Successful faculty training in Slovenia

The 13th CEEMAN International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) was held in Bled, Slovenia 10-22 June. Three faculty members from Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) attended the academy.

The IMTA was organized by CEEMAN (the Central and East European Management Development Association) and held at IEDC-Bled School of Management. The theme was “Developing a new generation of management educators for the new generation of leaders”. This year, 36 participants from 19 countries all over the world came to Bled to attend the European faculty development programme. Three faculty members from Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) attended: Christina Keller, Marcela Ramírez-Pasillas and Annika Hall.

– I enjoyed meeting and being inspired by the faculty of IMTA and the participants who all had different experiences of management teaching. The track “Leading change” lead by J. B. Kassarjian, former professor of Harvard and Babson College, was an excellent experience and brought important insights to me as a teacher but also as a person, says Christina Keller.

The International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) is a programme for faculty of business schools, universities and other management development institutions. The purpose of IMTA is to address the need for faculty development in the area of management education and leadership development in transitional economies.

– IMTA was a great arena for learning about and sharing teaching practices and perspectives. Every day we met with professional educators that succeeded in creating a trust based learning environment. Every day we were encouraged to act, think and be different. The time at IMTA was the two best weeks of personal and professional growth ever for me, says Marcela Ramírez-Pasillas.

During the training the 36 participants from 19 countries acquired both general knowledge and skills related to teaching as well as competences related to one of the four different managerial disciplines (Strategic Management, Marketing, Finance/Accounting, Leadership and Change Management) of their individual choice and specialization.

– For me IMTA was a wonderful experience. It was an exiting blend of learning, reflection and inspiration. Throughout IMTA was very professionally arranged with highly motivated participants and very skilled and caring, yet very different, teachers who created a fruitful learning environment, says Annika Hall.