Deans and Directors Meet as Global Network for Advanced Management Marks Third Anniversary
Deans and directors from throughout the Global Network for Advanced Management met at Hitotsubashi ICS in Tokyo on April 23-24, in a meeting that marked the third anniversary of the network.
Since its founding, the network has expanded to 27 schools, launched successful programs like Global Network Week and Global Network Courses, and created a structure for a variety of other collaborations and interactions. Global Network offerings are increasingly important parts of graduate business education at schools throughout the network
At the meeting, the seventh gathering of the Global Network’s leaders, the deans and directors discussed new initiatives and the expansion of current offerings. They agreed to add new Global Network Courses and Global Network Week offerings in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016, and to investigate additional ways for faculty to interact with students throughout the network.
Another new initiative introduced at the meeting was Global Network Perspectives, a new online ideas-based magazine featuring the expertise, research, and opinions of faculty and other contributors from throughout the Global Network.
David Bach, senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs at Yale SOM, said that the meeting demonstrated how the Global Network has matured from a proof of concept to a robust platform for collaboration and innovation.
“With the network entering its fourth year, we’ve really come together,” he said. “Collaboration among the schools has become a natural part of our respective roles”—a mode that was reflected at a productive meeting.
“In particular,” he said, “the discussion of the mission and aspirations of the network show that there is great alignment on what we’re trying to accomplish and great energy moving forward.”
Three years after its founding, the Global Network includes 27 top-tier business schools, having added two schools, Sauder School of Business and Lagos Business School, in the last year. Global Network Week and Global Network Courses—also known as small network online courses, or SNOCs—have continued to expand.
Eighteen schools participated in Global Network Week in March, with nine schools hosting sessions for the first time in the past year. For the first time this year, a Global Network Week session was hosted by an organization outside the network, when the World Business Council for Sustainable Development hosted students for a session in March.
Three new Global Network Courses were offered in the last year, by the London School of Economics, EGADE Business School, and IIM-Bangalore, bringing the total number of the online courses to seven.
Smaller groups of Global Network schools also continued to work together. Students from Yale and FGV collaborated on consulting engagements in Brazil as part of a joint course. Teams of students from Global Network schools took part in case competitions at Yale and NUS. And schools including PUC-Chile, the London School of Economics, EGADE Business School, and Yale invited Global Network students to participate in lectures and other events via live video stream.