AACSB Members Share: Why Attend ICAM?

In anticipation of ICAM 2019, members of AACSB's Business Education Alliance share their thoughts on the benefits of attending the annual conference and what they’re most looking forward to this year.

AACSB’s International Conference and Annual Meeting (ICAM) will be taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 14–16. This year, the highly anticipated event encourages attendees to “challenge core foundations.”

More than 1,300 thought leaders, subject matter experts, and top educators from over 60 countries will join together to foster the innovation, solutions, and connections that will inform the future of business education and the roles both academia and industry will take tomorrow.

In preparation for ICAM 2019, members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance and representatives from AACSB-accredited institutions share their thoughts on the benefits of attending the annual conference, what they’re most looking forward to at ICAM 2019, and how the event impacts their current position as well as their ideals for the future.


Ananth_Rao Anath Rao, Emeritus Professor, Finance, Dubai Business School, University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“As former dean and chief academic officer for more than 21 years, I can confidently say that attending ICAM 2019 helps you to understand nitty-gritties of quality management education and how it is important to students, parents, employers, and other stakeholders.”

Brewer Doran Brewer Doran, Dean, College of Business, University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, United States

“ICAM is a great opportunity for schools considering or entering initial accreditation to expand their knowledge base. It's also a great opportunity for deans to bring their provosts so that they have a better idea of what AACSB is all about. ”

Mohammad Yamin Mohammad Yamin, Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

“Before applying for AACSB accreditation, a school needs to have a comprehensive knowledge about the process and benefits of accreditation. The ICAM 2019 event will provide not only answers to all questions related to AACSB accreditation but also an environment to learn from the experiences of other accredited schools from different regions.”

Lucian Tipi Lucian Tipi, Deputy Head of Department, Finance, Accounting and Business Systems, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

"Why do I think that people should attend ICAM 2019? In very few words—because it will make your school better! I look forward to catching up with peers from other business schools from around the world that I have met at previous events and sharing our challenges and good news stories."

Samar Aad Makhoul Sama Aad Makhoul, Lead Accreditation and Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Adnan Kassar School of Business, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

"ICAM is the hub for all business education experts. It is where a school thinking of pursuing AACSB accreditation can get answers to all relevant questions related to the AACSB accreditation process and its benefits. They will be inspired by experts in the industry and learn how to maximize their efforts in order to successfully accomplish the accreditation process."

Shanan Gibson Shanan Gibson, Dean and Professor of Management, College of Business, Texas A&M-Commerce, United States

"There is no better opportunity to network with peers, learn what is leading-edge in business education, and be challenged by some of the most transformative influencers in society; ICAM never disappoints!"

Amon Xiangyang Yan Amon Xiangyang Yan, Coordinator, International Exchange and Cooperation Department, Business College, Beijing Union University, China

"[ICAM] is a powerful thought-invoking atmosphere created by the gathering of over a thousand business educational experts and peers. Business educators of various schools, at multiple levels, from all over the world are discussing the same topics. Attending is, in itself, already a successful step toward becoming a better business school.

Join us at ICAM 2019 in Edinburgh to create lasting networking connections, generate innovative ideas with help from colleagues globally, and contribute to the future of business and business education. Learn more about the event at aacsb.edu/icam.