Give your organisation a significant competitive advantage by working with the Faculty of Business Law and Politics to understand and employ cutting-edge ideas through research and consultancy projects in one of our key areas of expertise, moving your organisation towards long-term growth and success.
In an increasingly competitive business environment, it pays to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in business thought and practice and, crucially, have the capacity to apply these in the workplace. In order to give your organisation a significant advantage, we can help you to understand and employ cutting-edge ideas, drawn from across the globe, and through this achieve long-term growth and success.
Hierarchy of Purposes.
Our knowledge and skills span across a range of strategic leadership essentials, including managing organisations and change, innovation, negotiation, and communication. Our process can be defined below in 8 stages. Moving up stages toward more ambitious purposes requires increasing sophistication and skill in the processes of consulting and in managing the consultant-client relationship;
1. Provide requested information
2. Provide solution to problem
3. Conduct diagnosis that redefines problem
4. Provide recommendations
5. Assist implementation
6. Build consensus
7. Facilitate client learning
8. Improve organizational effectiveness
Our Areas of Expertise
Management & Leadership
Transforming the leadership capabilities within your organisation is about more than equipping managers with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ toolkit. We do not believe that there is a fixed template for the perfect leader but we can help your management team and future leaders develop an approach to leadership which is right for them and relevant to the workplace. By taking a long-term, strategic view of management within your organisation, you can look towards achieving continuity in management rather than disruption when change occurs. We can work with those at varying levels within your organisation, helping aspiring managers to discover their leadership style and enabling experienced leaders achieve their full potential. The emphasis of this work is to encourage the application of theory in the workplace and to create real action plans for organisational change.
Human Resource Management and Organisational Development
By creating sound internal structures and procedures, we can help your organisation face any external challenges that may arise from the ever-changing business environment. Our aim is to help you develop strategies which address difficult issues within human resources and organisational development head-on, encouraging a pro-active approach which avoids the need for constant ‘firefighting’. We will work with you to develop approaches to team building, effective and ethical negotiation, mediation and the keys to motivation, in order to create a positive and more productive working environment.
Logistics & Supply Chain
In recent years, logistics and supply chain management have risen on the corporate agenda and are now recognised as crucial in allowing companies to compete on the global stage. With our state-of-the art resources, we can help your organisation to streamline and enhance your supply chain to deliver improved efficiency, productivity and cost benefits. Our consultancy and research services have been enhanced following the establishment of a Logistics Institute at the school, which aims to establish and embed a world-class centre of excellence in global logistics, supply chain management and related technologies.
Meeting the challenge of identifying, understanding, anticipating and responding to customer needs can be a major driver of success, and with the push to globalisation, there has never been a greater need for high quality marketing, adding value to goods and services in order to compete with low priced competition from around the world. In addition to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of your marketing material, we can help you to get the best value from your activities through the development of cohesive marketing strategies. Our particular expertise in the areas of customer relationship management and market research will allow you to manage and monitor your activity, making sure that you focus on the “right customers” which will result in increased efficiency and profitability.
‘Systems thinking’ is an approach which considers the whole as more than a sum of its parts, and encourages the consideration of the organisation in its entirety rather than tackling difficult areas in isolation. This approach allows you to get the root of problems and discover where seemingly small issues stem from organisation-wide weaknesses. However, it is not just a reactive approach. Used proactively a systems approach will enhance and improve every area of your operation, from strategy development to knowledge management, in a practical and substantial way, making your systems more effective and efficient.
Finance & Economics
In increasingly competitive environments, good financial management and control will help you to survive – excellent systems can help you thrive, enabling you to make the right choices and investments at the right time. We can work with your managers to give them the capacity to broadly assess the financial standing of your company, putting crucial data at their fingertips when forward planning. For those wanting to optimise their financial operations, we can introduce theories of risk and the psychology of decision making. Building upon these sound internal structures, our economic experts can enable you make the most of external opportunities by providing an understanding of economic policy and regulation, international capital markets and corporate governance, with the aim of making a difference to your bottom line.