Suffolk Business School alumni are invited to save the date for the 25th Anniversary of the MBA programme – staff and alumni will be coming together to celebrate this momentous occasion in the evening of Friday 9 May.
Watch this space!
In the meantime, read some MBA #SBSAnalysis posts:
The University of Suffolk ‘revalidates’ its degrees periodically. On a year-to-year basis we review the modules that we teach to ensure that these remain both useful and current. Every five years however we pause to engage in a root-and-branch review that, in effect, re-imagines our degrees. This process the University terms ‘revalidation’ and at present we are preparing for the revalidation of our MBA (Master of Business Administration ). What are we doing to re-imagine our MBA? I am glad you asked…
We are making a number of changes designed to ensure that our MBA continues to prepare participants for leadership and executive positions. In a blog I can only highlight a few of these changes so I will pause to pinpoint the following developments:
We have reviewed the content of our modules to ensure that, as far as possible, students work on ‘live’ (you will note I refuse to say ‘real world’) problems. In addition we have added more formative assessments to ensure that, as our students learn to become the ‘practical theorists’ that modern organizations need, they receive timely feedback on their ideas and plans.
Finally (within the confines of this brief account) it is also worth noting that we have changed the titles of our modules. This apparently cosmetic change is, for me, perhaps the most significant development, because it is designed to remind staff and students alike that although we generally refer to ‘management’ and ‘organizations’ as nouns; as things they are in truth more usefully constructed as verbs. And if you hope to make a difference in the (real) world you might do well to recall that managing and organizing are processes that we enact between us…
2016 saw the creation of our new MBA consultancy service. Earlier in the year, I contacted our existing MBA alumni and asked them to submit proposals for live projects based on current challenges their organisations are experiencing. Our students are now working on these live projects either as part of a relevant taught module, or on an extra-curricular basis. Not only does this give our students excellent consultancy experience (and so helps differentiate our MBA in an increasingly competitive market), but it also helps build and maintain excellent relations with our alumni.
The Student Perspective, by MBA student Sandra Morrison
Part of the feedback given by the MBA students at the end of last year was that the course could be enhanced if there was an opportunity to work on real live projects with local companies. Tom Vine managed to organise just such a project for current MBA students.
We received an email advising us of the project and requesting that everyone interested send in an updated CV for consideration so that the best match to the student’s profile could be ascertained. And so it was that I, along with my fellow student Richard, were the lucky ones to take on a consultancy project for a medium-sized machine-tooling company in the West Midlands.
Tom organised the meeting and drove us over to the client’s warehouse so that we could visit and receive a full brief on what the company wanted to achieve. On return Richard and I agreed the division of tasks and set out deadlines for the project. Tom was a great support for any questions and assisted when liaising with the company.
It was a fantastic experience and was extremely beneficial in that we could put into practice what had been learning on the MBA course.
Although the data we gathered from the company’s clients was qualitative we categorised the replies so that we could make use of IBM-SPSS and produce statistical data. We were then able to present to both the quantitative and the qualitative data to the company. This allowed us to experiment this aspect on a real-life situation and provided extra practice of using the software prior to writing our dissertation for the MBA.
I would recommend to all students to take up this opportunity if you have the chance. This obviously involved extra work for Tom, and we are really grateful for his time and assistance.