Business School makes world’s top five per cent AACSB accredited

fbpost_brunel_aacsb-1_optBrunel Business School (BBS) joins the ranks of the best in the world, after winning a top seal of approval for the quality of its courses and business education.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the highest global standard for business schools – less than five per cent of Business Schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.

It is a massive boost to job prospects and future earnings for Brunel Business School students and staff.

“This is the best news possible for our students’ employability,” said Professor Chris Pitelis, who heads the school.

Leading international employers see job seekers from AACSB accredited schools as the highest flying business graduates. The five letters confirm best quality teaching and research   staff, most relevant challenging courses and exceptional career opportunities.

The US-based AACSB is the biggest global business education network connecting students, businesses and business schools to kick-start innovation and help society. Business schools face a tough year of scrutiny to make sure they meet its standards and keeping their accreditation means reassessments every five years. It is something Brunel has worked on for the past eight years; its first attempt in 2015 led to a deferral visit.

“After the AACSB’s first visit, we had to satisfy very stringent requirements, based on branding, external perception, decision making and financial autonomy to satisfy the conditions for unit id accreditation status,” said Professor Pitelis.

“We were told that only a three per cent of US Universities and Schools might hope to satisfy these requirements. So this is a major achievement. We are delighted, privileged and proud of the outstanding teamwork from the whole School – students, staff, administrators, strategic leaders,  the accreditation team led by Professor David Gallear and importantly the University and College leadership and administrative staff – that helped get us here.”

Find out about Brunel’s Business School here.

This story was first published on the Brunel University London website on the 2nd December 2016

British Council Newton Fund Workshop on Lean Humanitarian Food Supply Chain in Turkey

nature-669592_1920Brunel University London, UK and Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey will jointly organise a workshop in Turkey on lean humanitarian supply chain and logistics to ensure efficient food distribution in disasters and emergencies.

The planned four day workshop, directed at early and experienced researchers, is to be funded by the British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop 2016 which seeks to address food supply challenges faced by Turkey in terms of providing the vulnerable and growing refugee population with humanitarian aid.

Turkey is the host to more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees. The displacement of vulnerable people has resulted in a situation underpinned by shortages of quantity, quality and diversity of food products.

The aim of the workshop will be to identify approaches to detecting bottlenecks in food supply as well as improving resilience to with sudden spikes in demand. In addition, the workshop will also consider the management of multiagency stakeholders and the need to deliver logistical support.

Dr Manoj Dora from Brunel Business School and Prof Tunç Medeni from Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey jointly coordinate the workshop in Ankara.

From the UK side, Prof Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford and Prof Amir Sharif from Brunel Business School will be the mentor of this project.

From Turkey side, Prof Hakan Tozan from Yildiz Techical University and Dr Emrah Akbas from Yıldırım Beyazıt University will be the mentor.

The planned four day workshop to take place in Ankara, Turkey in spring 2017 will also highlight future research opportunities on the subject of humanitarian aid and supply chain. 40 researchers (20 from the UK and 20 from Turkey) will be selected on a competitive basis to attend the workshop.

Early and experienced researchers interested in attending should contact Dr Manoj Dora (UK) at or Dr Tunç Medeni (Turkey) at

Research by Dr Amama Shaukat Published by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament

conference-857926_1920_optFindings of research studies by Dr Amama Shaukat on corporate governance regulation in the UK underpin two written submissions to the recent Corporate Governance inquiry by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament.

In one of these studies Dr Shaukat provides research evidence that throws into question the UK corporate governance code (the Code) recommendations that discourage the presence of non-independent directors on corporate boards. While the Code considers past employees to be non-independent (and hence undesirable on boards), Dr Shaukat finds that the presence of such directors on boards has a positive association with firm value. Full story