Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

June 13–14, 2016 | Atlanta, Georgia, USA | #AACSBCoLab

Co-Lab: Connecting Business Schools with Practice

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About Co-Lab

In response to this increasing need for collaboration, AACSB has created this 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 propel the business education industry to serve business in new and better ways. The industry partners involved in developing this year's program are: Booz Allen Hamilton, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors (GM), and more.

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 and relevant knowledge? Where can business schools and business collaborate more in the development and delivery of educational programs? How can business and business schools work together to drive social impact?

Top Outcomes and Benefits:

  • Highly interactive workshop formatted sessions encouraging deep conversations and innovative thinking
  • Specific outputs shared among all registered attendees
  • Exchange of best practices, successes and setbacks
  • Networking and new partnership opportunities 

Who Should Attend:

  1. Business Schools and their Corporate Partners (advisory board members, collaborators, research partners)       NOTE: SPECIAL FEE APPLIES WHEN YOU REGISTER WITH A PARTNER
  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 about best business practices
  3. Partner together to impact and create value for communities

Encompassing 304 billion USD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the 8th largest economy in the US and 17th largest in the world. Corporate operations comprise a large portion of Atlanta's economy, with the city serving as the regional, national, or global headquarters for many corporations. This city is the perfect backdrop in which to host this conversation that will ensure mutual growth and produce visionary leaders who will be trusted and able to affect global change.

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For more information, contact Kaya Jill, Manager, Conferences

Conference Chair

Erika H. James
Dean, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Conference Advisory Committee

Michael Arena
Chief Talent Officer, General Motors Corporation

Neil Braun
Dean, Lubin School of Business, Pace University

Ceree T. Eberly
Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Sylvia Maxfield
Dean, School of Business, Providence College