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Deans Conference (Virtual)

The AACSB Deans Conference convenes business school leaders to address common challenges but, more importantly, to create and share solutions that will outlast the disruption and create positive impact.
Starts
February
08
Date(s)
February 8​ – 11​
Event Type
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All conference sessions and times are subject to change – check back regularly for the latest schedule.
Agenda:
Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International.
Beck-Dudley, Caryn L.
President & CEO
An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2022 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are champions of diversity and inclusion. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class.
If you have an Initial Accreditation or Continuous Improvement Review visit coming up, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the accreditation process, and we will discuss how to prepare for a visit, how to manage a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens in both the virtual and in-person settings. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
James, Ross
Dean (Academic Governance), University of Canterbury
Perry, Geoff
EVP and Chief Officer Asia Pacific
Join us for an overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools.
Nelson, R. Colin
Senior manager, data analysis
Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, followed by Keynote I.
Beck-Dudley, Caryn L.
President & CEO
Industry after industry has seen disruption and transformation, yet business schools and business school faculty continue as they have for decades. The unfortunate result is our business model is dangerously out of tune with the expectations and demands of key stakeholders. The research we do seldom connects to the real challenges that managers encounter in their work, but even if it did these managers would barely know what the business school research enterprise is up to. The teaching we do continues to be seen by too many academics as a necessary evil, characterized by “commodity” teaching and a fundamental inattention to communicating and disseminating our ideas to wider audiences. And our employers – business schools – have enabled all of this via outmoded incentives and cultural norms while simultaneously ignoring warning signs of how our competitive advantage is eroding. The result: we are happily ensconced in our protective bubble while our schools, our jobs, and our research enterprise are in crisis.
Finkelstein, Sydney
Steven Roth Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Meet and greet your colleagues and continue discussion around Keynote I.
Visit our sponsor showcase to chat live with our conference sponsors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.
As many b-schools provide more flexible options for learners, it becomes an increasing challenge to find new ways to keep learners engaged and to keep content fresh virtually. This session will discuss the different models of hybrid learning and share learner insight on what’s working and what is not.
González-Cuesta, Begoña
Dean of Education & Academic Experience, IE Business School
Mitra, Saby
Dean, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
COVID-19 changed how many institutions and organizations work. As the pandemic progressed, the need for additional personnel became more prevalent. More and more companies are developing new positions that oversee specific areas, such as wellbeing and societal impact. This session will discuss what the future of work in higher education looks like and how business schools can support those future needs through interdisciplinary programs and collaborations. Is there a need for new roles that haven’t existed before? Can b-schools do more to prepare their people to live in sustainable ways and encourage students to take on societal impact or even healthcare jobs? Is there an impact to curriculum or curriculum development?
Bajeux-Besnainou, Isabelle G.
Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Friedl, Gunther
Dean, Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management
Nagler, Molly
Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo
Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.
How can you set your organization up for success when times are quickly changing? This session will share sustainable business models and differentiate between the various budgeting models that exist. In addition, presenters will share insights into funding models, including navigating behaviors, pitfalls, and advantages of RCM, performance-based funding, and historical models in business schools.
Nutter, Sarah E.
Dean, University of Oregon
Sambamurthy, Vallabh
Dean, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Unnava, Hanumantha R.
Dean, University of California, Davis
How do donors, corporations and foundations engage with business schools? Learn about fundraising trends, challenges and opportunities through the experience of current deans. Understand your role as a dean with donors and how to nurture strong and fulfilling relationships.
Limayem, Moez
Dean, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
Veloso, Francisco
Dean, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
What would business schools look like today if we were to start anew? Imagine that budget wasn’t an issue, what would the ideal business school look like? Presenters will discuss the possibilities for business school, including credentials and partnering with industry to create jobs that require business education.
Brown, Jeffrey
Dean, Gies College of Business - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dostaler, Isabelle
Dean, Memorial University in Newfoundland
Ilie-Cardoza, Camelia
Dean, Executive Education & Strategic Innovation INCAE Costa Rica
Smith, A. Michael
Chief Audit Executive, NASDAQ
Are you maximizing your use of technology? Understand the future of technology and how to stay proactive. Whether it’s managing enrollment growth, large section delivery or curricular and co-curricular academic experiences, technology could be your answer. This session will share how schools are using predictive analytics to predict enrollment, recruiting, and student engagement.
Industry after industry has seen disruption and transformation, yet business schools and business school faculty continue as they have for decades. The unfortunate result is our business model is dangerously out of tune with the expectations and demands of key stakeholders. The research we do seldom connects to the real challenges that managers encounter in their work, but even if it did these managers would barely know what the business school research enterprise is up to. The teaching we do continues to be seen by too many academics as a necessary evil, characterized by “commodity” teaching and a fundamental inattention to communicating and disseminating our ideas to wider audiences. And our employers – business schools – have enabled all of this via outmoded incentives and cultural norms while simultaneously ignoring warning signs of how our competitive advantage is eroding. The result: we are happily ensconced in our protective bubble while our schools, our jobs, and our research enterprise are in crisis.
Finkelstein, Sydney
Steven Roth Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
COVID-19 changed how many institutions and organizations work. As the pandemic progressed, the need for additional personnel became more prevalent. More and more companies are developing new positions that oversee specific areas, such as wellbeing and societal impact. This session will discuss what the future of work in higher education looks like and how business schools can support those future needs through interdisciplinary programs and collaborations. Is there a need for new roles that haven’t existed before? Can b-schools do more to prepare their people to live in sustainable ways and encourage students to take on societal impact or even healthcare jobs? Is there an impact to curriculum or curriculum development?
Bajeux-Besnainou, Isabelle G.
Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Friedl, Gunther
Dean, Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management
Nagler, Molly
Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo
Are you maximizing your use of technology? Understand the future of technology and how to stay proactive. Whether it’s managing enrollment growth, large section delivery or curricular and co-curricular academic experiences, technology could be your answer. This session will share how schools are using predictive analytics to predict enrollment, recruiting, and student engagement.
Many institutions were faced with the pressure to provide more wellbeing resources for their students, staff, and faculty as levels of stress and mental burden skyrocketed during the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing resources have become a priority for b-schools. This session will share the best practices for how schools are addressing the mental health crisis on their campuses, as well as the different wellbeing options to consider providing.
De Haes, Steven
Dean, Antwerp Management School
Nasution, Reza A.
Vice Dean for Resources, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
Stemgée, Sarah
HR Manager, Antwerp Management School
How do we manage diversity, equity, and inclusion and build a more collegial community among students, staff, and faculty? Learn global best practices for attracting diverse students and supporting those students throughout their learning career.
Andonova, Veneta
Dean, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes
Meet and greet your colleagues and share thoughts about leadership career management. What comes next after being a dean or in a high leadership role? How can you continue to grow as a leader?
An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2022 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are champions of diversity and inclusion. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class.
As the type of learning opportunities widen, how do we make sure that business education stays relevant and competitive? What’s the best way to structure our programs and what are the options when it comes to microcredentials and other non-degree offerings? Leave this session feeling confident in a business model that could work for your b-school and an understanding of what the industry needs when it comes to MBA and executive education.
Gupta, Barnali
Edward Jones Dean, Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University
How do schools prepare learners for work that is more socially impactful? How can we better prepare learners to identify an organization’s values and join organizations that care about societal impact?
Morsing, Mette
Head of PRME, Principles of Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, New York
Triantis, Alexander J
Dean, John Hopkins Carey Business School
This session will focus on strategic planning and risk mitigation. Learn how to pivot through challenging times and how to keep constituents engaged. Understand how to identify your risks and what you can do to best prepare. How can you set meaningful KPIs that are continually measured? Hear best practices around motivating progress, measurement, and metrics.
Sidani, Yusuf
Dean, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
Industry Session

Business schools have historically fostered innovation, industry collaboration and technological advancements within their universities. Today, higher education’s most pressing challenge is to successfully demonstrate its return-on-investment (ROI) to multiple stakeholder groups. Learners, employers and funders are contemplating credential value with renewed rigor. Business schools are poised to lead higher education’s response with effective communication and storytelling--and the help of new technologies that leverage big data and machine learning.
Join us as we utilize the DataDirect Benchmarking Tool to take a look how AACSB accredited schools are defining Faculty Qualifications. 
Nelson, R. Colin
Senior manager, data analysis
Many institutions were faced with the pressure to provide more wellbeing resources for their students, staff, and faculty as levels of stress and mental burden skyrocketed during the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing resources have become a priority for b-schools. This session will share the best practices for how schools are addressing the mental health crisis on their campuses, as well as the different wellbeing options to consider providing.
De Haes, Steven
Dean, Antwerp Management School
Nasution, Reza A.
Vice Dean for Resources, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
This session will discuss how to manage risk and apply learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic strategically. How has our business of education ecosystem changed? For example, how can institutions best utilize the use of technology and flexible work schedules moving forward? Presenters will also share best practices to managing the tension between “going back to normal” and “creating a new normal”. 
Visit our exhibitor showcase to chat live with our conference exhibitors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.
Sometimes the biggest challenges are the ones least expected. In this session, peer deans will share some of the greatest challenges they’ve faced in a leadership role and how they’ve learned to manage those challenges. Understand how to stay focused on the “big picture” strategy pieces.
Banks, McRae C.
Dean, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
How do schools prepare learners for work that is more socially impactful? How can we better prepare learners to identify an organization’s values and join organizations that care about societal impact?
With many b-schools moving to remote work over the past year, the comfort of staying home has become an expectation for some faculty. This session will focus on faculty deployment strategies in the post-COVID world and how to strategically use your remote work policies. Presenters will share their learning for what is and isn’t working well as staff return to campus and how to bring colleagues back for a full face to face experience.
McCarthy, Alma
Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and Professor of Public Sector Management
Zaheer, Srilata
Dean, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota
A big challenge for deans is finding tenure track faculty who are willing to step up to become leaders and senior administrators. Business school faculty members are often comfortable with their positions as researchers and educators, and few are trained or see the rewards of administration. This session will focus on faculty management challenges including succession planning, intentionally cultivating your future leaders, and motivating faculty to change curriculum and innovate.
Roussel, Caroline
Academic Dean, IESEG School of Management
Communicating effectively in an increasingly political and polarized environment has become a necessity for institutions. Deciding how and when to communicate to constituents in the current environment, while providing a space of psychological safety for students and faculty can be difficult. Meet and greet your colleagues for a conversation around how to have difficult conversations in the classroom, debate more, challenge each other and handle listening to views you disagree with.
Facilitator
Roos, Johan
Chief Academic Officer
If you have an upcoming Continuous Improvement Review visit, this session is for you! Presenters will share planning and visit execution strategies that will lead to a well-coordinated and smooth visit. The session will highlight differences of an in-person and virtual visit.
Gilbert, Faye W.
Executive Dean and Professor of Marketing University of Maine
Mintz, Suzanne
Vice President of Accreditation
If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process, and we will discuss how to prepare for a visit, how to manage a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
Baltar, Maria
AVP of Accreditation, AACSB International
Facilitator
Hindi, Nitham M.
Professor of Accounting, Qatar University
Meyer, Erin
Author, No Rules Rules, Prof. at INSEAD
Meet and greet your colleagues and continue discussion around Keynote II.
With many b-schools moving to remote work over the past year, the comfort of staying home has become an expectation for some faculty. This session will focus on faculty deployment strategies in the post-COVID world and how to strategically use your remote work policies. Presenters will share their learning for what is and isn’t working well as staff return to campus and how to bring colleagues back for a full face to face experience.
Zaheer, Srilata
Dean, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota