MBA Spring Newsletter

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MBA European study trip to Athens on Greek Economic Crisis

Kent MBA trip to AthensKent MBA students recently benefited from the programme’s annual European study trip to Athens to explore the Greece’s economic crisis. During the week, our MBA students visited the European Commission Office, Athens University of Economics and Business, social enterprises and innovative organisations.


MBA Entrepreneurship Week taught by visiting academic Dirk Libaers 

thinkingKent MBA students on the Entrepreneurship elective recently benefited from a series of lectures by visiting academic Dirk Libaers, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation from D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston.

 


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KBS new building set to reach milestone this month 

KBS’ new building will have its ‘Topping Out Ceremony’ this month whereby the last beam will be placed on top of the structure. This marks the project’s successful development and progress towards completion in early 2017.

Think Kent Videos

Dr Patricia Lewis on ‘The Feminine Leader’

As part of the Think Kent video series, Kent Business School’s Dr Patricia Lewis, Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios and Dr Jesse O’ Hanley recently gave insightful lectures on contemporary business topics. Now available on YouTube, our three thought-leaders explore diverse topics from the feminine leader to effective social media strategies for business professionals and improving blood collection using an optimisation-based modelling approach.

Alumni Profile of the Month

Namita Shete KBS alumniThe research Namita Shete conducted during her MBA in 2012 has led to the development of Campaigning for Conservation (C4C) an initiative that seeks to empower communities by providing affordable conservation workshops in developing countries.

Why did you choose to study your MBA?
I was working with a large consulting firm in the information technology sector before applying for an MBA degree. After three years of work I felt confined by my role. I wanted to use new skills to develop into my managerial potential. To achieve this, I needed professional direction and training, so this is why I chose to complete an MBA.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your MBA?
I would say the most valuable lesson was recognising globalisation as the norm and that networking is the key to business growth. In my future job roles I will also always appreciate that being aware, time-bound and culturally sensitive are essential factors when evaluating different business scenarios.

What have you done since completing the course?
Since completing the Kent MBA, I have been able to make a career transition and venture into management consulting. I am currently working with a private strategic advisory firm in India as an Associate Consultant. In addition to this, I am undertaking my PhD at University of Bath School of Management in the field of corporate social responsibility and strategy.

Points of View

Gender gapUN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson recently stated that, “full female participation in the workforce could boost GDP by $28 trillion within a decade,” calling it the “single biggest stimulus to the economy”.

In line with this, we get KBS views on whether the gender gap still exists in the workplace?

KBS academic – Dr Patricia Lewis, Reader in Management: ‘Yes is the short answer! In a Harvard Business Review article in 1990 called “Ways Women Lead”, Judy Rosener suggested that the ranks of 21st century leadership would be dominated by women as they have the “natural” skill set necessary for future business success… Read the full article.

Student Survey on Gender and Inclusion

Inspiring women

As part of the International Women’s Day campaign, we thought we’d get our students’ vote on which female leader most inspires them – Angelina Jolie came out on top, closely followed by Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai. We also asked for their opinions on gender matters with some interesting results:

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Get in Touch

I hope you’ve enjoyed this newsletter, if you would like any further information about studying at Kent Business School, or our postgraduate programmes, please contact me directly at KBSadmissions@kent.ac.uk.
Charlotte Lynsdale 
Graduate Admissions Manager

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