april, 2019

thu04apr(apr 4)08:30fri05(apr 5)16:30Smart Data ManagementTransforming data into strategic value for your business school 08:30 - 16:30 (5) CEST Location: Paris, France

Event Details

This event is fully booked. Next edition will be in Asia

EFMD GN ProfDev in partnership with Academ by RimaOne

The future of management education and research is digital. Data management therefore plays a central role in leading the modern business schools forward. Data management supports external compliance, accreditation, rankings, stakeholder accountability, strategizing, benchmarking, risk management, internal management-by-objectives, portfolio performance measurement, assurance of learning, publishing and granting quality assurance more generally – a list that can easily be further extended. As a consequence, business schools (as well as their parent organizations) have to collect, process, analyze and maintain more data than ever before. This trend of institutional management becoming more data driven is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

As data management is assuming a more strategic and central role in business school development, it also requires systematic senior management attention. This workshop will act as an enabler and platform for the further professionalization of data management in business schools. It will provide an interactive learning environment and ample of 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 and they will be able to evaluate the positioning of their institution in the light of the basic principles and best practices of SDM.

Participants will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the general principles of smart data governance and learn how to operationalize them in institutional data management;
  • Learn how to strengthen their institutional strategy and link it to data management strategy and data ecosystem;
  • Share and learn from fellow practitioners on how to best develop a smart data governance framework to support the development of at their respective institutions;
  • Develop security awareness by understanding the needs of current compliance and information security issues;
  • Increase their knowledge 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 responsibility for data management involving data governance/strategy, data management and/or quality processes or parts thereof. Deans, Associate Deans (with data management in their brief), CIO and Heads of Accreditation will benefit from this workshop.


Thursday 4th April

08:30 – 9:00

Registration and coffee

09:00 – 9:30

Welcome introduction

09:30 -11:00

Data management challenges for business school leaders
This session will present an overview over the main data management challenges that (European) business schools are currently facing and it will highlight the strategic importance of Smart Data Management. 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.

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45

Smart Data Management and successful practices in other sectors
This session will serve to thoroughly introduce smart data management and demonstrate how it is linked to the institution’s strategy, vision and principles. Data have become a key element of strategic decision-making and business entities are more and more held accountable for the quality of their data, which often presents a big challenge. Facilitators will also showcase examples and best practices from other sectors that can be beneficial for business school leaders.

12:45 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

From data management challenges to smart data management using a data ecosystem perspective
The first part of the session will highlight the main components of data governance and how to diligently design a data management ecosystem that will be sustainable and will help business schools to meet variable reporting needs. New regulations on compliance/GRPD 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.

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

16 30 – 17:30

Wrap up and discussion – Getting the data ecosystem in place at school level

19:00- 22:00

Networking Dinner

Friday 5th April

08:30 – 9:00

Coffee & registration

09:00 – 10:30

SDM practice in a triple crown school
The session will focus on how to orchestrate the data ecosystem using a longer-term perspective: systems and investments needed, capacity building, security, standards and many more. Further on, it will present the case of the research information ecosystem of a triple crown school – participants will discuss current practices and lessons learned.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:45

Case study session part 1: Group work
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).

12:45 – 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 – 15:15

Case study session part 2: Pitch
Participants will pitch their case studies to the audience.

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

  • 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


Ivana Marinkovic
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Paris, France


4 (Thursday) 08:30 - 5 (Friday) 16:30 CEST


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