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Representatives of various members of the Global Business School Network gathered for a Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at the Chandaria School of Business.. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GBSN

By Ernest Mwanzi

The Chandaria School of Business in conjunction with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) hosted the 13th Annual GBSN Conference in Nairobi. The focus for this year’s conference was transforming traditional sectors by educating entrepreneurial leaders to drive systemic change.

The conference which was held from November 7 - 9, 2018, examined four broad enablers of entrepreneurial leadership namely; technology and big data; responsible leadership; cross-disciplinary collaboration; and teaching the tools of innovation.

The Global Business School Network was formed to foster cross-border connections between business schools and engage members in building capacity in the developing world. The network is also tasked with the responsibility of advancing and advocating for management education impact on development efforts.
The Chandaria School of Business joined GBSN in 2005 when five faculty members were selected from the School to participate in a capacity-building initiative on case teaching, which resulted in their cases being published in the European Case Clearing House, and which are still in use at the School and at other business schools in Kenya.

Making his remarks at the Conference, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, underscored the importance of business schools connecting and engaging on educational matters and benchmarking globally.

While appreciating the role GBSN played to broaden the skill set of faculty in the Chandaria School of Business in the school’s early years of membership, Prof. Zeleza noted that this year’s theme was timely because it focused on innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of educating entrepreneurial leaders to transform traditional sectors such as mining and petroleum, agriculture, tourism and healthcare.

“The conference theme resonates well with Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda, Vision 2030, the African Union’s Africa Agenda 2063 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.

This year’s conference saw deliberations on a number of contemporary issues ranging from management education, leadership and Innovation in driving the systemic change needed to leapfrog Africa’s economic growth, transforming agriculture for development and food security, health challenges through different problem-solving approaches and integrating innovation into the mining and petroleum industry through partnerships between industry and academia.

The conference was preceded by a members meeting at USIU-Africa led by Associate Dean Dr. Teresia Linge and supported by Chair - Department of Business Administration Dr. Kefah Njenga and Chair - Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics Dr. Timothy Okech on Wednesday, November 7, where the members discussed various member-led initiatives, member to member partnerships and the GBSN value proposition.

Thereafter, the members were taken for a campus tour and later hosted for a cocktail reception at Safari Park Hotel.