Global Business School Network Gathers Leaders for International Conference

Posted on July 04, 2011

140 leaders in business education from 28 countries across five continents convened in Mexico City to discuss how to develop human capacity in emerging markets.  With major sponsorship by Johnson & Johnson and co-hosted by IPADE Business School, the Sixth Annual Global Business School Network Conference provided a premier international forum for professionals from industry, academia, and civil society to share best practice and expertise on management education for the developing world. 

“The conference’s focus, Generating Leadership: Developing Human Capacity in Emerging Markets, is timely since businesses, governments and civil societies are facing increased competitive challenges, but also unprecedented partnership opportunities,” said Guy Pfeffermann, CEO of the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Ron Sibert, Director of Business Development - Africa for the Graduate Management Admission Council, moderated a discussion on new business education trends around the globe with Jonathan Cook, Executive Director of South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, Edilberto de Jesus, former Dean of the Philippines’ Asian Institute of Management, and Paulo de Resende, Associate Dean for Research and Development of Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. “To be globalised as a business school is to understand local customs and cultures,” said de Resende. Following up, Cook said “Business education used to be learning how Americans do it.  Things have changed.  Now it means going to India, Asia… understanding emerging markets, that’s where the growth is.  How do you make world class companies from emerging markets?”

The conference program also highlighted:

• Developing collaborative research opportunities
• Student projects and global partnerships in education
• Social entrepreneurship
• Responsible management education The annual GBSN conference provides a unique networking and learning opportunity for educators, corporations, foundations and NGOs with an interest in strengthening management education for the developing world.  Previous GBSN conferences were held in Africa, Europe and the U.S.; this was GBSN’s first in Latin America, marking the expansion of the network into this part of the world.

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