The Business Education Jam: Africa 2017 edX EDGE is live!

On November 7, 2017 participants from around the world interacted on site and with a live stream of a symposium held at the Gordon Institute for Business (GIBS) in Johannesburg, South Africa for a one day symposium on reimagining business education in Africa. Insightful comments and ideas emerged—and now it’s time to take this conversation to the next level. Enter the edX EDGE course now to see critical perspectives on management education in Africa and make an impact by contributing our ideas and insights. The course is only available for a limited time and registration is free. Join now!

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.

First Stop: Africa

Please join the Business Education Jam: Africa 2017

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The Business Education Jam: Africa 2017 is the first 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. There are two ways to engage in the Africa Jam – virtually through a customized edX experience or on site during a one day symposium in South Africa at GIBS. And, you can do both – for free.

  • Virtual engagement through edX EDGE in November 2017

    Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is a partnership of leading institutions who offer high quality, impactful digital learning experiences. Utilizing the edX EDGE platform, anyone from anywhere in the world will have the opportunity to learn about the unique issues facing business education in Africa and also engage in productive dialogue to develop solutions to pressing issues. This unique experience will begin the week before the one day symposium to help inform its topics, include streaming of the symposium for edX participants to view, and continue for 3 weeks after the symposium as findings of the Africa jam are drafted. Join this unique conversation and engage at your own pace through the Africa Jam.

  • On site in Johannesburg November 7, 2017

    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.


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


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.