As part of the full-time MBA programme, you will undertake an International Business Assignment, either attending lectures at a partner business school and carrying out local company visits with a view to completing an independent assignment, or consulting for a non-profit organisation in a developing country with our partner, Challenges Worldwide. This International Business Experience gives you the opportunity to apply your learning in an international context.
In 2011 our students visited more countries (15 in total) and visited more organisations (well over 100), than ever before. In addition to the IBEs to Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Ghana, Japan, South Africa, USA and Vietnam, this year our students also embarked on a series of pioneering projects in Cambodia, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
This was made possible by working with Challenges Worldwide, an organisation that specialises in providing know-how, impact investment and business support for low-income countries.
Leadership speaker series
Throughout the programme, you will learn about different leadership styles, gain insights into the roles of directors and chief executives, and build your understanding of the components of effective leadership. As part of this you will hear from global business and financial leaders, and observe their varying approaches first hand through a series of leadership speaker events.
Speakers at the School in the last couple of years have included:
- Dame Helen Alexander, former president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and former CEO of the Economist
- Lord Bilimoria, founder, Cobra Beer (Cranfield alumnus)
- Andy Bond, CEO of Whitbread, former CEO of easyJet (Cranfield alumnus)
- Lord Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG
- Antony Jenkins, CEO, Barclays Retail and Business Banking (alumnus)
- Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis (alumnus)
- John McFarlane, former CEO, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (alumnus)
- Wally Olins, Chairman, Saffron Brand Consultants
- Jessica Sansom, Head of Sustainability, Innocent
- Stefan Stern, former FT commentator
- Sarah Willingham, serial entrepreneur, former owner of the Bombay Bicycle Club (alumna)