Core 10: The Change Makers' Manual


Professor Graeme Currie, said: “Business schools were set up with a vocational mission to improve managerial performance. Since then, societal challenges have become more complex.” The days when business schools focused solely on boosting productivity are long gone. It remains a key strand of our work at Warwick Business School. But it sits alongside other measures of success, including our impact on issues such as climate Warwick Business School is on a mission to share its research with leaders to drive change across business and society.

I t is 10 years since Warwick Business School (WBS) first published CORE magazine to share our research and thought leadership with a wider audience. Much has changed since then. We have opened our London campus at The Shard, launched an exciting portfolio of executive education courses, and seen our Distance Learning MBA crowned number one

in the world by the Financial Times for five years in a row. However, our commitment to world-leading research remains the same. We strive to lead the way intellectually, but we are equally passionate about producing research that can be applied practically outside academia by leaders at all levels of business and society. That mission saw us ranked as one of the country’s best business schools for research by Times Higher Education earlier this year.

change, energy security, equality and inclusion, and health. WBS is home to the Enterprise Research Centre, the Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology, the Data Science Lab, and the Industrial Relations Research Unit. Our academics have changed government policies on disabled people in the workplace, advised healthcare leaders, contributed to NASA’s management strategy, and made key contributions to the UK Energy Research Centre and The Productivity Institute. Meanwhile, our behavioural scientists have served on the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team, known as the Nudge Unit, and NHS England’s COVID-19 Behavioural Change Unit. You can learn more about their work throughout this issue. We even played a key role in bringing the City of Culture to

Coventry in 2021, measuring its success in reaching residents in more deprived areas, and delivering a legacy for the city. Our emphasis on addressing the grand challenges we face as a society is not confined to our research. It extends through our teaching, informing our programmes at all levels, as well as our commitment to expanded access to high quality education for students from all backgrounds. Business schools have a vital role to play in helping to surmount the economic, environmental, and societal challenges we will face in the coming years and decades. We look forward to taking you on that journey with us.

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