Global Reach and Local Relevance 2013-2018

CEEMAN Case Writing Competition
One of the main issues in teaching on managerial and leadership issues, particularly for the local environment, is the availability of actual and relevant case studies. Therefore, already in 1996 CEEMAN launched the Case Writing Competitions, which are supported by Emerald Group Publishing since 2007. This initiative received a worldwide response. CEEMAN received excellent cases from countries from all continents.

The following data show how successful this initiative has become:

CEEMAN International Quality Accreditation (IQA)
IQA is one of the most important tools for CEEMAN to assist schools in becoming excellent and relevant. IQA differs from other accreditation schemes by:

- Putting the focus on quality before quantity

- Understanding what is relevant, also for the local environment

- Rewarding innovative solutions that institutions have developed to improve quality

- The judgment of relevant stakeholders on the quality of education, research, and services

As of 1 September 2018, CEEMAN IQA has accredited the following institutions:

1. Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan

2. Business School of Vilnius University, Lithuania

3. Department of Finance and Banking, RANEPA, Russia

4. European University, Spain/Switzerland/ Germany

5. IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

6. IMISP Business School, Russia

7. Institute of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship (IPAE), Russia

8. IPM Business School, Belarus

9. ISM University of Economics and Business, Lithuania

10. J.J. Strossmayer University, Faculty of Economics, Croatia

11. Kozminski University, Poland

12. Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Ukraine

13. Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine

14. Lviv Business School of UCU, Ukraine

15. MIM-Kyiv Business School, Ukraine

16. Narxoz University, Kazakhstan

17. Othman Yeop Abdullah (OYA) Graduate School of Business, Malaysia

18. Poznan University of Economics, Poland

19. RTU Riga Business School, Latvia

20. RISEBA University, Latvia

21. Salford Business School, UK

22. SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

23. Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

24. Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland

25. Zhejiang University, School of Management, China

CEEMAN Membership 2013-2017
In 2013, the total number of CEEMAN members was 211 from 51 countries. As of September 1, 2018, CEEMAN has 230 members from 55 countries. The following table shows the worldwide distribution of CEEMAN membership.
The growing number of members from "other emerging markets" explains the growth of CEEMAN membership. If we consider only the new members in the 2013-2017 period, the shift toward "other emerging markets" appears even larger (CEE: 48%, other emerging markets: 20%, Western Europe and North America: 32%). In the 2013-2018 period, CEEMAN got 54 new members and lost 29 members for a variety of reasons, the most important being financial constraints and merging or ending the activities of the particular institution.

Other facts concerning CEEMAN in 2013-2018
Besides what has been mentioned, we must not forget the following:


- UN PRME working group (WG) on poverty as a challenge for management education;

- Hidden Champions conference in Vienna (together with WU Vienna Competence Center for Central and Eastern Europe).


- Formation and meeting of the scientific committee of the research project on "Assessing Management Development Needs in Dynamically Changing Environment";

- Launch of the poster session for faculty and researchers at the CEEMAN Annual Conference;

- Publication of the survey report The Use of Technology in Management Education – Insights from the CEEMAN Network" (online in 2014).


- CEEMAN Executive Education Forum in Izmir, Turkey;

- Establishment of the UN PRME regional chapter for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with current headquarters at RISEBA University in Riga, Latvia;

- Participation of more than 30 research partners from 19 countries in the research on "Management and Leadership Development Needs in Dynamic Societies";

- Approval of CEEMAN's Erasmus+ grant application for the project "Skilled Business Leaders for Skilled Europe (Lead4Skills)" in cooperation with seven other member institutions.


- CEEMAN President Prof. Danica Purg, received from the Global UN PRME Forum an award for her pioneering work in establishing the UN PRME initiative;

- Implementation activities of the Lead4Skills project, including learning&training events, international conferences, and preparation of intellectual outputs.


- Launch of a new study on Hidden Champions: "Hidden Champions in Dynamically Changing Societies and Their Management and Leadership Needs";

- Publication of the book Business and Society, Making Management Education Relevant for the 21st Century, edited by Danica Purg, Alenka Braček Lalić and Jennifer A. Pope, published by Springer;

- Publication of the book Entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe: Development Through Internationalization, edited by Tõnis Mets, Arnis Sauka, and Danica Purg, published by Routledge;

- Publication of the chapter Higher Education in Management: The Case of Slovenia by Danica Purg and Alenka Braček Lalić, in the book The Future of Management Education, Volume 2: Differentiation Strategies for Business Schools (Springer, 2018).

CEEMAN in 2018
CEEMAN has been a dynamic organization. The CEEMAN family is growing by about 10 new members a year, which is amply sufficient to compensate for the loss of members in the same period.

The annual conferences are drawing a large number of committed participants. CEEMAN's main program and services are of high professional quality and well received. The number of participants varies from year to year, but the average rate evidences a growing interest. This is the result of a combination of active members, committed governance, and professional support from faculty and staff. In fact, CEEMAN deserves its own award for "innovation in education" and "institutional management". The main programs and the accreditation scheme are constantly renewed and adapted to the demands of members and participants. This means that CEEMAN knows what needs to be changed.

Looking at the programs, the increasing research activities, and the accreditation scheme, one thing is immediately clear. The local environment stands at the center of attention. Relevance is understood as the immediate and long-term interest of the environment that the business school or university is operating in. This is not at variance with the growing global scope of CEEMAN. For a long time, CEEMAN members learned a lot from "the best from the West". Now, CEEMAN members increasingly share their knowledge and rich experience with colleague institutions from dynamic or rising economies. Some topics, however, are not bounded by borders. For example, digitalization and artificial intelligence affect everybody, and we can learn from each other how to cope with these developments.

The global scope and reach of CEEMAN can be best seen from the participation rates of the association's main programs and its case writing competition. Three of the last six annual conferences took place outside of Europe. The case-writing winners came from India, Hungary, and China. CEEMAN Champions awards have been awarded to colleagues from 19 countries, from CEE, Switzerland, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, and Bahrain.

Text — Arnold Walravens, 2018

Production and Design — Artyom Ushnichkov, 2018