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Conference introduction by the chairperson

19th CEEMAN Annual Conference
Georgia - Tbilisi | 2011
Good morning. I am very delighted to be here today. This is my first time in Georgia and I am sorry I missed the presentations about this country last night. But I am sure that in the next few days I will have an opportunity to make up for that. 

As I was looking through the list of all the participants, I noticed that we have a very esteemed group of leaders, managers, and professors. If you are like me, you are very busy. Many years ago, Henry Mintzberg researched the life of a manager for the purpose of his dissertation. Do you remember what he found? The book that he wrote on that topic was called The Nature of Managerial Work. He found that a manager’s days, our days, are so full of meetings and back to back conferences that we rarely have time to sit back and reflect. And when you think about all the challenges that we face as leaders in all of our countries - in fact, we need that time for reflection. We need time to think about how the world is changing and what we, as leaders, can do to make sure that our schools, institutions, and countries are rising to those challenges. 

So, my goal as conference chairperson will be to try and give us all some time for reflection during this conference. We will be listening to close to 25 different speakers over the next two days. I hope that we will not just listen to them and applaud them, even though they are illustrious men and women and I am looking forward to their presentations. I hope that each of us will be reflecting and contributing. 

May I please ask you to join me in reviewing the conference program that you have in front of you? 

The conference was opened last night with a wonderful keynote address by the Minister of Finance of Georgia who talked about the past, present and future of this country. This morning, we are going to be looking at the global and local landscapes for business education. We start looking at Georgia and the Caucasus because one thing that CEEMAN is good at is that whenever we do something we like to consider the local context and draw a parallel between this context and the challenges that we are facing in our own environments. 

After discussing Georgia, we have a panel on emerging markets. What is the change in the business landscape there? In the afternoon, we have to tackle a broader issue: the changes in the global landscape that are influencing business education. This will bring things closer to home and what we are doing as business educators. 

Then, we have two parallel panels. One is about how businesses are searching for new learning and educational inputs. The other is on business education in search of new learning partnerships with business. After that, we are going to have a great dinner and enjoy the Georgian hospitality. 

Tomorrow, we will look even more closely at our role as business educators. We have three different sessions, examining three different aspects of what we do. The first question is whether we teach what our customers want. The second panel is on whether management research is appropriately impacting practitioners, teaching and new theory development. Finally, we turn to the critical question of whether we have the faculty that we need to meet the future. 

During the conference I would like all of you to reflect about two things. The first is an issue that you are facing at your own institution and you hope to be able to find an answer to during this conference. The second is what you would like to bring to this conference. What is it that you, as a business leader, a professor, or a dean have done that you are particularly proud of that you would like to share with us? 

Now I would like to invite the first speakers to take the floor.
19th CEEMAN Annual Conference: Management Education in a Changing World: Are We Ready for the Challenge?
September 2011
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October 2011
Nakiye Boyacigiller, Conference introduction by the chairperson, (Sabanci School of Management, Sabanci University), http://som.sabanciuniv.edu/
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Available at: http://ceeman.lecturehub.com/lectures/635/2011_ceemanac_tbilisi_boyacigiller_cinbc
She is Dean of the Sabanci School of Management at Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in the US and educated in Turkey, France and the US, her research, teaching and leadership activities all reflect her interests in enhancing the effectiveness of multicultural work. More >>
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