Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

June 26─27, 2017 | Berkeley, California, USA

Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

June 26─27, 2017 | Berkeley, California USA


Hosted By

Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

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The future of management education and the success of the business world are interdependent. Now more than ever schools are partnering with business to innovate their curriculum and teaching, thereby creating and disseminating new knowledge, positively impacting our communities, and leading change in higher education.

In response to this increasing need for collaboration between the two industries, AACSB has created an innovative event titled Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools With Practice, where educators and practitioners convene to explore leading-edge partnerships and business models that are mutually beneficial and ensure the success of the management education industry. This conference program takes an in-depth look at these relationships and challenges attendees to answer many questions, including:

  • How do we leverage the academic strength of business schools to partner with practice to create new knowledge?
  • In what ways are business schools collaborating with companies to develop and deliver educational programs?
  • What are business and business schools doing to drive social impact?

The industry partners included in this year's program are: Patagonia, Microsoft, Dropbox, KPMG and more.

Related Stories

Check out the Forbes article 'Just Like Velcro, That's How Industry And Business Schools Should Stick,' Says AACSB

"The relationships your organization builds with a business school can open the door to a number of other collaborative opportunities". To learn more view the business practice brochure.

Read Elliot Davis' entry in the AACSB Blog entitled, How Business Schools are Collaborating with Business.

Read Giselle Weybrecht's entry in the AACSB Blog entitled, Business and Business School Collaborations: Working Toward Sustainability.

Read Dan LeClair's entries in the AACSB Blogs entitled, 5 Reasons for Optimism About Business School Research and A Stronger Connection Between Business Education and Practice.

  Who Should Attend

  1. Business Schools and their Corporate Partners (advisory board members, collaborators, research partners)
  2. Colleges and universities seeking to engage the private sector to elevate their programs and research initiatives.
  3. Corporations seeking innovative research partners or public sector resources, as well as looking to better understand incoming talent and development opportunities of current employees.

Value Proposition for Business Connecting with Business Schools:

  1. Win the War for Talent by connecting with business schools to develop and have access to future managers with the right skills
  2. Share and Co-create Knowledge based on best business practices
  3. Partner to impact and Create Value for Global and Local Communities

What Others Have Said

Megan Cooper

“The AACSB Co-Lab provided an interactive forum, where business school leaders and business leaders could come together to discuss challenges, opportunities and best practice on partnering together. Personally, I met a few deans who I will partner with on future case studies, which will provide benefit to my company, WD, and also experiential learning opportunities to their students. This was a great event and I highly recommend it.”

Meagan Cooper, Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Western Digital (WDC)


"An interesting opportunity to share ideas with like minded people about collaboration and engaging with industry."

Tim Vorley, Professor, Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK

  Conference Chair


Courtney Chandler
Chief Strategy & Operating Officer and Senior Assistant Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

  Event Contact

For more information, contact, Amanda Riese, Senior Associate, Conferences

 Connect With Us


Use #AACSBcolab to share your conference-related feedback, thoughts, and photos. Follow @AACSBevents and @AACSB for the latest news and updates.