Deans Conference

February 22–25, 2021 | Virtual Conference

Agenda

This agenda is developed for a global audience.

We recommend that you scroll through the full agenda to view all available session times. All conference sessions and times are subject to change – check back regularly for the latest schedule. Sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the conference.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

10:15 p.m.–10:25 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

Before the program begins, we welcome you to take a moment to introduce yourself and become familiar with our easy-to-use conference platform, Hopin.

10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Managing Risks and Leading in Times of Crisis*

How can you still lead with strength, courage, and authority in crisis time? How can you lessen conflict while being innovative? How do you pivot and keep constituents engaged? How do you react when triggered? How do you assess risks, and what can you do to best prepare?

Speaker(s):
  • Viviane Naimy, Dean and Professor of Finance, Notre Dame University - Louaize
  • Jikyeong Kang, President, Dean and MVP Professor, Marketing, Asian Institute of Management

11:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Coffee Chat: Lessons from Covid-19

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and share lessons learned from Covid-19.

Monday, February 22, 2021

12:00 a.m.–12:10 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

12:15 a.m.–01:15 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Financial Strategies & Sustainable Business Models*

How are business schools operating with reduced budgets and decreased enrollments due to Covid? What are the strategies for driving cost savings and additional revenue sources?

Speaker(s):
  • Nigel de Bussy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University
  • Richard D. Phillips, Dean, Georgia State University

01:20 a.m.–01:40 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exploring Macrotrends*

The presenter will share results from the new BSQ Programs Module and Deans Survey, including what is happening with program portfolios, admissions, and tuition, as well as some of the challenges for deans during the pandemic.

Speaker(s):
  • Elliot Davis, Manager, Research, AACSB International

07:00 a.m.–07:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting

The Online Learning Affinity Group aims to be a highly participative forum for sharing ideas and expertise on various issues and topics in online and blended learning. In this session, we will host a facilitated discussion on topics of tying course learning objectives to AACSB guiding principles and standards to streamline the accreditation process, designing for learning, based on your business school strategy, mission and vision, and the increased role that technology will have to support our activity – from design, to delivery to assessment and to assurance of learning.


Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

The encouraging growth of the Responsible Management Education Affinity Group signals a recognition among Business Schools the need to help business serve the common good and to accelerate the transformation of economic systems to serve people and the planet. Deans of forward thinking and outward facing learning institutions work with increasingly competing internal and external priorities, including the paradoxes and possibilities associated with developing a global perspective and implementing responsibility in leadership and practice. They also have to manage the ever demanding cycle of transformational change required by learning and education fit for the 21st century.

08:00 a.m.–08:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group Meeting

This panel-driven session will provide deans an opportunity to explore which activities are most likely to remain virtual in the future for the very simple reason that they just work better – better turnout, better feedback and better outcomes – and which activities will go back to face-to-face. Panelists include the following Part-time MBA leaders


Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting

This session will revolve around business schools post-COVID. The pandemic has forced us to change the ways in which we operate. Some of these changes have been for the better and others have been for the worse. Some of these changes will be temporary, while others will be permanent. The purpose of this session is for participants to highlight the biggest positive changes each institution will be keeping post-COVID. The session will open with several high-level examples provided by the co-facilitators, will move into breakout groups, and will return for group discussion.


Technology in Business Schools Roundtable Affinity Group Meeting

Successfully managing technology to provide the greatest value to any organization is a challenge, but the competitive pressure on business schools to distinguish and reinvent themselves adds to the complexity of obtaining the highest return from technology innovations at the lowest reasonable cost. Join us for a conversation about how IT can partner with Deans to find solutions to challenges such as data gathering for re-accreditation, business intelligence to support decision making, constituent relationship management, and adapting to a stricter regulatory environment around data privacy.

09:00 a.m.–09:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Africa Regional Network

Launch of the Africa Regional Network: Engagement and 2021 challenges. The idea is to meet the members and engage them on their views on the 2021 webinar ideas.


Digital Transformation Affinity Group Meeting

The digital transformation of business through the advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics is widely expected to be a significant disruptor. Schools of Business shall lead this effort due to their ability to build innovative partnership with businesses, interdisciplinary connections and experience in preparing global business leaders. This learning community acts as the chief mechanism to convene business and academic leaders interested in sharing and co-creating knowledge.


Women Administrators In Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

Presentation Description: This presentation will help you identify mental health symptoms in yourself and your colleagues; challenge common thinking patterns that lead to mental health difficulties; recognize unique needs that some of your colleagues and students may face within the current pandemic; and provide suggestions on how to build practices into life that support mental well-being during challenging times.

10:00 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting

The mission of this network is to advocate for diversity and inclusion in academia and schools of business around the world. The network will serve as a forum for management educators to discuss issues and concerns regarding diversity and inclusion at all levels in schools of business. The network will work with the leadership of AACSB to develop effective and comprehensive strategies to support the development of inclusive practices that affirm different perspectives and life experiences. The network will serve as a resource to school deans and faculty through meaningful dialogue and innovative strategic thinking as they seek to affect change in their organizations.


New Deans Learning Community Affinity Group Meeting

The New Deans Learning Community consists of academic deans in serving their initial three years as a full time dean.

11:00 a.m.–11:10 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

Before the program begins, we welcome you to take a moment to introduce yourself and become familiar with our easy-to-use conference platform, Hopin.

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Conference Welcome*

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, and Linda B. Hadley, AACSB board chair, as they discuss the ever-changing nature of the current and post-COVID higher-ed landscape and the meaningful ways business school leadership can still achieve positive societal impact.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote I: Leadership Skills for the Future*

Today more than ever we need leaders who can help transform organizations – so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, more customer-centric, more inclusive, and more human. Herminia Ibarra will share five leadership skills that are vital for moving organizations in this desired direction, increasing their people’s capacity to deal with today’s many “adaptive challenges:” situations in which problems are complex, there isn’t an obvious answer, and the brainpower and enthusiasm of many, not just the top leaders, is needed to solve them.

Speaker(s):
  • Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Chair in Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

12:45 p.m.–01:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote I Follow-Up Discussion

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue discussion around Keynote I.

01:20 p.m.–01:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Academic Leveling & Filling Curriculum Gaps

Sponsored Session: Peregrine Global Services

2020 taught us the importance of being nimble and flexible. We will discuss leveraging technology and experiential learning theory for academic leveling and filling curriculum gaps during this presentation. With these methods, you can ensure your learners have the foundational business knowledge they need and stay engaged in your classroom.

Speaker(s):
  • Desiree Moore, Director of Marketing & Strategic Growth, Peregrine Global Services
  • Ashley Dillard, Client Services Manager, Peregrine Global Services

10:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Conference Welcome*

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, and Linda B. Hadley, AACSB board chair, as they discuss the ever-changing nature of the current and post-COVID higher-ed landscape and the meaningful ways business school leadership can still achieve positive societal impact.

10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote I: Leadership Skills for the Future*

Today more than ever we need leaders who can help transform organizations – so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, more customer-centric, more inclusive, and more human. Herminia Ibarra will share five leadership skills that are vital for moving organizations in this desired direction, increasing their people’s capacity to deal with today’s many “adaptive challenges:” situations in which problems are complex, there isn’t an obvious answer, and the brainpower and enthusiasm of many, not just the top leaders, is needed to solve them.

Speaker(s):
  • Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Chair in Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

11:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Wellness Break: Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

11:45 p.m.–12:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Pricing Strategies - What Works in a Competitive Post-COVID World*

The market for business education is increasingly competitive – necessitating business schools to pay much more attention to program pricing. On top of this, the onset of COVID amplified price sensitivity, and fast-tracked a wholesale transition to online programs or delivery of on-campus planned programs in virtual / hybrid formats. In this session, we compare our experiences with differential pricing strategies, recognizing competitive reality, perceived brand value, regulatory constraints and equity.

Speaker(s):
  • Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Steven De Haes, Dean, Antwerp Management School
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

12:45 a.m.–12:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

01:00 a.m.–01:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Influential Leaders Recognition and Panel Discussion*

An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2021 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are using their business education to create positive societal impact in their own, unique way. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class to hear how they connected their business education to their inspiring pursuits.

08:00 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Focus Group Discussion: Critical Competencies of the Deanship

A focused group discussion regarding the skills and competencies needed entering into the deanship, as well as those that are most critical to build upon through your time in the role. Insights shared by attendees during this discussion will be used to augment AACSB’s triennial Deans Survey research, with the goals of better understanding the role of the dean within business schools.

Speaker(s):
  • Elliot Davis, Manager, Research, AACSB International
  • Hanna McLeod, manager, AACSB International

Influential Leaders Recognition and Panel Discussion*

An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2021 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are using their business education to create positive societal impact in their own, unique way. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class to hear how they connected their business education to their inspiring pursuits.

08:35 a.m.–08:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect Demo: Selecting and Finding Your School Peers in DataDirect*

Join us for an overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools.

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

09:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Faculty Management in Times of Covid-19: Risk of Exclusion or Chance for Engagement?*

Covid-19 has pushed digitalization in terms of online learning and working from home. While the impact of this transition on students has dominated higher education discussions, little attention has been paid to the ways in which the “new normal” has affected faculty. This interactive session focuses on the faculty side of higher education’s COVID response. The session will highlight the challenges, risks, and rewards of engaging and managing faculty in a virtual environment and offer a space for exchanging experiences and best practices.

Speaker(s):
  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Shohreh A. Kaynama, Dean, Towson University

Pricing Strategies – What Works in a Competitive Post-COVID World*

The market for business education is increasingly competitive – necessitating business schools to pay much more attention to program pricing. On top of this, the onset of COVID amplified price sensitivity, and fast-tracked a wholesale transition to online programs or delivery of on-campus planned programs in virtual / hybrid formats. In this session, we compare our experiences with differential pricing strategies, recognizing competitive reality, perceived brand value, regulatory constraints and equity.

Speaker(s):
  • Steven De Haes, Dean, Antwerp Management School
  • Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne

10:00 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Coffee Chat

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue discussions around the sessions you just attended.

10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

The Next Ten Years of Higher Ed is Happening Now

Sponsored Session: Everspring

Online retail made 10 years of progress in 10 weeks this past spring as the pandemic rapidly changed consumer preferences. Online higher ed preferences have shifted as well -- what will higher education look like if ten years of gains materialize in education next year? How can your school position itself for success in this new paradigm? Developing digital learning assets to be used across modalities blurring the lines between “online” and “on-ground” presents a rare opportunity: your ability to grow revenue and reduce costs simultaneously. To learn more, join us in this impactful conversation on “what you can do NOW.”

Speaker(s):
  • Jeff Conlon, Chief Executive Officer, Everspring
  • Beth Hollenberg, President, Everspring

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Death of a Salesman: Is this the End of International Mobility?*

With the recent lockdown of the economy, restrictions on travels, massive migration to digital teaching platform, and the continued threat from the pandemic, what are the implications for international student mobility? Two deans from two continents will share their insights from their operations, discuss their strategies, and exchange their perspectives. Topics will include the value of global citizenship, the use of physical space, the evolution of traditional curriculum and executive education. Through surveys during the session and Q&A, this is a highly engaging session with the audience.

Speaker(s):
  • Frank Bournois, Dean, ESCP Business School
  • Joanne Li, Dean, Florida International University

Financial Strategies & Sustainable Business Models*

How are business schools operating with reduced budgets and decreased enrollments due to Covid? What are the strategies for driving cost savings and additional revenue sources?

Speaker(s):
  • Nigel de Bussy, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University
  • Richard D. Phillips, Dean, Georgia State University

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Social Time

Take a break and enjoy a 10-minute concert, followed by networking and casual conversation with colleagues.

12:30 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Sustainable Development Goals*

Learn how your School can incorporate the UN SDG’s into curriculum, operations and strategy.

Speaker(s):
  • Joseph A. DiAngelo, Dean, Saint Joseph's University
  • Catherine Cassell, Dean, University of Birmingham
  • Vana M. Zervanos, Associate Dean, Saint Joseph's University

Teaching the Next Generation: Management in the Digital Era

The MaCuDE project is a major initiative of more than 100 business schools across multiple continents, to redesign the management curriculum for the digital era. The project comprises 3 phases: a) an overview of the efforts that have already been undertaken by business schools to adapt their curricula to the needs of the digital era, b) an extensive research into industry needs and how these change in view of skills required by our graduates, and c) a synthesis of the above to come up with innovative curricula for the digital era. During this session, the results of the first phase will be presented. Overriding themes, indicative courses and best practices will be discussed.

Speaker(s):
  • Gregory P. Prastacos, Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Paul Sheward, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Milla Wiren, Research Manager, Centre for Collaborative Research, University of Turku
  • Michael zur Muehlen, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology

01:35 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Coffee Chat: Lessons Learned from Covid-19

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and share lessons learned from Covid-19.

02:00 p.m.–02:20 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exploring Macrotrends*

The presenter will share results from the new BSQ Programs Module and Deans Survey, including what is happening with program portfolios, admissions, and tuition, as well as some of the challenges for deans during the pandemic.

Speaker(s):
  • Elliot Davis, Manager, Research, AACSB International

02:00 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Beta Gamma Sigma, Student Engagement and Societal Impact

Join this discussion to learn more about the International Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Learn how establishing a chapter can help schools of business to recognize and engage high-performing students and support them in leveraging business education for global good.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary A. Gowan, Dean, Mike Cottrell College of Business, University of North Georgia
  • Marielle G. Heijltjes, Executive Director, Maastricht University
  • Christina Allrich, Associate Director, Chapter & Alumni Operations, Beta Gamma Sigma

02:35 p.m.–02:55 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect Demo: Selecting and Finding Your School Peers in DataDirect*

Join us for an overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools.

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

03:00 p.m.–03:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Influential Leaders Recognition and Panel Discussion*

An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2021 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are using their business education to create positive societal impact in their own, unique way. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class to hear how they connected their business education to their inspiring pursuits.

10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Faculty Management in Times of Covid-19: Risk of Exclusion or Chance for Engagement?*

Covid-19 has pushed digitalization in terms of online learning and working from home. While the impact of this transition on students has dominated higher education discussions, little attention has been paid to the ways in which the “new normal” has affected faculty. This interactive session focuses on the faculty side of higher education’s COVID response. The session will highlight the challenges, risks, and rewards of engaging and managing faculty in a virtual environment and offer a space for exchanging experiences and best practices.

Speaker(s):
  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Shohreh A. Kaynama, Dean, Towson University

11:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Wellness Break: Creating Luminous Spaces

This short presentation offers ideas to create a workspace that inspires you and increases productivity. Explore how to use feng shui and biophilic design to achieve greater harmony in our lives.

11:45 p.m.–12:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Accreditation Q&A: CIR Virtual Visits*

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, AACSB has offered CIR schools with upcoming visits the option to conduct their visit virtually. If you fall into this category and are wondering how you can facilitate a smooth and productive virtual visit, this session is for you.

Speaker(s):
  • Amy Memon, AACSB, AACSB International
  • Gregory J. Whitwell, Dean, The University of Sydney

Accreditation Q&A: Initial*

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.

Speaker(s):
  • Barry Burgan, Deputy Dean, Bond University
  • Geoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, AACSB International
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

12:45 a.m.–01:15 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Social Time: Wine & Cheese Workshop

Take a break and enjoy a 15-20 minute wine & cheese workshop, followed by networking and casual conversation with colleagues.

07:30 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Sustainable Development Goals*

Learn how your School can incorporate the UN SDG’s into curriculum, operations and strategy.

Speaker(s):
  • Catherine Cassell, Dean, University of Birmingham
  • Joseph A. DiAngelo, Dean, Saint Joseph's University
  • Vana M. Zervanos, Associate Dean, Saint Joseph's University

08:35 a.m.–08:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect Demo: Program Delivery Methods– Pre and Post COVID*

Join us as we utilize the DataDirect Benchmarking Tool to take a look at what program delivery types were common before and after COVID-19

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

09:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

The Future of Work and Higher Education amid Current Crises*

Due to the global pandemic, universities have had to quicky alter their course modalities to meet learning accommodations needed by faculty and students. Now universities are offering more variety such as fully online, in-person, hybrid, with budget constraints due to financial losses from the past year due to Covid. Join us for this interactive session on the future of work and higher education.

Speaker(s):
  • Joyce E. Russell, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean, Villanova University
  • Lei Lei, Dean, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick
  • Susan J. Hart, Dean, Durham University

10:00 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Coffee Chat: Building a Sense of Community in a Virtual Space

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and engage in discussions around maintaining a sense of community in a virtual world.

10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Creating an International Business Mindset: An Ecosystem Approach

Sponsored Session: Florida International University, College of Business

Operations, college structure, hiring strategies, academic and corporate partnerships all play a key role in expanding an organization's global perspective. Dean Joanne Li of Florida International University College of Business (Miami, FL) discusses these, and other vital elements needed to develop, sustain and grow an international mindset within any business

Speaker(s):
  • Joanne Li, Dean, Florida International University

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Impacting Local Communities

Examples of schools’ social impact activities around faculty research, teaching, operations, and students’ projects. Learn about AACSB Business Accreditation Standard 9.

Speaker(s):
  • Sarah F. Gardial, Dean, Massey College of Business, Belmont University
  • Daniel Traça, Dean, Nova School of Business and Economic, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Transforming Business Education to Reflect the New Reality*

Conventional classroom instruction is SO yester-year! Today’s business schools must transform curriculum design and delivery to meet the fluid and evolving workplace that students will undoubtedly face upon graduation. A student’s ability to pivot from virtual classrooms to in-person team sessions, or a hybrid thereof, will directly impact their ability to succeed in the new world of conducting business – across platforms, channels and time zones. Hear how two innovative universities prepared for digital education long before COVID-19 mandated the transformation, and what they learned in their pursuit of flexible, relevant and experiential business education.

Speaker(s):
  • Isabelle G. Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Martin Boehm, Dean, IE Business School

12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Social Time: Wine & Cheese Workshop

Take a break and enjoy a 15-20 minute wine & cheese workshop, followed by networking and casual conversation with colleagues.

12:30 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

LIVE Networking with Sponsors

Visit our sponsor showcase to chat live with our conference sponsors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote II: Adaptation Advantage: Leading in a Post Pandemic World*

When Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley wrote The Adaptation Advantage (April 2020, Wiley) they did not realize how prescient their advice and predictions would become when the coronavirus global pandemic required an immediate and dramatic shift in work, learning, and leading. Overnight companies remapped supply chains, pivoted product lines, and transformed to distributed work-from-home organization. Entire university and school systems adopted virtual delivery exclusively, something many said they would never do. This new normal, or normal of now, requires a focus on culture, purpose, trust, psychological safety as we embark on the largest social experiment in human history. The virus has accelerated our future of work, expedited our human transformation to digital creating, and placed an even greater burden on leaders to inspire and motivate human potential. Even when the virus subsides, many of our new ways of working will remain and we will be the better for this forced transformation.

Speaker(s):
  • Heather McGowan, Future of Work Strategist,

02:00 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote II Follow-Up Discussion

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue discussion around Keynote II.

02:30 p.m.–02:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

02:45 p.m.–03:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Managing Risks and Leading in Times of Crisis*

How can you still lead with strength, courage, and authority in crisis time? How can you lessen conflict while being innovative? How do you pivot and keep constituents engaged? How do you react when triggered? How do you assess risks, and what can you do to best prepare?

Speaker(s):
  • Viviane Naimy, Dean and Professor of Finance, Notre Dame University - Louaize
  • Jikyeong Kang, President, Dean and MVP Professor, Marketing, Asian Institute of Management

Pricing Strategies – What Works in a Competitive Post-COVID World*

The market for business education is increasingly competitive – necessitating business schools to pay much more attention to program pricing. On top of this, the onset of COVID amplified price sensitivity, and fast-tracked a wholesale transition to online programs or delivery of on-campus planned programs in virtual / hybrid formats. In this session, we compare our experiences with differential pricing strategies, recognizing competitive reality, perceived brand value, regulatory constraints and equity.

Speaker(s):
  • Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Steven De Haes, Dean, Antwerp Management School

10:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote II: Adaptation Advantage: Leading in a Post Pandemic World*

When Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley wrote The Adaptation Advantage (April 2020, Wiley) they did not realize how prescient their advice and predictions would become when the coronavirus global pandemic required an immediate and dramatic shift in work, learning, and leading. Overnight companies remapped supply chains, pivoted product lines, and transformed to distributed work-from-home organization. Entire university and school systems adopted virtual delivery exclusively, something many said they would never do. This new normal, or normal of now, requires a focus on culture, purpose, trust, psychological safety as we embark on the largest social experiment in human history. The virus has accelerated our future of work, expedited our human transformation to digital creating, and placed an even greater burden on leaders to inspire and motivate human potential. Even when the virus subsides, many of our new ways of working will remain and we will be the better for this forced transformation.

Speaker(s):
  • Heather McGowan, Future of Work Strategist,

11:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote II Follow-Up Discussion

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue discussion around Keynote II.

11:45 p.m.–12:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Death of a Salesman: Is this the End of International Mobility?*

With the recent lockdown of the economy, restrictions on travels, massive migration to digital teaching platform, and the continued threat from the pandemic, what are the implications for international student mobility? Two deans from two continents will share their insights from their operations, discuss their strategies, and exchange their perspectives. Topics will include the value of global citizenship, the use of physical space, the evolution of traditional curriculum and executive education. Through surveys during the session and Q&A, this is a highly engaging session with the audience.

Speaker(s):
  • Frank Bournois, Dean, ESCP Business School
  • Joanne Li, Dean, Florida International University

Transforming Business Education to Reflect the New Reality*

Conventional classroom instruction is SO yester-year! Today’s business schools must transform curriculum design and delivery to meet the fluid and evolving workplace that students will undoubtedly face upon graduation. A student’s ability to pivot from virtual classrooms to in-person team sessions, or a hybrid thereof, will directly impact their ability to succeed in the new world of conducting business – across platforms, channels and time zones. Hear how two innovative universities prepared for digital education long before COVID-19 mandated the transformation, and what they learned in their pursuit of flexible, relevant and experiential business education.

Speaker(s):
  • Martin Boehm, Dean, IE Business School
  • Isabelle G. Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, February 25, 2021

12:50 a.m.–01:10 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect Demo: Program Delivery Methods– Pre and Post COVID*

Join us as we utilize the DataDirect Benchmarking Tool to take a look at what program delivery types were common before and after COVID-19

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

01:15 a.m.–02:15 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

The Future of Work and Higher Education amid Current Crises*

Due to the global pandemic, universities have had to quicky alter their course modalities to meet learning accommodations needed by faculty and students. Now universities are offering more variety such as fully online, in-person, hybrid, with budget constraints due to financial losses from the past year due to Covid. Join us for this interactive session on the future of work and higher education.

Speaker(s):
  • Joyce E. Russell, The Helen and William O'Toole Dean, Villanova University
  • Lei Lei, Dean, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick
  • Susan J. Hart, Dean, Durham University

07:30 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Game of Deans*

What if we could propose a game to schools that would not only help them to solve issues that they encounter on their initial accreditation journey, but also to inspire them to go from problem solving to innovation as they move further along this journey? What if through gaming mechanisms we could help to create community and collective intelligence around the different areas and operations that accreditation touches? In the gaming world they say that “you come for the game, but you stay for the guild”. Let us build our own guilds of practice and improvement in our institutions for which accreditation is a driver of innovation. Join us in this session to look at gaming as a tool for accreditation.

Speaker(s):
  • Julie Perrin-Halot, Associate Dean and Director, Quality, Strategy and International, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Benjamin Stevenin, CEO, ACADEM / RimaOne
  • Hélène Michel, Professor, Serious Games and Innovation Management, Grenoble Ecole de Management

08:35 a.m.–08:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Wellness Break: Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

08:45 a.m.–09:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

09:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Diversity and Inclusion: Examples of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Efforts at Business Schools*

As business has a major impact on any society, business schools have a duty to actively include all members of their communities. But what is effective inclusion and not just tokenism? And how can initiatives be embedded within a school - including research and education? In this session we discuss practical examples of Indigenous inclusion at Concordia University of Edmonton and of Copenhagen Business School's commitment to the LGBTQ community. Projects, opportunities, but also pitfalls are presented and insights for other schools offered.

Speaker(s):
  • Alison Yacyshyn, Dean, Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Gregor Halff, Dean of Education, Copenhagen Business School

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The importance of (mental) health has never been more important – for you, students, and faculty. Learn practical examples that you can apply at your institution, and in your personal life.

Speaker(s):
  • Amy Kristof-Brown, Dean, The University of Iowa
  • Srilata Zaheer, Dean, University of Minnesota

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Coffee Chat: Dealing with Burnout

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and engage in discussion around dealing with burnout on all levels: faculty, staff, students.

10:35 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Motivating Faculty to Conduct High-Impact Scholarship

Sponsored Session: University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

With a growing push from many corners, business schools are being held accountable for how their faculty research is addressing the grand challenges facing business and society around the world. But, how do you encourage your faculty to tackle high-impact questions that are of value both to their core disciplines and to policy and practice? Join Sri Zaheer, dean of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, to learn the power of soft incentives and strategies you can use at your school.

Speaker(s):
  • Srilata Zaheer, Dean, University of Minnesota

11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

LIVE Networking with Sponsors

Visit our sponsor showcase to chat live with our conference sponsors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Games of Deans*

What if we could propose a game to schools that would not only help them to solve issues that they encounter on their initial accreditation journey, but also to inspire them to go from problem solving to innovation as they move further along this journey? What if through gaming mechanisms we could help to create community and collective intelligence around the different areas and operations that accreditation touches? In the gaming world they say that “you come for the game, but you stay for the guild”. Let us build our own guilds of practice and improvement in our institutions for which accreditation is a driver of innovation. Join us in this session to look at gaming as a tool for accreditation.

Speaker(s):
  • Julie Perrin-Halot, Associate Dean and Director, Quality, Strategy and International, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Benjamin Stevenin, CEO, ACADEM / RimaOne
  • Hélène Michel, Professor, Serious Games and Innovation Management, Grenoble Ecole de Management

12:30 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Games of Deans Follow Up Chat

Join Hélène, Julie and Ben for a follow-up breakout session to talk informally about game conception and use in our schools. Attendees are encouraged to join the discussion on video.

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Accreditation Q&A: CIR Virtual Visits*

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, AACSB has offered CIR schools with upcoming visits the option to conduct their visit virtually. If you fall into this category and are wondering how you can facilitate a smooth and productive virtual visit, this session is for you.

Speaker(s):
  • Suzanne Mintz, Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy, AACSB International
  • Faye W. Gilbert, Dean, University of Maine

Accreditation Q&A: Initial*

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.

Speaker(s):
  • Maria Baltar, Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Operations and Implementation, AACSB International
  • Nitham M. Hindi, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Qatar University

02:05 p.m.–02:25 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect Demo: Faculty Qualifications- How Schools Are Defining Them

Join us as we utilize the DataDirect Benchmarking Tool to take a look how AACSB accredited schools are defining Faculty Qualifications.

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

02:30 p.m.–03:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Faculty Management in Times of Covid-19: Risk of Exclusion or Chance for Engagement?*

Covid-19 has pushed digitalization in terms of online learning and working from home. While the impact of this transition on students has dominated higher education discussions, little attention has been paid to the ways in which the “new normal” has affected faculty. This interactive session focuses on the faculty side of higher education’s COVID response. The session will highlight the challenges, risks, and rewards of engaging and managing faculty in a virtual environment and offer a space for exchanging experiences and best practices.

Speaker(s):
  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Shohreh A. Kaynama, Dean, Towson University

Mental Health and Wellbeing*

The importance of (mental) health has never been more important – for you, students, and faculty. Learn practical examples that you can apply at your institution, and in your personal life.

Speaker(s):
  • Amy Kristof-Brown, Dean, The University of Iowa
  • Srilata Zaheer, Dean, University of Minnesota

03:40 p.m.–04:40 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Diversity and Inclusion: Examples of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Efforts at Business Schools*

As business has a major impact on any society, business schools have a duty to actively include all members of their communities. But what is effective inclusion and not just tokenism? And how can initiatives be embedded within a school - including research and education? In this session we discuss practical examples of Indigenous inclusion at Concordia University of Edmonton and of Copenhagen Business School's commitment to the LGBTQ community. Projects, opportunities, but also pitfalls are presented and insights for other schools offered.

Speaker(s):
  • Gregor Halff, Dean of Education, Copenhagen Business School
  • Alison Yacyshyn, Dean, Concordia University of Edmonton