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The one-day MBA 2019: The fundamentals of business taught by world-leading academics

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Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Give your career a step up at this day of talks with leading academics of MBA programmes at the University of Oxford, LSE, Imperial College London and London Business School.

“A wonderful day which I’d highly recommend.”

Have you ever dreamed of studying for an MBA? Building on the consistent success of the Guardian’s annual one-day MBA, we are bringing back this insightful seminar that will introduce you to the core elements of a Master of Business Administration degree.

You’ll have unprecedented access to content normally locked away in the ivory towers of universities at a fraction of the cost: while an accredited MBA can cost up to £50,000, our one-day MBA costs less than £200.

The class is taught by some of the UK’s most experienced business academics, who teach MBA programmes at institutions including Imperial College London and London School of Economics and Political Science.

If you’ve ever considered applying for an MBA, or want to advance your business career, this is a course you won’t regret investing in.

If you want to bring a friend, we are delighted to offer a two-ticket deal, which will save you £50! Not only that, but if you'd like to bring more than five colleagues, you can email for a group discount.


The core elements of a master’s degree in business administration and management:

  • Motivation, goal pursuit and consumer behaviour: Dr Heather Kappes from London School of Economics will share insights into motivation and goal pursuit, giving you the tools to close the "intention-behaviour gap" so that you, your employees, and your customers are more likely to achieve the goals you set.
  • Leadership in a digitally transformed world: Professor Nelson Phillips from Imperial College Business School will explore the key leadership competencies that underpin leadership success in modern organisations, and discuss the new challenges that have arisen in the face of digital transformation.
    • Transforming your business strategy: Professor George Yip from Imperial College Business School will offer his latest research on how to make radical changes to a company’s business model.

    “Highlight of the day…. I learnt a lot during this talk and can see how I could use this in my career”

    • Building brands from the inside out: Nader Tavassoli from London Business School will present a seminar that will highlight the importance of branding from within your organisation and ensuring it is an integral part of your company’s strategy.

  • Influencing change: Tara Reich from the University of Surrey will teach you strategies for negotiating change around you, including how to turn conflict into collaboration and enhance your leadership skills.
  • Navigating the new rules of the game: Marc Szepan from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, will talk about how the rules of the game in international business are changing and how leaders of global businesses can navigate political and technological changes such as Brexit and the rise of AI in pursuit of strategic growth.

"I thought this course was fascinating, the topics were so interesting and hugely important and relevant for me, and for others I spoke to" - attendee from last year

Host profile

John-Paul Flintoff is an author, performer and strategy adviser to a range of individuals and organisations. His book How To Change The World is published in 16 languages. He tweets @jpflintoff

Tutor profiles

Dr Heather Kappes is an assistant professor of marketing at London School of Economics, where she conducts research on motivation and goal pursuit in the context of consumer behaviour. Her background is in social psychology and her research has been covered in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and Forbes. View her academic profile here.

Nelson Phillips is the Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Strategy and Innovation at Imperial College Business School. Prior to joining Imperial in 2005, he was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. He teaches leadership, innovation and digital business on the MBA and EMBA programmes at Imperial, and delivers executive education for a wide range of corporate clients. View his academic profile here.

George Yip is a professor of marketing and strategy at Imperial College Business School. He serves on the editorial advisory board of MIT Sloan Management Review, and has held business positions at companies including Unilever and PwC. View his academic profile here.

Nader Tavassoli is a professor of marketing at London Business Schools and non-executive chairman of The Brand Inside. For more than 25 years he has advised and taught organisations ranging from internet and tech start-ups to over 30 Global Fortune 500 companies. View his website here.

Dr Tara Reich is a senior lecturer in work and organisational psychology in the Department of People and Organisations, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. She received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and her MA in Spcial Psychology and PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests are broadly in the area of employee wellbeing, with a specific focus on the psychology of workplace treatment. Her research has been published in a number of top academic profiles, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, and Work & Stress. View her academic profile here.

Marc Szepan is a lecturer in international business at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research and teaching focus is on strategic management of global businesses, leadership of technology-intense and digital businesses, the aviation industry, safety management, and business in China. View his academic profile here.

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Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
W1G 0AE London
United Kingdom

Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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