Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

See Highlights from 2017 Conference in Berkeley, California, USA

Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

June 2018 | TBD

Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

June 26─27, 2017 | Berkeley, California USA

Many Thanks to our Host School

Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

The 2017 Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice, hosted at the Haas School of Business on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley, brought together corporations and business schools striving to become thought leaders in global business education.

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business. Co-Lab set the stage for business schools and business practice to leverage their resources to prepare tomorrow leaders.  The program agenda explored exciting content such as human rights and business management, redefining executive education and leadership development, and managing big data.


Plenary Speakers

Data Analytics: Data-Driven Revolution

Kent Langley, Chief Exponential Officer (CxO) at ProductionScale, Inc. and Faculty, Singularity University

Data can be a powerful driver of transformation and innovation for any organization. It is a strategic asset that has a powerful combination of unique attributes. But, it's difficult to harness the power of data. It's even harder to know where to start. This inspirational talk provides a clear path to leveraging the power of data at any scale. At the end of this session, attendees understood the next steps on a transformative journey leveraging the power of data.


Showcasing Success: Exploring Successful Collaborations

  • Max S Carrier, National Partner-in-Charge, eAudIT, KPMG Global Delivery Center and Audit Data & Analytics, KPMG LLP (US)
  • H. Erkan Ozcaya, Director, NASA Business Startup Program and Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

New to the whole collaboration business or has your institution tried and it fizzled out? This interactive session began with an exploration of the collaborations between two different b-schools and businesses followed by an opportunity to share an examples of a institutional collaboration.


Ecosystem of Research

  • Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, AACSB International
  • Kirthi Kalyanam, JCPenney Research Professor, Marketing Department Chair and Director, Retail Management Institute, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
  • Anitha Vadavatha, Founder, Misu Labs

The accelerating pace of change in both business and business education has clearly increased the benefits of academics and practitioners working together on research. But what exactly are these benefits—and how are they allocated between business and business schools? And if there is so much benefit, why do we not see more of this type of collaborative research? Featuring the experiences of a scholar and entrepreneur, this session will explore the answers to these questions and more. Most importantly, participants will engage in a broader discussion about reshaping the ecosystem to enable and encourage more research collaborations between business and business schools.



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