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Upcoming management programmes

Find out about the latest management and leadership training course at the University of Essex:

  • Essex Core Management Programme - starts 18 September 2017

    Essex Business School's flagship management short course

    • Next date: 18 - 19 September (part one) and 6 - 7 November 2017 (part two)

    Who is this programme for?

    • Senior managers and managers of SMEs.
    • Owner-managers of growing businesses.

    Programme overview

    This intensive four day management and leadership programme helps you maximise business results through accelerating the skills and capabilities of your managers.

    The Essex Core Management Programme is for managers seeking professional development and general management training to improve their skills and contribute more to their business.

    You gain access to world-renowned academic and practical management expertise that delivers fast track skills development.

    Programme aims

    • Gain a strong understanding of effective management concepts.
    • Learn how to improve business performance through effective people management.
    • Discover how to set objectives and KPIs to deliver commercial results.
    • Understand what success looks like and learn how to create new success standards.
    • Interact with senior leaders from growing businesses and learn from best practice.
    • Develop a business case for a significant commercial improvement in your organisation.

    Programme outline

    Programme directors and partners

    Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

    Headshot Tazeeb Rajwani is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Essex Business School.

    He has held senior management positions at KPMG and was previously Executive MBA Director at Cranfield School of Management. Professor Rajwani has held visiting faculty positions across the globe, including the likes of University of Warwick, London Business School and HULT International Business School.

    Mark Kelly

    Headshot Business trainer and coach Mark Kelly has decades of experience in helping SMEs excel.

    As well as holding senior management roles at a range of fast-growing businesses, he has designed training programmes for the likes of Coutts, Balfour Beatty and NatWest.


    Key information

    • Date: 18 - 19 September (part one) and 6 - 7 November 2017 (part two)
    • Venue: Wivenhoe House, Colchester

    Pricing

    • Standard programme fee: £1,550
    • Alumni programme fee: £1,395

    Book by Monday 28 August 2017 for a 10% early bird discount. Accommodation is not included in the above prices, but can be booked on the Wivenhoe House website.

    How to book:

    To book your place on this programme:

    1. Register with our Short Courses Gateway
    2. Book your place today

Other open programmes

  • Accelerating Innovation Programme

    Who is this programme for?

    • Directors.
    • Senior executives.
    • Managers.
    • Entrepreneurs.

    Programme overview

    Is your business struggling to keep pace with technological change? Has growth made it difficult for your firm to stay agile? Are you unsure of how to implement organisational change?

    This short course helps you develop better business models to deliver products and services more efficiently and effectively in an unpredictable world. We show you how to protect your business in times of change, whilst still finding opportunities for growth.

    Programme aims

    • Explore the managerial challenges organisations face when seeking to innovate.
    • Understand the business capabilities needed for effective innovation.
    • Learn how to develop a culture that fosters innovation.

    Programme outline

    Programme directors and partners

    Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

    Headshot Tazeeb Rajwani is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Essex Business School.

    He has held senior management positions at KPMG and was previously Executive MBA Director at Cranfield School of Management. Professor Rajwani has held visiting faculty positions across the globe, including the likes of University of Warwick, London Business School and HULT International Business School.

    Viren Lall

    Headshot Viren Lall is Managing Director of ChangeSchool, an international executive education company specialising in strategy, innovation and change.

    A business innovation and transformation specialist, he has twenty four years of experience in multinationals such as BT, Adobe Systems, Dell Corporation and UNIDO. His business transformation hothouses were voted the best in BT’s corporate memory. In executive education, he has worked with leadership teams in UBS Vodafone and Lloyd’s of London to name a few, and regularly teaches at the Indian School of Business and London Business School.

    Neil Marshall

    Headshot Neil Marshall is Development Director of ChangeSchool.

    An executive education specialist and entrepreneur, he has previously held positions in management consulting, international trade and education, working in the UK, East Africa, South America, the Gulf and India. Neil is a trustee on the UK and global board of an international charity.

    Key information

    • Next date: 20 - 21 November 2017
    • Venue: Wivenhoe House, Colchester

    Pricing

    • Standard programme fee: £1,500
    • Alumni programme fee: £1,350

    Book by Sunday 22 October 2017 for a 10% early bird discount. Accommodation is not included in the above pricing, but can be booked on the Wivenhoe House website.

    How to book

    To book your place on this programme:

    1. Register with our Short Courses Gateway
    2. Book your place
  • Key Account Management Programme

    Who is this programme for?

    • Sales directors and account managers.
    • Marketing account directors and managers working in agencies.
    • Client services directors and managers.

    Programme overview

    This two day sales and marketing training programme helps you to manage strategically important customer accounts for retention and growth. Through interactive workshops, you learn how to best retain clients and grow key accounts, rather than simply focusing on winning new business, in order to maximise profit and commission. You leave with practical tools, processes and skills that can improve how your organisation approaches key account management.

    Programme aims

    • Learn what makes a ‘key’ account.
    • Understand the different levels of relationships your business can develop with clients.
    • Learn how to use tools such as customer journey mapping, value analysis and campaign planning to enhance these relationships and create customer value.
    • Understand the Decision Making Unit and how people within it think and process information differently.
    • Discover how to influence, manage and motivate key account management teams.

    Programme outline

    Programme directors

    Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

    Headshot Tazeeb Rajwani is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Essex Business School.

    He has held senior management positions at KPMG and was previously Executive MBA Director at Cranfield School of Management. Professor Rajwani has held visiting faculty positions across the globe, including the likes of University of Warwick, London Business School and HULT International Business School.

    Malcolm Johnston

    Headshot Malcolm Johnson is a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Manager with more than 17 years of international business experience, working with the likes of with THORN EMI, BT, Cable & Wireless and Telstra.

    As a business strategy consultant, he helps organisations grow through effective sales, channel and product management and strategic marketing. His experience spans sectors from defence electronics and telecommunications to private banking, wholesale pharmaceuticals and building services. He is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Syracuse University and has taught on Masters programmes at Henley Management College, Anglia Ruskin University, The University of Hertfordshire and Queen Mary College University of London.

    Key information

    • Date: 5 - 6 February 2018
    • Venue: Wivenhoe House, Colchester

    Pricing

    • Standard programme fee: £1,500
    • Alumni programme fee: £1,350

    Book by Friday 22 December 2017 for a 10% early bird discount. Accommodation is not included in the above pricing, but can be booked on the Wivenhoe House website.

    How to book:

    To book your place on this programme:

    1. Register with our Short Courses Gateway
    2. Book your place
  • Orchestrating Competitive Advantage

    Who is this programme for?

    • Ambitious leaders focused on strategy development.

    Programme overview

    As a strategic leader how do you develop a competitive advantage for your organisation?

    This short course delivers a series of tools and techniques to make sense of your external business environment, industry dynamics and market position. We introduce management processes for delivering significant business growth and strategies for creating high customer value, explaining their relevance to the success or failure of organisations.

    We explore the challenges leaders can encounter when developing strategies and highlight the opportunities and threats of a range of industries. We consider both the financial and people management factors involved in formulating strategies for competitive advantage and develop your strategic decision making skills.

    Programme aims

    • Understand the basics of strategy development and how to develop a framework for your organisation.
    • Link high growth strategy to strategic objectives.
    • Understand the unique strategic challenges your organisation is facing.
    • Learn how to deliver a customer centric value proposition.
    • Uncover the characteristics which are the hallmark of successful strategic thinkers

    Programme outline

    Programme director

    Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

    Headshot Tazeeb Rajwani is Professor of International Business and Strategy at Essex Business School.

    He has held senior management positions at KPMG and was previously Executive MBA Director at Cranfield School of Management. Professor Rajwani has held visiting faculty positions across the globe, including the likes of University of Warwick, London Business School and HULT International Business School.

    Key information

    • Date: 12 -14 March 2018
    • Venue: Wivenhoe House, Colchester

    Pricing

    • Standard programme fee: £1,750
    • Alumni programme fee: £1,575

    Book by Sunday 21 January 2018 for a 10% early bird discount. Accommodation is not included in the above pricing, but can be booked on the Wivenhoe House website.

    How to book:

    To book your place on this programme:

    1. Register with our Short Courses Gateway
    2. Book your place

Why executive education at Essex Business School?

Whether you’re looking to boost your own skills, develop your team, or embrace large-scale organisational change, executive education at Essex Business School empowers you to turn ‘business as usual’ into something far more productive. Our executive education programmes are offered by University of Essex academics, so you get a business education, not merely training.

Essex Business School provides world class solutions to professional learning and development needs of individuals and organisations across the globe. Our sessions are interactive and inspiring; you learn more when you construct, develop and share knowledge as a group. We develop you as an individual and equip you with knowledge that has a real impact on your organisation.

Here are just some of the reasons you should undertake your executive education with us:

  • all of our courses are delivered by Essex Business School and University of Essex academics, world-renowned for their research, and leading associates from the private sector
  • we’re an ambitious and dynamic business school, ranked in the UK's top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014)
  • we draw upon world leading research whilst developing your practical business skills
  • we’re close to London and European transport hub Stansted Airport is just over an hour’s drive
  • you can gain exceptional business training right here in Essex, without the need to travel to The City
  • our short courses are taught at Wivenhoe House at our Colchester Campus, a four star grade II listed hotel with superb business facilities

Customised programmes

Can't find what you need in our open programme portfolio? We can also create bespoke learning packages based on your needs and sector, backed by insights from world leading academics and industry practitioners. What you learn is always relevant to your business goals.

What we offer

We understand that every business is different, so our bespoke learning packages are not one-size-fits all. Examples include:

  • enrolling on a one-off module from our internationally-diverse, MBA – perfect for smaller groups
  • tailored courses run at your own workplace
  • bespoke business tutoring, from a half day to regular sessions throughout the year, depending on your needs

We work with you to develop hands-on solutions that meet your needs, develop your people and help your organisation flourish.

Subject areas

  • Analytics and data science.
  • Commodities.
  • Controlling your business.
  • Derivatives and futures.
  • Equity and foreign exchange.
  • International business.
  • International marketing.
  • Leadership development.
  • Managerial economics.
  • Operations management.
  • Organisational change.
  • Performance management.
  • Public service transformation.
  • Supply chain management.
  • Strategic marketing.

Executive MBA

Taught in one week block modules over your choice of two or three years, our Executive MBA gives you the flexibility to gain a Masters in business alongside working or running your own venture.

Our team

Contact us

Talk to us today about how our open programmes, bespoke courses or our Executive MBA can add fresh thinking to your business.

Tazeeb Rajwani

Tazeeb Rajwani

Head of Executive Education

Email execed@essex.ac.uk





Disclaimers

Cancellation policy

Cancellations within 21 days of the start date of our open and bespoke programmes will be liable for 100% of the programme fees.

Programme content changes

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest business challenges and breakthroughs in the field. To ensure our executive education programmes are as relevant and up-to-date as possible, the course content may be subject to change.

Bright spaces for SMEs

Office building at Parkside Office Village

Suites and units from 1,750 to 3,735 square feet are available at Parkside Office Village (Colchester Campus), with excellent on-site facilities.

iLab

iLab room

Hold your next meeting or away day at our iLab in Southend. This innovative space is designed to foster creativity and we'll facilitate your event so that it meets your objectives, from strategic planning to focus groups.

Developing future talent

Woman discussing things with a student at a computer

We build employability into our courses, giving our graduates the skills you need. Engage with our students in many ways, from traditional internships and graduate recruitment to original schemes such as our Masters student placements.

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Wivenhoe House Hotel

The four-star Wivenhoe House Hotel is located in tranquil parkland at our Colchester Campus, on the outskirts of the town. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation, a contemporary restaurant and private dining and flexible event facilities.