The shortlist for the MBA Innovation Award only includes entries from business schools which have shown innovation and incorporated radical thinking in the delivery of their MBA programmes and it aims to recognise and reward brilliant new practices, while promoting the values of taking risks in pursuit of the new.
Westminster’s MBA programme, designed to be a new generation MBA for Aspiring Directors, was validated in March 2017 and has already welcomed its first intake of participants, passionate about working with, for and on boards.
The programme is recognised by the Association of the MBAs for shifting away from the traditional classroom teaching and successfully positioning the programme in the board-room, where great emphasis is placed on performance and the experiential learning by doing.
The programme seeks to enable MBA participants to demonstrate performance by working with host organisations within nominated advisory board roles. Rather than progressing through functional discipline-based modules, the MBAs now rotate as a cohort around organisational contexts and the team of academics they are working with act as their coaches and mentors rather than tutors.
The MBA was redesigned with the help of employers, AMBA representatives, participants, alumni, the Faculty and professional bodies and the programme is professionally accredited by the Association of the MBAs.
Westminster Business School is recognised in two of this year’s AMBA Awards categories with social entrepreneur and alumna Jennifer Wascak also shortlisted for the MBA Student of the Year Award.
Kellie Vincent, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MBA programme, said: “To have both nominations we submitted to two categories of the AMBA excellence awards shortlisted is amazing news for our whole MBA community. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire team and participants.
“Being shortlisted for the Innovation Award for our revalidated MBA was something we aspired to when we initially began to design the new programme. For our MBA for Aspiring Directors to be recognised so quickly is incredible, especially in light of the hundreds of nominations submitted from high-calibre schools each year.”