The International Module at the Cranfield School of Management

The international module at Cranfield is based on the fact that Britain, and London in particular, is a global hub for the worlds of finance and logistics.  Cranfield’s School of Management has considerable expertise in both of these areas and benefits from its close proximity and association with leading companies and financial institutions that are central to Britain’s role in these sectors.  EMBA students who elect to come to the Consortium’s International Week at Cranfield will experience a dual focus on innovations in Supply Chains that reflects the world-leading expertise of Cranfield’s faculty, as well as on global finance recognising the importance of London as a major global financial hub.

Cranfield School of Management will offer participants a programme that will be active, inspiring and varied.  It will included brief residencies at two centres – Cranfield and London – and broad learning experiences based on lectures by leading experts, case study discussions, simulations, company visits and cultural attractions.  There will be opportunities for quality interactions with business leaders, senior alumni and current students.  Our goal is to provide you with an integrated approach to learning based on practical management skills as well as management knowledge, and one that links the worlds of global finance and supply chains.

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Colin Hudson
Director of Executive Degree Programmes (MBA and DBA)
+44 1234 751122

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Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the week, Consortium participants at Cranfield School of Management will be able to:

  • have an enhanced understanding of the UK’s political, business and social environment – in particular as a global hub for Finance and Supply Chains.

  • exhibit a deeper conceptual and practical understanding of the importance of Finance and Supply Chains as management disciplines

  • appreciate how a company’s financial choices can be used to enhance its business strategy, and thus its value

  • understand the financial, control and investment opportunities faced by rapidly growing companies in entrepreneurial settings

  • recognise how competitive advantage can be created through supply chain excellence

  • articulate a heightened critical awareness of the global environment within which organisations operate and the cultural, political and ethical ambiguities that this gives rise to

EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation 2017 – Cranfield School of Management

NOTE: * Visits are subject to change - some companies still to confirm. This page will be updated as and when firm commitments are made. We do not anticipate any major changes from this provisional programme.

BRITAIN – a global hub: the world of Finance & Supply Chains

NOTE: the programme below is work-in-progress and is provided for guidance purposes only. A final programme will be published once all visits and lectures have been confirmed.

Program at glance

Saturday, September 16th:
[arrival during the day)

17.00 - Group introductions - Ice Breaking activities – Outline of the week Introduction to Cranfield.
Evening - Dinner at The Swan at Salford [optional, at student expenses]

Sunday, September 17th:

Morning - Welcome to Cranfield; Introduction to British Culture [David Simmons]. Chargeable optional visit: Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers

Afternoon - The Planks – team-building exercise
Evening - Welcome Drinks and Barbecue - with Cranfield EMBA students and Pre-MBA students

Monday, September 18th:

Morning - The Reality of Brexit: What it means for the UK and the world. [Joe Nellis];  Supply Chain challenges [Mike Bernon

Afternoon - Global Supply Chain Simulation + Learnings from Logistics: Offshore, Nearshore, Not Sure! [Melvyn Peters et al.]
Evening - Welcome Dinner - CMDC

Tuesday, September 19th: 

Morning - Company Visit: John Lewis -  Supply chains: the John Lewis partnership model

Afternoon - The vital, undervalued link: How Supply Chain Management impacts a Firm’s Performance [Simon Templar]. Performance at the Limits - Professor Mark Jenkins
Evening - Cranfield Motorsport Simulation - Building 38 foyer

Wednesday, September 20th: 

Morning - Company Visit: Aston Martin - continuous innovation - or Wedgewood.

Afternoon - Simon Templar - guest speaker tba. Free time - interactions with Cranfield MBAs
Evening - Cranfield Motorsport Simulation (cont.); Pub Night with Cranfield MBAs

Thursday, September 21st: 
Morning - Visit to Grant Thornton

Afternoon - Retail Beyond the Tipping Point….. Visit to Lloyds of London
Evening - Dinner and certificates: Guest of honour - tba

Friday, September 22nd:

Morning - Entrpreneurial Finance [Dr. Steffi Hussels] Visit to HSBC London HQ tbc

Afternoon - Walking tour of City of London
Free Evening

Mike Bernon

Mike has worked with numerous companies on research projects and in his role as Director of Executive Development (SCM).  His current research interests are in the areas of supply chain sustainability, carbon footprint measurement and reverse logistics. He also has research interests in supply chain network design, supply chain re-design, supply chain improvement and supply chain costing. He has been the principal investigator for a number of major research programs for the EPSRC, World Bank, Department for Transport (DfT) and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  He is currently the Chairperson for the Cranfield Sustainable Supply Chain Forum and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and is Chair of their Reverse Logistics Forum.

John Glen

John specializes in teaching micro economics, industrial organization and is the author of several papers relating to competition policy, and deregulation. His teaching at Cranfield School of Management has contributed to the electives on Economic Perspectives on Globalization; Advanced Macroeconomics Economic, Economics of Organizations and Strategy, and Quantitative Methods.  John has recently completed a sector risk assessment for a European Bank. He is currently researching the impact of Regional Development Agencies on Local Government Economic Development Strategies.  He appears frequently on BBC TV News and BBC Breakfast Time commenting on economic affairs.

Stephanie Hussels

Stephanie's current research focuses on venture strategy and planning in evolutionary firms, entrepreneurial resilience and on business survival.  She also runs the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital modules on the full-time and executive MBA, which combines theory and practice through case studies and the development of business ideas.   Stephanie organized the 2010 and 2011 European Business Plan of the Year Competition, which brought together MBA students and faculty from around Europe to compete for the best business idea as judged by industry experts. Stephanie is the Director of the Cranfield Business Growth Club and one of the organisers of Cranfield VentureDay, the annual conference for Cranfield's extended network of entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors.

Melvyn Peters

Melvyn is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (US) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching and research have taken Melvyn to Hungary, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Dubai and China in the last few years.  Melvyn's recent research has focused on logistics outsourcing, international sourcing and telematics. He is a co-author of European Logistics: Markets, Management and Strategy. As Director of Graduate Programs he has overall responsibility for Cranfield's MBA and MSc degrees in the areas of economics, finance and management.  Recent consultancy has seen him working with Accenture (telematics), King Sturge (warehouse developments in Central Europe) and Baker Rose (Shellhaven Logistics Park).

David Simmons

David has spent his professional life in management and education, initially as a teacher and Head teacher. He was the founding Head of an international school in France (now with more than 350 students).  He then spent 15 years in educational publishing, as European Manager for Oxford University Press, and subsequently as Sales Director, EMEA-ELT (English Language Teaching) Division of Pearson, owners of The Financial Times. As a teacher trainer, David has led more than 100 seminars on language skills development in the classroom.  David runs the International Business Assignment on the MBA program, which involves all MBA students undertaking international assignments all over the world. He holds a Masters degree in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, both from the University of Cambridge. Beyond Cranfield, David is a practicing adult and youth magistrate (Justice of the Peace), sitting on the Cambridge bench.

Simon Templar

Simon's current research interests are related to supply chain finance and supply chain costing, in particular the interfaces between supply chain management, management accounting and marketing. He is a founding member of the Supply Chain Finance Community, a non-for-profit association, which aims to share best practice and new research in an open, collaborative environment. Simon was a member of a multi-disciplinary research team jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry that developed a novel process to assess supply chain costs in the food and drink industry. His PhD research explored the impact of transfer pricing on supply chain management decisions.  Other research interests include rail freight, customer profitability analysis and tax-efficient supply chains.
Participants should book at Cranfield Management Development Centre from Saturday 16th September – Wednesday 21st September inclusive: nightly rate is £108.50 and includes full breakfast.
Mention reference: 148960
Cranfield Management Development Centre
Telephone: (+44) 01234 751122
Fax: (+44) 01234 751707
Internal Extension: 4820
For London – from Thursday 21st onwards :
The Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London SE1 3UN.
Telephone: (+44) 020 7378 2465 
Fax: (+44) 020 7378 2460
Rate is £135 per night including English breakfast
Mention booking reference cran17. If there are any problems, mention the name of Stella D'Angelo, Reservations and Revenue Manager
Note – in London, this is a very competitive price, so we urge participants to reserve quickly. Payment will be required in advance and is non-refundable.

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