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Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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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 and Imperial College London.

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

Have you ever dreamed of studying for an MBA? Building on the success of the Guardian’s one-day MBA last year, 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 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 the Oxford Said Business School, 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.


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

  • Influencing change: Dr Connson Locke, senior lecturer at London School of Economics and Political Science, will teach you strategies for creating change around you, including how to negotiate, deliver change and enhance your leadership skills. 

“Unbelievably good”

  • Adapt and expand your business: Hiram Samel, associate professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, will speak about how to adapt your business to the rapidly changing international environment, considering recent political events, and the opportunities and challenges of expanding your business.

“Entertaining and informative”

  • 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”

  • Measure and drive your business performance: Dr Mark Kennedy, associate professor at Imperial College Business School, will share insight from the world of analytics and big data. 

“I enjoyed Dr. Kennedy’s  focus on the practical and organisation issues related to Big Data...very easy to relate.” 

  • Effectiveness of flexible working practices: Dr Esther Canónico, fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss the effect of work-life balance on employees and present individual and organisational strategies to improve your or your employees work-life balance.
  • How to make better decisions: Dr Valentina Ferretti, fellow in decision science in the department of management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will look at how people make choices, the key decision traps we tend to fall into and how we can improve our – and others – strategic decision-making capabilities.
  • Lots of time for questions: An invaluable opportunity to pick the brains of the some of the UK’s leading academics in business and management.

One more speaker to be announced.

Tutor profiles

Dr Esther Canónico is a fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science, visiting lecturer at ESCP Europe and consultant researcher for LSE Enterprise. She holds a PhD in organisational behaviour from LSE and an MBA from London Business School. Prior to joining LSE in 2011, Dr Canónico worked in British Telecoms for a decade, holding several senior management positions in transformation programme management, business development and strategic partnership management. View her academic profile here

Dr Valentina Ferretti is a fellow in decision science in the department of management of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a visiting lecturer at Oxford University and École Centrale Paris. Her areas of expertise focus on risk and decision modelling and analysis in complex public policy-making and management contexts, and on economic evaluation and sustainability assessment of projects, plans and programmes, particularly in the field of complex environmental and social systems. View her academic profile here.

Dr Connson Locke is a senior lecturer at London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches courses in organisational behaviour, leadership, negotiation and decision-making. View her academic profile here.

Dr Mark Kennedy is an associate professor at Imperial College Business School. Before becoming an academic, he was a principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation, as well as a product manager for Santa Clara, a CA-based startup. View his academic profile here.

Hiram Samel is an associate professor of international business at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has been an entrepreneur for 25 years, and recently co-authored a book on ethical consumption, Looking Behind the Label: Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer. 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.

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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