january, 2019

mon21jan(jan 21)12:30tue22(jan 22)22:302019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors GeneralEnterprising Deans in a Global Context12:30 - 22:30 (22) CST Location: Shanghai, China

Event Details

Target Group
A conference by invitation only, for those with chief executive (top management) responsibility and authority in EFMD member business schools and centres. In other words, we accept only the Dean of the school, the Director General, the President, the Rector, the Managing Director of the school itself. Directors of non-member schools can be invited at the discretion of the organisers.

Strategic Partner:

The Conference will be followed by an EFMD Quality Services Seminar, devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems, on Wednesday 23 January 2019, also taking place at CEIBS.
The Seminar is targeted at Schools that are considering EFMD accreditation (EQUIS or EPAS), EFMD certification (EOCCS) or EFMD mentoring (EDAF) but have not yet decided if or when to start the process.

Participants to the 2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General are free to attend the Seminar at no extra charge.


Monday 21 January


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

10:30 – 14:00


11:00 – 12:30

Optional Pre-Conference Session
The EFMD Quality Services Team will report during this optional plenary session on the current status and the latest developments of EFMD accreditations. Through this session, Deans and Directors will also learn about the future objectives of the EFMD accreditations.
It should be noted that this is not a standard accreditation seminar; explanations on Standards & Criteria or Processes are NOT the main objective of this session.

  • David Asch, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Susan Hart, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Bob Galliers, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Michael Osbaldeston, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Keith Pond, EOCCS Director, EFMD Global Network
  • Alfons Sauquet, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Martin Schader, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Jens Peter Tøndel, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

12:30 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:00

Welcome Address

  • Mingjun Li, President, CEIBS, CN
  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:00 – 14:30

EFMD Updates

  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:30 – 14:45

Setting the Scene

  • Chairperson: Yuan Ding, Vice President & Dean, CEIBS

14:45 – 16:15

Plenary I – Globalisation of Chinese Companies
Aim: as a result of foreign direct investments, what are some of the challenges companies are facing when it comes to integrating a new strategy? Merging two cultures? Having a successful merger in the long run?

Setting the scene:

  • Gao Wang, Associate Dean Executive Education Programme, CEIBS, CN

Panel discussion:

  • Min Zhang, Chairman and President, Shang Gong Group Co., Ltd., CN
  • Jianfeng Wang, Chairman, Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., CN
  • Peter Pan, President, Chervon, CN

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 – 17:15

Plenary II – Global Shift
Aim: understanding the impact of the changing world economic order on business schools.

  • Robert Kennedy, Dean, College of Business, Nanyang Business School, SG

17:15 – 18:00

Plenary Panel III – Deans’ Response
Aim: global Deans’ response on the statement of the previous plenary session; how should business schools react and adapt? What competencies are needed in order to be pilot for these changes? What is the impact of the erosion of the multilateral structures? As Dean, what are the challenges for you running your business school?

  • Per Cramér, Dean, University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics & Law, SE
  • Piet Naudé, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School, ZA
  • Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, Indian School of Business, IN

18:00 – 18:30

Welcome Drinks at CEIBS

18:30 – 20:00

Dinner at CEIBS


Transfer back to Kerry hotel

Tuesday 22 January


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary IV – The Logic behind the Evolution of International Finance & Journey of China’s Financial Reform

  • Jiang Jianqing, Former Chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Adjunct Professor of Finance and Director of CLIIF, CEIBS, CN

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Breakout series A – Entrepreneurial Approach in Business Education

A1 A Flavour of Business Education in China
Aim: overall understanding of how the development of education is in China today.

  • Martin Lockett, Dean, Nottingham University Business School China, CN
  • Wensheng He, Dean, School of Management, Lanzhou University, CN
  • Qiusheng Zhang, Dean, School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, CN
  • Moderated by Tian Zhu, Economics and Decision Science, CEIBS, CN

A2 Developing and Building on Diversity
Aim: understanding why to develop and build on diversity. Why is EQUIS setting diversity as a criterion? Best practices in student mobility/exchange, diversity in the classroom/multi-cultural, having an open mind/tolerance, etc.

A3 Recruiting and Developing Talent in Faculty
Aim: challenges and importance of recruiting and developing talent in faculty in Asia.

  • Jean Lee, Professor of Management, CEIBS, CN

A4 Alliances
Aim: understanding what are the advantages to be part of a business school alliance; which ones are successful and what is the best way to manage them.

  • Metka Tekavcic, Dean, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economic, SI

A5 Educating the Next Generation of Leaders: The Role of Professional Development in Business Schools
Aim: this session will explore the value added of a more systematic approach to professional development. Building on the learning points derived from the EFMD Executive Academy, the speakers, together with the session participants will explore the strategic benefits of establishing an executive talent pipeline and what targeted development activities can be implemented to support the effort.

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

Workshops series B – Innovation in Different Areas of Business School Expertise
Aim: presentation of topics that are bound to interest Deans in their role as leader of a business school.

B1 Facilities – Online Learning Environment, Different Experiences
Aim: what type of different online learning environments can be adopted in the management education? What online learning aspects would reinforce this learning effectiveness?

  • Andrea Sianesi, Dean & President, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, IT

B2 Relevant Business Education
Aim: what is relevant today when it comes to educating business schools students in regards to the global shift the world is facing?

  • Julie Cogin, Dean and Head of School, The University of Queensland, UQ Business School, AU
  • Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer & Professor, Hult International Business School, UK

B3 New Approaches in Knowledge Creation
Aim: what are some of the new methods used when it comes to creation of knowledge for business school?

  • Shimin Chen, Director of Case Development Centre, CEIBS, CN
  • Bin Xu, Associate Dean Research, CEIBS, CN

B4 Understanding the Societal Impact of Business Schools
Aim: based on the work around impact of the speakers, this session will illustrate how the focus on impact helps enterprising deans to change the strategic priorities of their schools. Business School testimonies and the moderator’s experience with more than 30 Business Schools that have gone through the BSIS process (Business School Impact System), will fuel a rich discussion.

  • Gerry George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Singapore Management University, SG
  • Debra Leighton, Executive Dean, University of Bedfordshire Business School, UK
  • Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean, HEC Liège Management School, BE
  • Moderated by Michel Kalika, Co-directors BSIS, EFMD Global Network, BE

15:15 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary V – Amphibian Approach from Academic to Practitioner
Aim: understanding the choices of our speakers to go from Faculty members in a business school to Chief Strategy Officers of big companies.

  • Weiru Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, Cainiao Network Technology (the logistic arm of Alibaba), CN

17:00 – 17:15

Conclusion session

  • Chairperson: Yuan Ding, Vice President & Dean, CEIBS

17:15 – 17:30

Presentation of next year’s venue


Cocktail and live Chinese string quartet at CEIBS

18:30 – 20:30

Dinner in CEIBS pyramid


Shanghai, China


21 (Monday) 12:30 - 22 (Tuesday) 22:30 CST