WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
Partnering with Corporate Clients
'I am very impressed by the quality of both the teaching and the facilities at Aston, but most of all by the School’s commitment to add value through partnership, which exactly matches our business philosophy.'
Noel Watson, Chairman, Jacobs Engineering
'What I value most about the Aston Diploma in Management is that it is fantastically structured, giving individuals a path into the Executive stream. The coordination between both SITA and ASTON is processed and because of this smooth running the ASTON delegates are well prepared before they arrive on the first day. The Diploma carries a heavy weight on an individual’s career and the importance of succeeding has been greatly emphasised by the feedback received.'
Kavita Maru, SITA Programme Project Manager
'Jacobs is always impressed with the quality and speed of Aston’s responses to our requests, and the innovative approaches that they take to meeting our requirements, particularly in the current climate. I enjoy working with the Aston team and appreciate that my key contacts have been retained by the Centre, allowing us to build and benefit from long standing relationships. I look forward to working with Aston again through 2010 and beyond.'
Sally Fern, Divisional Director, Organisational Development, Jacobs Engineering
'I am very pleased about the feedback I have received concerning our first module. Our team seem to be really motivated – they were willing to learn, showed a lot of serious interest, and last but not least, had a lot of fun also. They are already coming to me with proposals of how to input to specific corporate projects, based on their new knowledge and ideas. Everybody I have spoken to agrees it was a great success – challenging, but also very motivating. Exactly what we hoped to achieve.'
Jens Höhnel, CEO / President, IAC Group GmbH
'The programme gave me confidence that there is a structure that I can fall back on – a “bible” that I can refer to.'
Josephine Teo, L’Oréal Learning for Development Director for China & Asia Pacific countries
'Since the first days of the programme, it became clear that some of the tools were appealing to me and some not. Using those that made me feel comfortable is magnificent. I live in an organisation where tools have not been important. These tools have given me a solid and concrete way to work in the context of change.'
Costas Bovolis, L’Oréal HRD Greece
'I worked with David Arnera on global L'Oréal guidelines concerning change management and the seminar was very useful for that (paramount, I dare say). My procedures on restructuring projects were improved as well. Now they are perfectly aligned with the more general ones.'
Stefano Ghisoni, L’Oréal Social Relations Director for Europe
'Whilst VocaLink was originally a ‘not for profit’ payments utility, its mandate changed in 2003 and it is now a fully commercial organisation. The creation of Service Lines, quasi independent businesses, each with its own P&L, was a milestone in the company’s development requiring a very different management outlook. In searching for a training partner, we sought a business school capable of teaching business principles from an entrepreneurial perspective. Aston demonstrated outstanding capability in this area and has been instrumental in achieving a step change in managerial thinking.'
Andy Hunter, VocaLink HR Director
'Events like these give young professionals the chance to learn more
outside of the workplace. They are thought provoking and personally they
inspire me to think about how I can make a difference in my organisation.'
Hardy - Customer Plus Ltd
'An extremely engaging speaker and thought
provoking subject matter - we owe it to our teams to take time out to consider
strategies for growth and innovation. This well worthwhile session provided
extremely useful practical insights which are relevant to anyone in a
position of leadership.'
Bishop - Shoosmiths
Partnering with Faculty subject experts
'One of the reasons I joined Aston Business School was because of its commitment to executive education as I believe that the relationship between research and practice is reciprocal. The ideas and discussions I have with managers inform the types of questions in my research programme which in turn informs best practice. It is the synergy between world-class research and professionally run executive education that makes Aston Business School distinctive and ensures our courses meet the client’s needs.'
Professor Robin Martin
'Engaging with executive development enables me to disseminate and validate the findings of my research, develop new research questions and remain updated on issues and challenges of today's businesses. It keeps me real.'
Dr Prasanta Dey
'By providing customised development solutions to clients' unique needs, I am able to work on challenging professional assignments and have real impact in practice. I aim to encourage real and lasting learning by helping participants develop the confidence and skills to apply financial thinking to their real world decisions and situations.'
'Executive development is about taking evidence-based findings to people who make things happen in order to help them explore new ways of thinking about problems and their influence over them. By applying creative thinking and rigorous analysis to their situations, by collaborating with executives in the co-creation of their (and my) knowledge, we challenge world-views and break boundaries to achievement'
Professor Duncan Shaw
'Engaging with Executive development gives me the opportunity to make returns to practice from my research findings. Executives really understand and want to work through practical problems and that is a great place to start imbedding insights from research into other contexts.'
Professor Paula Jarzabkowski
'Executive development is central to academic thinking and theory development. By engaging with executives in turbulent environments, we challenge, extend and develop relevantly our research to address executives’ burning issues. Our goal is shared: to be more effective and efficient against key performance objectives, to have more impact.'
Dr John Rudd
Commitment from the Dean of Aston Business School
'Executive Development provides the most immediate and practical way I know of ensuring that our research influences practice by giving us an opportunity to engage with senior Executives eager to debate with and learn from us and each other. It is a great opportunity to make a difference in organisations.'
Professor Michael West, formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School