Developing your practical capability

Joseph Dunne says: “Practical wisdom is a fruit that can only grow in the soil of a person’s experience.” It is a contention with which we strongly agree, and in the light of which the Lancaster MBA has been designed.

We understand the importance of learning from your own experience. Accordingly, on the Lancaster MBA you will complete a variety of practical assignments and challenges that help you accumulate this powerful knowledge and understanding as you go through the programme.

This approach, which we call ‘Learning Through Action’, is integral to your experience on the Lancaster MBA.

During your MBA you will undertake action learning challenges. 

The challenges you undertake will:

  • Stretch you in new ways
  • Allow you – and us – to evaluate your development as a strategic leader
  • Strengthen your skills and give you greater confidence
  • Prepare you for strategic opportunities within the business world

Challenges to accelerate development

Most of the challenges you undertake are real-life ones, reflecting the realities of contemporary management. In addition, because they are real – and not merely historic case studies or constructed simulations – the outcomes are genuinely important, to the client and to you.

Challenges usually provide one-two weeks of intensive ‘in-organisation’ work, requiring you to analyse situations, solve problems and ultimately present recommendations to senior leaders within the client organisation.

We choose these organisations and projects carefully, working with the organisation concerned to develop an initial brief that outlines objectives, resources and deliverables. This is then fine-tuned by the student teams, who agree the final brief with the client.

Throughout, you and your team not only work alongside senior managers within your host organisation, but also have support from experienced mentors, including partner-level consultants. These mentors challenge you with critical questions on how to approach, structure and pitch your work. Their input, along with feedback from clients and lecturers, provides some of the information you then use in individual reflection on your professional practice. Each experience provides invaluable learning to take forward into your career.