AACSB Celebrates Leadership Initiatives

Programs at 30 schools recognized as 2018 Innovations That Inspire.

AACSB RECENTLY REVEALED the 30 business schools it would highlight as part of its annual Innovations That Inspire challenge. The challenge, launched in 2016, highlights innovative approaches to business education among the association’s member institutions.

This year’s challenge focused on leadership development, one of five pillars in the association’s Collective Vision for business education. Submissions were evaluated according to how well they addressed one of three categories: strengthening the understanding of effective leadership development, enhancing approaches to leadership education and development, and cultivating the business school leadership pipeline.

Submissions addressed issues such as cultural diversity and social responsibility, and some incorporated new technology to deliver immersive educational experiences. Among those recognized:

The Future Academic Leaders Program at Deakin University in Australia. The FALP prepares faculty for leadership roles at the university.

The Young Talents Program at Lagos Business School in Africa. This program addresses the continent’s shortage of academics by matching mentors with students interested in careers in business education.

The Workshop on Management Competencies Development at the School of Business and Economic Studies at Universidad Icesi in Colombia. In the four-hour workshop, students use compasses to follow a unique route across campus and complete challenges to find hidden clues. Those clues lead them to the location where they gather to discuss what they’ve learned.

Bringing Ethical Leadership to Life Through Virtual Reality at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business in the United States. Students use lightweight Google Cardboard virtual reality viewing devices to experience a simulation of a company’s handling of an ethical dilemma.

The Digital Immersion for Leadership in Sustainable Development at Victoria University of Wellington’s Victoria Business School in New Zealand. Students go on a virtual field trip to Fiji to learn about the difficulties that arise in sustainable business development.

The 25 other schools whose initiatives were selected are the American University of Beirut, Drake University, EMLYON Business School, Georgia State University, IÉSEG School of Management, Imperial College London, Institute of Business Studies–Moscow, Institute of Management Technology–Ghaziabad, ISM University of Management Economics, Maastricht University, Monash University, NEOMA Business School, Newcastle University, Purdue University Northwest, Queensland University of Technology, Sheffield Hallam University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Texas Christian University, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Mannheim, University of Pretoria, University of South Australia, University of Victoria, and Western University.

Says Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB, “These leadership development programs will ensure our future leaders are ready for whatever lies ahead.”

To read details about all of this year’s featured initiatives, visit www.aacsb.edu/innovations-that-inspire.