SPS is engaging more business schools in an effort to build bridges between strategists in academia and strategist as practitioners. Paul Barnett has recently met with several business schools interested in the project – all expressed strong support for the initiative.
Joining the programme are Said Business School, Cranfield, St Andrews and Strathclyde. Others who expressed a strong interest in taking part and will hopefully be engaged soon include: Oxford Brookes Warwick, Edinburgh University Business School, Dundee and Henley.
Events are being planned with new and existing business school members. Guest senior strategy practitioners will give addresses to students and local businesspeople, their practical experiences helping students balance their academic learning of strategy. The events are aimed at sparking engagement and knowledge transfer between the business school and businesses in the area.
Whilst the speaker programme will be the ‘core product’ of the SPS Strategy Clubs that SPS helps establish and operate at business schools, other ideas are being evolved, such as essay and research competitions, meet the author events, site visits and others.
The SPS Strategy Clubs initiative is also getting support from publishers such as Gower Publishing, who offered 50% discount on a ‘Speakers picks’ list related to the subject of a guest speaker’s talk.