A new language of business

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Top executives facing the toughest business climate of their careers are being offered new ways of thinking and a toolkit of valuable skills to tackle challenges forged by the global financial meltdown.

Nottingham University Business School is leveraging its knowledge of international markets and business trends to approach a range of topical — and controversial — issues by applying a combination of global expertise, world-leading research and direct industry experience to devise practical, informed solutions.

In launching its new Executive Education Short Course Programme, Nottingham University Business School will address topics including how to award bonuses in the post-banking-crisis era, delivering quality and performance improvements in public services as Government cuts begin to bite, and developing a unique and authentic style for a future generation of leaders.
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Professor Martin Binks, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, said: “At Nottingham, we believe in applying the latest thinking to real-world business challenges and creating new opportunities for UK and global organisations.

“By identifying practical solutions to some of the most complex dilemmas facing organisations in today’s corporate environment, we believe we are uniquely placed to offer a lifeline to senior managers who are facing challenges never before encountered in their careers.”

Director of Executive Education at Nottingham Tim Wray said: “We already run very successful custom executive education programmes for a number of blue chip companies. However, we quickly recognised that this tailored approach to tackling key issues in a world which has been transformed by the downturn in the global economy could have far wider potential.”

Among the course highlights are:

  • The New Language of Leadership — The Nottingham approach to leadership takes the best principles of management education good practice, relevant and effective psychology, experienced insights into business cultures in China and Asia, and scenario-planning to forge a unique, authentic leadership style.
  • Executive Remuneration — As bonuses and pay packages for senior managers come under intense public scrutiny how can CEOs, financial directors and human resources professionals offer incentives for strong performance whilst demonstrating robust pay-performance linkage and transparency in salary agreements?
  • Design and Innovation in the Public Services — With Government plans for the most radical shake-up in the history of the NHS and local authorities facing funding cuts of up to almost 10 per cent from central government funding from this year, public sector senior managers face extremely difficult choices. This course offers a practical education in the re-design of services and guidance on how to do more with less.
  • Embracing the Cloud — A look at cloud computing, where software applications, computer processing power, artificial intelligence and other digital resources are accessed via the internet. Managers will learn how cloud software including Google Docs, Zoho and Adobe ConnectNow can be used immediately for no — or low — cost by anybody with a web connection to slash outlay on IT and make their businesses more competitive, sustainable and innovative.

Most sessions for this new programme of Executive Education courses will run at the Learning and Conference Centre of the National College for Leadership in Schools on The University of Nottingham’s award-winning Jubilee Campus.

The Executive Remuneration course, robust and research-informed, aimed at those responsible for remuneration policy such as non-executive directors and human resources advisors, will be delivered at a venue in central London.

The courses run for an average of two days with many providing a follow-up day several months down the line to evaluate the effectiveness of each delegate incorporating course outcomes into his or her day-to-day business practice.

A full programme and portfolio for the Nottingham University Business School Executive Education Short Course Programmes 2011 is available online at www.nottingham.ac.uk/executive

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international 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. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 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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More information is available from Tim Wray, Director of Executive Education, on +44 (0)115 846 7741, tim.wray@nottingham.ac.uk

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