Management Experience

The School only recruits experienced managers because we believe that experienced managers make significant contributions to the achievement of MBA learning outcomes. Given that:-

  • Organisations today are flatter;
  • Experts may be a resource rather than managers, with project based roles that can be globally distributed;
  • Some people may have jobs that span organisational boundaries, spending much of their time in client, or partner organisations

It is helpful to specify for applicants what Henley defines as suitable managerial experience. The definition listed here is the criteria used for evaluating applications on admission. It is also used within the learning process that Henley designs so that students can achieve the assessed outcomes of the programme.

How do we evaluate management experience? Your application must be able to show evidence of some (more than one) or all of the following managerial activities (not in any order of priority):

  1. Demonstrable involvement in shaping managerial decisions that affect events beyond standard daily operational activities.
  2. Co-ordinating the work of others in a team.
  3. Responsibility for meeting financial targets that rely on the efforts of more than one person.
  4. A requirement to structure and order one’s own work activities over a period of more than one month to solve problems and deliver results.
  5. A defined responsibility for improving the performance of people, processes or technology.
  6. A role that primarily achieves results through influencing others rather than through direct authority.
  7. Experience of working internationally or of relevant multi-cultural exposure.

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