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.

College Road Cranfield MK43 0AL Bedfordshire

Mariana Zecca, MBA
Consortium Faculty Director
+44 1234 751122

Phone:+44 1234 751122

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 2019 – 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 14th: 
[arrival during the day)

Lunch [at student expenses]
17:00 - Group introductions - Ice Breaking activities – Outline of the week Introduction to Cranfield.
Evening - Dinner at Cranfield Management Development Centre [optional, at student expenses]

Sunday, September 15th:

Morning - Team Building exercise. 
Lunch [at student expenses]
Afternoon - Trip to Cambridge and 2hours guided tour to the city.
Evening - Free time

Monday, September 16th:

Morning – Themed Lecture 1: The Changing shape of Brexit: What it means for the UK and the world. [Dr Andrew Angus]; Themed Lecture 2: Supply Chain Futures [Mike Bernon
Afternoon - Themed Lecture 3: Performance at the Limits [Professor Mark Jenkins]; Global Supply Chain Simulation + Learnings from Logistics: Offshore, Nearshore, Not Sure! [Melvyn Peters et al.]
Evening - Welcome Dinner – CMDC [offered by Cranfield SoM]

Tuesday, September 17th: 

Morning - Company Visit: Aston Martin - continuous innovation.
Afternoon – Themed Lecture 4: Supply Chain Management and Firm Performance: Building Financially Sustainable Supply Chain Networks [Dr Simon Templar]. 
Dinner [at student expenses]
Evening - Cranfield Motorsport Simulation

Wednesday, September 18th: 

Morning - Company Visit: John Lewis -  Supply chains: the John Lewis partnership model
Afternoon - Simon Templar – the finance supply chain link, with speakers from KMPG, and PWC
Dinner: Networking event with Executive MBAs

Thursday, September 19th:  London

Morning –  by 09.15 am
Afternoon – Company Visit: Lloyds of London (insurance) arrive at AngloWorld
Evening - Formal Dinner and certificate presentation

Friday, September 20th:

Morning – Company Visit: London Gateway (tentative)
Afternoon - Wrap up and evaluation form
Free Evening

Mike Bernon

Mike works collaboratively with companies to design, develop and deliver innovative customised executive develop programmes for global clients. In addition, he is deeply involved with the Executive and Full Time MBA programme and the Executive and Full time Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Mike continues to be a visiting lecturer to a number of universities and academic institutions across Europe and the Far East.  His current research interests are in the areas of supply chain sustainability, carbon footprint measurement, reverse logistics. However, 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 programmes including, 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

Dr 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.

Professor 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).

Dr 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.

Dr Andrew Angus

Andrew is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Economics, specialising in managerial economics and economic strategy. Andrew is currently the Full-time MBA Director and is part of the Economics group ranked Number 1 in the world by the FT for the teaching of economics on MBA programmes in 2017.  Andrew has held a number of other posts at the University, such as course director of the MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability (2014-17) and the MSc in Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management (2009-12).  He was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (2011-14), for his contribution to work on the spillover effects of small-scale energy generation projects.Andrew has worked for the UK Government investigating potential mechanisms for lowering the economic burden of environmental regulation. His other research has focused on investment trends in clean technologies and the economic impacts of commodity price cycles. 

Professor Mark Jenkins

Mark's teaching, research and consulting activities focus on the areas of competitive strategy, and innovation. He is the author of a number of books on strategic management issues, including Performance at the Limit: Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing, Advanced Strategic Management and The Customer Centred Strategy. He has published numerous journal articles and is on the editorial boards of Long Range Planning, Organization Studies and the Journal of Management Studies.  He has a particular expertise in the area of motorsport which he uses in both his teaching, consulting and research activities. He is a Council member of the Society for Advanced Management Studies (SAMS). He has been a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) panel for Business and Management. He has also been chairman of the Case Centre (formerly European Case Clearing House) and external advisor to Institute for the Masters of Wine.

Dr Hendrik Reefke

Dr Hendrik Reefke is a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University, School of Management.  Hendrik is an active researcher, focusing primarily on sustainable supply chain management, service supply chains, as well as performance measurement and reporting.  He holds an award winning PhD from the University of Auckland as well as a MCom and BCom (Honours) in operations and supply chain management.  Hendrik embraces a variety of methodological research approaches including simulation, process design, modelling, surveys, group decision techniques, case studies, and conceptual theory building.  His work has been published in academic journals, books chapters, and conferences.  For research supervision, he welcomes students interested in conducting empirical research in areas broadly connected to his research interests.

Participants should book at Cranfield Management Development Centre from Saturday 14th September – Wednesday 20th September inclusive: nightly rate is £108.50 and includes full breakfast.
Mention reference: 199574
Cranfield Management Development Centre
Telephone: (+44) 01234 751122
Fax: (+44) 01234 751707
Internal Extension: 4820

For London – from Thursday 19th  to Friday 20th:

Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.
Telephone: (+44) 020 7637 2488
Rate from £90 per night


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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