International Conference and Annual Meeting

April 22–24, 2018 | Honolulu, Hawaii, USA | #ICAM2018

Affinity Group Meetings

The following Affinity Groups will meet in conjunction with the 2018 Annual International Conference and Annual Meeting.  Please check back often for updates.

>Online Registration for Affinity Groups is now closed. Please see onsite staff to inquire about available space to attend.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Learning Journey (Offsite)
1:30pm - 6:00pm

Join us on a visit to MA’O Farms, an organization that addresses several 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

MAʻO is an acronym for mala (garden) ʻai (food) ʻopio (youth) or youth food garden. Our impact strategy strives to meet five critical areas of need: under privileged youth, sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, health & wellbeing, and Hawaiian culture. Training youth to be culturally rooted and communally relevant social entrepreneurs and leaders is our core objective – our goal is to build a localized youth movement that puts the value of aloha ʻāina into action.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Asia Pacific Affinity Group Meeting
8:00am - 10:00am

Join the Asia Pacific affinity group for a presentation on "Learning in Action in the Era of AI & Big Data: Business Labs and Innovating Business Education."  The group will also discuss collaboration initiatives among Asia Pacific Business Schools including: sharing of Asian business case studies, knowledge and experience sharing of AACSB accreditation, Teaching & Research best practices, and research collaboration among Asia Pacific Business Schools.

European Affinity Group Meeting
8:00am - 10:00am

The Value of Accreditation

Modern business schools face increasing pressures to develop and compete, to fulfill the multiple expectations of their stakeholders. To succeed, schools must be able to gain and strengthen their legitimacy, status and reputation. Furthermore, the internal and external needs for continuous improvement and development present increasing pressures to engage, innovate and make a positive impact. What is the role and value of accreditation in these endeavors? At the EAG meeting, we will discuss these topics from multiple perspectives, including current research, case examples and by sharing experiences among the session participants.

Metropolitan Business Schools Affinity Group Meeting

9:00am - 11:00am

How can business schools leverage their corporate connections? Join the Metropolitan Business Schools affinity group to discuss how to improve your corporate outreach and visibility. Engage advisory boards to enable student success, recruiting and professional development efforts. Increase experiential learning opportunities such as internships, coops and real projects for students. Hear innovative practices from successful business schools.

Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting
9:30am - 12:00pm

The Good.  The Bad.  And the not so Attractive:  Online Business Education in the 21st century

The Small Schools Network Affinity Group consists of representatives from business schools with 35 or fewer faculty.  Join this group for a facilitated discussion on Online Business Education.  Group facilitators will share their experiences and lead a discussion on best and worst practices in delivering business programs online.

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting
11:00am - 1:00pm

The Online Learning Affinity Group will host discussions in the world café format. This style of group discussions will be centered around topics chosen by participants. Attendees will participate in a series of small group discussions to share experiences and work on issues that are currently live for themselves and their institutions. The facilitators will provide structure for the session and act as consultants as required.

Associate Deans Affinity Group Meeting
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Mahalo: Creating Thankfulness in a Sometimes Thankless Job

Associate Deans regularly admit that by this point in the academic year they often feel burned out, and maybe the great ideas they had at the beginning of the academic year did not really come to fruition. Their hard work often goes undetected, because what could look like a smooth “average” day is often the product of quick interventions, endless multi-tasking, and smart planning. In addition, so much of the work that Associate Deans perform every day occurs “behind the scenes.” If you are having trouble finding the silver lining in your work, then this could be the perfect time to look a little closer at your position. Whether your job is plagued by long hours, a difficult boss, or monotonous tasks, there is always a reason to be thankful for your important role.

Joint Diversity and Inclusion Network & Women Adminsitrators in Management Education Affinity Group Meeting
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Power, Politics and Preparing Ourselves and the Next Generation of Workplace Leaders in an era of "Black Lives Matter; Me Too and Times Up Dialogue"

Join WAME and the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) affinity groups for a highly interactive workshop to engage in a timeless and timely discussion on significant challenges impacting our classrooms, our hallways and the boardroom. We've hired a facilitator and engaged colleagues doing research in the the social dynamics of gender, race and politics to create a safe environment in which we can dialogue and make recommendations that have the power to: shape an agenda for the academy; develop strategy for training and developing faculty; offer insight on how we develop ourselves as effective leaders; and provide direction for how we prepare the next generation of leaders (our students) in turbulent times and in the wake of a changing social landscape.

Following what is sure to be a powerful conversation, we'll use a visual graphic recorder to capture our recommendations and then share more broadly across the AACSB. We look for the workshop output to serve as a foundation for additional programming at AACSB conferences and in our institutions in the year ahead.

New Deans Learning Community Affinity Group Meeting
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The New Deans Learning Community Affinity Group (NDLCAG) is comprised of academic deans serving within their initial three years as a full-time dean. While most new deans come into their deanship with significant experience in the academy or industry, many new deans will face unfamiliar challenges or challenges they have only experienced from a different perspective. During the NDLC meeting at ICAM, participants will share their experiences as new deans with managing the often complex environments in which they operate. A non-exhaustive list of potential topics includes navigating the relationships with senior leadership and trustees; reactions to campus crises; engaging donors and external supporters; managing faculty and staff relationships; and operating effectively within budgetary constraints. New deans will explore best practices and develop support networks to more successfully address these challenges. New deans will also be briefed by the AACSB staff on the results from the recent business deans’ survey.

Associate Deans Affinity Group Networking Dinner

Join the Associate Deans Affinity Group for a pay-your-way networking dinner at Tommy Bahama's restaurant.  The group will meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm and walk together to dinner.  There is a reservation capacity for dinner, thus registration is required to guarantee your participation.  

Note: cash payment is required on the evening of this dinner; individual checks will not be supported by this restaurant location. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Technology in Business Schools Roundtable Affinity Group Meeting
2:00pm - 3:15pm

Aligning Technology Innovations and Resources for the Highest ROI

The Technology in Business Schools Roundtable is a community of IT leaders from AACSB accredited business schools and colleges who share best practices for managing technology investments to have the highest impact on the research, teaching, learning, and service missions. This session will identify opportunities and challenges for managing and aligning technology innovations for the highest ROI, share strategies for success, and discuss how to determine the best strategy(ies) for your college .