XOLAS cooperates with AACSB International on a series of Online Courses for professional staff at business schools. The initial offer will cover institutional benchmarking as a strategic tool to develop internationalization.

Over the past 20 years, we have seen major developments in the professionalization of management education. Business schools are taking a leading role in developments of complex service operations and have emerged as an important ‘unit of account’ and benchmark for the entire higher education sector. Just like operatives in other industries, business schools are adopting different strategies in the face of increasing global competition, pressures to professionalization and in response to perceived opportunities. However, while professional staff seems to be imperatives in today’s management education, many schools struggle to develop holistically but also sustainably a service portfolio with the right link and impact in the overall institutional strategies, mission, vision, and values.

This activity is led by Managing Director Mathias Falkenstein.

The first online course offer is scheduled from October 25 to November 12, 2021:

Institutional Benchmarking as a Strategic Tool to Develop Internationalization

This online course seeks to answer the most relevant questions on benchmarking and how to use it strategically as a tool to promote internationalization of the institution, program development, positioning within recruitment markets, and faculty/student quality. We will explore several aspects such as selection criteria for benchmarking partners, identification of data sources, benchmark analysis, and defining outcomes of the benchmarking process. The goal is to transform the outcomes of the benchmark analysis into actionable items and link them to the internationalization strategy. Finally, participants will learn to use benchmarking as a tool for decision-making in the internationalization of management education.

The course format will include a mix of asynchronous formats and live synchronous sessions. Participants will visualize their professional service portfolio and start with a benchmarking analysis of their own institution. During the course, the participants will learn developing criteria to evaluate quality management and improvement in each professional segment of their institution’s internationalization strategy. Participants will explore and benchmark different strategic and practical approaches and success models, looking specifically at their use (or non-use) of international rankings, accreditations and networks. During the synchronous training sessions, participants will present case studies and better practice models from their own institution and/or business schools around the globe, which will support the developmental and benchmarking nature of the training modules.

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