Asian Management Conclave – 2015 held at Singapore
The first Asia Management Conclave (AMC 2015), jointly organised by MBAUniverse.com and Singapore Management University (SMU), was held in Singapore on 12 to 13 March 2015 on the theme of “Management Education in Asia: Strategies to Leapfrog”, Presidents and Deans from 15 Asian economies, thought leaders from the Ivey League B-Schools of United States (US) and Europe, and a few industry leaders from Asia participated in it.
Our institute actively participated in the Asian Management Conclave (AMC 2015) from the conception stage. Dr. H Chaturvedi, Director and Dr. Rahul Singh, Faculty have participated in 2 days conference. They interacted with most of the deans and presidents of Asian B-Schools who were present there and explored with them the future possibilities to work together.
The AMC – 2015 was inaugurated by Dr Jitendra Singh, Dean, School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), who said, “Management educators in Asia must ask the question: Are we merely consumers of knowledge created elsewhere in the world or are we creating new knowledge by applying principles of scientific research? Asian B-schools must take responsibility for creating new knowledge — for use in Asia and export to the world.”
(From left to right-Standing) Mr Hernaikh Singh, Associate Director, India Initiatives, Singapore Management University, Singapore; Dr Yuan Lu, Dean, Business School, Shantou University, China; Dr Sofri Yahya, Dean, Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; Dr Geoffrey G Gachino, Acting Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Dubai, Dubai, UAE; Prof Tomoya Nakamura, Dean, Graduate School of Management – GLOBIS University, Japan; Dr Atish Chattopadhyay, Department Director, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, India; Dr Danuvasin Charoen, Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NIDA Business School, Thailand; (From left to right-sitting) Dr Roy Sembel, Dean, IPMI International Business School, Indonesia; Dr H Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, India; Dr Mohammed Ali, Dean, School of Business Administration, American University in Dubai, UAE; Dr Kevyn Yong, Academic Dean, ESSEC Business School (Asia Pacific), Singapore; Mr Amit Agnihotri, Founder, MBAUniverse.com and Convener, Asian Management Conclave;
Dr Dipak C Jain, former Dean of Kellogg & INSEAD and Director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, said that “Asian B-schools should focus on conducting research in their countries, and write more cases on Asian companies and their business practices, that can be used outside Asia.”
Leading management educators like Dr Steven J DeKrey, President, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Dr Gerard George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian, School of Business, Singapore Management University, Singapore and Dr Pankaj Ghemawat IESE, Spain too called for more Asian context specific curriculum development and research.
Addressing the Conclave through video conferencing, Professor of Harvard Business School, Dr Tarun Khanna said, “Trying to apply management practices uniformly across geographies is a fool’s errand. Best practices simply don’t travel well across borders. That’s because conditions not just of economic development but of institutional maturity, educational norms, language, and culture vary enormously from place to place”.
The way forward- Course Development on “Doing Business @ Asia”
AMC 2015 could achieve a break through in creating more original Asian management content. Well known B-schools from China, Japan, India, Middle-east, Malaysia and other countries decided to come together and work towards this goal. Speaking at ‘Doing Business in Asia’ program session, Dr Li Haitao, Associate Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China; Prof Tomoya Nakamura, Dean, GSM – GLOBIS University, Japan; Dr H Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, India; Dr Roy Sembel, Dean, IPMI International Business School, Indonesia; Dr Mohammed Ali, Dean, School of Business Administration, American University in Dubai; Dr Danuvasin Charoen, Associate Dean, NIDA Business School, Thailand; Dr Sofri Yahya, Dean, Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia expressed their willingness to work together as Asian Management Conclave Consortium.