A total of 10 global dialogues have occurred or are scheduled.

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. In total, over 3,000 individuals were engaging in some activity related to the global jam dialogues. These findings will come together in a global symposium in Boston on November 11-12, 2019.

Business Education Jam: Global Conversations

Business Education Jam Africa: 2017

November 2017 in collaboration with

Gordon Institute of Business Science

University of Pretoria

South Africa

Business Education Jam: Middle East & Northern Africa

November 2018 in collaboration with

Abu Dhabi University

United Arab Emirates

Business Education Jam Africa: 2018

May 2018 in collaboration with

Association of African Schools of Business

University of Dar Es Salaam Business School


Business Education Jam: Europe

December 2018 in collaboration with


Vienna University of Economics and Business


Business Education Jam: China

June 2018 in collaboration with

School of Management

Fudan University


Business Education Jam: Latin America

February 2019 in collaboration with




Business Education Jam: United Kingdom

September 2019 in collaboration with

Coventry Business School

Coventry University


Business Education Jam: Southeast Asia

August 2018 in collaboration with

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore Management University


Business Education Jam: Asia Pacific

May 2019 in collaboration with

Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Business Education Jam: Canada

November 2018 in collaboration with

Canadian Federation of Business School Deans

Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University


Emerginging Themes

Findings from our series of global dialogues will be advanced during the The Global Symposium described below.

Here are some of the key emerging findings which cut across all regions of the world:

  1. Digital Transformation & Innovation are impacting how business is done. Business schools must develop curricula which recognizes and prepares students for the world of artificial intelligence, machine learning and human/machine interactions.
  2. Inclusive Growth is a critical consideration in advancing business & society. Elements of inclusive growth include financial inclusion (Fin Tech), social inclusion (social networks/capital), political inclusion, Tri-sector collaboration (business, government and society) and environmental sustainability.
  3. Entrepreneurship must be leveraged to generate economic growth through new business and enterprise formation.  Methods and models of both financial and social entrepreneurship should be explored.
  4. Ethics and Corruption is a significant problem in both developed and developing countries.  For example, while everybody is aware of the corruptions and state capture by ex-President Zuma in South Africa, the recent money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank in Denmark, has shaken the foundations of a well-run social democracy such as Denmark.  The key question here is how can we build an ethical culture, moral compass and ethical mindset, in our students
  5. Globalization, Global Mindsets and Global Citizenry. The alternative to global integration is unappealing.  At the current time we see a growing chorus of nationalism across borders, which impedes globalization and global change.   Education about global mindsets is important and hence, incorporating aspects of international finance, international economics and development, can become important, particularly in developing and emerging economies.   In addition, the discussion of how trading and economic blocs such as the EU, AU, ASEAN, etc. influence and structure global trade is critical.   And, further, the understanding of international partnerships, FDI, and foreign aid in stimulating regional and global trade is increasingly important as economies evolve.
  6. Data Science and Analytics: The Analytical Mindset.It is increasingly important to redesign business models in fast-paced and changing economic environments.   A focus on data analytics and modern computing methods is extremely appropriate in assessing competition and competitive strategy.
  7. The Leadership Deficit.Character, context and culture define the main aspects of leadership.  What are the behavioral skills required of leader to adapt to ambiguity, change and economic volatility? It is clear that a focus must be directed towards producing well-rounded potential leaders who possess critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.   Leaders must be flexible and savvy enough to adapt in an agile manner to technological change and re-engineer and explain the future of work to their employees and colleagues.

Global Symposium

The Global Symposium, which will bring together stakeholders from the global conversations held across the world, will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on November 11th and 12th at Boston University Questrom School of Business. Details on this innovative event will be released in August 2019.