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Full-time MBAs Kick-off Annual Boardroom Exercise

The Durham full-time MBA enhances key business and leadership capabilities, enabling graduates to excel in a fast moving global business environment. Students tailor their learning experience through a personalised pathway that is closely aligned to their career aspirations.

One of the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of the programme is the Boardroom Exercise – a real-life simulation providing students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and frameworks explored during their core modules to a live boardroom situation.

The Durham MBA Boardroom Exercise is designed to replicate the tensions of a real leadership challenge with the students playing the roles of the Executive Team of a FTSE 100 company in a simulated Board Meeting. To make the simulation even more realistic, the roles of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors are played by external executives who all have extensive board-level experience. On Wednesday 7 June Christopher Rogers, Durham University Business School alumnus and former Managing Director for Costa and Financial Director for Whitbread PLC, started the 2017 exercise with a briefing session on Whitbread, which is the case study company for the Exercise. He will also be one of the Non-executive Directors for the Exercise.

The Exercise provides an invaluable learning experience, enabling students to enhance their management and persuasion skills, whilst offering an opportunity to network with experienced business executives and develop key business connections for the future.

The Exercise runs over a three-week period, with students split into groups of six or seven to form the Executive Management Team. The exercise concludes on Friday 23 June, with each group participating in a 90 minute boardroom meeting, followed by a 45 minute debriefing, led by their Chair and other Non-Executive Directors

Mr Peter Allen, Dr Joanna Berry, Visiting Fellow Alan Ross and Visiting Professor Robin Gilchrist will work with the groups throughout the Exercise, alongside the external executives acting as Chairs and Non-Executive Directors.

Commenting on the Exercise, Peter Allen said: “For many students, the Boardroom Exercise makes the learning they have undertaken over the last 9 months real – they see how both hard and soft competences come together to help lead a major company."

Dr Joanna Berry said: “One of the key features of the Exercise is the opportunity for the students to work closely with experienced board-level executives over a three week period. The experiences gained and the networks built during this time is invaluable for their future careers."

We wish our MBA students the best of luck during their Boardroom Exercises!

Read more about our Full-time MBA programme here.