MBA international study tour

2017 - MBA study tour of London

In October 2017 Waikato MBA students went on study tour to London to get up close with world-class innovations, and learn about managing the process of innovation from inception to commercialisation.

The MBA class spent each day visiting multiple organisations, with a balance between researcher and practitioner presentations. These included:

  • A day at O2 Telefonica with four speakers arranged by an MBA alumnus, John Garner.
  • Half a day at Lloyds Bank, with three speakers on innovation organised by a Bachelor of Management Studies alumna.
  • A day at New Zealand House. This included an hour with Sir Jerry Mateparae, NZ High Commissioner  and former NZ Governor-General; followed by an hour with Dan Taylor, NZ Trade Commissioner for UK and Ireland. Two University of Waikato alumni also presented on responsible management and how this can be used to innovate business.
  • A visit to the Future Cities Catapult Innovations hub, a network of world-learning centres designed to transform the UK's capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.
  • A morning of discussions facilitated by researchers from Capita, who are examining how to drive business value from technology.
  • A visit to Plexal and Tech Connect, both innovation working spaces in London, with a focus on fin-tech startups.
  • A presentation by Waikato alumna Annabel Causer, founder and CMO of the startup business Honest Brew in London, which has attracted close to 2 million pounds in funding from investors.
  • A presentation on strategy and digital innovation from Aviva CEO Mark Wilson, a BMS alumnus of Waikato who was ranked the world's 12th best value CEO by Bloomberg in 2016, based on pay-for-performance. He was also listed as one of Britain's most influential people in finance in the 2016 Debrett’s 500 List, and named the UK’s 2016 New Zealander of the Year. Mark is a champion for sustainable business and the role of business in society. For his sustained international success, Mark received a University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
    Mark presented on how his organisation has used digital technology to disrupt the traditional insurance company and build their competitive positioning in the changing marketplace.