Workshop - Leading the Way in Management Development

Bled, Slovenia


In the fast-changing world of management development, it is crucial that leadership teams of educational institutions share the same perception of the main challenges and strategy, are able to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with external and internal changes, and work efficiently together to implement these plans.

This new workshop, designed by a group of experienced Presidents/Deans from CEEMAN member institutions, is intended to help top leadership teams of management schools (deans or directors attending with their 4-6 top team members) to stress-test and fine-tune their strategies and plans. This will be achieved through a series of 10 Master Classes on key issues that management development institutions are facing, extensive faculty and peer-to-peer feedback, and cross-team meetings of those with parallel responsibilities.

Who Should Attend?

Deans/Directors with 3-5 members of their core management team e.g. Associate Deans/Vice-Presidents for Academic Affairs, Research, or major programs, CFOs, Heads of Administration, etc.

Why Attend?

Teams should expect the following main "take-home":

  • A revised perception of the main challenges ahead as well as a thorough rework of strategies and plans to deal with these.
  • A shared understanding and commitment by the whole team to tackle these issues and implement the needed changes.
  • Very substantial and lasting individual and team learning about the leadership challenges confronting all management development institutions worldwide, and how to think about them and deal with them given the particularities of one’s own institution.

Taken together, these take-homes can be expected to result, for most if not all teams, in a major shake-up and reset of both direction and change plans. The workshop can also be considered as important preparation for the world's leading accreditation or re-accreditation schemes. Therefore, return-on-investment, given the relatively low cost of workshop participation, can reasonably expected to be very significant.


Leading the Way is a three-day workshop, with a follow-up Skype session two months later.

Each participating team should submit, at least one month ahead of the workshop, a 3-5 page overview of their operating environment/markets; their mission, vision and strategy; and their perceived key challenges. Each team should also review the internet sites of other participating teams and be ready to make comments.

A progressive series of Master Classes (ten in all) by highly experienced faculty coaches act as "stress tests" to provoke rethinking, refinement, elaboration, or in some cases, complete redrafting of these original submissions.

Each evening, time is set aside for cross-team meetings of those with parallel responsibilities, e.g Deans/Directors meeting together, Research Heads meeting together, Heads of Administration/CFOs meeting together, etc., to further exchange experience and ideas in various functional areas.

The three days wind up with a final eleventh Master Class dedicated to formulating and implementing 2-3 high priority "strategic change initiatives", the focus of the "homework" which will precede a 1/2 day Skype session for all teams two months after the workshop itself.


The faculty coaches are all steeped in experience and each have more than 15 years of service as Deans/Directors/Presidents leading and building renowned management development institutions. Additionally, invited faculty experts will step in as necessary to provide specialized expertise in various functional areas (such as finance, faculty policies, accreditation and quality, pedagogy, etc).

Prof. Derek F AbellProgram Leader, Founding President of ESMT-European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, previous Dean IMEDE (now IMD), Lausanne
Danica Purg
Prof. Danica PurgPresident of CEEMAN and IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
Prof. Irina SennikovaRector of RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology, Latvia


Please contact us for info on the prices.


Nearest airports
Ljubljana International Airport Jože Pučnik (Brnik) is situated 37 km southeast of Bled (about 20-25 minutes drive). It is connected with all major European cities and airports. The Slovene national air carrier is Adria Airways. For intercontinental flights we recommend a connecting flight via Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, London or Paris. Transfer from/to Ljubljana airport can be booked through CEEMAN Office.

Other neighboring international airports are in:


A range of hotels in Bled, a unique tourist destination, within walking distance from the venue is available and can be booked at preferential rates through CEEMAN office.


To register for the workshop, please write to CEEMAN Director Olga Veligurska at

In order to benefit most from the program, a good working knowledge of English is recommended.



Olga Veligurska
Olga VeligurskaCEEMAN Director
+386 4 57 92 505