JIBS Sets a Record for Sweden


Once in a while, we must forget our Swedish modesty and take the streets (and the Internet) to boast loudly and publically about ourselves, especially when it demonstrates a hard-won achievement that we all can be proud of!

In this case, it’s the fact Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) has become the first and only business school in Sweden to achieve the distinction of being “double accredited.”  In 2015, JIBS received both theEQUIS and AACSB accreditations, an amazing feat, given that these two accreditations are both extremely difficult to earn and that we won them both in the very short period of time of a year.

Full story in my 27 December 2015 article “JIBS Sets a Record for Sweden” at www.vertikals.se – JIBS’ blog on entrepreneurship, renewal and ownership.

Prosperity Loves Economic Complexity


Government intervention in economic policy, specifically industrial and manufacturing policy, is a much-debated matter, but resent research show the correlation between proactive government intervention and sustainable economic growth. Two conclusions emerge from this line of reasoning. First, the lower the economic complexity of a nation, the more interventionist a government must be.  The second: the smaller an economy is, the more interventionist a government must be.

Full story in my 16 December 2015 article “Prosperity Loves Economic Complexity” at www.vertikals.se – JIBS’ blog on entrepreneurship, renewal and ownership.

Build STEM Skills, but Don’t Neglect the Humanities


The recent debate about AI and the fantastic achievements of Science, Technology, Engineering Math (STEM) inspire awe.  In this 24 June 2015 blog for Harvard Business Review I argue for the need to add MA – Management and the Arts – to STEM, forming STEMMA.  I conclude with this claim:

“Our capacities for ethical decision-making, compassion, and creativity must also grow, along with our appreciation for humans’ need for connection, accomplishment, and meaning. Humans are not robots and neurons are not digital switches. It is through the humanities that we will increasingly recognize and build on what humans still uniquely are.”

Full story in my 24 June 2015 article in Harvard Business ReviewBuild STEM Skills, but Don’t Neglect the Humanities.”

Into Africa


Over the last few years my business schools, JIBS, has developed close relationships with two Eastern African countries, Ethiopia and Rwanda, to help increases their long-term “economic complexity” and thereby create widespread prosperity. At JIBS we call it our “Into Africa” strategic initiative and our means is higher education, especially PhD education.

In the latest issue of AACSB‘s BizEd magazine, I contributed an article about what we do and how we plan to increase our African engagement. I call it The PhD Effect:


Last week a group of JIBS faculty and JIBS PhD candidates from Rwanda contributed to the 1st Conference in Kigali on Recent Trends in Economic Development, Finance and Management Research in Eastern Africa, co-hosted by JIBS and our partners in University of Rwanda.

The conference included some 70 paper presentations and attracted 200 contributors from several East African countries. Following this initiative, I took part of the 1st Business and Economic Regional Summit, again hosted by University of Rwanda and JIBS. At the end of the summit five business schools deans signed a MOU on The Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Development Initiative, which includes research collaboration, policy advice, education and private sector development in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda (see photo below). JIBS has the pleasure and privilege to coordinate these activities and for us that means a further boost to our Into Africa strategic initiative. In fact it just became Into Africa 2.0.

2015-05-08 Signing the Entrepreneurship and Innovation for DevelopmentInitiative (EID)

All of this is in line with JIBS three guiding principles: International at Heart – Entrepreneurial in Mind – Responsible in Action.


Reflections on the future of business schools and elephants


Higher Education today is like the parable of the 3 blind men and the elephant; there is an elephant in the room—and it’s a good thing; and we need to make changes of an elephantine nature.

Full text in my 28 January 2015 guest blog for European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) “Reflections on the future of business schools and elephants.

EFMD is a management development network serving over 800 member organisations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 81 countries. It is a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.