Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

26-29 October 2020

Networking Community Meetings

Please register for each meeting below you would like to join. Networking Community Meetings do not require a registration to the full conference. If you are not registered for the full conference, all Networking Community Meetings can be accessed HERE. Please select “Networking Community Meeting Attendee” and then “Join Event”. You will be able to log in when the Networking Community Meetings take place.

Please note that unless you are registered for the EMEA Annual Conference, you will not have access to any conference sessions including keynote presentations and speed networking. Those registered for the conference will receive a link to access all conference sessions, including Networking Community Meetings.

Monday, October 26, 2020

03:00 p.m.–04:30 p.m. Central European Time

European Regional Network Meeting

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Implications of the 2020 accreditation standards on European Business Education. This 2.0 session will look into the proposed new the 2020 standards and identify what opportunities and challenges they might entail for our schools. Presenters will examine the new standards from various angles and highlight the most notable changes in the European context. Issues might include: - implications for the brands of business schools and the AACSB - the issue of data handling and protection – Implications for AoL processes - faculty qualification - potential stumbling blocks for European schools.

Note the last 30 minutes of this meeting will be for networking time and provide an opportunity to get to know each other better. Bring your beverage of choice.

Dr. Bjorn Kjellander, Jönköping University, Sweden
Dr. Susanne Lichtmannegger, MCI, Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Claudia Mössenlechner, MCI, Innsbruck, Austria
Lena Candries, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business Economics, Belgium

Middle East and North Africa Regional Network Meeting

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Agility in the MENA Region; What Business Schools Can Learn from the Corporate World

Universities and Business Schools in the MENA region are deeply affected by day one of the Covid-19: Lockdown, moving to virtual learning, supporting their communities, reviewing their strategies, organizing the future, and the new normal in higher education, etc. In this session, we’ll be delighted to host Executives from the region. The aim is to interact with Business Leaders who tackle tough challenges in the Middle East and North Africa at this period.  Join us and invite your colleagues from AACSB community to be part of it.

Sherif Kamel, Dean, AUC School of Business
Thami Ghorfi, Dean, ESCA School of Management

Alaa Hashim, Co-Founder & Executive Partner, Transcendium, Egypt
Amine Berrada Sounni, CEO & Vice-President, Omnipar Group, Morocco

Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting

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Creating Global Connections for Students

Business schools understand the importance of giving students global experiences, whether those encompass travel or the use of virtual technology.  Our panelists will share a variety of examples of how they are providing international connections.  Join us for ideas and best practices in this space.  Plan to make some connections of your own as we host a networking session immediately following the presentations (from 11-11:30 EDT).   

Lynne Richardson, University of Mary Washington (Virginia, USA)
David Sollars, Washburn University (Kansas, USA) 

Abdelraheem Abualbasal, Princess Sumaya University of Technology (Jordan)
Mary Merva, John Cabot University (Italy)
Michael Stoica, Washburn University (Kansas, USA)
Jenke ter Horst, TIAS School for Business & Society (Netherlands) 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

12:45 p.m.–01:45 p.m. Central European Time

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting

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The University Ecosystem – Online

This session will discuss the University ecosystem online. Following a 10-minute opening, the group will breakout in discussions covering the topics of: teaching and learning online; assessment online; student support online; and the inclusive and diverse university online.

Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, College of Business, Technology and Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University

Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in institutions of higher education, requires concerted, deliberate and conscious effort.  However, issues, frameworks and approaches vary from region to region.  In the meeting of the Diversity & Inclusion Network Affinity group, regional speakers (Europe, Middle East and Africa) will discuss the experiences of business schools in these regions. Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee will also attend.

Fatiha Bouteraa, Head of Organization and Process, EM Strasbourg, University of Strasbourg, France
Abdelraheem Abualbasal, Dean, Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan
Kurt April, Chair and Director, Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Henry Yatich, Dean, School of Business, Mount Kenya University, Kenya

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m. Central European Time

Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

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How to MEASURE the Positive Impact of Management Education for the World

How can we use rankings, ratings, smart technology and open data to support business schools in demonstrating their impact performance in research,  education and engagement? In this session, we will introduce new initiatives such as the Positive Impact Rating  (PIR),  which aims to provide guidance to business schools’ impact in the society at large. Following, we will discuss how to create management research for societal benefit by mapping SDG relatedness of journal articles, PhD as well as MSc theses, to create a unique SDG profile for schools while supporting schools’ impact narrative in accreditation and stakeholder reporting.

Dr. Mathias Falkenstein, Executive Policy Advisor, LUISS Business School, & Managing Partner, XOLAS

Clémentine Robert, President, oikos International
John Watt, Manager, Positive Impact Rating
Wilfred Mijnhard, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group Meeting

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The MBA for Working Professionals: What Happened and What’s Coming?

Join Dean Phillips and Dean Pirkul as they lead a moderated discussion to explore how evening MBA programs around the world are changing in this era of a global pandemic and economic dislocation.  By attending, you will be able to judge how your program performed relative to peers and learn what steps program leaders took to seat their fall class and the trends they are seeing in their local markets.  Find out what curricular changes peers are planning for the next recruiting cycle, if they are planning to make adjustments to their admissions criteria, and what trends they expect to see in their local markets.  You will leave empowered with new ideas and actionable knowledge.

Richard Phillips, Dean, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Hasan Pirkul, Dean, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas

Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

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Work/Life Balance for Women During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected women more than men across many industries. In an academic setting, it has increased their workload, decreased their research productivity, and hampered their work/life balance as household demands have disproportionately fallen on them. Join us for a conversation and exchange on strategies we can employ as women leaders in business education to help us gain more balance, joy and perspective during a pandemic.

Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Dean, School of Business & Economics, SUNY Plattsburgh
Lynne Richardson, Dean, College of Business - University of Mary Washington