Symposium, where over 50 delegates from business schools and other corporate organisations that have achieved or are working towards EOCCS accreditation, shared their views Ginny Gibson analyses the first EOCCS Symposium, where over 50 delegates from business schools and other corporate organisations that have achieved or are working towards…

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Building a global presence

Julia Balogun describes how commitment and a successful partnership are helping a UK management school anchor and build its diverse online masters programmes The University of Liverpool and its partner US-based Laureate Online Education, have been delivering online programmes worldwide since 2001. Over the last decade international education has grown in size and stature at…

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Digital Learning 2.0

After the scurry of educational providers rushing into the breach and scrambling to be part of MOOC mania, the hype has all but dissipated. Paul Hunter explains why MOOCs (massive open online courses) undoubtedly have their place for disciplined and curious individuals with an iron will, available time and a natural predisposition to persevere. However, for time-stretched executives…

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Embracing blended learning

Krzysztof Rybinski and Erik Sootla show how a business school in Kazakhstan learned to embrace innovation in the classroom Digital innovations over the past two decades have started a revolution in higher education. Through e-learning platforms students now have access to high-quality online courses at zero or low cost compared to standard university tuition. We…

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Net gains

The EFMD Online Course Certification System (EOCCS) management team provides an update on EOCCS’ progress, lessons from its Pilot Phase and shows how EOCCS is working in practice. By Stephanie Lambert, Anne Swanberg and Antonia Lütgens “EOCCS represents an important step in increasing awareness of the specific capabilities needed to design, create and support highquality…

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The future is blended

Santiago Iniguez explains why business schools and corporations must accommodate the increasing role of technology in education. Technology, in parallel with developments in cognitive psychology and education sciences, is producing a formidable paradigm shift in the learning process and the mission of educators and, of course, in business schools. 

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Embrace disruption

Why universities are under threat? What do they need to do if they are to survive? Mark Farrell and John A Davis argue that universities outside the elite must embrace disruption or succumb to it Barely surviving relegation in the previous season and against odds of 5,000 to 1, Leicester City won the English Premier…

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Designing digital learning strategies

Business education has been slow to respond to the disruption (and opportunities) caused by technological innovation. Tony Sheehan provides some guidance on how it should act The past decade has seen “digital disruption” everywhere. Firms such as Uber, Facebook, Google, Airbnb and Netflix have revolutionised their sectors. Business education has been far from immune MOOCs…

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The Disappearing Classroom

Michael Desiderio describes how new technology is knocking down the walls of the Executive MBA. Expectations of today’s business leaders are higher than ever, including the intense pressure to make profits appear in less time with fewer resources. So when they turn to a business school or similar to bolster their leadership knowledge and help…

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Major Disruption Ahead!

Ulrich Hommel and Christophe Lejeune discuss how technology could change the business model of business schools. Technology-enhanced learning (either in a blended or distance format) is making marked inroads in management education. Leading business schools have added online streams to their flagship programmes and the entire sector is rapidly expanding the use of e-learning tools…

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Bringing Quality to Technology Enhanced Learning

David Asch and Martin Schader explain why EFMD has launched EOCCS EFMD’s Online Course Certification System Five years ago many business schools were bracing themselves for disaster with the arrival of massive online open courses, or MOOCs. The Financial Times now reports that “far from cannibalising existing revenue streams the availability and accessibility of on-line…

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Classrooms of the Future

Martina Wolff de Carrasco and Elmar Husmann detail how curiosity and creativity can thrive in modern learning spaces Observing children is one of the best ways to find out how learning happens, be it as a side-effect of life, through experimentation or trial and error, or by creativity and curiosity. Children are explorers. Professor Yong…

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