On Management education & Development issues

EFMD is engaged in a discussion with the European Commission to demonstrate the importance and the value of management research and management education – the notion of management covering the whole spectrum from operational capabilities to leadership competencies and entrepreneurship. EU funding instruments are essentially directed towards hard sciences and technology. Management as a social technology is almost non-existent in the EU programmes and is underestimated in its importance for the value creation process.

At the European Business Summit in April, EFMD will organise a roundtable on this subject with the theme “Management Skills for Growth” in line with the overall EBS theme “Skills for Growth” This invitation-only event is to take place on Thursday, the 26th April 2012 from 9h to 10h45, with a maximum of 30 participants. Potential invitees include senior policy makers and leaders from Business Schools and Businesses. The opening statements of this roundtable will be given by:

  • Professor Santiago Iniguez, Dean, IE Business School
  • Dr. Alexander Von Gabain, Chairman of the Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • Mr. Adrain Wooldridge, Management Editor, the Economist

Dr. Richard Straub, Director of EFMD EU Affairs and Corporate Services, will chair and facilitate the discussion at the roundtable. At the session, the following topics shall be addressed:

  • Management skills and competencies as the blind spot in the European Programmes?
  • How important are management skills and how they can translate research into value?
  • What proof points we have to demonstrate the value of management skills?
  • How can management skills, including entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented competences, to be better embedded in EU polices and programmes?

If you have any questions regarding this roundtable, please contact Ms. Jocelyne Wang at Jocelyne.wang@efmd.org. For general information on the summit, please visit the EBS website.

For more on EFMD’s EU Affairs: http://www.efmd.org/index.php/eucooperation-main/european-affairs-at-efmd/policy-work and http://efmd.blogactiv.eu/


EFMD is a leading international network of business schools, companies and consultancies (770 members across 82 countries) at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development globally. EFMD runs the EQUIS & EPAS, accreditation systems and is one of the key reference points for management education worldwide. www.efmd.org

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