MTP BUsiness Education Network 2017

Business Education Network – Autumn 2017

Bonnie Doe BEN (event)

Next week sees the return of our Business Education Network modules – this autumn we are focussing on the key business skills of Finance, Strategy & Leadership.

Aimed at senior professionals with responsibility for improving skills in their organisation, these three modules offer the opportunity to experience a flavour of the Business Learning Programmes we run for leading companies around the world.

Leadership for Business – Monday 18th September, 3pm – 5pm BST

Finance for Business – Tuesday 19th September, 9.30am – 11.30am BST

Strategy for Business – Friday 22nd September, 9.30am – 11.30am BST

The sessions will be highly interactive combining instructor-led presentation & discussions using the features of Cisco WebEx including Chat and Polls together with breakout sessions where participants will work in smaller groups to discuss how the concepts covered relate to their own organisations.

Previous sessions have been well-received by contacts in major organisations such as BAE, BP, Kimberly-Clark, Mars, Unilever and Xerox.

There is no charge for participating in any of the modules – simply register today via learn@mtpplc.com to reserve your place.


Leadership for Business – Monday 18th September, 3pm – 5pm BST

Authenticity is a term that is heard a lot in Business Education circles.

Since Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones of London Business School asked the question, and published their book,  “Why should anyone be led by you?”, business leaders try to be authentic. But what does that mean and how can you do it?

Herminia Ibarra of INSEAD has written about the authenticity paradox. She argues that a “rigidly authentic sense of self” can stop us from becoming better leaders.

We will explore these areas and then move to consider the concept of authenticity when applied to an organisation rather than a leader.  The more recent book by Goffee and Jones “Why should anyone work here?”  considers the concept from an organisational perspective.


Finance for Business – Tuesday 19th September, 9.30am – 11.30am BST

This session is designed to help managers increase their understanding of some of the core concepts of Business Finance.

We will consider how business performance be measured, and the strengths and weaknesses of different measures.  The links between different business strategies and financial outcomes will be explored.

The returns of different business will be compared and some possible causes discussed.

 


Strategy for Business – Friday 22nd September, 9.30am – 11.30am BST

This session is designed to help managers increase their understanding of some of the core concepts of Business Strategy.

Many writers on Business Strategy take examples of successful companies and explain how they have achieved their success only to see them fail a short period of time afterwards.  The test of a robust approach to Strategy is that the lessons are still applicable in a number of years.

We will include the analysis of Michael Porter which seems to be as valid today as when it was originally published in the 1980s and the Profit Impact of Market Strategy project (PIMS), a quantitative approach still highly regarded which began in 1972.

We will also consider more recent developments including Blue Ocean Strategy, which is very timely as the new book Blue Ocean Shift by Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne is due to be published the day before the class.