EFMD will hold its international conference at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

  • More than 130 representatives from business schools and companies from 29 different countries will attend to discuss training for the management sector

Pompeu Fabra University, or more specifically, UPF Barcelona School of Management, is the location for the EFMD Conference for Management Development 2015 which will take place in Barcelona from 14 until 16 October. The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is a leading international organization for business schools and companies, with 830 members across 82 countries. It oversees the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems and is a key reference for the Management Development Sector and business schools. 130 representatives from business schools and companies from 29 different countries will meet at the event held in Barcelona. They aim to reflect upon and discuss current and future challenges for businesses, the economy in general and the Executive Development sector.

In addition to UPF Barcelona School of Management, participants include London Business School; Queen's School of Business; Victoria University of Wellington; Swiss Reinsurance; Vlerick Business School; Mannaz; Amcor; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Duke Corporate Education and HKUST Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, among others. ‘It is a meeting point where large companies and business schools can discuss matters such as leadership models, talent development, innovation, organizational training and operational excellence. The idea, in short, is to reflect and exchange experiences on corporate education in order to learn about new trends and establish new teaching models for training and preparing tomorrow's executives', explains Daniel Serra de la Figuera, Dean of UPF Barcelona School of Management.

One of the key elements of the debate is multidisciplinary training, which is aimed at moulding efficient and responsible leaders. ‘We cannot keep training professionals using the usual models. We are faced with a need to redirect and redesign the foundations upon which training is based, and move towards more multidisciplinary models for students from different fields of knowledge, more flexible training programs and modular education,’ asserts Daniel Serra de la Figuera, Dean of UPF Barcelona School of Management.

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