From OUR EDITORIAL STAFF we have wanted to announce to all our followers, business schools associated with the AEEN, current students, former students, teachers, administrators and managers of the different schools, that on January 21 the “Business School Leaders Summit” which is a meeting organized by Association MBA’S (AMBA-accredited Business Schools) and BGA (Business Graduates Association) that will take place in London. It will be a Virtual Summit, which will bring together decision makers from business schools in a virtual environment to collectively discuss trends, problems, challenges and opportunities, which set the agenda for the strategy and action of business education in the short and medium term.
The event will bring together corporate pioneers, industry thought leaders, and business education heavyweights who will share their knowledge on topics including:
The “AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022” will also be awarded which will bring together the leading lights of the global business education community to celebrate excellence, innovation, success and determination, among business schools, students, graduates, suppliers and employers who share AMBA & BGA’s values of ambition, impact and integrity.
This award’s recognition of business schools, corporate partners, students, and graduates in 10 hotly contested categories include:
- Best innovation strategy.
- Best Lifelong Learning Initiative.
- Best CSR and sustainability initiative.
- Best association of business schools.
- Best initiative for culture, diversity and inclusion.
- BGA Business School Impact Award.
- MBA Start-up of the year.
- MBA Entrepreneur of the Year.
- MBA Leadership Award.
- MBA student of the year.
Regarding the theme that will be developed in the 5 scheduled sessions, we detail below its contents
For SESSION 1 the following questions will be covered:
– Innovation for success in business education.
– The world of business education looks very different than it did at the start of the pandemic, with remote learning becoming a new normal.
– Educational Institutions -like companies- have had to adapt to comply with the restrictions in order to maintain a quality service. Although this has been challenging, the pandemic created opportunities for digital innovations within business schools and education in general.
– Digital technology has played a vital role for both teachers and students. Platforms like Zoom and Teams have replaced the traditional classroom and the tech industry has reacted quickly.
– From startups to multinationals, these companies are working to improve the world of online learning, developing educational technology at a rapid pace. This gives business schools an opportunity to reflect on how these innovations will affect the daily delivery of teaching in the future.
– Will hybrid teaching be the future?
– It is up to business schools to continue to be flexible and adapt to the post-Covid-19 world, taking the valuable skills and lessons learned and developing them further.
Throughout this entire session the future of Business Schools will be reflected on in this digital landscape; and ask how a leading business school should position itself in a changing environment.
For SESSION 2, topics such as:
– Develop a more diverse and inclusive future for all.
– The success of Business Schools is increasingly aligned with leadership efforts to become inclusive and develop a progressive strategy that has diversity at its core.
– Generation Z is asking for it, and as equality movements like LGBTQ + and BLM continue to gain momentum, it is imperative that business schools continue to meet these demands. It will simply be necessary to say that “the winning formula is diverse”.
– Change is taking place, but historically too slow in all sectors. With the momentum that has been built, it is vital that schools prioritize inclusion or face falling behind.
– Schools should look for a mix of backgrounds within their talent pool. Business school leaders, student recruitment, and human resources must collaborate to build inclusive strategies that support diversity. This should focus on groups that might otherwise be marginalized.
– The organization insists that “we have the opportunity to take note of the work that is being done to create, incorporate and develop culture, diversity and inclusion practices in business schools, while we campaign for fair work environments Worldwide”.
For SESSION 3 it will focus on the following questions:
– The importance of creating strategic and rewarding partnerships.
– The Research Data Services Business Schools (WRDS) have created links with the business world to build networks that allow them to create innovative solutions to some of their greatest challenges. This includes attracting talent, as well as hiring consultants and partners who will champion the business school with strategic alignment and cross-industry collaboration.
– After all, creation is an act of collaboration. In saying that, schools still face mounting challenges that have been amplified by recent global events in an ever-changing world.
– This session will feature organizations that share AMBA and BGA’s passion for network building and have taken a proactive and innovative approach to strategic collaboration.
For SESSION 4, topics such as:
– Looking to the future: trends, skills and knowledge necessary to continue as leaders.
– Businesses continually change, as do individual career paths and the job market.
– In a volatile world, even MBAs are challenged to constantly keep up with trends and issues, and to make sure they are nurturing and improving the skills they need to be successful in their career paths.
– There are many opportunities for business school professionals and students to broaden their knowledge and develop the skills they need in their chosen profession and also throughout life. And with a wealth of learning and development opportunities available in a saturated market, students must take advantage of learning from other facets that can be an integral part of their growth.
– Knowledge and skill sets can be acquired anywhere in everyday life.
– Lifelong learning requires a positive attitude towards learning for both personal and professional development.
– Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and develop because they want to continually improve and this mindset should be recognized by education providers; so the question organizers are asking is “how can we, as business school leaders, provide lifelong learning for our students and community?”
– This session will analyze the needs and preferences of today’s lifelong learners. Program format and options will also be considered. Stackable courses, for example, can offer a favorable solution for those who cannot afford to leave their jobs behind and for whom time is of the essence. In this way, students can collect courses step by step in a way that suits their individual needs and can even study with different schools.
– This session will explore strategies and opportunities for business schools that are reinventing teaching and learning among students, graduates, alumni networks, and in their personalized and executive education offerings.
For SESSION 5, which will be the closing of this summit, the topics that will be addressed include:
– It is our responsibility: to understand and broaden awareness towards a sustainable future.
– Sustainability and CSR is an approach to managing organizations that focuses on long-term economic, social and environmental value. It is a response to the challenges of the modern world faced by organizations of all sectors and people from all walks of life.
– A company can be a force for good, if its purpose is not only the end result and it is willing to serve its community and meet the needs of society in a sustainable way.
– There is a growing consensus that business leaders have a responsibility not only to shareholders, but also to society in general: customers, employees, suppliers, communities and the environment.
– But how does this affect business education? Understanding the impact of decisions and barriers to progress are steps in the right direction towards developing sustainable and socially just economies.
– Today’s leaders are uniquely positioned, as technology and its global reach empowers them more than ever to create social and sustainable value. A real move to an environment-based recovery that will deliver higher returns than traditional fiscal stimulus has gained real momentum.
– The current transition to this ecological recovery presents its own challenges and opportunities. This should not be something that scares leaders but inspires them and their cause, as we will discover in this session, which has been designed to demonstrate how business schools can positively impact communities and the economy in general.
– This session will promote the values of positive impact, innovation, sustainability and responsible management. It will also be seen what is the role of business schools and how sustainability and social impact should be integrated into each MBA program; how MBA students can learn the key skills necessary to become forward-thinking leaders; and how we can challenge the business models that have resulted in today’s unintended consequences.