New leader at Nottingham University Business School in China

10 Nov 2010 09:36:10.040

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Carl Fey, Professor of International Business, has been appointed Dean of the Nottingham University Business School China. He takes over from Professor Chris O’Brien who retired after 42 years with The University of Nottingham.

Professor Fey, who will also become Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, comes from the Stockholm School of Economics where he helped establish a successful branch campus for executive education in Russia. Professor Fey has also worked as a visiting professor at China Europe International Business School.

Professor Fey said:  “In Executive education programmes I am a strong believer in programmes that tie classroom learning to implementation projects back in the company to ensure that learning really gets implemented.”

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The Nottingham University Business School is a leading centre for management education. The University’s Business School in Ningbo, China is home to nearly 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It provides a host of degree programmes aimed at developing skills in management as well as in qualitative and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, information technology, team working and lifelong learning.

Professor Fey said: “It is now time to build and move forward, particularly into the spheres of executive education and to put some additional focus on research. I want to make sure that the world knows about all the great things that are happening here in the Business School at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. We have really exciting and aggressive plans for the future — keep an eye on us, there are going to be a lot of amazing things happening.”

“We have a unique business model by having English as the language of instruction in all courses in our degree programs with a strong English language development component in the first year of our bachelors’ programmes for students not proficient in English.  Having all classes in English and the quality assurance of a top British university offers a great opportunity for exchange students from around the world. We need to focus increasingly on teaching people how to think and not just on memorising facts or models given how quickly the world is changing.  A lot of what we teach at Nottingham helps companies to be more efficient and ensures that when our students take up a job they are productive from day one.”

Professor Fey, who has recently completed a term on the executive board of the International Association of Chinese Management Research, focuses his research, teaching, and consulting on how management practices need to be adapted to be successful in China and Russia. His areas of expertise include foreign market entry, leadership, organisational culture, change management, knowledge transfer, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Professor Fey has published over 40 articles in various journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Organisation Science, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review Russia.  He has also directed and taught on many different executive programs including both company-specific training programs and MBA and EMBA programs and has served as a consultant for many leading firms in Russia and China.

Professor Martin Binks, Dean of the Nottingham University Business School, said: “The appointment of Carl Fey brings a great depth of knowledge and experience to this role. This will benefit the Business School and the University as a whole.”

Professor Fey, who speaks English, Swedish, Russian and German, has also been in charge of the World Economic Forum’s global Competitiveness project for Russia for the past five years and has travelled and worked extensively in Russia and China.

This year the Nottingham University Business School achieved both EQUIS accreditation and AMBA reaccreditation and the Nottingham University Business School’s MSc in International Business was recently ranked in the UK’s top six business schools in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management 2010.

The University of Nottingham has broad research portfolio but has also identified and badged 13 research priority groups, in which a concentration of expertise, collaboration and resources create significant critical mass. Key research areas at Nottingham include energy, drug discovery, global food security, biomedical imaging, advanced manufacturing, integrating global society, operations in a digital world, and science, technology & society.

Through these groups, Nottingham researchers will continue to make a major impact on global challenges.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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