Dean Iacovou shares business education expertise at international forum

1.19.2017 Article, General, Innovation, Leadership, M.S. in Business Analytics, Recognition, School News

By Stephanie Skordas, Sr. Associate Director, Communications

As the landscape of business and business education continues to evolve, business schools and corporate training programs, including corporate universities, grapple with change. Examining how academic and corporate universities can share their knowledge and skills to the benefit of business professionals was the focus of a panel discussion at the 2017 Gaidar Forum, attended by Charles Iacovou, Sisel Distinguished Dean of the School of Business.

The Forum, held January 12-14 in Moscow, Russia, brings together economic thought leaders, Nobel Prize laureates, and top academics from leading global universities to discuss economic and political issues. The Forum provides a unique intellectual platform for theorists, practitioners, scientists, and politicians. Additionally, the Forum is a meeting point for influential representatives of global financial and business elites.

Iacovou was part of an expert panel on “The Changing Landscape of Management Education Market and the Role of Business Schools and Corporate Universities Today and in Ten Years,” held January 12. He discussed how the School collaborated with leading industry firms to design the new 10-month Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program. The strategic partnership enabled the School to create a program specifically designed for the firms’ needs, which reduced the necessity for in-house training programs. The MSBA program will graduate its first class this May.

“Because of our strong market orientation, enhanced business operations, and program delivery, and our great mix of business-minded faculty with real-world experience, our School was recognized as an innovator in this space during the panel session,” Iacovou said. He and the experts explored how both schools and organizations need to adapt to better leverage each other’s strengths during the discussion.

“It was exciting to share some of the innovative ways we are enhancing our value to corporate and governmental partners and showcase specific examples to a global audience,” Iacovou added. “We discussed the challenges faced by business and governments with international academics, executives, and government officials and how business education can play a critical role in addressing them not just today but in the future.”

The Forum has been held since 2010 in commemoration of Yegor Gaidar, a Russian scientist, economist, politician, and ideologist. Learn more.