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  • Be different. We are.

    Rigorous. Relevant. Real. The Ashridge MBA.





  • Being Different 3

    Be Different. We are. 4

    The Ashridge Experience 6

    The Ashridge MBA 9

    Case Study 1 11

    MBA Programmes 12

    Facilities and Resources 14

    MBA Learning Zone 15

    Programme Structure 16

    Our Faculty 18

    Employability Programme 22

    Ashridge Alumni 24

    Meet our Alumni 26

    Case Study 2 28

    Funding your MBA 29

    Admission to the Ashridge MBA 30

    Contents Studying at Ashridge has given

    me a unique experience and a

    totally different perspective, not

    just on business but life


  • There are so many MBA and EMBA programmes to choose from and if Im honest, the marketing material for the various programmes make many promises but ultimately sound quite similar.

    At Ashridge, we truly believe we are different. Our MBA programmes are aimed at experienced managers from around the world. They offer a combination of learning, consulting, facilitation, coaching and research that is directly applied to the challenges faced by organisations. Ashridge is a school for working professionals. Our faculty all combine academic credentials with real world experience. In any given year, we will work with well over 100 companies, public sector organisations and NGOs within executive education. We are ranked top 20 in the world in Bloomberg/Business Week and we are triple accredited through AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB.

    This focus on practice and impact provides the backbone to our MBA portfolio. It also means that we combine traditional business school subjects with an in-depth focus on the people issues faced in organisations. In the course of the programme, you will engage with issues concerning globalisation, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. Classes provide you with an integrated view of business rather than isolated silos.

    Overall, we believe that a holistic view is needed in order to not only formulate the right strategies but perhaps more importantly, to make your strategy come to life in complicated, real-world situations.

    If you are interested in an intense intellectual experience which provides individual attention and a bias for action, I believe that Ashridge is unequalled.

    Being Different

    Kai PetersChief Executive


  • Be Different.Take the Ashridge MBA and your world will become a different place. Learning through personal experience, in a truly inspirational environment, you will come to see yourself in a new light and gain a new perspective on how you think and act - in both predictable and unpredictable circumstances.

    At Ashridge, we are rigorous: research-informed rather than research-led. You will fi nd us more like consultants rather than lecturers, drawing on our own hands-on business experiences as well as over 50 years of corporate executive education experience.

    You will discover that we are relevant, in-touch with todays business issues and continually updating our content so that it remains timely and is centred around you and your objectives.

    Ashridge will provide you with a highly-developed sense of what really happens in organisations, outside the classroom and inside the workplace and board room.

    You will gain a greater understanding of business as a whole and how big and important themes, theories and disciplines fi t together. Beyond that, as much as learning from us, you will be enriched by the diverse experiences and outlooks of your fellow MBA participants. Every MBA is a unique experience, your experience.

    Yet, while an Ashridge MBA will open your eyes, it wont give you all the answers. Youll complete your MBA at Ashridge being able to think and behave differently, knowing that you will be able to fi nd your own answers and create your own outcomes. Ashridge is a different kind of business school: rigorous, relevant and real. Making a difference thats up to you.


  • We are. Informed by over 50 years experience of working with business leaders from all over the world

    An executive business school, with a REAL and holistic view of management

    Intellectually-grounded and RIGOROUS, not solely research-driven

    Led by faculty who are academics and practicing professional consultants, connected to organisations at the highest level

    RELEVANT to your business and centred around YOU, supporting your learning as an individual

    Truly international, encouraging a diversity of perspectives and points of view

    Global and credible - in the top 1% of over 7000 business schools worldwide with triple accreditation

    Based at an inspiring, tranquil campus that gives you space to think, transform yourself and reach your goals

  • For centuries, Ashridge has been a catalyst from which economic, social and political change has been generated. Originally a 13th century Augustinian monastery designed for re ection, it was later a residence for both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. More recently, it was the home of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, the Canal Duke and facilitator of the Industrial Revolution. Ashridge opened as a business school in 1959 and now, business leaders from around the world come to Ashridge to renew and refresh their thinking. Its atmosphere is one where tradition meets innovation in one of the most beautiful locations in England. Ashridge combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisation consultancy. We work with thousands of executives across the globe every year. Our faculty comprises business professionals, consultants and researchers who bring in-depth industry experience, latest management theory and practice and real commitment to the learning process. This feeds directly into the design and teaching on the Ashridge MBA. We are not a university and do not offer undergraduate programmes. We focus on providing a personal learning experience for business executives that is relevant and integrated with todays challenging business environment.

    We are real6


  • Ashridge gave me understanding and con dence in the full spectrum of business management.8

  • Be different. We are. This is the challenge to you from Ashridge Business School.

    As a world leader in executive development for over 50 years, we have always been able to offer our MBA students a different experience. Our MBA is informed by the insights we gain through our work with over 6,000 executives from around the world every year.

    Our students, typically experienced professionals, describe studying for the Ashridge MBA as a transformational development experience that is relevant, rigorous and real.

    Success in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world requires the ability to keep learning new skills and adapting to

    new ways of working. The Ashridge MBA equips you with the capabilities you need to be successful as a senior manager in a challenging landscape. It enables you to become a more discerning consumer of management ideas and their application. As a result, we help you to make a 360 degree personal impact on your organisation.

    We try to practice what we preach, and weve been busy changing what we do, while retaining the best of what weve done in the past. The curriculum offers insights into all core managerial functions in an integrative way, and develops four themes that preoccupy senior executives: leading change, creating value, embedding sustainability and managing globally.

    Learning at Ashridge is anchored in reality. You work with faculty with real world savvy, and attend masterclasses with experts and company speakers. You tackle real world live cases in which you work in groups to analyse a situation, diagnose a problem, and make recommendations to the senior management of an organisation both in

    the UK and in the international business experience. Your learning culminates in a major real world project, for example internal consulting in an organisation, or developing the business plan for your own venture. For much of the programme we mix full-time and part-time groups to increase diversity, maximise your opportunities to learn from each other, and build a bigger network.

    The programme is based at our stunning Ashridge campus and in London, England. The ideas, experiences, and teaching resources are international and contemporary. In addition to time on campus, you have access to a wealth of digital resources.

    I am delighted to offer you the new Ashridge MBA, and invite you to get in touch to fi nd out how it can make a real difference for you.

    The Ashridge MBAA different view on business and life

    Narendra LaljaniDean of Graduate Studies

  • An innovative approach with the right blend of practical and theoretical learning10

  • Why did you decide to do an MBA?

    I had 10 years of business experience including 5 years of entrepreneurial experience when I joined the MBA, having worked in highly technical roles in organisations such as Oracle Corporation and SAP labs. I hold a Masters in computer application and I thought that having a business degree would complement my skills and give me a new perspective. When I exited my last business, I thought of going for a formal business education, and decided to study for an MBA.

    Why Ashridge?

    Key factors behind my decision about Ashridge, include its global reputation, small but very experienced class and a very focused and cooper