MBA 40th anniversary

MBA 40th anniversary

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Old pencil drawing of Adam Smith's profile
MBA 40th anniversary

During 2017, the Adam Smith Business School is celebrating 40 years of the Glasgow MBA.

Over the past 40 years, the MBA programme at Glasgow has evolved and developed, and we have built up an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and links with corporate businesses. We are dedicated to delivering high quality education and nurturing the academics and industry leaders of the future.

To mark this momentous anniversary, our celebrations began on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 with a launch event. The School hosted a panel event celebrating leadership and influence. Previous programme directors, academics, current students, friends of the MBA and alumni, including a few from the very first cohort 40 years ago, came together to celebrate this occasion in the Kelvin Gallery.

Professor John Finch, Head of Adam Smith Business School, welcomed the audience and before introducing the panel, he not only referenced the past and thanked those who have supported the MBA in the previous four decades, but also looked ahead to the future of the Adam Smith Business School. He highlighted the links and partnerships with institutions such as McGill University in Canada and Nankai University in China, which have been established through the School’s triple accreditation. Professor Finch also spoke about the University’s  commitment to the School, with the investment in new facilities at the former Western Infirmary site.

The panel included stimulating speakers and experts in their fields: Professor Ronald MacDonald OBE, discussed Adam Smith and his ‘Wealth of Nations’, focusing on how his thoughts on developing a commercial nation, productivity, the need for research and development and inequality are as relevant today as they were more than 200 years ago. Dr Thomas Anker, Senior Lecturer in Management, delivered on one of his toughest assignments by condensing Smith’s ‘Theory of Moral Sentiments’ into five current principles of management. The final speaker was Amanda McMillan OBE, Chief Executive for AGS Airports and a member of the Adam Smith Business School’s Strategic Advisory Board. Amanda discussed the need for lifelong education and gave examples of how her life has benefitted from education and what she felt are the benefits of studying for an MBA, such as an increase in a person’s employability, a chance for them to increase their networks, an ability to take risks and an attribute vital in management today. As an alumna of the School, she also praised the quality of a degree from the University and how valuable the triple accreditation is for the Business School, echoing Professor Finch’s earlier observations.

Upcoming events

In September 2017, we will host Executive Education event and a Gala Dinner, and our alumni team will celebrate the MBA at international events throughout the year.

The theme for the Executive Education will be: Managing under uncertainty – Challenges for Business Education and Practice. The challenges of managing in the so-called “post-truth” era are considerable. The political elites on both sides of the Atlantic have shown scant regard for those with expert knowledge about key policy issues, preferring instead to crowdsource opinion over evidence, and elements of this are creeping into education. These workshops explore some of the challenges associated with these shifts in the working practices of management and provide some insights into the challenges ahead.

The celebrations will conclude  with  a  gala dinner. The School will hold a formal sit-down dinner at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow’s West End. The evening will provide many opportunities for networking and allow attendees to reunite with old friends and talk about their fond memories of Glasgow and the University, share their experiences with current students and friends. Any MBA alumni who attended the MBA 30th anniversary gala will know this is an unmissable event.

Full details are available on our website: MBA 40th anniversary