The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business is now the only Canadian member of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), an international partnership spearheaded by the Yale School of Management dedicated to integrating international experience into graduate business education.
MBA students at Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School will now have unprecedented access to learning opportunities with business schools around the world – from Lagos to London, Singapore to São Paulo, and Bangalore to Beijing.
An alliance of 27 leading institutions, GNAM provides a global platform for immersive international learning opportunities through joint teaching, program development and exchange. Including schools from regions representing a broad range of cultures and economic development, the initiative is designed to develop leaders who can astutely interpret geopolitical contexts, orchestrate diverse international teams, and leverage and engage resources around the world.
“Our partnership with GNAM offers the Sauder School an intriguing opportunity to contribute to and engage with a global community dedicated to advancing an international approach to business,” said Sauder’s Dean Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy. “It offers the potential to provide students and faculty with transformative experiences that deepen cross-cultural understandings and open doors to new international opportunities.”
At the core of initiative are three programs available to all MBA students from across the network offered by individual schools, drawing on their distinct strengths and regional perspectives.
- Global Network Courses are virtual for-credit classes, which link students through an online platform and video conferencing. Students from around the world collaborate on projects and strengthen transnational work group skills necessary for global business.
- Global Network Weeks give MBA students and faculty the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another network school in short courses that leverage the institutions’ perspectives, programs and faculty expertise. Alongside their network counterparts, students attend classes, tour local businesses, and meet with experts focused on current regional business problems.
- “Raw” case studies are developed by GNAM schools to create teaching materials that reflect challenges students will face in global business. Unlike traditional cases, “raw” cases use online sources, including extensive background data, news articles, and video interviews to provide a full picture of a complex business situation.
“We very much look forward to our students leveraging the rich learning opportunities GNAM provides and adding Sauder’s unique perspective on global business to the dialogue in the very near future,” says Murali Chandrashekaran, associate dean at Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. He adds that plans are already in progress for a Global Network Week course focused on creative collaborations for positive social impact and entrepreneurship that links business, government and civil society.
Asked why Sauder was selected as the only Canadian business school to join GNAM, Chandrashekaran says the network was keen on gaining the school’s unique perspective on business informed by its home in Vancouver – a city grounded in innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and strong connections to Asia.
He says efforts already underway at Sauder to provide hands-on international experience caught the eye of the network's founders. Of particular interest was the Global Immersion program in the full-time MBA, a required international experience which sends students to partner schools – The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Copenhagen School of Business, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tel Aviv University, and University of Chile – to form teams with MBA counterparts and consult with multinational companies and community organizations.
Andrés Ibáñez, associate dean for international affairs at GNAM school Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, said that Sauder’s strength in entrepreneurship and innovation also makes the school an ideal addition to the network.
“With a strong economy focused on job creation, foreign investment, and trade, Canada has a lot to offer, and the University of British Columbia is the perfect place to start building a relationship," Ibáñez said.