What Have We Learnt From The Recession

Cranfield School of Management

Visit Cranfield School of Management's main website
Think: Cranfield
What Have We Learnt From The Recession?
A two-day event for senior executives at Cranfield School of Management

This  conference is intended to give senior executives the opportunity to consider the lessons from the economic downturn at a point in time when some prospect of an upturn can now be contemplated with some degree of confidence.

The conference takes a multiple perspective on the learning that can, and should have been drawn for many stakeholders from the recession. Speakers will explore the implications for business and industry going forward. Both days will maximise the opportunities for participants to network in order to inform their own view of the lessons and the prospects for recovery.    The aim of the event is to provide insight that can be acted upon by business leaders in the context of their own strategic planning.

The programme

The programme for the two days is designed to address the question of how UK business can draw on the legacy of the recession. It will feature high profile speakers, with a focus on the lessons that should be learnt and how to avoid history repeating itself.

Day one will focus on the causes and lessons of the recession, featuring the varying perspectives of the macro economy, government, the financial services sector, and the media. The process will include the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussion of the issues raised by speakers, and will conclude with a networking dinner.

Day two will concentrate on how the lessons can be incorporated into UK business, and will include CEO speakers from those sectors where early signs of a recovery will be most evident. The day will conclude with practical workshop style processes on the recession related topics of employee engagement and organisational resilience.

Why attend?

  • A conference video to inform and stimulate strategic thinking in your business
  • Expert insight into questions of direct relevance to your business
  • Shape the emerging thinking through Hot Topic discussions
  • Hear the latest, yet to be published, findings on ‘leadership in recovery’ 
  • Extend your business leadership network .

Speakers include:

  •  Andy Bond (Cranfield MBA 1993) President and CEO, Asda
  • John Frankiewicz, CEO, Willmott Dixon Capital Works
  • Lord Digby Jones, Business Ambassador for UK Trade and Investment
  • Paul Mason, Economics Editor, BBC Newsnight
  • Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, broadcaster, writer and former cabinet minister

Cranfield School of Management faculty:

  • Dr Martin Clarke, Director of General Management Programmes
  • Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of International Management Development
  • Professor Joe Nellis, Professor of International Management Economics
  • Stephen Regan, Senior Lecturer in Management Economics
  • Professor Patrick Reinmoeller, Professor of Strategic Management.

Conference Chair: Dr David Butcher, Director of Open Executive Programmes


The event is to be held at Cranfield Management Development Centre, Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK and Europe's leading university business schools, using the School's world class conference and hotel facility.


9 to 10 March 2010


In recognition of the time pressures on senior executives, attendees can select from several levels of participation:

  • Full Conference Package £1300 + VAT (includes all refreshments and overnight accommodation)
  • 9 March - Full day including lunch  £630 + VAT
  • 9 March - Conference Networking Reception and Dinner £45 + VAT
  • 9 March - Overnight accommodation and breakfast £90 + VAT
  • 10 March - Full day including lunch £630 + VAT 

Download the leaflet, including full timetable.

For further details, or to book your place please contact

Jane Roberts

T: +44 (0)1234 754351

F: +44 (0)1234 750835

E: jane.roberts@cranfield.ac.uk

Programmes and Executive

home about mba msc doctorates executive development research information contact us