Dear Colleagues:


The AOM IM Division Teaching Committee is organizing a series of webinars this Spring.  No advanced registration is necessary.  Just simply join via the zoom links that will be advertised.  Below you can find the list of the Spring webinars following a more detailed description of our first webinar.  Carl Fey, Chair, AOM IM Division Teaching Committee, [log in to unmask]


Webinar: Innovative Approaches and Innovative Players Besides Business Schools in Executive Education.

Organized by Carl Fey, Aalto University and Howard Yu, IMD

March 7th 2022, 14:00-16:00 Central European Time, 8:00-10:00am US East Coast Time, 21:00-23:00 Beijing Time

Note: The new time listed above is one hour earlier than initially advertised.

The executive education landscape is rapidly changing.  It used to be that primarily business schools did executive education.  Now other actors such as consulting firms and corporate universities are playing increasingly important rolls in the executive education market.  Not constrained by tradition, these players are developing some very innovative approaches to teaching management and international business issues in executive education programs which we can all learn from and this webinar will explore.  Moderated by Carl Fey from Aalto University and with an inspirational overview of trends in the field by Howard Yu from IMD, this webinar will expose participants to some of the most innovative players in the executive education industry who will talk about innovative approaches to executive education in management and international business.  The webinar will feature talks by Blair Sheppard (Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership, PwC and founder Duke CE and former Dean Duke Fuqua School of Business); Britta Börjeson, founder and Vice President Learning Expertise, Volvo Group University; and Jena Davidson, founder and CEO Jenson 8 (a company using VR to facilitate leadership development and management teaching).  Following their 10-15 min talks and a time for audience to ask questions, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Carl Fey which will discuss the broad theme of innovative approaches to executive education and the roll that players besides business schools have in the industry and how this is likely to evolve going forward.  Join us for this exciting webinar with leaders in the field.  Come prepared with questions you would like to ask the panel.  For enquiries about the webinar please contact Professor Carl Fey, Chair, AOM International Management Division Teaching Committee at [log in to unmask]


The webinar will take place via zoom at:

Join via zoom at:

Meeting ID: 667 2501 1007

+496938079884,,66725011007# Germany


Speaker Bios

Blair Sheppard joined PwC in June 2012 as Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership.Blair leads the team that focuses on strategy and leadership for the PwC network. Prior to joining PwC, Blair spent the majority of his career as a Professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.  During his tenure, Blair served several roles including Associate Dean for Executive Education, during which Fuqua created one of the world’s first blended degrees, the Global Executive MBA. Senior Associate Dean, during which Fuqua created the Cross Continent MBA and rose in the rankings to 5th in the United States. Founding CEO and Chairman of Duke Corporate Education, which was rated by the leading business journals as the world’s top provider of custom executive education for nine years in a row. Dean, during which time Fuqua opened offices in five locations outside the US, developed a pre-experience Masters programme already considered to be one of the best in the world, and rose across all business school rankings significantly. As Dean, Blair was also the primary architect of Duke Kunshan University, which opened in 2014. His final role prior to joining PwC was as Special Advisor to Duke Kunshan University.  Blair has advised more than 100 companies and governments in the areas of leadership, corporate strategy, organisational relationships and design, and has published more than 50 books and articles.


Britta Börjeson has a background from senior management positions within Organizational Change Management, Finance, Business Control and IT in globally leading companies within both consumer goods, Essity/SCA, and industrial businesses, Volvo Group. Her ability to formulate a compelling vision, organize assignment and lead people with a high level of transparency and involvement has proven critical to successfully reach the goal. Britta led the largescale project of establishing the Volvo Group corporate university to support business needs and to secure future competence development for the main professional target groups in the Group, creating economies of skill and scale. Today Britta is the Vice President of Learning Expertise at Volvo Group. Britta has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Gothenburg, and is an alumni of the Swedish Executive Program Ruter Dam.


Jena Davidson is founder of Jenson 8, an HR Tech company, pioneering the application of behavioral psychology and immersive (VR) technology to revolutionize how businesses leaders and teams thrive in a fast-moving world. Jenson 8 both provides solutions to clients and delivers executive education programs to clients.  Jena has extensive experience in cross-cultural leadership, organizational effectiveness, and top team development. She has worked with cross-functional and cross-cultural teams in multiple industries globally in over 30 countries. Equipped with over 25 years industry experiences. and a creative imagination, Jena’s particular expertise is in making the link between behavioral science, individual growth, and business transformation. 


Carl F. Fey is a Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland and an experienced executive educator.  From 2011-2015 he was Dean of Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS China) which he led to have 2500 students and a faculty of 90 from 28 countries (55 of whom he hired during his deanship).  The profile of NUBS China increased significantly during Professor Fey’s tenure as Dean helped by developing a focus around the three Is of International, Innovative, and Interactive, a big move to faculty development and interactive teaching, and an innovative start of executive education which focused not only on teaching content well but also on teaching in ways that learnings could be readily implemented by client firms.  Professor Fey helps firms increase their organizational effectiveness, be more innovative, and internationalize.  He has a special interest in understanding how firms can work in China and other large transforming economies.  To help his work have practical impact, Fey had over 100 popular press appearances (including re-publishing) in 2021.  Professor Fey is the recipient of the 2013 Journal of International Business Studies Decade Award which is an award given for the article published one decade ago which has had the largest influence on the field of international business. 


Howard Yu is the LEGO® Professor of Management and Innovation at IMD. He is the author of the award-winning book LEAP: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied. In 2015, Professor Yu was selected by Poets&Quants as one of "The World's Top 40 Business Professors Under 40," and in 2018 he appeared on the Thinkers50 Radar list of thirty management thinkers "most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led." He delivers customized training programs at IMD for major global companies in Asia and Europe including China's TravelSky, China Resources, COFCO, and Tencent; Japan's Nitto and Recruit Holdings; Singapore's Temasek, ASML, Daimler, Bosch, Electrolux, LEGO, Sanofi, and Novartis. Professor Yu is a Hong Kong native with a doctoral degree in management from Harvard Business School. Prior to his doctorate, he worked in the Hong Kong banking industry.


Webinar: Strategies for Teaching Digital Strategy in International Business

Friday, March 25, 2022, Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time,

17:00-18:15 Central European Time

Vinod Jain and Sali Li, University of South Carolina

Businesses today are increasingly digital and an important and a growing part of the global economy. The economics and strategy of digital businesses are quite different from those of businesses selling physical goods and services. With the incessant growth of digitalization, it has become imperative to incorporate digital strategy in IB and related courses.

This webinar offers a primer on digital strategy as well as some resources for incorporating digital strategy within existing IB courses. It will present the basic rules underpinning digital business (such as network effects and zero marginal cost) and the tools of digital strategy, especially for international businesses. There will be opportunities for participants to ask questions and share their own experiences in teaching digital strategy and related topics.



A Primer on Digital Strategy (Vinod Jain: 30 minutes)

Case Studies of Digital Businesses (Vinod Jain and Sali Li: 15 minutes each)

Q&A (15 minutes)


The webinar will take place via zoom at:

Meeting ID: 635 8991 2475

+496938079884,,63589912475# Germany


Speaker Bios

Vinod Jain is an expert in global and digital strategy, award-winning professor, Fulbright Scholar, and author of an MBA textbook on Global Strategy. His next strategy book, Global Meets Digital: Global Strategy for Digital Businesses; Digital Strategy for Global Businesses is to be published by Taylor & Francis this summer. Vinod received his Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management and International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland in 1994 and later taught there from 2005 to 2012. At Maryland, he was also the Founding Director of the federally funded Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Vinod has also been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick, and Nottingham University Business School, China. In the past, he worked as a middle- and senior-level executive with American and British multinationals. For more information, please visit:


Sali Li is Professor of International Business at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. His research has focused on the internationalization of digital platforms. His research has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, and awarded the Rugman Prize by the Academy of International Business and Lazardis Award for the Journal of Business Venturing’s Best Paper of the Year. In addition, he has developed several cases about global digital strategy, one of which he will present at the webinar.


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Webinar: The Future of Case Teaching in an Online and Hybrid World

Andreas Schotter, Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada

April 20, 2022, 9:00-10:30 AM US Eastern Time, 15:00-16:30 Central European Time, 22:00-23:30 Beijing Time


Case teaching online is less effective than on campus delivery, but can be equal to on campus delivery when combined with asynchronous activities. Now, two years into the biggest shift in teaching for most of us, it is time to consolidate best practices and to provide an opportunity for picking up additional skills for a future that will certainly not be like the past. From our work with hundreds of faculty around the world it is clear that case teaching has changed permanently with COVID-19. After this session you will be able to better adapt to online case teaching and to redesigning or designing from scratch entire courses for online case delivery. We will also discuss how to best blend asynchronous and synchronous learning.  Case examples for the webinar will come from International Business, but the learnings about case teaching are relevant for many disciplines, and as such the seminar should be of interest to people from diverse areas. For additional information please contact Andreas Schotter at [log in to unmask].


Speaker Bio

A dual Canadian and German citizen, Dr. Andreas Schotter is an Associate Professor of International Business and General Management and the CEMS Academic Director at the Ivey Business School. He holds the F.W.P. Jones Faculty Fellowship. He is also a John H. Dunning Fellow at Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK. Before joining the faculty at Ivey, Andreas served on the faculty of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. The Wall Street Journal has named him twice Distinguished Professor of the Year. Andreas’ research appears in top management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, and others. He has authored numerous books and book chapters and more than 20 cases, several of them bestsellers. In addition to his scholarly work, Andreas works closely with multinational corporations and not-for-profit organizations from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America on their global strategies and business model transformations.



Teaching Culture General versus Culture Specific

Iris Berdrow, Bentley University and TBD,

April-May exact date TBD

Culture is a word that everyone has heard, probably used, and understands in some way.  The concept has been widely researched in many contexts, for many purposes.  We all have some sense of our “cultural heritage” and that other cultures are different.  There is a difference between understanding culture as a social construct and understanding the culture of a specific group of people.  These considerations are referred to as culture general and culture specific. This webinar will explain each, and provide a brief outline of the teaching tools for each.  The zoom link will be announced later.  For more information contact: Berdrow, Iris at: [log in to unmask].


Speaker Bio

Iris Berdrow is a tenured Professor of management and Director of the MBA program at Bentley University (Waltham, MA, USA), has taught at Harvard University Summer School (Cambridge, MA, USA), as well as internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Morocco. She holds an MBA and Ph.D. with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and International Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Her research interests are in intercultural effectiveness, globally oriented pedagogy, effective assessment, employee competencies and competency based education. Iris is published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning and the Journal of World Business, among others. She is coauthor of Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability (Evers, Rush & Berdrow, 1998). Dr. Berdrow has also served as Assurance of Learning Director and Chair of Faculty Senate at Bentley University, and currently serves as President of ION, International Organization Network. For additional information please contact Iris Berdrow at: [log in to unmask]



Dr. Carl F. Fey

Professor of International Business

International Business Unit

Aalto University School of Business

Helsinki, Finland

Tel. +358-50-408-1070

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