MBA international study tour
2018 - MBA Study Tour of London
In November 2018, Waikato MBA students went on a study tour to London. Building on the successful tour of 2017, the MBA class visited a number of innovative organisations:
- A day at Barclays Bank with alumnus Adrian Smith, Digital Business Director, working on a client problem presenting solutions to the senior executive team of the bank's digital division.
- A visit to Plexal Technology and Innovation centre, home to a large number of Fintec firms.
- A morning at Aviva Digital Garage with Blair Turnball, Managing Director of Aviva, and Owen Morris, who outlined the online mobile platform for insurance and explained how data was driving and changing the industry.
- Virgin Start-Up with alumnus Luke Pharaoh, an entrepreneur and lending manager. Luke talked us through the start-up market in the UK and how Virgin Group is actively supporting new businesses to succeed.
- The team spent time at Yahoo! with Chris Morris, Senior Optimisation Strategist, and got up close with how marketing companies use data to directly target customers with customised marketing.
- Nick Swallow NZTE Trade =Commissioner, talked about Brexit and both the challenges surrounding how to exit and also the implications for NZ trade.
- Margreet Papamichael Yntema, of Clear Associates, gave a presentation on business trends and radical changes to how business will be conducted in the future.
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.
2016 MBA Study Tour of India - Delhi and Bangalore
Video: Raewyn McPhillips, International trade manager at Tatua Dairy Company
Video: Jason Dawson, CEO of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism
Video: Destination Delhi and Bangalore, India
Other photos and videos
Facebook Pictures - Check out the pictures taken of the International Study Tour.
MBA Participant Videos - Hear what the participants had to say about the tour!
Mesh catches up with:
Graham Morton - NZ High Commissioner to India
One of the most popular highlights of the Waikato MBA is an international study tour, with 8-12 days of industry visits and cultural sight-seeing to experience first-hand how New Zealand fits into the global marketplace.
Not only will you visit blue-chip international companies to see how they are run, but you'll also get to talk to their leaders - including some highly successful Waikato alumni - and make some valuable business contacts.
You'll meet New Zealanders doing business offshore, representatives from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, attend networking events with MBA participants from the host country, and engage with senior economic commentators.
The focus of the tour varies each year and recently the spotlight has been on management innovation.
Finally, you'll attend a series of seminars focused on the infrastructure and economies of the countries you visit.
Photo: MBA Class 2016 in front of the Taj Mahal, India. Photo credit: Meshweyla Macdonald