International Conference and Annual Meeting

Pathways to Impact
April 23​ – 25​, 2023
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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"Coffee and Conversation" Grab a cup of coffee and join other marketing and communication professionals for informal networking. This is a great chance to connect and engage with others in the marketing and communications field and higher education.
"ChatGPT: Fight It or Embrace It?" Learn more about ChatGPT (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer), a chatbot that is revolutionizing AI. You will participate in a live demo utilizing ChatGPT, which will provide background information regarding how it operates, its strengths and its pitfalls. This interactive session will break out into groups to discuss how we can deal with ChatGPT (embracing it or fighting it) and proactively prevent academic dishonesty in the classroom.
Irresistible Responsibility: Crystal-Balling 2030 Business schools are nowadays constantly challenged to demonstrate a positive impact on society. With 2030 around the corner, this interactive session will discuss how to align school missions with sustainability and the UN-SDGs in practice.
Trends and Issues for Working Professional Programs: Part-Time MBA, Online and Specialty Masters Graduate programs for working professionals have experienced a wide array of challenges post-pandemic. The list of challenges includes recruiting fully-employed students who may be questioning the value of the specialty masters or MBA degree; devising holistic admissions processes minus GMAT or GRE scores; re-engineering curriculum for the “future of work,” and delivering a uniquely “expected” and customized learning experience for each of your students, just to name a few.
"The Role of Deans in Building an Inclusive Culture of Belonging in the Business School and Beyond" This session is designed to share the unique perspectives of deans on the role, responsibility, and impact of business school leadership on the development of inclusive cultures of belonging for students, faculty and colleagues.
Pathways to Impact: What Keeps You Up at Night? Philanthropy as an Economic Driver for Business Education. As we strive to become more impactful within education, we will explore how the Development Affinity Group can be better structured to support both professional staff and deans/aspiring deans who are expected to lead philanthropic initiatives. Bring your questions about philanthropy and its impact on your school and career to the session - those that push you forward in enthusiasm, and those that keep you up at night with anxiety. AACSB seeks to re-energize this group for 2023-2024, and this interactive session will help define the key elements of success. Together let's discuss ways of defining market segments, finding relevant topics for virtual programming, and revitalizing this affinity network.
"Everything You Wanted to Know About Doing More with Less: Small Schools and Big Ambitions" Small schools can be an intersection of ambitious goals and limited budgets. This interactive session will invite participants to share and learn from one another about the biggest challenges that small schools face. Breakout groups will include, Incentives for faculty to become ‘qualified.” faculty recruitment, and other fun topics.
A Collaborative Conversation with AACSB about Digital Transformation in the world of AI A conversation with AACSB’s IT Leadership around the adoption of AI technologies. An exploratory conversation on the following: The evolution of the business landscape with the adoption of tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard? Governance for faculty and staff, Where should the strategy live – Organization, Digital. Or Tech , Website or Intranet Chatbots , Are bans on this technology going to be a growing trend due to data protection concerns? , ChatGPT lifecycle in business and education.
"Strategic Enrollment Management for GME: Best Practices & Innovation" This session will discuss best practices to building new student pipelines and recovering traditional pipelines.
"The Need for Soft Skills in Contemporary Business Education" This presentation sheds light on the widening soft skills gap and its underlying causes, from both the employer and student perspective. The presentation explores the 6 key soft skills that employers want, and young people need to be successful in the future workforce and shows how the lack of soft skills is affecting companies, young talent, and the workforce at large. This presentation explores solutions and looks at innovative ways that business schools can help students develop their soft skills capacities by augmenting existing career prep. resources and collaborating with the private sector.
"Societal Impact: Natural Disaster and the Metropolitan Business School" Earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornados not only impact society, but also, the Metropolitan Business School. This Panel presentation considers the impact of natural disasters on the Metropolitan Business School, and the societal impact of our response.
"PRME and AACSB: Knowledge Sharing on Responsible Management Education for Global Relevance" In this peer-to-peer learning session, colleagues from PRME and AACSB will talk about their collaboration and present the contours for a new digital platform to provide a global space for business school faculty and staff to share knowledge to better address issues in Responsible Management Education, research and operations. Together with the participants, we will explore the demand and the potential for how business schools can further learn from each other for societal benefit.
Women are Increasingly Replacing Male Corporate Board Retirees. Are You Next? This session will give practical tips to help women leaders when making applications to serve on corporate boards.
The Asia Pacific Regional Network (APRN) pursues knowledge sharing and internal/external linking & networking among Asian business schools for possible collaborations. In this session, the participants will have a chance to network and link with peer schools in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Renee Kim will facilitate the session and Dr. Steven Yu will lead the discussion on the impact of covid19 & Sustainability on higher education in Asia.
MENA Business Schools Societal Impact Experiences This session is a fantastic opportunity for schools from the MENA region to highlight their strategies, initiatives, and results regarding societal impact in their respective contexts. We will share experiences and practices in different fields contributing to societal changes. Business Schools attending this session will discuss further how they act and involve their stakeholders. Join us to share your experience and learn from regional peers.
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King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
This panel discussion will explore the current and emerging pain points that business schools are facing and how business school partners are working to solve these challenges. Our panelists will provide valuable insights into the challenges that business schools are struggling with and share their experiences and strategies for addressing them.
Join this session to learn from AACSB staff about navigating through membership, and how institutions can maximize their AACSB membership benefits. Presenters will share current projects, updates, and best practices that AACSB offers to educational institutions and business partners, as well as an overview of the accreditation process and timeline. This info session is recommended for both individuals who have not been fully exposed to member benefits and accreditation processes, as well as for experienced members who are looking for a refresher.
Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, and McRae C. Banks, Chair of AACSB International Board of Directors and Conference Chair.
With the release of AACSB’s position paper on the value proposition of business schools and complementary Pathways to Innovation Guide, AACSB’s Innovation Committee Chair, Alex Triantis, will engage a panel of business and educational leaders to discuss the value that business schools provide to their stakeholders, and the various innovation pathways for business schools to explore in actualizing their unique value proposition.
Reconnect with old friends and make new ones at this informal Chicago themed reception.
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More and more schools rely on paid digital advertising as a primary source of their lead generation and the majority of their media budget. Recent trends in privacy protection and AI, particularly chat bots, have the potential to significantly upend the effectiveness of digital marketing. The session will explore these megatrends from the unique vantage point of their likely impact on digital marketing for higher education institutions. We will provide a brief description of these trends and the implications for the future of higher ed marketing.
The new AACSB Standards are shaking things up in management education. Business schools are now required to train the next generation of leaders to manage the societal impact of their firms. How will you fulfill this requirement? What are the many ways that societal issues impact the firm? What does it mean to manage societal impact? How do you make this process engaging for students? How do you fit it into your syllabus? We are going to explore these questions and more. We will also demonstrate our Conscious Capitalism simulation and how your students can learn to manage societal impact.
Based on research on leadership, innovation and digital transformation, Professor Hill will share what exceptional leadership looks like today.  Great leadership is about building an agile organization, able to innovate time and again.  You must be an Architect, Bridger and Catalyst.  An Architect builds the culture and capabilities required for co-creation across the organization. A Bridger forges partnerships beyond the boundary of the organization to get access to essential talent and tools.  A Catalyst works across the organization’s ecosystem to support co-creation with and for key stakeholders. 
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AACSB’s recently launched position paper, Let’s Lead Boldly: Elevating the Value of Business Schools, and complementary Pathways to Innovation exploratory guide present innovation-led opportunities for schools to explore as they create stakeholder value. Join us in an informal setting for an opportunity to ask questions and share insights related to the position paper and guide.
Learn how University of North Texas (UNT) is preparing students to successfully complete their degrees and grow into their dream careers. Join UNT and Coursera for a discussion on how to integrate business curricula with real world industry experience and better serve both traditional and post-traditional learners. UNT's innovative approach to student success intersects practical education and affordability, offering students more value while keeping learning affordable. Discover how UNT's programs launch students into their desired career paths and give them a competitive advantage in the job market.
The world is constantly changing, and business schools are trying to keep up with the latest innovations and events. With enrollment declines, the value of business degree being questioned, curriculum not being updated quickly enough, and increasing lifelong learning opportunities from competition, how can business schools stay relevant?
Preparing for the accreditation process can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Join this session to hear how schools can reduce their accreditation fatigue by streamlining tasks and increase innovation while going through the accreditation process.
Partnering with online program management providers (OPMs) has many benefits – from reaching a wider audience to diversifying revenue, but it also comes with its challenges. In this session speakers will engage in conversation about the ethical implications of partnering with OPMs and offer best practices for successful collaborations.
Hanumantha Unnava
University of California, Davis
There is growing pressure on schools to address climate change – it is expected in their curricula, their research and in the way they behave as citizens of their communities. This session is intended to assist schools in creating a road map. Participants will be introduced to a road map framework, collaborative efforts occurring across business schools, and will have the opportunity to exchange the challenges they face and the solutions they are finding as they look to address climate change.
In 2022, Arkansas State University beta tested a Critical Thinking Assessment. The assessment is scenario-based and designed to measure levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and six sub-criteria of critical thinking. Learn more about the results of the beta test, best practices, and considerations for measuring higher order thinking going forward.
Melodie Philours
Neil Griffin College of Business Assessment Coordinator, Associate Professor of Marketing
Arkansas State University
Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey’s Corporation, traded in a successful career in law and politics to take the helm of the iconic American brand founded by her grandfather. In this session, Stephanie will discuss the steps she’s taken to revitalize and modernize the Stuckey’s brand and why this story is also about revitalizing the communities their locations are a part of.
Schools are struggling to keep their curriculum relevant with today’s world’s events and business needs. Business school faculty need to source content from variety of areas and experts, as well as enhance the student learning experience. Join this session to hear how faculty can adapt the way they teach to keep up with changing global realities.
Steven McGuire
Dean, Business School
University of Sussex
In this session presenters will discuss five key common AoL challenges that emerge from schools. Subsequently, solutions and considerations will be presented to help demonstrate how schools can overcome these challenges. The presenters will draw upon their experience as mentors, and leading global work on successfully creating, integrating, and sustaining AoL systems with many schools.
Panelists will discuss how cross-sector partnerships among business schools, NGOs, corporations, government, and universities can drive social impact.
Join this session to learn strategies for overcoming pushback and obstacles to DEIB efforts at business schools.
Shifting demographics, Chatgpt, online programs, and ESG are themes at the forefront of discussions within higher education. Yet how do these themes play out in the minds of GME candidates and the employers looking to hire them post degree acquisition? Is there a convergence between what schools are creating and the expectations of the market?
Join Tim Keane, Ph.D., Dean of the Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego for a discussion about why it is essential for your organization’s physical space to reflect your stakeholders’ values—and how to align the two.
AACSB’s 2023 Innovations That Inspire member spotlight program features examples of how schools are helping to define the innovative business schools of tomorrow. Meet representatives from the highlighted innovations and learn more about their efforts.
Officers of AACSB International will provide reports to the membership, with McRae C. Banks presenting the board chairs’ annual address, including key accomplishments. Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President and CEO, will update members on the organization’s operations and financials. They will provide an overview of insights from this past year as chair of the Innovation Committee as well as an overview of AACSB’s strategic plan. In addition, official representatives from each member organization will have the opportunity to vote on this year’s recommended changes in dues fees.
Join this session for a discussion on how business schools can change the current research culture to focus on impact.
Andy Hoffman
The University of Michigan
Network with colleagues and enjoy the full ICAM experience. Get a preview of ICAM 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia (April 15-17).
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Pairing an industry leading peer tutoring platform with intentional program design empowered the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business to effectively support all business courses and foster substantial program engagement from their students. Furthermore, with the “gig economy” approach Knack’s tutoring platform enables, the Price College of Business was able to build a scalable peer tutor network that requires minimal overhead and re-invest dollars back into the student body given that Knack hires top students to serve as tutors. Attend this session to learn how you can leverage technology to scale peer tutoring on your campus.
The diversity of MBA students’ backgrounds makes it difficult to assess student’s academic knowledge based primarily on work experience and a transcript. One tool for your program may be a foundations course. Learn how the University of West Florida leveraged Ivy Software’s modules in accounting, economics, finance, and quantitative methods to create a six-week course that introduces students to their program and creates a foundation for success in it. Data will also be presented validating student learning in the foundations course utilizing the ETS Major Field Test.
If you have an upcoming CIR visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the continuous improvement review, and we will discuss the psychology of a visit, managing a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process, and we will discuss the psychology of a visit, managing a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
In this interactive session, David Schonthal highlights the Frictions that operate against new ideas and innovation; describes the unexpected reasons why the ideas and initiatives they are most passionate about get rejected; and explains how to transform those frictions important catalysts for change.
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Knauss School of Business
The Beta Alpha Psi chapter at your college will help students grow personally and professionally. It also aligns with AACSB accreditation standards related to student success, community engagement, and societal impact. We will show you how Beta Alpha Psi can help your institution in the following ways: recruitment, engagement, placement, professional development/lifelong learning, sense of community, societal impact, leadership skills, and alignment with AACSB accreditation standards.
Change is difficult in any context. College and university leaders face unique challenges when leading large-scale change due to competing interests and priorities, limited resources, and varying levels of faculty engagement and support. Since top-down directives are often poorly received in higher education, deans, chairs, and faculty leaders must design and implement intentional collaborative processes that generate innovative solutions and broad agreement. This session is designed to equip you with practical tools to lead transformational change by shifting those you lead from resistance to ownership. 
Steven H. Cady
Professor of Management, Schmidthorst College of Business
Bowling Green State University
Generation Z is motivated by purpose, which increases engagement, and well-being. But finding their purpose can be difficult while in college, when students are constantly exposed to new knowledge, experiences, and want to make money quickly after graduation. What is the role of business schools in helping students find their purpose?
Employers prize candidates who have essential interpersonal skills that can be applied across a range of industries and contexts. Assessments of such skills ― such as perseverance, leadership, collaboration and creativity ― can deliver insights about learner competencies, which can inform pre- and post-admission decisions. Learn how Yale School of Management is using the ETS Personal Skills and Qualities tool to admit students who can thrive in an MBA classroom and beyond.
This session will be about how to prove financial and learning ROI, how to include sustainability objectives into the business plan and highlight examples. Learn more about how technology can support your expansion efforts and how it needs to be accompanied by a professional team to drive success. Get to know how well known institutions have managed their path to virtual and hybrid education, how they have overcome hurdles and position themselves as leaders in online Executive Education.
This event is exclusively for deans. Catch up with old friends, make new connections, and engage in discussion on the role of business schools in fighting disinformation and misinformation.
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