|12th Annual EDiNEB Conference|
June 15-17, 2005 in Antwerp, Belgium
Innovating the Dynamics of Organizing Learning in Business and Business Education.
Business has fuelled interest in learning about the role of knowledge in contemporary society. Business organizations have recognized the value of knowledge creation, and turning their organization into a learning arena. Business managers are eager to capitalize on new information technologies and appreciate the importance of knowledge. Business schools commit themselves to developing knowledge and learning as core competencies.
Innovation of the dynamics of organizational change
The EDiNEB network places innovation of the dynamics of organizational change at the heart of its interest. It considers innovation as a change process that forms the linking pin between how learning is organized at business school and how learning is shaped at the workplace. Although disciplines such as psychology and education have provided many insights about how individuals learn, the interest about how organizations learn was developed in management sciences. Despite their shared interest in learning, few concepts and ideas are shared between these disciplines.
The nature of knowledge
In Western Society, production work is more and more displaced by knowledge work. The way access to knowledge is organized, and how opportunities to learn are realized are considered core issues for modern business. Paying attention to the dynamics of change and learning process – both within business schools and within business world – provides new possibilities to understand the nature of knowledge and the way it can be learned. It needs to attract the interest of multiple disciplines meeting within networks like EDiNEB.
Modern business requires further advancement of understanding the nature of knowledge and the dynamics of organizing learning. Current business practice shows that many change processes stall prematurely or fail to achieve their desired result. Existing patterns of collaboration between knowledge workers are insufficient to guide change processes leading to new business products and services. For that reason we need to understand what conditions are necessary within business schools to prepare graduates for further learning, and how business enterprises may gain from advanced learning.
Sustainable competitive advantage
Revisiting the roles of teachers and trainers is necessary to get a better understanding of how specialized knowledge, and management of this knowledge, can create sustainable competitive advantage for business. The importance of studying the role of knowledge within companies derives from a growing awareness that the capture and spread of knowledge within companies provides a significant explanation for marked differences in productivity and profitability between companies. Business leaders require management tools that emphasize knowledge sharing and resolve problems hindering knowledge sharing. Business schools need insights about required knowledge for business practice, and how to prepare students for the workplace.
Understanding the social processes
Learning can be understood as connecting thoughts. But communities of business practice report difficulties in knowledge sharing, and business schools face the reality that education is not simply a matter of knowledge transfer. If we want to understand the role of knowledge within business organizations, we need to understand the social processes that shape interaction between people. If we want to improve business education, our focus should shift from content to process. Both issues require attention for innovating processes that go along with the dynamics of organizing learning. Whether it is within business schools or within business organizations, learning theories and research are necessary to give guidance in organizing learning. Understanding patterns of collaboration between people may provide new insights in improving learning processes. For business organizations and business education this requires a strengthened focus on the development of knowledge and the social nature of learning practices.
Explore the diamond capital of the world
CafÈ terraces overflow with late-night revellers, ancient streets glow with gentle lamplight, exotic rhythms escape across the waterfront…… Antwerp has a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. It can rival Bruges for medieval charm, outshine Brussels for style and match Amsterdam for street life. The city has enjoyed an artistic renaissance, led by a new generation of fashion designers. When it comes to food, Antwerp has a great deal to offer, both haute and nouvelle cuisine, celebrated Belgian chocolate and over 1.000 different types of Belgian beer. And Antwerp still glitters as the centre of the world’s diamond industry, where two-thirds of the world’s diamond trade is conducted behind discreet facades. Behind a more spectacular faÃade the Corinthia Antwerp Hotel serves its own special brand of hospitality. The distance to Antwerp Deurne airport is only 5 km, whereas Brussels Zaventem Airport is 45km. The SN Brussels Airline Expressbus offers a shuttle service from and to Antwerp every hour for the price of € 8,00.
Sparkling like one of the diamonds Antwerp is so famous for, the smart four star Corinthia Antwerp hotel is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the historic city centre. With its unmatched standard of services and facilities, the hotel is an ideal venue for the 12th Annual EDiNEB Conference. Special room rates are applicable for participants, € 109 per room, single occupancy and € 129 per room, double occupancy. Prices include full breakfast and use of the hotel’s leisure facilities. Hotel accommodation at the special EDiNEB rate can only be applied for via the registration form for the 12th Annual EDiNEB conference. Rooms are available at a first come first served basis, since EDiNEB has a room block on a limited number of rooms.
Connecting educational innovators
Capturing good ideas, tapping knowledge that is vested in communities, and finding other innovative educators are key features of the EDiNEB network. Creating new communities of interest in innovative business education, new ways of corporate training, or reform in economics education form the heart of EDiNEB. The EDiNEB network was founded in 1993 to connect innovators all over the world, and to grant members access to a community of like-minded learning professionals committed to development of best practices in teaching and learning business, training corporate world, and redesigning economics education. Our network has been rapidly expanding since, developing platforms for exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience through our conferences, workshops, publications, and our website.
The program of the 12th Annual EDiNEB Conference will encourage quality networking by adding more opportunities for interactive sessions, more time for making social contacts, and more use of information technology. Visit our website (www.edineb.net) to generate new ideas, meet new people, submit your abstract, and check the conference program.
Be there, register now!.
The following registration rates in € apply:
In case of cancellation by a registrant, payment will only be refunded if a written request is received by the EDiNEB Network Secretariate before April 15, 2005. Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. If cancellation is received later than April 15, 2005 no refund will be made. Nonmembers may register at member rates if a membership application and dues payment accompany the registration. The registration form contains a section to register as an EDiNEB member. Additional forms for membership application are available on the EDiNEB website. Students need to include with their registration a letter from their faculty supervisor or from an administrator at their institution confirming their status as student. The conference fee includes access to all paper sessions during the conference, a full information package at the conference, lunches, social events, and a copy of the conference book. Registrants may charge their fees to American Express, VISA, or MasterCard. In the event unforeseen circumstances force the EDiNEB Network to cancel the conference, a full refund of the conference fee less 10% administration costs will be made. Registration is possible via the EDiNEB website www.edineb.net.
The 12th Annual EDiNEB annual conference is organized under the auspices of the executive board of the EDiNEB network and the EDiNEB foundation.
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