The Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 registration is live!

In May 2018 participants from around the world will engage in the second of a series of global conversations on the future of management education. The Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 is being held in partnership with the AABS Connect Conference 2018 & University of Dar es Salaam Business School in Tanzania.

This event builds off the recent success of the Africa 2017 global conversation held in South Africa in collaboration with GIBS. Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 will welcome participants from across the world to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing management education in Africa.

This global dialogue has two primary elements:

  • First, though an edX EDGE course you will gain perspective on critical issues and be able to share your ideas and insights.
  • Second, the key themes developed in the edX course will be discussed during a live symposium at Dar Es Salaam on May 22, 2018.

Together, this collective brainstorm will continue to advance a new model for business schools in Africa.

Get Ready to Jam

The Jam has been recognized as an important contribution to thinking about the future evolution and innovation in management education. The initial report, Reimagining Business Education: A World of Ideas, was utilized globally by business schools to inform how they might advance their own institutions and innovation efforts. Subsequently, in 2016, the book Reimagining Business Education: Insights and Actions from the Business Education Jam explored more deeply the issues and ideas advanced by the Jam.

Since the Jam took place in late 2014, business education has only faced additional challenges – enrollment pressures are forcing program changes, alternative education platforms are gaining in reputation and participants, and skills required by employers are increasingly disconnected from traditional business education.

But these challenges are not one size fits all. To further advance business education we need a comprehensive dialogue that recognizes the critical regional challenges the global economy is facing.

It’s time to spark this next conversation.

A New Platform For Reimagining Business Education

Moving beyond the initial success of the Business Education Jam, a new platform has emerged to heighten the level of business school and industry engagement and close the skills gap. Business Education Jam 2.0 will bring together schools to directly engage with industry and public policy leaders in distinctive regions of the world, advancing new ideas and insights, and subsequently bringing those ideas together in a global symposium.

Regional Forums

This new brainstorm includes a series of impactful forums which are led by partner schools from each major region of the world.

New edX Platform

Our new platform will allow anyone in the world to contribute, for free, through an associated edX EDGE massive open online course or engage in person at the local forum.

Global Symposium

The regional findings from these events will then come together at a global symposium to drive forward initiatives to enhance business education across the world.

Second Stop

Africa 2018: Tanzania

Please join the Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 in collaboration with

The Business Education Jam: Africa 2018 is the second in a series of regionally focused dialogues to occur around the globe and is your opportunity to influence the dialogue on business education in Africa—and the world.

Register now to engage virtually in the edX EDGE course during the month of May or join the symposium on May 22 following the AABS Connect Conference 2018 at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School in Tanzania. You can do both—for free.


This conversation on the future of business education is proudly presented by our global sponsors:


View the archive of the Africa 2017 Jam held in November

Business Education Jam: Africa 2017 was held in collaboration with

On November 7, 2017 participants joined together at the at the Gordon Institute for Business in Johannesburg, South Africa for a one-day symposium on reimagining business education in Africa. Co-hosted by Howard Thomas, Ahmass Fakahany, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Leadership at Boston University Questrom School of Business, and Morris Mthombeni, Executive Director: Faculty & Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), this interactive session added new insights on the challenges and opportunities for management education in Africa. These insights then launched a global brainstorm through the edX platform.

Watch an archive of the symposium here.

Learn More About the First-Ever Jam

From September 30–October 2, 2014, Boston University Questrom School of Business, in collaboration with IBM and premier sponsors, launched the Business Education Jam: Envisioning the Future. The Jam was a massive online brainstorm that sparked ideas, concepts, and collaborations on how to close the growing gap between industry and academia. Over 60 consecutive hours, thousands of people around the world—researchers, scholars, students, thought leaders, and executives—united in a unique virtual environment to revolutionize the future of business and business education.