17th CEEMAN Annual Conference Local Responses to Global Crisis was successfully held in Riga, Latvia on September 24-26. It was attended by over 130 participants from 30 countries from all over the world – mainly deans and directors of business schools and management development institutions, but also business representatives. The conference was noted for productive discussions, inspiring insights and ideas, good networking, and warm and friendly atmosphere. The participants of the Deans and Directors Meeting, held in the frame of the Annual Conference, particularly appreciated the results of the CEEMAN global survey on Business Schools Responses to Global Crisis, presented by its co-developers Al Rosenbloom and Milenko Gudic. Dr Manuel Escudero talked about the importance of the PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) initiative and commended CEEMAN’s pioneering role in it. The keynote speaker of the conference was Prof Nancy Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management, McGill University, Canada, a leading authority on cross-cultural management and organizational development, who highlighted the interconnectedness of everything in our lives and importance of responsible actions by individuals, companies, governments and management development institutions. Other speakers included Prof Jim Ellert, Former Dean of Faculty and Professor Emeritus at IMD Lausanne; Andris Vilks, Chief Economist at SEB Bank and advisor to the Prime Minister of Latvia; Derek Abell, Professor Emeritus of ESMT – European School of Management Technology, Germany; as well as deans and CEOs from Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. The conference concluded with a great gala dinner at the historical Blackheads’ House in the center of Riga, where Dr Ichak Adizes delivered an inspiring and provocative talk on Leadership in the Times of Crisis and What CEEMAN Could Do About It.
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