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Knowledge Into Action Forum - "Futures of Business Education"

The flagship ABIS event Knowledge Into Action Forum will focus this year on "Futures of Business Education".

Date May 10 - 11, 2022
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Online & Avenue Arnaud Fraiteur 15/23, 1050 Ixelles
Focus Futures of Business Education

Since its foundation, ABIS has aimed to significantly contribute to equipping current and future leaders with the knowledge and skills for the success of business in society. Despite many positive developments, in the face of current and future societal challenges, more than ever we believe that business schools need to take responsibility for the mindsets, frameworks and management theories they teach and to transform their practices, curricula and research.

The fragility of our planet is in fact more and more apparent. Climate change, persistent inequalities, social fragmentation, and political extremism are bringing many societal crises and international conflicts. Advances in digitalisation, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology have been impressive, yet also raise ethical and governance concerns.

To stand up against these challenges, the questions that we ask is: what is the role of management education in securing sustainable futures? What new mindset and competences must we develop and ignite? How can business schools become learning organisations to navigate these new waters? Are business schools ready for not only educating future leaders, but further, for taking leadership of the global transformation needed to secure the sustainable future of our planet?

In this year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum, we will reflect on and actively contribute to shape “Futures of Business Education”. Building on the growing foresight knowledge and competences ABIS have been developing, we will approach this topic through the innovative lens of futures studies, foresight and anticipatory governance. It is our hope this will offer original, novel insights and solutions to foster pedagogical innovation, inter-disciplinary and epistemic dialogue around management theory as well institutional transformation in business education.

The Forum is an ideal event for business schools’ Rectors and Vice-Rectors, deans, management involved in learning and teaching, faculty members, researchers, students as well as employers.

The event positions itself within the wider context of the EU Green Deal, the European Skills Agenda and new Proposal for learning for environmental sustainability, and the European Year of Youth 2022, as well as the latest UNESCO report on “Transforming Education for Global Sustainability”.

Event report

Futures of Business Education

To download the report in PDF format, please click HERE.



(All times local)


10:00 - 10:15

Welcome speeches and introduction

  • Karolina Sobczak – Knowledge Manager, ABIS
  • Baback Yazdani – Baback Yazdani – Chair of the Board of Directors, ABIS and Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

10:15 - 10:45

Keynote speech: Futures studies – what is in it for business education?

While the complex nature of change makes predicting events is impossible, thinking about the future can help identify risks and opportunities, inform strategy development, and stimulate innovation. How could business schools benefit from adopting a futures perspective? The opening keynote will address the relevance and usefulness of the discipline of future studies in reimagining the future practices, research and curricula in business education.

  • Njeri Mwagiru - Senior Futurist, Institute for Futures Research, Stellenbosch University

10:45 - 12:00

Panel discussion: Transforming business education for sustainable futures

In the panel discussion we will welcome high-level voices from policymakers, academia and business to share and discuss the recent developments and emerging pathways to uplevel the role of business schools to ensure sustainable futures. In particular, the session aims to provide an overview of the EU policy framework on higher education, UNESCO's outlook and recommendations as well as perspectives from the academic and business community.

  • Peter Wells – Chief Higher Education, UNESCO
  • Natalia Olynec - Head of Sustainability, IMD
  • Cédric Bachellerie – Managing Director, Sustainamics
  • Moderator: Karolina Sobczak – Knowledge Manager, ABIS

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00

Pedagogy and skills development

The two following sessions will zoom into a specific theme which is likely going to have a great impact on the future of business education, and its ability to address pressing societal challenges: pedagogy and skills development. 

13:00 - 14:00

Interactive session I. Applying the European competence framework on sustainability

This session will offer an overview of the newly published GreenComp – the European competence framework on sustainability and will feature a discussion on its relevance and usefulness in reimagining the future practices, research and curricula in business education.

  • Ulrike Pisiotis – Policy Officer, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  • Moderator: Katarina Haluskova – Project Communication Specialist, ABIS

14:00 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:15

Interactive session II. Taking climate leadership: preparing students for challenging times

This session will showcase the approach developed by Professor Molthan-Hill to prepare students to take climate leadership with root in carbon literacy training. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the key concepts and and discuss the potential application of this approach within their modules, curricula and institutional, organizational practices.

  • Petra Molthan-Hill - Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development, Nottingham Business School, NTU
  • Moderator: Karolina Sobczak – Knowledge Manager, ABIS

15:15 - 16:15 Implications for institutional development 

In this interactive session,  we will harvest the learnings from the morning and the breakout sessions and reflect on how they influence the future institutional developments of business schools.

16:15 – 16:30

Concluding remarks

  • Ivo Matser – CEO, ABIS
10:00-12:00 Information and networking session with ABIS (optional)

While the start of Day 2 is set at 13.00, in the morning ABIS welcomes all participants able to arrive earlier to an in-person information session on on collaboration and engagement opportunities with ABIS, as well as offers space for networking amongst participants.

12:00 - 13:00

Registration and networking lunch

13:00 - 13:10


The opening session of the second day of the 2022 ABIS KIAF will engage participants in an active and dynamic exploration of futures of business education via facilitated foresight tools and methods. The objective of the day is to explore the driving forces and underlying factors that are going to shape how business education is going to look like decades to come. These insights are going to inform an emerging initiative for the ABIS network aimed to accelerate the needed changes in business schools. 

13:10 - 14:40

Interactive session I - Scenario Building

In the first interactive session, participants will reflect on and uncover what key factors and patterns of events will determine future outcomes in the business education environment in a predefined timescale.


  •  Karolina Sobczak - Knowledge Manager, ABIS
  • Lauren Bontoux  - Senior Foresight for Policy Expert, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

14:40 - 15:10


15:10 - 16:40

Interactive session II - Envisioning the future of business education

The conversation will build on the previous session and aid participants’ thinking about current assumptions, emerging changes, and possible and desired futures of business education.

16:40 - 16:45

Concluding remarks

May 11: 10.00 - 12.00

In-person information and networking session (optional)
The second day of the event is set to start around midday, to allow participants to travel to Brussels. For those who are able to arrive earlier, in the morning of the second day the ABIS team will organize an optional, in-person information session on collaboration and engagement with ABIS for our members and non-members, as well as offer ample space for networking amongst participants at our premises.

Logistics guide

Please find all necessary information on the location, nearby hotels and transportation to the venue on May 11 in our Logistics guide. 

Please notice that our event will take place at Av. Arnaud Fraiteur 15/23, 1050 Ixelles at Silversquare Delta.


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1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

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