"We are now living in a globally connected world and management education is shifting attention to developing economies and campuses abroad. Exchanges, global study teams, entrepreneurial partnerships and global consulting projects are the way forward for business schools as they prepare for a new generation of leaders across cultures and sectors."
said Dr. Olian.
UCLA Anderson is one of the few public business schools routinely included among the leading schools of management and is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy that includes hiring a record number of faculty from the world's best research institutions. With six research centers, the school has expanded its Board of Visitors, attracting leading executives who bring diverse functional and global perspectives.
During the meetings, Dr. Olian and Dr. Osborne will examine management education's future role, covering topics such as: managing connected risk of a global scale; bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to the knowledge economy; and using new media and social networking technologies for learning models.
On the subject of social networking, Dr. Olian went on to reveal some remarkable facts about Facebook, pointing out that with 300 million active users, if it were a country Facebook would be 4th largest in the world.
"The pace of change is accelerating and the techno-savvy generation that we call The New Millennials requires a new approach that embraces their lifestyles and embodies their socially responsible values," concluded Dr. Olian. "It is through innovative and forward-thinking schools such as UCLA Anderson that this will be achieved."
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She has served as chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world. She also has chaired two industry-wide AACSB commissions addressing the future of management education, and the looming crisis of shortages in business Ph.D. graduates.
As dean of UCLA Anderson, Dr. Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to approximately 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Masters of Financial Engineering and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and more than 36,000 alumni worldwide.