LBS Dean Shares Key Insights Alongside leaders of other Top Business Schools at the 2021 Global AMBA & BGA Conference
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, The Dean of Lagos Business School, Prof Chris Ogbechie, provided insights on issues concerning Business School strategy, along with other business school leaders and corporate CEOs at the 2021 Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association conference.
“Expert speakers from around the world, including leading corporate organisations and Business Schools, joined us in a world-class film studio for live-streamed sessions, to inspire collaboration, facilitate debate, and share personal and professional experiences from the worlds of business and business education,” the AMBA & BGA reported.
In the session, titled: “Spearheading change and igniting innovation: How Business Schools are paving the way forward in an uncertain world,” Prof Chris Ogbechie, LBS Dean and professor of strategic management discussed how the global pandemic has inspired radical innovation and collaboration for business schools, citing the LBS success story.
Prof Ogbechie said, “In many ways, business schools have become much more relevant in the face of the current pandemic than ever before as we help to prepare potential business executives for career switches and leadership in an age of upheaval such as the current crisis.”
“LBS as one of the leading business schools in Africa has been a good model for students and the business community in Nigeria and beyond with the approach adopted to steer the school through the crisis,” the dean further stated.
During the discussion, Prof Ogbechie discussed LBS’s successful e-learning platform for online programmes, which has facilitated the school’s transition into modular teaching. The professor and university administrator also indicated LBS’s Automated Administrative Processes, which comprise the electronic administrative tools. He opined that this helped realise a seamless process as all staff needed to work from home.
He further stated that more laptops and internet access were provided for staff, prompting a fast switch to online operations in a matter of days.
Prof Ogbechie also shared LBS’s success in creating a “Hybrid Learning Environment” with the installation of ICT equipment in classrooms, converting them into environments where students and faculty can engage in class and online.
“The COVID-19 crisis has taught us that, to thrive in the education sector in the foreseeable future, business schools must adapt. With Covid-19 bringing about a digital revolution in the educational sector, the competitive environment is significantly changing,” Chris Ogbechie admitted.
Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Head of Institute & Chair of AMBA & BGA; Ivanka Visnjic Associate Professor at ESADE Business School; and Stolin David, TBS Business School were members of the panellists alongside Professor Ogbechie.
Also, at this year’s conference, the Director of the LBS Sustainability Centre, Oreva Atanya spoke on Climate Change, Sustainability and Business Education Responsibilities.
LBS’s participation at the AMBA and BGA global conference further lends credence to the school’s rating as a top business school in Africa and globally.
For over a decade, LBS has earned impressive ratings internationally. The school’s MBA programme recently received Tier-One ranking in the 2021 CEO Magazine’s MBA global ranking.