Innovation Masterclass – a day full of energy and enthusiasm Reply

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Professor Rebecca Taylor

It was great to see a full house at our first Business Perspectives event. The thought provoking insights from our speakers sparked a series of lively discussions around organisational innovation at strategic, operational and product level. The energy and enthusiasm of the day carried into the evening when Evan Davis challenged our thinking on the economics of innovation, and Ken Keir introduced us to innovation Honda-style. I was impressed by the way our students and alumni enriched the debate with their experience and knowledge throughout the event. Their contributions confirmed just how diverse our network of practising managers is, in terms of background, industry, role, level and location.

One example of this diversity is Salvatore, who I had the pleasure of meeting over lunch: He started his MBA studies with us in his native Italy; he continued in Sweden where his career had taken him. Now he’s working and studying in the UK.

Meeting other delegates during the day confirmed that this level of commitment is a distinguishing characteristic of OUBS students and alumni. That’s why I was so pleased to hear David Harrison – a member of our expert panel – say that as an employer, he considered an OUBS MBA helped candidates stand out from the crowd. This wasn’t simply as a demonstration of their academic achievement, but as strong evidence of determination, resilience and stamina!

Feedback from the event suggests that the combination of speakers, discussion and action learning sets was well received. It’s a formula we’ll be following for future Business Perspectives master classes. I very much hope you’ll join us.

— Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean and Director of Studies, The Open University Business School and Law School

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