Business and Management is a young department with ambitious plans for expansion. Our aim is to develop flagship provision with strong industry links in business, finance, executive education and through our MBA.
This is complemented by our broad portfolio encompassing Finance, Accounting and Banking; International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Operations and Supply Chain Management; and Organisational Behaviour and Marketing. We create opportunities for staff and students to develop within a world-leading academic community, producing research at an international level of excellence.
Professor Carol Alexander
Head of Department
BMW workshop, 20 November 2013
MSc Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management students were treated to a lean workshop delivered by Alexandros Mertikas, who has led a number of lean projects at BMW's Mini production plant in Oxford, UK.
Alexandros discussed the evolution of the lean philosophy and outlined the key tools and techniques for applying lean methods to both manufacturing and service environments. Keeping to the automotive theme, the students were tasked with designing a car of the future and came up with many useful and informative suggestions, including mood cars (cars which sense your mood through the steering wheel and alter the lighting, music and pump you favourite relaxing fragrance into the driving area at specific intervals) and cars that do not require replacement parts. Inevitably, the suggestions very quickly moved to the issue of material sustainability and reuse.
Dare to Dream: Lessons for sports, business, and life with Colin Jackson 9 October 2013
World champion hurdler Colin Jackson visited BMEc on 9 October to deliver the inaugural lecture in the LEAD lecture series to showcase excellence in leadership. Colin inspired the audience to "Dare to Dream" with tales of successes, and setbacks, from his illustrious athletics career. He shared his lessons on how to strive for excellence through hard work, learning from others, having a great support team and aiming high.
Colin warned us against resting on our laurels after achieving a goal. As he advised the then up-and-coming Usain Bolt, setting new, stretching goals is the key to sustained performance. His lessons are valuable not only for sporting achievement but also in business and life in general. Don’t miss the second lecture from the LEAD series on Wednesday 23 October when entrepreneur, Frederic Nze, will talk about his journey to setting up a bank to serve underprivileged communities in the UK.
Prof Ian Davidson wins 2012 Abacus Manuscript Award
Professor Ian Davidson, Professor in Business and Management and Head of the School of Business, Management and Economics, is the joint winner of the 2012 Abacus Manuscript Award.
His paper - The Construction of Asset Pricing Models With Specific Factor Loadings (co-authored with Qian Guo, Xiaojing Song and Mark Tippett) - was chosen by an expert panel of accounting academics and practitioners.
Ian will receive the award, funded by the owner of Abacus, the Accounting Foundation, at the American Accounting Association Conference which takes place 3-7 August 2013 in Anaheim, California, USA.
New MSc in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis (FRIA)
Our new MSc FRIA is the first course of its type to be developed by the Department of Business and Management.
Its highly selective entry and fast-track, intensive study over a 10-month period are designed to educate the next generation of leading financial risk or investment analysts.