october, 2019

tue22oct(oct 22)19:30fri25(oct 25)16:00Strategic Leadership Programme for Deans19:30 - 16:00 (25) CET Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event Details

The Strategic Leadership Programme 2019 provides an ideal platform for learning and sharing best practice and for establishing and fostering a powerful international network of deans and directors as a lasting resource for ideas, exchanges, joint actions and mutual support.

Please note that the programme will be limited to 20 participants.

Aim of the programme
The new Strategic Leadership Programme 2019 brings together new deans and directors of business schools with experienced leaders of leading business schools to discuss developing and implementing strategies in a combination of case studies/experience sharing, intensive discussions and workshops on problems faced by participants.

The focus of the program is on five interconnected, central themes that any dean and director faces in one or another form, and with priorities that may vary between business schools and over time. Hesburgh (1999: 59) noted:

“To be great, an academic institution needs a great faculty, a great student body, and great facilities. In order to have all these things, it needs substantial endowment, which means you have to learn how to raise money – lots of it. And finally, a great university needs to be imbued with a great spirit, which is an inspirational and cohesive kind of ambience, and not just a lot of separate parts that operate around a central heating plant.”

The five themes, with sub-themes that we aim to address, are:

  • Managing faculty (e.g. recruitment, retention, remuneration, research support, etc)
  • Students (e.g. selection, international students, curriculum, career services, etc)
  • Providing facilities (e.g. campus location, class-room design, technology, etc)
  • Managing revenue and costs, and raising funds (e.g. fee structure, government support, financial viability of programs, corporate links, etc)
  • Creating and fostering identity and spirit (e.g. vision, mission, unique value proposition, reputation management, alumni network, advisory boards, rankings and accreditations, etc)

Deans and directors participating in the programme are expected to present practical strategic challenges – present or past – from their own institutions in innovative “What-could-I-do” sessions.

Target group
Newly appointed Deans or Director General of the entire institution with overall school management responsibility.



Brussels, Belgium


22 (Tuesday) 19:30 - 25 (Friday) 16:00 CET



Rue Gachard 88, 1050 Brussels, Belgium


Tuesday 22 October

19:30 – 21:30

Networking dinner (TBC)

Wednesday 23 October

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome to EFMD & Introduction to the Programme.

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer, Former Dean CEIBS, Shanghai, CN and Former President and CEO EBS University of Business and Law, DE

09:20 – 11:20

Session 1: The Business Schools of Business School. . What if Things Change Dramatically.

  • Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Executive Dean) Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University, UK

Open Discussion with Kai Peters

11:20 – 11:40

Coffee break

11:40 – 12:40

Workshop: What could I have done better?

12:40 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

Session 2: Strategic Role of a President/Dean

  • Per Holten-Andersen, President, Copenhagen Business School, DK

Open discussion with Per Holten-Andersen

16:00 – 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 – 17:20

Workshop: What could I have done better?

17:20 – 17:30

Outcome of day

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail and fingerfood at EFMD

Free evening

Thursday 24 October

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction of the day

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer

09:10 – 10:10

Workshop: What could I have done better?

10:10 – 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 – 12:40

Session 3
Theme and presenter TBC

12:40 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Workshop: What could I have done better?

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:45

Workshop: What could I have done better?

16:45 – 17:15

Outcome of the Day

19:30 – 22:00

Informal Dinner (TBC)

Friday 25 October

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction of the day.

  • Chair and Moderator: Rolf D. Cremer

09:10 – 10:10

Special Interest Session

10:10 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45

Session 4
Theme and presenter TBC

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:45

Session 5
Theme and presenter TBC

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break


Closing Remarks: Open Forum, any issues, feedback on the programme.


Register here