Beta Gamma Sigma is the exclusive business honour society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honour a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s programme at a school accredited by AACSB International. Only students with high academic achievement, and tenured business school faculty members are eligible for membership in the Society. With more than 625,000 members worldwide, the Society’s membership comprises the brightest and best of the world’s business leaders.
Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organisation on February 19, 1913. The first national honour society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California. With collegiate chapters on five continents, Beta Gamma Sigma today is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognising the most outstanding students of business and management.
Beta Gamma Sigma membership provides recognition for a lifetime. With several alumni chapters in major metropolitan areas across the world, the BGS Career Central job board, and the on-line membership community, those recognised for their academic achievements at Lagos Business School can continue an active relationship with Beta Gamma Sigma long after graduation. This lifelong commitment to its members’ academic and professional success is defined in the Society’s mission: to encourage and honour academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.
The principles of Beta Gamma Sigma are represented by three concepts reflected in the name of our Society.
Beta is the initial letter of the Greek word, BEBAEOS, which signifies honour. Honour is personal integrity and excellence of character. It is a prerequisite for those who lead others. It also encourages altruism and enlightened social responsibility and service.
Gamma is the initial letter of the Greek word, GNOSIS, which signifies wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge tested by experience and tempered by discerning judgment. It avoids prejudice and insists on freedom of thought and expression. Those who are wise seek a better comprehension and a more fruitful application of what is known. They engage in a continuous quest for understanding.
Sigma is the initial letter of the Greek word, SPOUDE, which signifies earnestness. Earnestness is enthusiasm measured by achievement, reason and sincerity. It is that dynamic quality which is essential for all great achievements. Persons who reflect earnestness inspire confidence, invite action, and generate progress.
The Mission of the International Honour Society, Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honour academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.
The Mission is supported by the five objectives of the Society. These include:
- Encourage and honour high academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in business programmes accredited by AACSB International.
- Foster in Beta Gamma Sigma members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the Society: honour and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.
- Support the advancement of business thought and practice to encourage lifelong learning.
- Enhance the value of Beta Gamma Sigma for students and alumni members in their professional lives.
- Advance the visibility and reputation of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Each year, the Lagos Business School Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma recognises the academic achievements of our new members.
Each year, the Beta Gamma Sigma nominating committee at the Lagos Business School elects eligible graduates and students for collegiate chapter membership.
Eligibility for membership is based on stringent academic criteria. Students must have completed the:
- First year of a bachelors’ degree at a school accredited by AACSB International in at least the upper 10 percent of the class or
- Second year of a bachelors’ degree at a school accredited by AACSB International in at least the upper 10 percent of the class or
- Requirements to be awarded a bachelors’ degree at a school accredited by AACSB International in at least the upper 10 percent of the class; or
- First year of a masters degree at a school accredited by AACSB International in at least the upper 20 percent of the class or
- Requirements to be awarded a masters degree at a school accredited by AACSB International in at least the upper 20 percent of the class or
- Completed the requirements to be awarded a doctoral degree
The cost of lifetime membership, payable directly to Beta Gamma Sigma is USD75. The Lagos Business School does not charge any additional membership fees.
Student Officers are required to assist in managing the chapter, planning events, engaging other members, and increasing the awareness and visibility of Beta Gamma Sigma on campus while gaining valuable leadership experience.
The Student Officers assist with forging a stronger connection with our members from the initial acceptance of membership, while also creating a more visible presence of the Society within the Business School.
The Lagos Business School Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma seeks to re-define the experience it provides members while they are still at University. As part of this new era of Beta Gamma Sigma, our Student Officers assist with placing the vision for the future of Beta Gamma Sigma in the hands of our members.
President – Adesola Mabawonku
Vice President of Programming – Solomon Enifome Egbi
Vice President of Membership/Public Relations – Mary Ehi Adamu Idowu
Vice President of Alumni Relations – Vivian Ifeoma Okoloigwe
Vice President of Finance – Eniola Akeju
Secretary – Chinelo Christiana Okafor
ETHICAL LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION
The Center for the Public Trust estimates more than 80% of college graduates will face an ethical dilemma during their first year in a job. Beta Gamma Sigma is taking deliberate steps to help our members face those dilemmas and practice ethical leadership in the workplace. With honour, wisdom, and earnestness as pillars of BGS, it’s the right thing to do.
The Center for the Public Trust Ethical Leadership Certification Program is now being offered to members of Beta Gamma Sigma. The online series includes six self-guided modules, featuring CEOs of Fortune 500 companies presenting on such topics as ethical decision-making, organisation support, and conflict management/prevention. There is a test with each section and, upon completion of the course, BGS students will receive their Ethical Leadership Certification.
BGS’ collegiate members are eligible to enrol in the programme, giving them a decided advantage in the job marketplace. Businesses also stand to benefit, as BGS sets a new standard for ethical leadership worldwide.
This training programme is composed of six modules, each containing four to five sections lasting 15 minutes each. Students learn ethical leadership lessons from current and past CEOs of companies like Kimberly Clark, ATT, UPS, and Texas Instruments. Each module covers one of six topics:
- Overview of Ethical Leadership
- Ethical Decision Making
- Organisational Support of Ethical Leadership
- Role of Leadership in Managing and Preventing Conflicts and Ethical Risks
- Role of Communication in Ethical Leadership
- Implementing Ethical Leadership
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Beta Gamma Sigma
Lagos Business School
KM 22, Lekki-Epe Expressway
While we focus on the business and physical health challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to pause a while and look at the mental health and emotional trauma from this pandemic. Join us on Saturday, May 30 as we explore this.
Topic: Sustaining Good Mental Health in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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