Over 150 participants joined us for the 2010 GBSN Annual
Conference, which focused on the innovative and entrepreneurial ways
business schools are collaborating with academia, NGOs, businesses,
and the public and private sector to strengthen development through
improved management and business education in emerging markets.
and Global Business School Network
to Host Annual International
June 2010 Event
Explores How B-Schools Can Lead Through Innovation
College Park, Md. – January 26, 2010 — The University of
Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Global Business School
Network (GBSN) will co-host the fifth annual Global Business School Network
conference, to be held June 10-11, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an
opportunity for business school leaders from around the world to connect with
stakeholders from government, nonprofit and private-sector organizations to
exchange ideas, share global expertise and develop partnerships.
This year’s conference is themed “Innovation for Impact: Business Schools at
the Crossroads of Development” and will focus on the innovative and
entrepreneurial ways business schools are collaborating with academic
institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the public and private sector
to improve management and business education in emerging markets.
"Our annual conference is an excellent opportunity to build bridges between
business schools and their stakeholders from around the world,” says Guy
Pfeffermann, CEO of the Global Business School Network. “This year we will be
particularly interested in looking at the increased role business schools are
playing in national development. By providing business savvy and management
know-how to innovators and entrepreneurs, business schools are propelling new
technologies to market, creating new job opportunities, and supporting inclusive
economic growth in emerging markets.”
The Global Business School Network facilitates knowledge-sharing among more
than 30 member schools and partners to help build programs at business schools
in emerging markets. The goal is to establish strong management education to
provide a solid pool of business leaders to local, regional and multinational
organizations in those markets. As a network member, the Smith School was a
natural partner for the organization’s Washington, D.C. conference.
“We are thrilled to be co-hosting this global conference,” said G. “Anand”
Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “As business
educators, it is so important that we work together to help our peer
institutions in emerging markets to develop programs that cultivate strong
leaders who understand how to innovate and use business to impact the greater
good -- ideals we are working to instill in our students here at the Smith
School and hope all business leaders embrace.”
The Smith School was accepted to the network in August 2009 for its
commitment to educating men and women to become agents of positive change in the
world by exposing them to new business practices, different cultures and new
ways of thinking. Smith students have the opportunity to
travel throughout the world to learn about business through coursework and
study trips. The Smith School has a history as a leader in entrepreneurship
education, with the 23-year-old Dingman Center for
Entrepreneurship being one of the first such centers in the nation. In
September 2009, the Smith School launched the Center for Social
Value Creation to support faculty research and provide students with
hands-on learning opportunities to apply business principles to global social
and environmental challenges. The Smith School also is home to the
Center for International Business Education and Research
(CIBER), one of 31 such centers at business schools funded by a U.S.
Department of Education grant.
The 2009 Global Business School Network conference was held at the University
of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (South Africa) with more than 90
representatives of business schools, foundations, civil society, government and
companies representing 23 different countries across 5 continents attending.
Past conferences were co-hosted by the United States International University
(Kenya), INSEAD (France), and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (US).
Additional information for the 2010 conference, including registration and
hotel information, is available online at
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS, PhD, and executive education
programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school
offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in
North America and Asia.
the Global Business School Network (GBSN)
GBSN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington DC working to
strengthen management education for emerging markets through a unique global
network of business schools. The network helps to provide the rigorous yet
practical local training business and management students demand, resulting in a
stronger pool of local leadership and management talent for all sectors.