London Business School’s latest news, awards, events and programmes
Students meet the entrepreneurs transforming Johannesburg
Last week 86 MBA students embarked on a week-long Global Business Experience (GBE) to Johannesburg, South Africa.
The theme for the week was Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: The role of Micro-Businesses. The students worked directly with 15 micro-businesses, operating in Alexandra, a township of Johannesburg. These micro-businesses ranged from hair salons and an education centre, to an internet café.
The experience offered an opportunity to challenge the students’ preconceptions about contemporary business and society and showed the role micro-entrepreneurs play in fostering growth and transformation in emerging markets. With the aim of offering practical improvements, the students presented their findings and recommendations to the micro-entrepreneurs at the end of the week.
Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing, who is accompanying the students on the trip, said: “By far the most common businesspeople on earth are the micro-entrepreneurs: those who run businesses with five or fewer employees. Micro-entrepreneurs are especially common in emerging markets that are experiencing dramatic growth today. They distribute products for other companies large and small, domestic and multinational. They supply to other companies, they buy from them, and when they band together, they are formidable competitors to them. Yet the business lives of micro-entrepreneurs are poorly understood. This trip gives students an experience most business executives never receive.”
The GBE is part of the MBA second year curriculum and students have the opportunity to choose from five locations around the world for a week-long learning experience. Each GBE is led by two senior faculty members from different subject areas. They are designed to be fast-paced, engaging and demanding, and to push students outside their comfort zone. At the end of the week the students will deliver a group-project after working in an unfamiliar environment with new peers.
For more information on the GBEs please click here.
10 Dec 2013
London Business School entrepreneur sets crowdfunding record
A London Business School alumnus has set a new record for the largest amount of crowdfunded equity raised for a UK start-up.
Corrado Accardi will use the £440,000 provided by over 120 Crowdcube investors to open a production centre and two pizzerias for his new enterprise Pizza Rossa.
09 Dec 2013
Financial Times awards London Business School top three spot in European ranking
London Business School has taken third place for the third year in a row in the 2013 Financial Times European Business Schools ranking.
London Business School is the only UK-based business school to feature in the top ten schools in Europe.
02 Dec 2013
Major energy research grant awarded to School professor
A London Business School professor is a partner in an EU research grant of more than £2 million for work on sustainable energy.
The three-year project, which consists of eleven partners and is coordinated by Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain, is a major financial award (£2,431,586.34) under the 'EU Framework 7 Environment Theme; Collaborative Project Scheme, Energy efficient retrofitting and renewal of existing buildings for sustainable urban districts'.
27 Nov 2013
Geo-politics to drive debate at London Business School's energy summit
Business leaders will debate ever-growing energy demand and crucial geo-political and market dynamics at London Business School’s Energy Club annual summit next week.
The theme for this year’s Global Energy Summit, which takes place on Friday 29 November, is ‘Energy frontiers: pushing the boundaries’. The annual event, now in its tenth year, provides an important forum for political, academic and business thought-leaders to debate their ideas on the energy sector's future.
Louis Demerliac, Vice President of Marketing for the School’s Energy Club said: “The Global Energy Summit is an amazing event that brings together high-level decision makers and thought-leaders in the energy sector. The summit provides a great forum amongst industry leaders from business, politics and academia to discuss and debate the evolving challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector."
High profile business leaders speaking at the summit include:
• Andrew Gould, Chairman, BG Group
• Claudi Santiago, COO, First Reserve
• Philip Whittaker, Associate Director, The Boston Consulting Group
• Dr Christoph Frei, Director General, World Energy Council
Energy leaders will share their frontline outlooks on the interplay between global energy corporations, sustainable energy innovators and government agencies.
The summit speakers will tackle questions such as: what economic, geopolitical, technological and environmental boundaries we are pushing to meet ever-expanding energy demand and what potential consequences do we invite by doing so?
There will be two interactive panel discussions: Alternative Energy & Low Carbon Technologies and Oil & Gas Frontiers: Deep Water, Arctic, FLNG.
The London Business School Energy Club event will provide valuable networking opportunities during lunch and coffee breaks as well as a post-event networking drinks reception.
The summit is sponsored by Boston Consulting Group, FMC Technologies, Statoil, 8over8 and Yingli Solar.
The summit will take place at: Church House Conference Centre, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ (Friday, 29 November, 8.30am-4.30pm).
For further information click here.
25 Nov 2013