Our MBA at 40 - celebrating leadership and influence

Our MBA at 40 - celebrating leadership and influence

We are delighted to be hosting a series of events throughout 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MBA programme here at the University of Glasgow. The anniversary celebrations will reflect the achievement and excellence of our Business School over the past four decades.

To celebrate this milestone year held a panel launch event 'Our MBA at 40 – celebrating leadership and influence' on 4 April 2017 in the Kelvin Gallery at the University of Glasgow, hosted by Professor John Finch, Head of Adam Smith Business School. Panel members included ‌‌Amanda McMillan OBE, Chief Executive for AGS Airports Ltd. who spoke about 'The business case for life-long executive education'; Professor Ronald MacDonald OBE, Research Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance, Adam Smith Business School, who spoke about 'Adam Smith and economic policy'; and Dr Thomas Anker, Senior Lecturer in Management, Adam Smith Business School, who spoke about 'Adam Smith as moral disruptor'.

Our MBA at 40 - celebrating leadership and influence

After the panel discussion, audience members were given the opportunity to find out more from the guest speakers at a Q&A session, led by Professor John Finch. The final part of the evening included a networking drinks reception, with an opportunity to view displays of photographs and posters from the past 40 years.

Last year, the Adam Smith Business School were delighted to receive an award from the Association of MBAs marking 40 years of the MBA. Accreditation is vital for ensuring and enhancing the quality of our MBA programme. Our 40th anniversary provides an important opportunity to reflect on our successes to date and celebrate our fostering of leadership and global influence with our alumni and many friends who have contributed to the programme’s strength through guest lectures, projects, and facilitating and hosting dissertation research. Being 40 also provides an impetus to organise our thoughts about programme development for the future.

Read our news story from the event: Our MBA at 40 - celebrating leadership and influence

About our speakers

Amanda McMillan OBE
Chief Executive, AGS Airports Limited

Amanda McMillan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton (AGS) Airports Limited in December 2014 following the sale of the three airports to Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) from Heathrow Airport Holdings.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Ms McMillan is responsible for leading and developing a high profile, national business that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and supports over 8,200 jobs.

In addition to her role as CEO, Amanda is also the Managing Director of Glasgow Airport – a position she has held since 2008 after joining what was then BAA in October 2005. Prior to that, Amanda also worked for worldwide drinks business Diageo, and global accountancy firm KPMG.

In June 2013, Amanda received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of services to business and tourism. Her success as Managing Director was further recognised in 2016 when Glasgow Airport picked up three major industry accolades - Scottish Airport of the Year, the Airport Operators Association’s (AOA) Best Airport (3-10 Million Passengers) and Airport Council International (ACI) Europe’s Best Airport (5-10 Million Passengers).

Amanda also holds a number of positions out with AGS Airports Limited, including:

  • Member of the First Minister of Scotland’s Council of Economic Advisers
  • Non-Executive Director of utilities firm Business Stream
  • Member of the University of Glasgow Business School Advisory Board
  • Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice


Ronald MacDonald 2015Professor Ronald MacDonald OBE
Research Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance

Ronald holds a BA (hons) from Heriot Watt University and an MA (Econ) and PhD from the University of Manchester. He is currently a Research Professor in Macroeconomics and International Finance in the Adam Smith Business School. Prior to this he held the Bonar Macfie Chair of Economics, 2005-2006, and the Adam Smith Chair of Political Economy 2006-2015, both at the University of Glasgow. From 1992 to 2004 he was Professor of International Finance at the University of Strathclyde and from 1989-91 held the Robert Fleming Chair in Finance and Investment, at the University of Dundee.

Since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, Ronald has been active in the debate about devolving more powers to Holyrood and has written a number of papers and a book on this topic. More recently, he has been involved in the debate surrounding the economics of an independent Scotland and contributed extensively to the Scottish Independence Referendum debate and continues to contribute to the ongoing debate on this topic: see his blog at: ronaldmacdonaldblog.tumblr.com. He has also recently been involved in some innovative work using social media data to forecast election and referenda results.

Ronald is a Research Fellow of the CESifo Research Network, University of Munich, and an International Fellow of the Kiel Institute of Economic Policy. He is also an associate editor for six economics journals and has over 12,500 citations recorded on Google Scholar to his written work. He has raised over £2 million pounds in research Funding from bodies such as the ESRC, the European Commission and Leverhulme and he consistently ranks in the top 1% of the IDEAS/ RePec ranking of economists in the UK, Europe and in the World. Ronald was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Economic Policy.

Dr Thomas Boysen Anker, December 2015Dr Thomas Anker
Senior Lecturer in Management

Thomas Boysen Anker holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and is currently researcher and Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. His main research interest is the application of ethical and epistemological theory to practical problems in marketing. His cross-disciplinary research spans the fields of business ethics, marketing, public health and public policy. He is Associate Editor of the European Management Journal, handling papers on business ethics.

In addition to his work as Associate Editor for the European Management Journal, Thomas is a frequent peer reviewer and has completed assignments for a number of journals, including Business Ethics: A European Review and the Journal of Business Ethics.


For enquiries, please contact mba-40thanniversary@glasgow.ac.uk.