Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple announced that it plans to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. Unilever’s chief human resources officer Leena Nair is working on improving opportunities for people from underrepresented groups. Former PepsiCo CEO and chairman Indra Nooyi’s legacy at the food and beverage company includes expanding its offerings, so consumers have healthier options.
These individuals represent just a handful of global business leaders making an impact in their industries. While many forces shape and impact businesses today, sustainability and responsibility are increasingly important. Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) equips its students with the knowledge and skills to deal with these complex issues.
LUMS draws on its 50 years of experience, moulding students to become change agents. They learn to grasp the various ways sustainability can drive business success, knowing that some of today’s investors use environmental, social, and governance metrics to analyse an organisation’s potential.
LUMS is one of a small number of global business schools to be quadruple-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs, and the Small Business Charter (SBC). This ensures students receive a quality education. The school also performs strongly across a broad range of business school rankings, and is held in high regard by the Financial Times, Forbes, and The Economist, among others.
Its surroundings are the cherry on top of the cake. Located on a beautiful 560-acre parkland campus in the UK, with a connected community of staff, students, and alumni from all over the world, LUMS delivers a high-quality business education, pioneering research, and an unrivalled student experience.
It’s the perfect place for an MBA. The action-based Lancaster MBA is just as impressive as its home. The programme is ranked second in the world for corporate strategy and eighth for value for money in the Financial Times MBA Global Rankings 2021. The Lancaster MBA is placed ninth overall in the UK, 25th in Europe and 96th in the world.
The programme is rigorous, well-rounded, and relevant –– constantly evolving to ensure graduates take on leadership positions with the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed to spark change and succeed.
“We offer expertise in strategy, social sustainability, and responsibility –– three areas that are increasingly important for all businesses,” explains MBA programme director Dr. Robyn Remke. The MBA sets out to establish stronger connections between business and local communities through hands-on projects, and the latest initiatives include enabling students to work with the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business on a programme guided by the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Lancaster’s 12-month International Business and Strategy MSc –– endorsed by Ernst & Young –– equips graduates with key skills required to operate in multinational firms. Students develop vital skills and capabilities to manage international growth. This ranges from organic growth via the smart positioning of products and services in diverse markets to the management of mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Aspiring marketing visionaries can benefit from LUMS’s Advanced Marketing Management MSc programme. The year-long course develops leaders with advanced professional thinking, as well as vital analysis and marketing skills. The programme culminates with the chance to work with one of LUMS’s key partner companies, such as Microsoft, a social entrepreneur, or a media organisation, to solve a real-world problem.
Regardless of your path, when you’re ready to take your next step, LUMS’s dedicated Careers Service team will be ready to help. The best part? From student to alumni, you will always have them by your side to connect you to like-minded professionals and organisations; invite you to events and workshops; suggest placements or study abroad opportunities; and more. The theme of continued support extends to every component of a LUMS education. Here, once connections are made, they can never be broken.