february, 2020

mon24feb(feb 24)08:30tue25(feb 25)16:30CancelledSmart Data ManagementTransforming data into strategic value for your business schoolcoronavirus08:30 - 16:30 (25) UTC+8 Location: Singapore

Event Details

As business schools today have become more digital and market portfolios more complex, the need for professional data management in leadership and management has grown accordingly.
Data management has become a critical feature supporting core processes like external compliance, accreditation, rankings, stakeholder accountability, strategy, benchmarking, risk management, internal management-by-objectives, portfolio performance measurement, assurance of learning, publishing, granting and quality assurance more generally – a list that can easily be further extended. As a consequence, business schools (as well as their parent organisations) have to collect, process, analyse and maintain more data than ever before. This trend is likely to accelerate in the years to come.

As data management is taking up a more strategic and central role in business school development, it also demands more systematic attention by senior management. This workshop will act as an enabler and platform for the further professionalisation of data management in business schools. It will provide an interactive learning environment based on peer-to-peer and problem-based learning. Participants will work in small groups on applied cases that will display examples of applied SDM. Participants will also have ample networking opportunities to participants and fellow practitioners. Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of Smart Data Management in business schools and higher education context using an ecosystem perspective. They will be able to evaluate the positioning of their institution in the light of the basic principles and best practices of SDM.

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain understanding of the general principles of smart data governance and learn how to operationalise them in the context of institutional data management
  • Learn how to support their institutional strategy process with data using a business school data ecosystem perspective
  • Share and learn from fellow practitioners’ experiences on how to best develop a data governance framework to support the development of a smarter data management framework for their respective institutions
  • Develop awareness by understanding the needs of current compliance and information security topics
  • Increase their understanding of smart data management as a key contributor to sustainable quality assurance

Target group

The workshop is targeted at business school executives with strategic/managerial responsibilities that include data governance/strategy, data management and/or quality processes or parts thereof. Deans, Associate Deans (with data management in their brief), CIOs and Heads of Accreditation will benefit from this workshop.


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Monday, 24th February

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:05


  • Ziv Carmon, Dean of Research and The Alfred H. Heineken Chaired Professor of Marketing, INSEAD

09:05 – 09:15


  • Ulrich Hommel, Director of Business School Development, EFMD Global
  • Benjamin Stevenin, CEO of RimaOne & Co-Creator of ACADEM Learning in Innovations

09:15 – 10:15

Data Management Challenges for Business School Leaders
This session will present an overview over the main data management challenges that business schools are currently facing and it will highlight the strategic importance of Smart Data Management (SDM). The challenges are presented from the business perspective of the Dean/Director responsible for school development, the context of quality assurance, accreditation and institutional advancements linked to SDM. After introductory remarks, participants will explore the key issues in group work.

  • Isabelle Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation and Full Professor of Management of Information Systems, KEDGE Business School
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management
  • Benjamin Stevenin

10.15 – 11.00

Case Work (Small Teams: Round 1): Experimenting with a Generic Data Management Formats

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00

Smart Data Management – Challenges, Opportunities and Successful Practices
This session will introduce Smart Data Management and demonstrate how it is linked to an institution’s strategy, vision and principles. Data have become a key element in strategic decision-making. Business entities are held more and more accountable for the quality of their data, which often presents major challenges. Participants will discuss cases that showcase examples of challenges, opportunities and successful practices that can be applied to SDM in higher education institutions.

  • Isabelle Fagnot

12.00 – 12.45

Case Work (Small Teams: Round 2): Designing a Data Support Process in Alignment with Institutional Strategy (Formation)

12:45 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14.00 -14.30

Reporting on Case Work to Plenary Group

14:30 – 15:15

From Data Management Challenges to Smart Data Management Using an Ecosystem Perspective
The first part of the session will highlight the main components of data governance and how to design a sustainable smart data management ecosystem to help business schools meet their reporting needs. New regulations on compliance/GDPR and issues linked to cyber security and information security/ risk management will be tackled accordingly.
The second part of the session will address the inconsistencies in meta data as well as the various data definitions for accreditation, ranking and quality assurance purposes.
Participants will work in small groups on applied exercises related to the framework and concepts of SDM.

  • Isabelle Fagnot
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt
  • Benjamin Stevenin

15.15 – 16.00

Case Work (Small Teams: Round 3): Experiment in Small Groups with the Ecosystem Perspective

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30

Getting the Data Ecosystem in Place at School Level
This panel session will present and discuss the challenges, opportunities and best practices from a school that has applied SDM principles.

  • Isabel Assureira, Associate Director, Publications & Copyright, Research Department, INSEAD
  • Benjamin Stevenin

19:00 – 22:00

Networking dinner

Tuesday, 25th February

09:00 – 09:45

SDM Practice in a Triple Crown School: Research Analytics
The session will focus on how to orchestrate the data ecosystem using a strategic perspective: demonstration how to make smart use of available (external) data sources and systems on research (publishing, grants, PhD and impact) from databases like Scopus, open source data from rankings and freely available tools like Publish or Perish to start supporting the school’s leadership in a data driven strategic positioning and benchmarking of the school.

  • Wilfred Mijnhardt

09.45 – 10.30

Case Work (Small Teams: Round 4): Discuss data needed and experiment with data and tools for research analytics.
Participants will discuss current practices in research analytics and share lessons learned.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:45

Case Study Session Part 1: Group Work
Introduction to the case: Participants will work in small groups on cases related to smart data management governance and strategy, information management and quality assurance in higher education (or comparable industry).

  • Isabelle Fagnot
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt
  • Benjamin Stevenin

12:45 – 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 – 15:15

Case Study Session Part 2: Pitch
Participants will pitch their case studies to the plenary audience.

  • Isabelle Fagnot
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt
  • Benjamin Stevenin

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:30

Wrap Up on the Theme of the Day and the Workshop
This session will provide insights on how accreditation can also become a strategic process to visualize and enhance the overall information system to support the institution’s growth and ambitions.

Speakers for this event

  • Benjamin Stevenin

    Benjamin Stevenin

    CEO RimaOne & Co-creator of ACADEM Learning in Innovations

    CEO RimaOne & Co-creator of ACADEM Learning in Innovations

  • Isabel Assureira

    Isabel Assureira

    Associate Director, Publications & Copyright, Research Department, INSEAD

    Associate Director, Publications & Copyright, Research Department, INSEAD

  • Isabelle Fagnot

    Isabelle Fagnot

    Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School, France

    Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, KEDGE Business School, France

  • Wilfred Mijnhardt

    Wilfred Mijnhardt

    Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, NL

    Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, NL




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