Silver linings

Internationalisation, accreditation and the pandemic – Michael Osbaldeston and Adriana Kudrnová Lovera look at the potential benefits that may emerge from the current challenges The internationalisation of higher education has been on the agendas of national governments and university leaders around the world for decades, but the topic has achieved greater prominence in recent years…

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EFMD Programme Accreditation: Past, Present and Future

The Becoming of EFMD Accredited by Barbara Sporn, Robert Galliers and Jens Petter Tøndel After fifteen years of successful programme accreditation under the EPAS label, the EFMD Board convened in the spring of 2019 to discuss the programme’s future direction and decided to rebrand and further develop EPAS into EFMD Accredited. Why that move? First,…

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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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Redefining Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Saleema Vellani explores the entrepreneurial mindset and considers how the future landscape of personal exploration, employment and industry will require ubiquitous innovation skills of new graduates and business leaders alike In January 2020, the World Economic Forum kicked off the Reskilling Revolution Platform with the aim of retooling one billion people over the next ten…

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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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An effectual approach to course design

While backward design has been widely accepted as the ‘right’ way to proceed when designing new courses or units, John Mullins and Arun Pereira argue that, in some business school settings, an alternative approach, which they call effectual design, may potentially be a superior approach to course design It has been widely accepted in recent…

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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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Business School Advisory Boards

Sarah Hardcastle asks “Just how much challenge are you, as Dean, prepared to accept?” Advisory Board: “And I would say to the Dean: ‘If I ever tell you how to run the Business School, you can fire me. And if you ever tell me to stop challenging you, you can fire me.” After twenty-seven in-depth…

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Ambidexterity strengthens quality management during COVID-19

Assessing the results of a survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on quality management and assurance practices in Nordic and Baltic business schools. By Ulrich Hommel, Björn Kjellander and Claire Thouary The underlying objectives of the study were twofold. First, to investigate the business schools’ preferred mix of short-term crisis responses and more permanent adjustments…

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Business Schools’ Green Responsibility: Let’s start at the table!

Santiago Garcia and Flavio Alzueta address the importance, responsibility and impact of agriculture and food production As this year’s Nobel Prize Awarding Committee stated, “Until the day we have a medical vaccine, food is the best vaccine against chaos”. The awarding of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program (WFP) of the…

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We call it Transpersonal!

John Knights discusses new leadership and education for the information age One of the reasons for the success of the Industrial Age in the Western world was the introduction of education for all. Though there are many parts of the world where the standard remains inadequate, in macro terms education has continually increased across the…

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Examining business school leadership

Views from EFMD’s webinar on business school leadership, by Julie Davies, Ewan Ferlie, Heather McLaughlin and Howard Thomas Business school leaders are ‘squeezed’ by a range of internal metrics. These metrics focus on a micro-managed narrow range of key performance indicators (KPIs) to raise revenues, research, and rankings. This style of financial centralised control has,…

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Sustainability Games

Exploring the new relevance of innovative teaching formats for sustainability education in business schools by Carmela Aprea and Laura Marie Edinger-Schons Today we are facing urgent sustainability issues like climate change, species extinction, or food and water scarcity which threaten no less than our very existence as humanity. Despite some reductions in CO2 emissions, recent…

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Collaborate locally for enhanced benefits

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, a debate is arising across the globe regarding university education and, more specifically, management education. By Samir Dani, Colin Rigby and Emma Bonfiglio The higher education sector has worked rapidly throughout the crisis to adopt a digital learning environment to enable continued learning. This emergent approach has…

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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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Recruiting and Talent Development in a Post COVID-19 World

Amber Wigmore Alvarez explores how Business School Career Services are evolving to meet the needs of talent and corporate partners. On 25 June 2020, the career services world came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for talent at EFMD institutions in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Together with Paul Lauriac, Development & Partnerships Director…

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Fighting COVID-19 with technology

New entrepreneurial technologies can enable safe face-to-face teaching at our universities, says Gunther Friedl In March 2020, like all German universities, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shifted all teaching to online. Germany enforced a lockdown, and all universities were prohibited from face-to-face teaching. While online teaching worked surprisingly well, and students commended our activities…

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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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What is ‘new’ about disruption?

With the Corona crisis hitting higher education institutions, there is a good deal of buzz and discussion about how this will “dramatically and inevitably” change the way universities work and teach. However… this may not be true for everyone, observes Bernhard Bachmann Let’s look at some of the hype. The supposed “disruption” caused by COVID-19…

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Sulitest – Fostering sustainability literacy for all

How new tools can help develop sustainable literacy. By Aurelien Decamps, Estela Castelli Florino Pilz, Jean-Christophe Carteron and Marcela Folloni In 2012, at the Rio+20 conference, higher education institutions (HEIs) officially recognised their crucial role in contributing to sustainable development. They committed to using their influence and participation in society to encourage better citizenship and…

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What business schools can learn from team sports

Ahmed Abdel-Meguid, Ulrich Hommel and Benjamin Stévenin reason that, like successful sports teams, faculty should be based on synergic skills Business schools have accepted the challenge of striving for more business relevance and societal impact. In the process, many of them are also rethinking the traditional faculty model that often sees junior research talent eventually…

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The Future of MBAs

Sotiris Karagiannis, Saša Žiković and Ivana Marinković discuss the demands and design of MBAs For almost two decades MBA programmes have offered up-to-date education on burning business topics while giving students access to prestigious networks with job opportunities. But as COVID-19 emerged, leading inevitably to paradigm shifts in numerous dimensions, businesses were forced not only…

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The evolving role of the ‘Professions’

What does it mean to have a ‘profession’? Ansgar Richter explores the evolution of the concept, and how business schools can develop future-proof education for professionals ‘To educate future generations of professionals’ is an important aim of many business schools. A significant proportion of their graduates end up in more traditional professions such as accounting…

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