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Sponsor an Employee on an Ashridge MBA

Why sponsor an employee on the Ashridge MBA?

1. Injection of new ideas and improved retention

To enable your organisation to achieve a competitive edge in the future, you must invest in those people who will drive your business forward. According to recent research nearly three-quarters of companies surveyed support managers or senior managers to study for an MBA. These organisations are not only interested in retaining their most talented employees but grooming them for senior management. They want an MBA to equip these key individuals with a broad range of management skills, and in doing so, aim to gain an innovative leader able to inform and support organisational strategy (Survey source: Sinclair, A. 2002, An organisational guide to Executive MBAs, People Management).

2. Gain bottom line benefits

The MBA assignments and live consulting project gives you the opportunity to investigate and resolve strategic business problems or opportunities facing your organisation. This means that you gain a tangible return on investment in the programme. A recent graduate told us that his sponsoring organisation gained around (GBP) £1 million in cost savings and best practice from his MBA project and assignments.

3. Connect with a world-class business school

Ashridge is one of a handful of schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB – The UK, European and American accreditation bodies for quality MBA programmes. Our EMBA Programme is also rated in the top 5 in the UK, top 10 in Europe and top 20 worldwide (Financial Times rankings, September 2005), and our Full-Time MBA is ranked in the top 10 in the UK (Financial Times rankings, January 2006).

4. Access a network of global organisations

Ashridge delivers executive education to over 6,000 business people a year, so whether the MBA participant networks with peers on the MBA, or you attend an event at Ashridge. Access to other organisations is possible through the Ashridge community.

5. Absence from the office is minimised

The two-year EMBA is a part-time programme meaning absence from the workplace in minimal. The modular nature of the programme means the individual will be at Ashridge for only 13 weeks over the course of 2 years. The participant will return to work for your organisation between modules so you will start to see improved results and performance straightaway. The close relationship between the residential modules and the in-company project work means that programme participants will not experience the problems of re-entry into the organisation, so common with the more traditional approach to MBAs.

Companies that have sponsored individuals on the Two-year Executive MBA include: Pfizer, Reuters, Shell, MTV, GE Healthcare, Honeywell Aerospace, Munich Re, Tokai Bank Europe, BBC, Abbey, PepsiCola, Alcatel, Siemens, Janssen-Cilag, Fujifilm, National Westminster Bank, Alfa Laval, Egon Zehnder, Novo Nordisk.

If you are interested in sponsoring an employee and would like to discuss the programme further, contact Steve Seymour, Director of the EMBA Programme. Email: or call + 44 (0) 1442 841150

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