Our Strategy into Practice seminar series gives you the opportunity to understand strategy in enterprises of all scales. Top managers will give you first-hand accounts of managing complex organisations in the UK and internationally, promoting innovation and creativity, instituting cultural change and managing growth. Speakers to date have included Lord Hastings (KPMG, BT and UNICEF), Karen Hamilton (Unilever), and Greg Dyke (former Director General of the BBC).
In each session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with academic staff and local business leaders. These seminars are also open to students, alumni, staff, the business community and the wider public.
We are committed to helping students, staff, alumni, and all kinds of organisations in the region develop their entrepreneurial potential and progress opportunities into viable projects and enterprises. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Enterprise Insights seminars, which bring in high-profile guest speakers to talk about, and discuss, their personal experiences.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are now essential for both start-ups and corporates to drive revenue growth. Our entrepreneurship modules aim to equip you with key innovation and entrepreneurship skills to create your own businesses or take up employment as an innovation manager or internal entrepreneur within a larger enterprise. It is led by the Business School's Entrepreneurship Group, which combines a compelling mix of research, knowledge and practitioner experience. The Group has strong links with industry for guest speakers, student projects and future employment opportunities.
Kingston University has produced the highest number of graduate start-ups in the UK for six years running and has a strong track record of excellence in entrepreneurship.
We deliver our modules in a practical, supportive and vibrant student environment in collaboration with "Kingston Nest", the University's business incubator, and Kingston Entrepreneurs' Society, the most active student society at the Faculty of Business and Law.
Modules may include (subject to change):
Our Start up a Business module will provide you with the opportunity to discover first-hand what makes a business succeed or fail by creating a live, fully functioning business, in a team. You will gain first-hand experience in areas such as managing employees, marketing, salesmanship, e-commerce, accounting, and other important skills required for a successful enterprise. Start-up teams will be supported by business mentors from the community who act in a consulting role to help you overcome business obstacles.
Our Entrepreneurship module will introduce you to the concepts of entrepreneurship and provides an opportunity to begin exploring its practice. Entrepreneurship is defined as a set of behaviours and also as process through which opportunities are discovered, evaluated and exploited. Through this module you will develop an understanding of how to explore and advance your own entrepreneurial capabilities including creative problem solving, idea exploration and testing, building networks, and pitching ideas.
Our Innovation module encourages you to identify and understand the critical issues and skills needed to achieve entrepreneurially driven innovation within a large established organisation. The module will provide you with an appreciation of the significance and role of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in organisations, our societies and economies today. In addition, the module will provide you with a critical appreciation of how governments can foster innovation in organisations by creating and maintaining a National System of Innovation through policy measures taken.
Our Entrepreneurship in an International Context module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will find out what it takes to plan towards expanding a small entrepreneurial business into international markets, and gain experience of choosing modes of entry for small business internationalisation, assess international markets and produce financial projections for the business plan.
Kingston University is rated the top most successful UK higher education institutions for graduate start-up companies (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey). Read more.
Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.