Since the Business Education Jam took place in late 2014, business education has only faced additional challenges – enrolment pressures are forcing program changes, MBA program closures have taken place, alternative education platforms are gaining in reputation and participants, and the skills required by employers are increasingly disconnected from traditional business education.
To drive forward a deeper conversation on solving these challenges – and bring in the critical viewpoints of regions from across the world – required a new type of comprehensive dialogue that recognizes the critical regional challenges the global economy is facing. In particular, the first Jam was under-represented of posted ideas from parts of the world including Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
A new platform For Reimagining Business Education was then created – Business Education Jam: Global Conversations. This new effort reached a truly global scale by partnering with 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.
These global dialogues were uniquely designed to mirror regional needs, culture, and resource. Each included development and engagement of pre-event content to inform dialogue and spark ideas, and was distributed across platforms and social media. Then, a regional symposium was held with key regional stakeholders in management education, where groups came together to tackle critical issues and recommend solutions. With the continued support of AACSB, EFMD, and GMAC, these global conversations created unprecedented understanding of the critical challenges, commonalities, and differences in business education globally. These findings will come together in a global symposium in Boston on November 11-12, 2019.