AABS Connect 2016 Videos
The Association of African Business Schools, with Lagos Business School, hosted the Connect Conference in Lagos, Nigeria from 22 - 24 May 2016 . The theme of the conference was "Exponential Africa - including everyone in expanding economies." The conference was attended by 62 delegates from 13 countries. Click on the link to watch the conference highlights.
AABS Research Capacity Survey Report
In June, 2015, a survey was sent to administrators, faculty members and Ph.D. students at the African Association of Business Schools (AABS) member schools. The survey was designed to assess aspects of the research capacity and role of research at member schools; and provide information about research needs. We hope to utilize the survey information to prepare funding requests to support research capability building efforts at the AABS member schools. This document is a summary of the survey findings. The report is organized in 11 sections. The sections cover the following topics: the respondents’ demographic information, workload responsibilities, AABS workshop participation and role of research, types of research support, needed research skills, types of research supports, valued research outlets, disciplinary area needs for research, skills development workshop and post research workshop needs, strategies to maintain collegial connections, the role of research in Africa for other parts of the world, needs, post research workshop needs, need for an ongoing assessment of research capabilities and other issues.
AABS Connect Conference 2015 Videos
The Association of African Business School's conference was held on 17 – 20 May 2015 at Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa. “Africa, the Success Story of the 21st Century” was the theme of the conference, which drew approximately 90 individuals from 24 countries. The conference aimed to connect African Business School practitioners and thought leaders to encourage dialogue in search of competitive approaches to aid African business management and education growth strategy. Click on the link to watch the videos.
AABS WBS Case Agreement
AABS is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Wits Business School Case Centre aimed at encouraging the exploration and use of the case teaching method in African business schools.
In terms of the agreement, AABS will pay for a total of 500 copies of WBS case studies bought for educational use by faculty members of AABS member schools. This offer is open to all AABS Members who have not bought cases from WBS during 2015 and 2016. The agreement will last until 500 copies have been purchased in 2016.
WBS currently has a collection of close to 200 high-quality cases covering the full range of management disciplines. The cases are set in companies as diverse as small entrepreneurial ventures, listed corporations and public sector organisations.
Faculty members of qualifying AABS members will be able to view inspection copies of the cases in the WBS collection and order those cases they would like use in their courses from WBS, specifying the number of students who will use each case. WBS will bill AABS for the cases.
To take advantage of this agreement, faculty members can access the WBS Case Centre website using the following link: http://www.wbs.ac.za/centres/case_centre. There it is possible to search the WBS case collection by category and order cases directly from WBS by clicking on the links provided.
AABS Agribusiness Project Resources
In 2012, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a grant to the Association of African Business Schools to establish an agribusiness consortium (AAC) - comprising African business schools, agribusiness industry and global partners - with the objective of development and delivery of Agribusiness Management training programmes backed by appropriate contextual research. The AAC rolled out multiple editions of a flagship Agribusiness Management Programme (AgMP) in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania in partnership with GIMPA, Lagos Business School and Sokoine University of Agriculture respectively. A range of agribusiness training programmes were offered targeting levels ranging from farmers and medium-sized entrepreneurs to district- level aggregators to large agribusinesses and financial institutions. To date, the AAC has rolled out 11 programmes across East, West and Southern Africa drawing 212 participants from 18 countries across Africa and beyond.
The Monintoring and Evaluation Impact Report and the Curriculum Manual are the two core outputs of the Agribusiness Project.
Click here to access the AABS Agribusiness Monitoring and Evaluation Impact Report.
The Curriculum Manual is freely available to AABS Members that are interested in running Agribusiness Programmes. Due to honouring Intellectual Property attributed by various authors, AABS must be able to monitor distribution. If you/your school is interested in considering the roll out of Agribusiness Programmes, kindly request your copy of the Curriculum Manual from the AABS Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Visa Africa Integration Index
The Visa Africa Integration Index was developed by Dr Lyal White and Dr Adrian Saville, in conjunction with Visa sub-Saharan Africa. The index aims to measure the entent and nature of sub-Saharan Africa's economic connectedness amongst 11 key economies across three key regional clusters.
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McKinsey Global Institue Report - Lions on the move: The progress & potential of African economies
Africa’s collective economy grew very little during the last two decades of the 20th century. But sometime in the late 1990s, the continent began to stir. GDP growth picked up and then bounded ahead, rising faster and faster through 2008. Today, while Asia’s tiger economies continue to expand rapidly, we foresee the potential rise of economic lions in Africa’s future.
Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies is the result of a joint research project by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and McKinsey & Company’s Africa offices to look at the continent’s economies. They sought to examine the sources behind Africa’s economic growth acceleration since 2000, analyze the prospects for future growth, and identify some of the most compelling business opportunities ahead. They also developed a framework for understanding how growth challenges and opportunities will differ for Africa’s 53 individual countries.
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