Over 100 business school deans, faculty and senior administrators from 34 countries gathered at the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Executive Conference Center in Accra for a joint conference between two international business school networks. The Global Business School Network (GBSN), based in Washington DC and EFMD based in Brussels delegates discussed the theme “Markets Shaping Management Education,” focusing on the context of African schools, students and companies.
Vice Dean of Strathmore Business School, Dr. Vincent Ogutu represented the institution featuring in the conference’s parliamentary debate between four educators on the statement, “the house believes that the business schools should serve as visionaries shaping the future of management, instead of reacting to immediate market demands.”
Dr. Ogutu argued for the statement saying, “business schools do care about the present and solving these problems. We should have solved them yesterday. If we’re beginning to think about today’s problems right now, it’s too late. To solve present problems, you forward think the solution. Business schools have a duty to anticipate what skills and competencies students will need when they graduate.
Local students and industry leaders joined the educators to discuss specific needs of sectors such as health, advertising, agribusiness and entrepreneurship.
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