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Committed to excellence

By Sir Andrew Likierman

My recent email on Brexit signalled that we were ready to adapt as necessary to a post-Brexit world. I said that we had done so a great deal in the past. What did this mean? Here are some examples. 

One of the reasons the School was founded was to support British manufacturing. Yet within 15 years much of British manufacturing had disappeared to lower cost countries and we were responding to the needs of the service community. And the focus on the UK changed steadily over the years to a world-wide outlook. On degree programmes, our full-time post-experience programmes expanded to include part-time, and then pre-experience. Meanwhile Executive Education moved from being a very small part of our activities to being 40% of what we do today. What we teach has also moved with the times. The focus in the early years was on subjects such as industrial relations and – reflecting a strong quantitative emphasis - operational research. Now we include leadership, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship.   

Some things have not changed. The buzz of the place, our combination of theory and practice and a commitment to excellence. And they won’t.