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International View at July Deans' Meeting

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Professor Francois Therin, Director of Institute of Management Technology Dubai Business School, and  Professor Angus Laing (pictured),  Dean of Lancaster University Management School, will provide business deans with global perspectives at the July 19 Deans' Meeting at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. 

In a joint session with the business deans and the ABDC International Education Network, Professor Therin will discuss Deans in an International Context – Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

While currently IMT Director in the United Arab Emirates, Professor Therin has worked and lived in six different countries. He has held Dean/Director positions in France, in Malaysia for Curtin University's branch campus in Borneo, and did a one-year sabbatical at QUT.

For the past 23 years he has taught and researched solely in business schools.  His additonal roles have included being Head of a Center for Techno-Entrepreneurship; Associate Director of Studies for International Programs; Project Director for E-learning and International Development; and Vice-President for Academic Affairs. 

Professor Therin is interested in the internationalisation of higher education in general and business schools in particular. He has been active in the development of online learning for the past 20 years and has mainly researched innovation and entrepreneurship. 

He holds a Master in Management from Toulouse Business School (France), an MPhil from Aix-en-Provence University (France) and a DBA from Newcastle University (UK). 

Professor Laing, who will discuss the UK experience of journal rankings, is Chair of the Academic Journal Guide Board of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Association. He previously served as the Association's Chair and has also been a member of the EQUIS Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development.  Heregularly chairs business school accreditation panels on behalf of EFMD and AACSB.

Professor Laing did his undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and gained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen. His research interests have centred on the consumption of professional services in contemporary societies, with a particular interest in the impact of technology on service delivery and consumption. This work has been funded by a range of bodies including the ESRC, the NIHR and the British Academy.

He was previously the Dean of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and prior to that was Head of School of the University of Glasgow Business School. His initial Chair appointment was at the Open University Business School where he held the HFC Bank Chair of Marketing.



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