Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe


The Darden School of Business has become a member of the Central and East European Management Development Association, known as CEEMAN, which is housed at the IEDC Bled School of Management in Bled, Slovenia.

The aim of CEEMAN, established in 1993, is to accelerate the growth in quality of management development in Central and Eastern Europe.

“We aim to learn from and share with the CEEMAN membership on all issues regarding management research and education, but particularly regarding developments in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Peter Rodriguez, Darden’s Associate Dean for International Affairs.

“We also seek deeper engagement through mutually beneficial research and teaching collaborations.”

“Joining CEEMAN will provide wonderful exposure for Darden to Central and Eastern Europe,” said Darden Professor Lynn Isabella, who has taught Executive Education courses at IEDC in Slovenia since 1997. “I see that area of the world as crying out for the type of management education that Darden delivers based on its curriculum, pedagogy and faculty.”

“Darden can also learn a tremendous amount about the struggle companies are facing in that part of the world and influence up-and-coming managers, who are generally very young,” said Isabella.

She helps companies develop their global leadership talent and organizational effectiveness and was invited to speak at CEEMAN’s 17th Annual Conference, “Local Responses to the Global Crisis,” in Riga, Latvia in September.

“Membership in CEEMAN will broaden Darden’s stamp and give us a nice foothold in that part of the world,” she said.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a professional school that works to improve society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

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