Theme: "Governance and Public Policy - Role of Management Development" Host MNU Business School, Maldives National University Male, Maldives 24th to 26th April, 2017
South Asian Management Forum (SAMF) is a biennial conference organized by the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA). The 14th SAMF is being hosted by the MNU Business School, Maldives National University, Male, Maldives and will be held from 24th to 26th April, 2017 at Bandos Island, 08480 Male Atoll, Maldives.
The theme of the 14th SAMF 2017 is "Governance and Public Policy - Role of Management Development". The forum aims to bring together management experts, scholars, practicing managers, business leaders, policy administrators and other academicians from different countries of South Asia on a platform to discuss various connected issues and share their research findings. The last conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2015.
Management education has come a long way in addressing itself to the challenges in business, industry and technology. It has empowered its students in tackling problems as they arise. Meanwhile it was believed that as capitalism outpaces other competing ideologies, the role of government shrinks. Hence the slogan, minimum government and maximum performance. But as the social and economic environment becomes more complex, government may slowly withdraw as producer of goods and services, but reinforce itself as a regulator. Unless managers understand the compulsions of governance in a democratic society, and the bases of public policy formulation and implementation they cannot take their enterprises forward. Government will not, and cannot, recede into background. Hence the need to restructure management education to go beyond what is now being taught and design appropriate learning processes. Corporate sector needs sensitization both to prepare and to respond to change. Here is where management education needs new education for itself, and for its students and teachers.