Special Coverage: 2015 AACSB Deans Conference


The Payoff for MOOCs? Visibility & Inspiration
February 10, 2015
The role that massive open online courses have in higher education has been a hot topic since they first captured the attention of the higher education market in 2012. But are MOOCs an effective way for students to learn, and do they present a viable business model for higher education? From experiences at their own schools, Fiona Divine and Mark Zupan discuss the benefits and drawbacks to this controversial form of learning. (Related: Online Education: Lessons Learned to Date, C3)

Too Important to Leave to Chance
February 10, 2015
Distinguished professor at UC Berkeley Jennifer Chatman discusses what leaders can do to build a strong culture that aligns with their missions and yet also evolves as necessary. She notes that leaders need to create an environment where risk taking is supported and failure is acceptable. Read more to find out what other advice she has for implementing cultural change.

Future of Leadership

Future of Leadership

February 10, 2015
In the context of the Deans Conference, the Future of Leadership relates to the roles business school deans should prepare for, as management education continues to face change.

Deans Work to Overcome 'Future Fatigue'
February 10, 2015
Business education is at a crossroads, and individual business schools can choose to make any number of changes to their programs to stay relevant to students, employers, and society. The only thing they can't do and still be thriving in 10 years is stay the same. Read more about what some deans say should happen in order to remain relevant in a landscape of uncertainty and change.

Future of Business Models

Future of Business Models

February 10, 2015
What emerged from the discussion in the "Future Business Models" session at the Deans Conference in San Diego?

Future of Learning

Future of Learning
February 10, 2015
Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño and Robert Sullivan led a round-table discussion on the topic of the “Future of Learning” at the 2015 AACSB Deans Conference in San Diego.

Future of Faculty

Future of Faculty
February 10, 2015
Who will be teaching at tomorrow's business schools? More and more instructors will be non-academic, non-tenure-track faculty.

Engaging in Industry
February 10, 2015
How can business schools collaborate with corporate partners to improve their programs and turn out graduates with the skills that businesses need? At the EGADE Business School at Tecnológica de Monterrey in Mexico, successful engagement between education and industry manifests in three significant ways. (Related: “Successful Engagement with Business Practitioners to Enhance Educational Programs,” A3)

B-Schools: Stop Teaching Ethics?
February 9, 2015
MIT's Andrew McAfee gives Deans Conference attendees much to think in how they should prepare students for the future. He believes business schools spend too much time in their programs teaching topics such as leadership, ethics, and corporate strategy. Read more to find out what he thinks students need more of and how b-schools can have a greater impact on students’ futures. (Related: Plenary 1: The Second Machine Age)

Let’s Strengthen the Links between Academia and Practice
February 9, 2015
Before the early 1990s, most faculty résumés included significant professional experience. However, over the last 20 years, academic culture has changed. As universities focus more on developing skills for theoretical or empirical research, so do the vitae of many new-generation faculty, who lack significant experience in business practice as a result. As a result, the connection between academia and business has waned. An effective way to address these gaps is for institutions to hire and fully incorporate Professionally Oriented Faculty into accounting departments and the business school mission, a topic that will be discussed during the “Future of Faculty” session with Mark Higgins and D. Scott Showalter. (Related: Future of Faculty, B1)

Featured Videos

Video: Engaging Beyond Classroom Walls
Vanina Farber, dean of Ciencias Empresariales y Escuela de Postgrado, believes that engagement with stakeholders is critical to understanding their needs and making a positive impact within and beyond the walls of the classroom.

Video: Future of Learning
Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño and Robert Sullivan led a round-table discussion on the topic of the “Future of Learning” at the 2015 AACSB Deans Conference in San Diego. Enjoy this time lapse video of the graphic recording as it was created.

Video: Actively Closing the Gaps
Chin-Tarn Lee, dean of the National Sun Yat-sen University College of Management, believes business schools are challenged to close generational, institutional, and industry gaps, but are up to the challenge.

Video: Entrepreneurial Thought in Action
Fred Nanni, dean of Babson College, believe in shaping a curriculum adapted to students who have a lot of knowledge at their fingertips.

Video: Engaging the Corporate Community
Moez Limayem, dean of the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, shares the school's strategies for embedding faculty and students in the local business community.

Video: Managing a Large Scale Multi-Continent OperationMartin Binks, dean of the Nottingham University Business School, reflects on the experience of managing academic campuses in three countries.

Video: Reaching Working Professionals in Emerging Economies
Lin Zhou, dean of the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, discusses strategies for meeting the programming needs of working professional in emerging economies.

Video: Leadership that is Best for the World
John North of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), discusses the need for leadership that creates resilient societies, sustainable economics, and healthy environments.

Video: Seeking Non-Tuition Revenue Sources
Georgette Phillips, dean of the Lehigh University College of Business and Economics, discusses take-aways from the 2015 AACSB Deans Conference session on business school revenue models.

Video: Shaping the Quality of Organizations
Thomas Froehlicher, dean of Kedge Business School, believes students are searching for "friendly" companies that can offer both career opportunities and a favorable work-like balance.

Video: A Systematic Approach to Coping with Challenges
Kai Peters, dean of Ashridge Business School, shares the school's systematic approach to anticipating the future of work, one that looks at the big trends occurring in management education and the needs they create, the skills that are required, and what such developments mean to management education.

Video: Surmounting New Challenges
Robert Bruner, dean of Darden School of Business, is optimistic that business schools will find new ways to surmount the challenges facing management education, including technology and globalization.

Video: A Modern Business School Education
Mark Taylor, dean of Warwick Business School, discusses opportunities for a modern business school education including globalization, connecting with creative industries and digital delivery.

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