This year, Lagos Business School (LBS) celebrates 25 years of developing responsible leaders. As one of the activities to mark our celebration, a symposium was held today, November 22, 2016 at the School premises. The symposium themed “Management Education in 21st Century Africa: Building People and Growing Businesses” discussed the role of management education in economic development – with emphasis on the African continent.
The keynote speaker, Guy Pfeffermann, Founder and CEO, Global Business School Network, spoke on the theme “Management Education in 21st Century Africa: Building People and Growing Businesses”. He addressed the importance of business schools impacting the society “The inside out approach of growing a business school addresses the need to impact the society. For LBS the impact on society is evident in its core ethical values and principles. LBS stresses on the importance of good governance to companies, which is for their own interest and sustainability” he said.
Speaking on the impact LBS has had on management education over the years, Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School, stated that LBS has provided qualified and ethical managers who have a vast and deep-rooted knowledge in business and its practices “LBS has had a tremendous impact on management education over the years. In 25 years of existence, we have graduated over 6,000 alumni from the degree and executive programmes. It means that in the corporate world in Nigeria, we have contributed to providing a talent pool of qualified managers that are very nuance in the peculiarities of doing business in Nigeria and in more recent years, Africa” she said.
Dr Uchenna Uzo, Director, MBA Programmes, highlighted that has impacted the society with its prominence on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. “LBS has grown and impacted businesses through its emphasis on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. LBS has championed the development of a society of corporate governance, to help institutions in Nigeria to be mindful of the ethical way of doing business. Thanks to this initiative it has helped many boards become more ethically aware of the standards they need to keep overtime” he said.
The Symposium came to an end with a cocktail networking session.