Deans meet in Mexico to discuss management education

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2010
Contact: Kim Keating

Deans from top international business schools recently gathered in Mexico City to discuss the current and future state of management education in Latin America. The event was the latest in a series of roundtables held around the world and organized and moderated by Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Santiago Iñiguez, dean of Instituto de Empressa. The assembly was hosted by Director of EGADE Business School, TEC de Monterrey, Robert Edward Grosse. Other deans in attendance included:

  1. María Lorena Gutierrez of Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  2. Francisco Sananez of IESA, Venezuela
  3. Francisco Mazzuca of Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, Brasil
  4. Ernesto Gore of Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina
  5. Marlene Estrella of INCAE, Centroamérica
  6. Paul Danos of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA
  7. Carlos Alcérreca of  ITAM, Mexico
  8. Santiago Iñiguez of IE Business School, Spain
  9. Roy Zuniga of INCAE, Costa Rica

"Globalization is changing business education just as surely as it has changed international business," says Danos. "These roundtable discussions have been a valuable tool for comparing regional business school models and ensuring that our MBA programs reflect the realities of the modern marketplace."

Deans from more than 35 schools around the world, senior faculty members, business education reporters, education consultants, and professional development executives from top corporations have joined together for the five roundtable sessions held to date.
At the most recent roundtable in Mexico City, the deans spoke about a wide range of topics, including:

  1. Financial models, now and in the future
  2. Faculty hiring and trends
  3. Curriculum innovations
  4. Corporate relations
  5. Fundraising practices
  6. The best way to articulate business schools’ contributions in an era of harsh criticism

During previous roundtables, the deans discussed the unique traits of each region's business education system, compared them with other international models, and discussed the impact of globalization on business schools. For example, in Germany the discussion focused on the Bologna Accord, which has established a model and standards for higher education in Europe. In Brazil participants discussed how Brazilian schools differ from the U.S. and European models in their standards, curriculum, and degree of focus on faculty research.  And in China, deans spoke about the demand for more faculty and PhD training, government regulations and funding of Chinese business schools, and student work experience prior to starting MBA programs.

Specific experiences and issues ranged from one region to the next, but all six roundtable discussions reported that globalization is influencing the curriculum and strategy of today's business schools. Particularly in Europe and China, deans reported that international political entities and NGOs are affecting business education through standards and accreditation. They also noted that market forces are bringing schools closer to corporate partners and highlighting the importance of faculty research. As prospective students consider schools across country borders, top schools must show that their faculty can compete not just within their region but also with schools from around the globe.

This roundtable series is one piece of Tuck's sustained international outreach in recent years, which includes initiatives for Europe, Latin America, and Asia as well as the Tuck Ambassador Program with representatives in 40 countries.

For more information on all roundtable discussions and conversation on business education, please visit

Download transcripts of the most recent and past meetings:

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