What are the lessons of the global recession for business schools?

Later this week, I’m traveling to an interesting conference at ISB Hyderabad on the role of business schools in the current economic crisis, and how they need to change in order to be more relevant in the new economy that will emerge out of the crisis. The conference, among other matters, will examine b-schools’ obsession with placements and huge pay-packets at the cost of wholesome learning, whether the current flavor of MBA was in-part responsible for the current mess, and what role can b-schools play to avert such a crisis in the future. The conference will be participated in by thinkers from top schools such as Kellogg, IIMs, XLRI and CEOs or GE Money, Zensar among others. If there are issues or questions you specifically want me to watch out for in the conference and bring back to you in form of insights, do post them in the comments.

The 21st Annual Management Education Convention, which I’ll attend, will be organized by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Here’s their 3-day agenda in detail.

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