Most business schools around the world were created in the image of the first business schools in the US, but they have evolved in line with international trends, and the influence of local contexts. International trends have given schools a sense of homogeneity, while local contexts have given them specific identities.
Current debates about diversity and inclusion (D&I) pose challenges for business schools in terms of research, education, admissions and policies, with schools addressing these issues in different ways. But there are still great challenges.
In a keynote session at the AMBA & BGA Global Conference 2022, Cristina Vélez Valencia, Dean of Universidad EAFIT, told delegates how business education in emerging economies offers valuable lessons for thinking through these issues from a global perspective, and offers insights into the challenges of developing truly inclusive educational environments for future business leaders.
She then explained that an issue, when considering diversity, is the importance of context:
Vélez moved on to talk about ways to promote diversity within universities and she said more questions need to be put on the table to inform this conversation.
Concluding her session at the AMBA & BGA Global Conference 2022, Vélez outlined incentives for schools to be more inclusive. She said:
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An annual summer school offered to executive MBA (EMBA) students studying at multiple locations around the world allows participants to come together and transform their differences into assets that drive personal growth. Director of EMBA programmes at the School of Management Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG-Uqam) Kamal Bouzinab offers an in-depth guide to an intensive week of experiential learning, cross-continental dialogue and networking.
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