Issue 216 - November 2011Cranfield research unveiled at No.10 event GSK CEO to give The Prime Minister welcomed the Cranfield report, lecture at Cranfield he said: “Six months on, important steps forward Andrew Witty, Chief have been made. But there is still a long way to go Executive Officer of to encourage the best to rise to the top of industry, GlaxoSmithKline will be the guest speaker regardless of their background or gender. I want to at the Pears Business see more companies setting out their plans for Schools Partnership women on boards and driving this forward.” Lecture at Cranfield on Professor Vinnicombe commented: “Our review Wednesday 18 reveals that the number of women in board January 2012. positions is beginning to creep up albeit quite In his lecture Andrew slowly.” will reflect on the role Dr Sealy added: “It is so important that our top of business and business leaders in today’s globally connected market companies set the standard for achieving betterProfessor Susan Vinnicombe OBE and Dr Ruth place and discuss the changing role of business representation on their boards. A lack of role in society. He will offer new perspectives on howSealy attended a ‘Women in Business’ event models is one of the greatest barriers to women’s businesses of the future can create long termhosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 career success, because they provide a symbolic sustainable value.Downing Street at which the findings of their representation of the meritocracy and supportprogress report on the Lord Davies review into within a given organisation and are evidence of the The Pears Business Schools Partnership is aboardroom equality were revealed. ability to progress.” collaboration between Cranfield School of Management, London Business School, SaïdThe Cranfield report revealed that six months on The report co-authored by Dr Sealy, Dr Elena Business School and Pears Foundation tofrom Lord Davies publishing his recommendations Doldor, Dr Val Singh and Professor Vinnicombe promote sustainable and responsible business into increase the number of women on the boards has received significant media interest. Susan is society by engaging and inspiring the nextof listed companies in the UK, only 33 FTSE 100 pictured below at No 10 with the Prime Minister generation of leaders.companies have heeded his recommendation to and Lord Davies.set themselves targets for the number of women If you would like to attend please contact Louise Gardener on firstname.lastname@example.org aim to have on their boards.The progress report also revealed that since thereview, 21 women have been appointed to boardpositions out of a possible 93. This represents22.5% of all new appointments, some way short of Economist rankingthe 33% recommended in the Davies report. The The School’s full-time MBA programme hasnumber of women now holding FTSE 100 board been ranked 3rd in the UK, 8th in Europe anddirectorships is 155 out of a total of 1,092 23rd in the world in the latest global full-timepositions (14.2%). This is up from the 12.5% MBA rankings published by The Economist.published in the 2010 Cranfield Female FTSE Professor Frank Horwitz, Director of School said:report. "I am delighted that our MBA continues to be recognised as one of the top MBA programmes in the world. Our position in this prestigious ranking is a strong endorsement of our work.”International Executive DBACranfield has signed a Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MoU) with TiasNimbas Business M&S SustainableSchool of Tilburg University in the Netherlands tooffer a joint dual degree International Executive Retailing ChallengeDoctorate of Business Administration (DBA) Leading sustainable retailer Marks & Spencerprogramme that is tailored to the needs of senior and the School’s Doughty Centre for Corporatemanagers around the world. Professor Frank Responsibility is delighted to launch details of theHorwitz said: “We are pleased to formalise our 2012 M&S Sustainable Retailing Challenge.partnership with TiasNimbas. Successful The competition offers MBA students fromparticipants of the new programme will be Europe’s leading business schools the chance toawarded a highly respected international business win £5,000 and the opportunity to present to aqualification from not one but two world-class prestigious panel of judges which will includeinstitutions. The programme is at the heart of Marc Bolland, CEO of M&S. Teams will competeCranfield’s approach to research, learning and over three stages to determine which MBAprofessional development. The fact that it starts teams will reach the London final in April 2012.with a genuine business issue provides an The deadline for entries is 13:00hrs onopportunity for experienced managers to learn 15 November 2011.together, share experiences and make a real To find out more, visitdifference to their organisations through well Pictured: Ramon O’Callaghan, Dean of TiasNimbas Business School and Professor Frank Horwitz, Director of Cranfield www.mandssrc.comcrafted research.” School of Management
Equality researchMessage from a Director... The International Centre for Women Leaders has won funding from the Equality & Human On the full time MBA we have some experienced Rights Commission (EHRC) to conduct research hands in new roles. Graham Clark has become the into the new Code of Conduct on appointments Academic Director and David Simmons the of corporate board directorships. Executive Director. It is great to have such highly motivated and able managers join Cranfield’s Graduate Programmes team. In fact, the timing could not be better as we New survey software are now due to undertake a strategic review of the A new survey tool is now available for staff and School’s Graduate Programmes portfolio. The students. The ‘feature rich’ Qualtrics software is review is also timely given the challenges faced by a cloud based web application which allows British universities due to the economic downturn, users to create high quality and engaging online questionnaires. The School’s IT department will a contractionary fiscal policy, visa restrictions and provide full support for this service and a number credit tightening in the student loan market. of demonstrations of the software’s capabilities Despite these constraints, Cranfield is in a good will take place over the coming weeks. position to grow its graduate programmes portfolio For more information please contact Graham in a manner that enhances the reputation and Bell or Brenda Roshier.Over the last few months there has been some financial strength of the School. Cranfield hasnew faces in key managerial roles within Graduate always distinguished itself by being at the cuttingProgrammes. I would like to welcome Anthea edge of thought leadership and managementMilnes as the new Head of Graduate Programmes practice. I believe that our reputation for effectiveMarketing. Anthea joins us from the University of delivery in these domains provides us with an Global Womens ForumOxford where she was Head of Marketing and excellent platform to grow our role in the Professor Susan Vinnicombe spoke at the 2011 managerial development of tomorrow’s leaders. Womens Forum Global Meeting in Deauville,Communications and played a key role in the France. The conference brings together leadersdevelopment of the business school’s I very much hope that you will engage actively in representing business, government, academiamanagement degree portfolio. I would also like to the strategic review process and would welcome and culture. Susan participated in a panelwelcome Dr Denyse Julien as Director of the ideas and suggestions. discussion on whether quotas are helpful orExecutive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain harmful in countering the gender-based Professor Andrew BurkeManagement. stereotyping that can surround female career Director of Graduate Programmes advancement.Etisalat Graduation MSc Finance prize This year’s winner of the Annual Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ Prize of £300 is Tahiru Liedong. The prize is given to the student with the best thesis on the MSc Finance & Management programme. Tahiru now has the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Lombard Prize. His thesis was titled ‘The gain to shareholders of UK acquirers of public and private targets.Etisalat graduates and Group Chief HR Officer, Abdulaziz Al Sawaleh with the Cranfield faculty which included Vice-Chancellor Sir John O’Reilly, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Lynette Ryals and Director of School Professor Frank Horwitz Staff briefings The next staff briefing will take place onEight high potential managers from the UAE’s largest telecoms company, Etisalat, graduated from their Thursday 10 November at 1pm in lectureMSc in Strategic Leadership at a ceremony on 3 October at Cranfield. room 16 in CMDC.The customised, Corporate MSc programme has been delivered in Dubai by Cranfield faculty and Michele Gray will give an update on the Schoolmembers of the CCED team. Participants took modules in strategy, change and leadership, customised initiative to market the portfolio of Executiveto the Etisalat context. The managers have applied their learning immediately in real business projects andhave led significant change initiatives within the organisation. Masters Programmes. Another staff briefing is planned for ThursdayBill Shedden, Director of CCED, said: “This graduation is an opportunity to celebrate both the outstanding 24 November at 1pm in lecture room 30.achievements of the participants as well as the long-term partnership between Cranfield and Etisalat.Both organisations worked extremely hard to ensure success. The support and commitment of senior Director of School Professor Frank Horwitz,executives from Etisalat was paramount, as was the professionalism of the Cranfield staff and faculty in Helen Perkins and Lorraine Cooper will providedeveloping and delivering a new programme in the Middle East”. feedback on the results from the ‘2011 WorkingAbdulaziz Al Sawaleh, Group Chief HR Officer at Etisalat said: “These students have put enormous energy Life at Cranfield survey’ and will outline plans forinto both their academic studies and moving the business forward. Many of them have been promoted or future workshops to discuss some of thehave taken up new challenges during the programme. Etisalat is committed to the learning of its outcomes.employees and these individuals absolutely embody the values Etisalat considers important.”
Papers, publications, conferences, awards Dr David Butcher and Dr Martin Clarke’s paper ‘Good governance: a role for organizational politics and organizational democracy in creating Radio moral communities’ has been accepted for the Print US journal Organizational Dynamics.Sunday Telegraph– 2 October Professor Keith Goffin, Dr David Baxter,Dr Ruth Sealy is quoted in a feature about fresh BBC Three Counties – 29 Dr Pietro Micheli and Dr Magnus Schoeman’sconcerns from headhunters that the female supply September Dr Noeleen Doherty took part in paper ‘New contractual models andof candidates for boardroom positions is limited. a live discussion about what organisational forms as an enabler of publicThe Times (MBA supplement) – 5 October businesses can do to keep their sector innovation’ has been accepted forDavid Simmons is quoted in a feature about how workforce happy. publication in Public Money & Management.the economic climate is impacting the number of Dr Catarina Figueira and Emeritus ProfessorMBA applications. Matt Lloyd (MBA 2011) is David Parker have had a chapter titledquoted in a different feature about teamwork being BBC Radio 4 – 13 October Dr Ruth Sealy was interviewed for Woman’s Hour ‘Infrastructure liberalisation: challenges to the newan integral part of an MBA. discussing the findings and implications of the six economic paradigm in the context of developing Financial Times – 8 October month progress report. countries’ published in Edward Elgar’s Dr Bruce Johnstone is featured BBC Three Counties – 26 October International Handbook of Network Industries. in the ‘Ask the Experts’ section, John Glen was interviewed about how the UK Professor Patrick Reinmoeller chaired the giving his advice on tips for economy could be impacted by what is agreed at the conference ‘Resilience for business success: exporting. EU emergency summit in Brussels. implications for companies in Africa and Japan’ at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. He also presented his paperLondon Evening Standard – 11 October Online ‘Succeeding against the odds: a multi-levelProfessor Michael Dickmann comments on Channel4.com – 6 October approach to resilience’. He will also presentspecialist qualifications: “While there is talk of MBA Professor Donna Ladkin gives ‘Exploring Africa strategies: shadows of the paststudent numbers going down, we are seeing the her view on why the late Apple or hallmarks of future success’ at the Strategicopposite with our masters in international human co-founder Steve Jobs was Management Societys annual conference.resources management.” successful: “There was such a David Molian participated in a panel session atThe Independent (MBA supplement) – coherence between the way he the Economist High Growth Markets Summit.13 October was and what the company was Emeritus Professor Malcolm McDonaldProfessor Frank Horwitz is about; between his message, delivered a keynote address on financial riskquoted in a feature that which was all about aesthetics - or the value of look assessment at the CIMA Global Conference.compares the traditional MBA and feel - and being on the edge, and the way that Bill Wilson from CCED chaired the Europeanwith sector-led MBAs. he was personally.” Talent Management Summit and ran a roundtableMichelle Boland (Executive Guardian.co.uk – 18 October session on ‘Implementing performanceMBA 2010) is quoted in the Dr Richard Kwiatkowski comments on new management and feedback processes to improvesame article saying that she research by the Texas Tech University which employee development’.considered a specialist MBA “for about five concluded that tall people are better suited for Fadi Hashem’s (PhD) paper ‘Examination of theseconds” before applying to Cranfield and hasn’t leadership. dynamic relationship between authoritarianismlooked back. FT.com – 19 October and benevolence’ was presented at ECMLG.Financial Times – 14 October Professor Andy Neely is quoted in an article about Dr Ruth Sealy was a keynote speaker at aEmeritus Professor David Myddelton had a letter business executives and information technology thought leadership seminar on Women on Boardspublished titled ‘Hypotheticals, intangibles and experts finding it hard to understand and empathise hosted by Catalyst in Toronto.imprudent accounting’. with each other’s challenges and aspirations. Professor Joe Peppard presented ‘Why ITFT Weekend – 16 October innovation matters in times of crisis’ at the AnnualTom Ashworth (BGP 2008) co-owner of Yapp IT Directors Forum and gave the keynote address Media coverage of Cranfield’s progress ‘How different companies in different sectors areBrothers was quoted in an article about the boost report commissioned by Lord Davies leveraging IT to drive strategy and the lessons forin sales for his family-owned luxury wine retailerafter a customer mentioned on Twitter that they had There were over fifty pieces of coverage in the legal sector’ at the Legal IT Forum. He alsosupplied the champagne for Sir Paul McCartney’s publications spanning national print, broadcast delivered a public lecture on ‘Business innovationwedding. and online industry specific titles during the with information technology’ at the University ofThe Times – 24 October week of the report’s launch. Southern Queensland, Australia.Andy Bond (MBA 1993) is interviewed about what Professor Keith Goffin and Dr Ursula Konershe plans to do following his 17 year career at Asda, Highlights included: have had their book Identifying hidden needs:Britain’s second-biggest supermarket chain. He 9 October – Sunday Times creating breakthrough products published by thewishes to devote his energy to nurturing small 10 October – City AM, Skynews.com German publisher Schaeffer and Poeschel.businesses. 11 October – Daily Mail, Financial Times Professor Clare Kellihers new book, New ways 12 October – BBC.co.uk, Bloomberg, City of organising work: developments, perspectives AM, Financial Times, Press Association, The and experiences, has been published by Television Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Routledge. The book includes chapters on The Independent, The Times, globally distributed teams, teleworking and the ITV – Anglia Tonight – 12 Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 use of blackberries. October 13 October – City AM, Daily Express, Daily Professor Donna Ladkins book, Rethinking John Glen commented on the Mail, Irish Times, London Evening Standard, leadership: a new look at old leadership economic implications of the UK Management Today, Press Association, The questions, has been awarded the Integral unemployment figures published Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Leadership Reviews Book of 2010 award. by the Office for National Independent, Thisismoney.co.uk, Woman’s Elena Doldor (supervised by Statistics. Hour on BBC Radio 4 Dr Deirdre Anderson and 15 October – The Guardian, The Independent. Professor Susan Vinnicombe) successfully defended her PhD thesis titled ‘Examining Details of all School of Management media mentions can be found at: political will, political skills and http://webapps2.cranfield.ac.uk/presscuttings/ their maturation among male and female managers’.
Staff & Student News Welcome to... MBA students celebrate Diwali Gary Dewar – Print Room Assistant The Indian community along with their many friends, celebrated Diwali – known Farewell to… as the Festival of Lights last month. Nevhis Gardner – Exec Dev Director, CCED The proceedings kicked off with traditional Promotions… worship called Pooja, a key part of a ritual Isabella Barnard – Secretary in PSP that marks the vanquishing of demons Marie Creasey – Business Systems Specialist and the triumph of benevolence, wisdom and kindness. The evening progressed Jessica Morgan – Online Marketing Manager with a procession of ladies in sarees and a Madeleine Fleure – Sales & Project Officer in dance troupe led by Henry Chow, before Praxis concluding with a display of firecrackers that illuminated the night sky. Retirement… Séan Rickard – Director of the “It’s great that we can stay in touch with traditions from home while here,” said Amitabh Sharma and full-time MBA programme and Rajesh Chawan who organised the event. “It’s even better that we have the chance to introduce a little bit of India to our friends from across the world too.” senior lecturer in Economics. Faculty and staff wish Séan a happy retirement and all the best for the future. Trafalgar Night Dress down Four weeks into their course, 60 full time MBA students, together with their partners and several Thank you to all who contributed members of the School’s faculty and staff, enjoyed the ‘unique’ experience of a formal Naval dinner for Trafalgar Night. On 20 October, the night before the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death to last month’s dress down which of Viscount Lord Nelson, the Cranfield Social Club was transformed into a Naval war room, complete raised £85 for the Jeans for with white ensign, naval memorabilia and ‘Mess Silver’. There was Plymouth Gin and a special victory Genes charity. ale to welcome guests who enjoyed a traditional menu of roast beef. A series of speeches followed dinner explaining the Congratulations etiquette, recounting the battle and drawing some leadership Professor Kelliher lessons from the life of Nelson Congratulations to Dr Clare that could be applied by Kelliher who has been promoted Cranfield MBAs The festivities to Professor of Work and concluded with a rousing rendition of some famous ‘sea Organisation. shanties’ as the port decanters were steadily drained. A great night was enjoyed by all. Grand Reunion Alumni from the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 came together in October for the 2011 Alumni Grand ISEC Too busy to go to Reunion. Emin Can Turan and Thomas the Oxfam shop? Renwick from the You can now bring your donations into work and MSc in Strategic Oxfam will collect them for you. To make your Marketing programme along with Ales donations 25% more valuable to Oxfam, visit Danko from the MSc in Logistics and www.oxfam.org.uk/collects/atwork and sign up for Supply Chain Management programme Gift Aid. Once you have done this, you will receive and Nicola Morgan, from Cranfield labels in the post bearing your own personal donor School of Health have launched ISEC number. Please stick a label to each bag that you wish The 2012 Alumni Grand Reunion will be for (International Student Events to donate and drop it at the School’s reception. The alumni from the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, Committee). School will make arrangements for all donations to be 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. ISEC is an independent student run collected regularly by one of the volunteers from the Watch this space for more details. social committee, set up by students Oxfam Bedford Branch. from the School of Management for the benefit of all Cranfield students across the University. Wear it Pink day The group plans to run a calendar ofForum is produced by the Media Relations Office social events and trips throughout theand covers news and events from across the year for students to enjoy along sideschool. Contributions from staff and students are their studies.welcome. Please email stories, event news, ideasand photographs (with captions or full details) to If you would like to find out more or email@example.com interested in getting involved with ISECThe deadline for the next issue is: 21 November contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgPrinted on paper from a sustainable source by Thank you to all staff who contributed to ‘Wear it Pink’the School of Management print room. which raised £126 for the breast cancer campaign.