International Conference and Annual Meeting

April 6–9, 2021 | Virtual Conference

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Adam Grant; Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Bestselling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast

Leading a Business School in an Age of Anxiety, Political Activism, and Social Media

Jonathan Haidt; Stern School of Business, New York University

Networking Community Meetings

Pre-Registration for the Networking Community Meetings has ended, however registration is not required and we still encourage you to participate! A full registration to ICAM is also not required to attend these sessions, as they are open to members and non-members.

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

13:00 – 13:55 SGT
1:00 a.m. - 1:55 a.m. EST (Tuesday, 6 April)

Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting

Theme: Post Covid19 Higher Education in Asia

The Asia Pacific Regional Network (APRN) pursues knowledge sharing and internal/external linking & networking among Asian business schools for possible collaborations.

As business schools in the Asia Pacific region adjust to the challenges and evolving to a virtual environment, networking and linking with peer schools in the Asia Pacific region is becoming even more critical. In this session, key presenters will share how schools in Asian countries are developing the new educational system and continue to enhance their education platform in preparation of post-Covid19.

Dr. Jacky So, BNU Chair Professor in Finance, Vice President, Dean, School of Business in Macao University of Science and Technology will share his experience of post Covid19 development in universities of HongKong and Macao region. He also has ideas of how to collaborate among Asian business school for academic interchange in his session.

Dr. Anthony Kuo, Associate Dean, College of Management of NYCU, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. He will talk about how business schools in Taiwan are managing the current situation and preparing for post-Covid 19 era.

Prof. Dhanoos Sutthiphisal (“Dee”) and Prof. Khong, Kok Wei (“Khong”) will also join this session to share their stories about post-Covid19 preparation.


  • Dr. Renee Kim, Professor of International Business, Hanyang University & Director of RISE, School of Business, Hanyang University


  • Dr. Jacky So, BNU Chair Professor in Finance, Vice President, Dean, School of Business in Macao University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Anthony Kuo, Associate Dean, College of Management of NYCU, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Prof. Dhanoos Sutthiphisal (“Dee”), Assistant Dean, MSME Business School Assumption University (Thailand)
  • Prof. Khong, Kok Wei (“Khong”), Executive Dean,Faculty of Business and Law Taylor’s University (Malayisa)

14:00 – 14:55 CET
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. EST

European Regional Network Meeting


1) Thought Leadership, Engagement, and Societal Impact 

Standard 8: Impact of Scholarship,

Standard 9: Engagement and Social Impact Approaches to cultivating, capturing and representing the impact of business schools.

Business schools are a catalyst for change and a link between different stakeholders when it comes to issues of society and governance, and often a key opinion leader through their research and educational activities. As university towns tend to differ from other towns, these communities of students, academics, their families, employers and service providers can also be quite distinctive and influential in cultural and behavioral terms. They are also virtual communities, connected by staff and student exchanges and collaborations with other academic communities around the world. Business schools therefore have an impact on many levels. Against the backdrop of these commonalities, there are significant differences in the way European schools approach capturing and representing impact compared to schools in the US. Even within Europe, there are regional differences in perspectives due to cultural and institutional factors. In the session, we will discuss different possible perspectives to define the elements of impact of business schools and capture them through qualitative and quantitative measures.

2) Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 on Academic Mobility and Internationalization.

While dramatic and negative short-time effects of COVID-19 are widely felt and discussed, is there a silver lining to the changes wrought by the pandemic?  Some of the changes that business schools had to implement hastily to cope with the pandemic are definitely here to stay for the long-term. While internationalization and academic mobility was one of the worst-hit areas, many schools came up with innovative  solutions  to keep the  international dimension of their programs.


  • Lidija Zajec, Head of Quality Assurance at School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana
  • Dr. Evgenia Pashkevich, Associate Dean, International and  Accreditations, IBS-Moscow, RANEPA
  • Denise Baden,Professor of Sustainable Business, University of Southamption, Southampton Business School
  • Ralph Koßmann, Director of Quality management & Accreditation, Goethe Universität, Faculty of Economics and Business

15:00 – 15:55 CET
9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. ES

New Deans Learning Community Affinity Group Meeting

Emerging Competition: 

The pandemic has accelerated changes in business education. It seems like every way we turn, new competitors are emerging. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for audience engagement as we explore how competition is changing internally (partners that share revenue) and externally (new entrants) to our organizations and how schools are adapting. We anticipate significant themes will be identified, and follow-up sessions will be scheduled either as standalone events or at future conferences.

Please join us for this important conversation.


  • Austin C. Cheney, Dean, Lumpkin College of Business and Technology, Eastern Illinois University
  • Mark S. Rosenbaum, Dean & Professor, Graham School of Management, Saint Xavier University


  • Paul H. Schwager, Dean & W. Howard Rooks Distinguished Professor, College of Business, East Carolina University

Africa Regional Network

Topic: Do we need more African-focused research and case studies to solve African problems or are we on track?  You are invited to engage with your fellow AACSB African Business Schools on your challenges and potential solutions. 


  • Ms. Hanane Elkouari, Head of Africa Development, IESEG School of Management


  • Dr. Thami Ghorfi, Dean, ESCA Ecole de Management, Morocco
  • Director Yasmine SY Sarr, Director Strategic Development and Acting Academic Director, Groupe Sup de Co Dakar, Senegal
  • Dr. Elsabé Loots, Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria

16:00 – 16:55 CET
10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. EST

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 student engagement in synchronous, asynchronous, and mixed modality courses, balancing perceptions of academic freedom and quality assurance in online courses and programs, and lessons learned from COVID. Come to this session prepared to share your practices, questions, and challenges with the group.

There will be three breakout rooms:

  1. Student engagement in synchronous, asynchronous, and mixed modality courses
  2. Balancing perceptions of academic freedom and quality assurance in online courses and programs
  3. Lessons learned from COVID


  • Tawnya Means, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Assistant Dean and Director, Teaching and Learning Center
  • Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Renee Ford, Instructional Designer, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Greer Jason-Dibartolo, Associate Dean for Academic Administration, Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business
  • Anne Fiedler, Professor of Management, Nova Southeastern University, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship

17:00-17:55 CET
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. EST

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Network Meeting

Opportunities and challenges for Latin American & Caribbean business schools under the 2020 AACSB Standards.

This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges for the Latin American & Caribbean business schools considering the implementation of the AACSB 2020 business accreditation standards as new areas are included such as societal impact and thought leadership. The presenters will briefly provide their perspectives on the topic and participants will join for an interactive Q&A to keep advancing in a collective agenda for the Latin American region. 

Guest Speaker:

  • Irineu Gustavo Gianesi, Dean of Academic Affairs at Insper, Brazil


  • Monica Lopez Sieben, Dean, Graduate School of Business, CETYS University (Mexico)
  • Sara Marin, International Accreditations Leader, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)
  • Valeria Bustamante, Continuous Improvement Coordinator Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali (Colombia) 

Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting

Diversity & Inclusion: The View from the Student Side

A panel of business students will discuss what issues of diversity, equity and inclusion look like from their perspective and how business schools can create more inclusive environments.


  • Tomas Gomez-Arias, Dean, College of Business Administration, California State University, Stanislaus


  • Crisann Bailey, St. Bonaventure University
  • Nicolette Padron, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Casty Micheni, Mount Kenya University
  • Joy Akinyi, Mount Kenya University
  • Danny Chung, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Hollan Strepay, North Carolina Central University
  • Beverly Rodrigues, JCU Singapore

Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting

Making Connections… Virtually!

The pandemic has done a number on our ability to network, yet we know the importance of networking.  Yes, while we meet virtually, it’s hard to get to actually KNOW something about the individual on the screen.  And we’re done!  We miss the connections made during face-to-face interactions. Join us for this interactive session where we will actually talk with each other in breakout rooms about work, yes, but also about ourselves!  The session will allow you to make a REAL connection or two while having some fun (e.g., who always wanted to be a dean?, who loves escargot?, who prefers the mountains over the beach?).  You can then follow up with your connection(s) after the conference to discuss work-related issues.


  • Lynne Richardson, Dean of University of Mary Washington
  • Steven Elias, Dean of Fort Lewis College, School of Business Administration 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 

13:00 - 13:55 CET 
16:00 - 16:55 GST
7:00 a.m. -7:55 a.m. EST

Middle East and North Africa Regional Network Meeting

Entrepreneurship Education in MENA, from good practices to impact

This session is an excellent opportunity to gather Business Schools from the MENA Region to share experiences and practices. The World Economic Forum showed in a survey in 2011 that less than 10% of the Universities in the region offered Entrepreneurship courses. The situation has changed a lot. Numerous Universities and Business Schools more particularly offer Entrepreneurship Education courses in many forms. Schools from the MENA region will share experiences, practices and discuss how they (succeed) developed their entrepreneurship education portfolio. What are the main learnings for a better impact on students, corporates, and society at large?  


  • Shqipe Rashiti, Dean of College of Business Administration, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait
  • Danielle Khalife-Fraiha, Associate Professor, Dean of the School of Business USEK

14:00 - 14:55 CET
8:00 a.m. -8:55 a.m. EST

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group Meeting

Topic: The Next Normal for Part-time MBA Programs

The pandemic has significantly disrupted nearly all traditional aspects of our Part-time MBA offerings, largely turning them into online programs.  With vaccinations making their way through our population, schools now face the question of how to define their MBA for working professionals in what is being referred as “the next normal”.    

This panel-driven session will provide participants 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.

Key questions will include the following:

  • What are you and your faculty looking forward to restarting in your MBA for working professionals program that you had to give up because of COVID?
  • What did you offer in your MBA for working professionals in Fall 2019 that you will never be able to offer again even if students and faculty are back on campus in a physical classroom?
  • How will your MBA for working professionals be forever changed in a post COVID-19 world relative to what existed prior to the start of the pandemic?
Part-Time MBA Leader Panelists:
  • Melanie Coburn, Director of Fully Employed MBA Admissions, Paul Merage School of Business at University of California Irvine,
  • Kara Fichthorn, Director of Evening MBA Student Affairs, Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington,
  • Brian Jennings, Associate Dean of Graduate and Executive Programs, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.  

Metropolitan Business Schools Affinity Group Meeting

The AACSB Metropolitan Business Schools Affinity Group, composed of institutional representatives from member organizations located in or near the urban center of a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) with a population of at least 250,000, is pleased to present the following Panelists from the McNair Scholars Program. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the McNair Scholars Program and learn more about the opportunities offered to Business Schools.

The McNair Business Scholars Network provides content and connections that encourage promising eligible undergraduates to apply to the McNair Program and to study business topics therein. We provide supplementary mentoring to McNair Scholars and their advisors to help in selecting and completing business research projects. Further, we provide a network of McNair alumni who help McNair Scholars place in and complete business PhD programs, navigate their scholarly conferences, and become and thrive as impactful business school professors.


  • Michael L. Barnett is Professor of Management at Rutgers University, Academic Director of the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation, and Founder of the McNair Business Scholars Network. Mike’s scholarship is focused on the relationship between business and society, with emphases on corporate social responsibility, corporate reputation, stakeholder management, and industry self-regulation. He is an early McNair Scholar (1990-91) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business at New York University
  • Ishva Minefee is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. He is also the Director of the McNair Business Scholars Network. His primary research stream centers on firms' responses to domestic and international crises. Crises of interest include (a) NGO activism related to firms' operations in countries with high levels of political violence and (b) the disclosure of corporate ties to controversial social and political organizations. 

If you would like to learn more about the McNair Scholars Program or the McNair Business Scholars Network please visit this website:

Representatives interested in joining the Metropolitan Business Schools Affinity Group or especially, those interested in planning future program opportunities, should contact Dr. Jim Fatzinger, Chairperson,, Eastern Kentucky University. 

Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group Meeting

Women administrators, including deans, associate deans, assistant deans, program directors, center directors, and academic department chairs.

Panel Discussion Theme: Persistence and Resilience in Long Term Crisis


  • Luciana Echazu, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Associate Professor of Economics, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics University of New Hampshire
  • Rihab Khalifa, Acting Dean and Professor, UAEU College of Business and Economic
  • Michele Gee, Senior Associate Dean, Director of MBA & MSCIS Programs, and Professor of Management College of Business, Economics, & Computing University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Isabelle Fagnot, Associate Dean and Professor, KEDGE Business School 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST

Responsible Management Education Affinity Group

Title: Tri-Sector Innovation in Action: Accelerating Societal Impact by Building Stronger Organizational Models

Solutions to societal issues are often overlooked because our problem-solving methods are slow, siloed, and unsustainable. COVID-19 and issues of systemic racism are forcing us to look at how we can do things differently. What are the greatest issues? Who is working on and/or supporting these issues? Are all voices being heard? What are the available resources and can they be repurposed?

The tri-sector mindset ignites impact by changing the way the world finds opportunities and solves problems. It includes analyzing 3 sectors (Private, Social, Public), identifying who has a connection with the problem, what are the self-interests, and what resources are available and how they can be repurposed. Learn how to use tri-sector innovation strategies to spark entrepreneurial thinking, unlocking significant economic value while creating sustainable social impact.


  • Jens Molbak, Founder & CEO of NewImpact and Founder & Former CEO of Coinstar

Entrepreneurship Programs Affinity Group

The Entrepreneurship Programs Affinity Group consists of representatives from institutions that offer majors, minors, or concentrations in entrepreneurship, or have a dedicated entrepreneurship center, faculty-endowed position in entrepreneurship or sequence(s) of entrepreneurship courses within programs. 

The panel will focus on State of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Post COVID-19


  • Dr. Jose Noguera, Department Head, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Southeastern Louisiana University


  • Dr. Edward Fisk Watson III, Professor and Department Chair, SDEIS, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Luis Martinez, Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Trinity University
  • Mr. Robert T. Lalka, Executive Director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
  • Dr. Luis D.L. Martins, Director of the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center | Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship | James B. Goodson Professor of Business