2014 MBA Directors Forum Speakers

Dinner Speaker

Phil Ruthven

Phil Ruthven is the founder and Chairman of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. IBISWorld now operates in Australia, the United States, China, the United Kingdom and New York.

Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. He continues to be one of Australia’s most frequent and prolific commentators in demand by the media, and is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.

Phil is a science graduate with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.
Phil is currently an Honorary Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology, Sydney. He is a recent past board member of the Melbourne Institute, a past Director of Open Family Australia (the charitable foundation aiding street children) and a recent Director of CEDA.

Prof Ralf Boscheck Prof Ralf Boscheck

MBA Program Director, IMD, Switzerland

Ralf Boscheck is the Lundin Family Professor of Economics and Business Policy and MBA Program Director at IMD, Switzerland. His areas of special interest are industry and competition analysis, regulation and competition policy with a particular focus on energy, healthcare/pharmaceuticals and the media.

Professor Boscheck advises companies in the formulation of business unit and corporate strategies and consults with international organisations and governments on issues of market liberalisation and industrial strategy. His research has appeared in academic and practitioner-oriented journals as well as in books. He is currently a member of the editorial board of “World Competition – Law & Economics Review” as well as the “International Journal of Energy Sector Management”.

Before joining IMD in 1990, Dr Boscheck was a fellow at the Swiss Institute for International Economics (SIASR) and at Harvard University, Department of Economics and a consultant with Monitor Company. Professor Boscheck has an MA in government from Georgetown University, Washington DC and an MBA in finance and industrial economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He completed a doctorate and a habilitation in the department of economics at the St. Gallen Graduate School of Economics, Business and Law, Switzerland.

Dr. Arthur Shelley Dr. Arthur Shelley

Arthur was the Global Knowledge Director of Cadbury Schweppes before launching his own consultancy and completing his PhD on the influence of behaviour in teams. He is the author of two books, Being a Successful Knowledge Leader and The Organizational Zoo. Arthur received RMIT’s “Outstanding Sessional Teacher Award” in 2009 for his Knowledge Driven Performance elective in the Executive MBA and also teaches leadership in the Master of Project Management.

Mark Freeman Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman has been active leading and researching learning and innovation within business higher education and professional practice for nearly thirty years. Currently he provides leadership across the sector as ABDC Scholar and within the University of Sydney Business School as Director Accreditation.

In 2010 he was Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar leading the national project for business that began with setting academic standards for accounting bachelor and coursework master degrees. Appointed in 2011 his ABDC role focuses on national learning standards for bachelor and coursework master degrees in business, This includes projects setting standards for marketing and economics, and now with tourism and finance. He is currently also joint leader of the national benchmarking project assessing learning outcomes (see Achievement Matters).

Mark has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching including from peak bodies, such as BHERT and AFAANZ, and the Australian government.

Tony Gleeson Tony Gleeson

Tony Gleeson, the CEO Australian Institute of Management (AIM) (Victoria & Tasmania) and CEO Idria

Tony has a wealth of experience in creating corporate growth, having held leadership roles for some of the world’s foremost professional services organisations, including Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and CPA Australia. Tony’s expertise in technology enablement, process improvement and general management strategy, combined with his passion for educational design and development make him the ideal candidate to navigate AIM through this exciting new era of change and opportunity.

Previously, Tony was executive general manager, member knowledge for CPA Australia. Tony joined CPA from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s New York office where he was global director of learning – programs and solutions.

Tony is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Alex Frino

Professor Alex Frino

Dr Alex Frino is Professor of Finance and Dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Limited.

Professor Frino holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney. His research specialisation is security market microstructure and he has published over one hundred articles in scholarly journals. He has attracted over $5 million in Australian Research Council funding and leads a successful Cooperative Research Centre funding bid valued at over $100 million. In 2005, Professor Frino received the 2005 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in recognition of his research achievements.

Professor Frino has held positions with Credit Suisse First Boston, Sydney Futures Exchange, Australian Securities Exchange and Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the USA. He has also held visiting professorial and research positions at the University of Canterbury, NZ, Cambridge University, Universita’ Federico II, Italy and Georgetown University, USA. Professor Frino currently serves on the editorial boards of the Financial Review, Accounting & Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal and Review of Futures Markets. He also serves on the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Australian Securities Exchange.

As an Economist at the Sydney Futures Exchange he provided input into the design of the index underlying the SPI200 futures contract, and designed the contract. He has also acted as a consultant to Dow Jones Indexes.

Dr Jochen Schweitzer

Dr Jochen Schweitzer

Jochen teaches Strategy and Innovation at the Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney. He is Research Stream Leader for Creative, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Practices at the Center for Management and Organisation Studies and Co-Founder of U.lab, a multidisciplinary innovation hub. Previously he has worked as a Teacher of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute – School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University, as well as Management Consultant, Production-Planning Engineer and Cultural Program Coordinator.

Jochen has professional experience in business planning, organisational transformation, change management and innovation management. His work focuses on issues of strategic management, collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation with a special interest in design thinking and open innovation.

His work has been published in academic journals and books and has also been presented and recognised at a number of international conferences. In 2008 he won the Strategic Management Societies’ Best PhD Paper Award and an Honorable Mention as Best Conference paper, and in 2009 he was awarded an Honorable Mention as finalist for the Academy of Management Dissertation Award of the Business Policy and Strategy Division.

Andrew Crisp

Andrew Crisp

Andrew Crisp, is Founder and Director, Carrington Crisp, UK. In November 2003, Andrew Crisp founded Carrington Crisp, a consultancy specialising in marketing and branding services for business schools and universities. Since that time the firm has worked for over 50 business schools in 11 countries. Much of the work has been based around The Business of Branding research project, which provides schools with data on perceptions and positioning of their school among six key audiences. Andrew’s clients and projects have included re-branding London Business School and Wolverhampton Business School, developing advertising campaigns and internal communications, and writing management training books. Andrew also has considerable research experience utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods. Projects include a study examining business school websites at 18 business schools in the UK. Andrew has also written and spoken widely on the subjects of employment and communications including events organised by The Economist, The Industrial Society, The Design Council and the European Foundation for Management Development.

Rob Read

Rob Read

Rob’s knowledge and expertise of the education sector spans over 15 years. In 2009, he launched Media Minds Global, representing numerous ranked and/or accredited Business Schools across Europe, Asia, the US and Australia for their media planning and buying needs on a local, national and international scale. Current clients include Melbourne Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, Cranfield School of Management, ESCP Europe, Mannheim Business School, GMAC, Strathclyde Business School, MIP Politecnico di Milano, and Nottingham University Business School.

Previously he has held Sales Director roles for international titles such as Forbes, Newsweek, National Geographic and Time out, as well as group Head of Education for the UK’s Independent Newspaper. Rob’s relationships with the media and knowledge the industry have led to him speaking at a variety of seminars and media think-tanks. He has also been invited to lecture at UK Business Schools on subjects such as how to get the best return from your marketing budgets, and how business schools can harness the growth of social and professional networks to their advantage.

Eileen Peacock

Eileen Peacock

Eileen Peacock is senior vice president of Asia at AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As senior vice president, Dr Peacock leads AACSB’s Asia Pacific initiatives, and is located in Singapore. Her efforts guide the organisation’s membership and accreditation services within the region. In support of AACSB’s mission to advance quality management education worldwide, Peacock is responsible for developing effective relationships with Asia Pacific management education associations, colleges and institutions.
Prior to coming to AACSB International, Peacock was dean and professor of accountancy for the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (2004-2008). Dr Peacock obtained her Bachelor of Technology from Loughborough University, England, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, England. In addition, she obtained a Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma, and maintains her CPA and CMA certification. Dr Peacock’s research has been published in a wide variety of publications, including The Journal of Information Systems, Information & Management, The British Accounting Review, Review of Business Information Systems, Internal Auditing, Journal of Cost Management, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, and Database.

2014 MBA Directors Forum Program

Wednesday 7th May

10:30 Registration and Morning Tea
11:00 Conference welcome and introductions
Opening Speaker – The Future
11:30 Navigating the future of business education
Prof Prof Ralf Boscheck, Dean of MBA, IMD, Switzerland
Plenary – Challenges, Issues and Some Solutions
12:20 Challenges Facing Management Education Dr Eileen Peacock, Senior Vice-President, AACSB International
13:00 Lunch
14.00 How can we address the challenges facing our MBA Programs today?
Assoc Prof Jennifer George, Associate Professor of Decision Science, Melbourne Business School
14:50 Panel and discussion groups
15:50 Afternoon tea
Plenary – Quality and Contact
16:20 Why include design thinking in MBA Programs? Dr Jochen Schweitzer, Senior Lecturer Strategy and Innovation, Research Stream Leader for Creative, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Practices at the Centre for Management and Organisation Studies and Co-Founder of U.lab at UTS.
17:30 Free time
19:15 Dinner

Dinner Speaker: What business needs from MBA graduates into the future
Phillip Ruthven CEO IbisWorld

Thursday 8th May

07:00- 08:30 Breakfast (Restaurant)
Plenary – Quality and Promotion
08:30 Demonstration of AdjunctFinder.com (optional session) John Toohey and Victoria O’Connor, AdjunctFInder.com
09:00 Tell your story to the world: what the world wants, where to target and how: Building and selling business education brands from Australia and New Zealand
Andrew Crisp, Carrngton Crisp, UK and Rob Read Media Minds Global, UK
09:50 Collaborations between unis and ‘productive’ ways of assuring quality
Mark Freeman, Director Accreditation, University of Sydney Business School
10:40 Morning Tea
11:10 Working Groups – Topics TBA
13.00 Lunch
Plenary – What Business Wants from MBA Graduates
14:00 What business needs from MBA graduates Tony Gleeson, CEO Australian Institute of Management (AIM) (Victoria & Tasmania) and CEO Idria
Looking outwards: taking a global approach to business education

Alex Frino, Dean MGSM

15:40 Closing remarks and afternoon tea
16:00 Depart