LCF x Gate One: Reinventing the Executive MBA at LCF
On Thursday 17 March, LCF celebrated the previous years of the Executive MBA (Fashion) at an exclusive networking event at HKX. The EMBA is a specialist management and marketing programme aimed at industry and entrepreneurial professionals that look to develop their leadership skills across all aspects of business. So why is the course closing?
We are now living in a world of change. We're living in a world where diversity and equality concepts are beginning to change and change for the better. We are living in a world where technology is changing, not just what we do, but how we communicate with the world. "We're living in a world that is witnessing, at the moment, what I would call the death of monetarism" James Clark, EMBA Course Leader and Founder explains. "The time that we're living in now, means it's time to change our Executive Education offer to reflect those new paradigms that are emerging. Where are they going to go? I have no idea, but we have to recognise that change is required and therefore we have to re-engineer ourselves. That's what we'll be doing for relaunch of this executive education offer at some point in the not too distant future."
Liz Gee, Associate Dean of the Fashion Business School explains, "Closing the EMBA is a very brave decision, but it's not the end. We're responding to the needs of industry and responding to the world in the way that industry leaders want to learn in the future. I'm really excited by the new iteration of this course - it might not have the same title, but it will do the same things and so much more."
This year, LCF signed a collaboration agreement with London-based Gate One, a digital and business transformation consultancy which is a part of the Havas Group, one of the world’s largest communications agencies. So far, Gate One has supported LCF's Fashion Business School's new MSc Fashion Forecasting and Analytics course by creating industry forecasting project briefs based on real industry macro-challenges. Looking ahead to the future of executive education at LCF, Manager at Gate One, Joe Kearins tells us, "Here we have two organisations; one in Higher Education and one in the private sector, both with a lot of shared values and capabilities in terms of business, communications and creativity. At the moment, the value of knowledge exchange between industry and academia is so important, not just for creating a great learning experience for all the candidates within executive education along the way, but fundamentally for enabling the industrial strategy for both this country and globally."