In our final interview in this series, Michael Hayman MBE discusses entrepreneurship and why London is the ideal academic setting for the Global MBA.
As an entrepreneur and innovator, how do you see the new Global MBA fitting in with an ever-changing world?
The world of work is transforming at an unprecedented pace. Wide-spread change is creating the need to re-skill and the need for lifelong learning. The Global MBA puts the University at the forefront of this trend – equipping graduates with the skills and mindsets they need to navigate these uncharted waters.
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialism is of particular interest. The skills learned will be essential in terms of future wealth and job creation.
How important is it to keep ahead of the game?
It’s likely that the most powerful companies in our lifetimes are yet to be created. People who do the Global MBA could create the next generation of world-beating businesses.
They say every modern year is worth seven old ones. That’s the way it goes. If you’re thinking about creating a startup next year or the year after, your stalling could cost a decade in old money in terms. Now is the time to take opportunities – there is much to be gained.
The Global MBA is available to study anywhere in the world. What significance does London have as the academic base of the programme?
London is a symbol of business, of entrepreneurship and regeneration. It’s a great place to have a Global MBA.
Look at its success, especially in sectors like technology: 18 of Europe’s 47 ‘tech unicorns’ (billion-dollar startups) are based here in London and in the UK.
London’s reputation for launching brilliant businesses precedes it. It is one of the best places in the G20 to start a business, with a flourishing ecosystem built to support and nurture the next cohort of global business titans.
This is the place to get your Global MBA.
Michael Hayman is co-founder of Seven Hills, the high growth campaigns firm, the co-founder of StartUp Britain, the initiative for early-stage enterprise, and co-author of Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through (Penguin, 2015).