1. Executive SummaryProgramme Aims
At a time of severe resource and financial constraints, the Kent Connects Kent BusinessSchool MBA programme was developed to
enable access to fresh thinking to helpresolve significant issues
within Kent Connects partner organisations.It was intended that the students would also
gain valuable experience of some of thedifficulties and issues facing the public sector
, while it was an opportunity for KentConnects and Kent Business School to
build their strong relationship
Kent Connects and Kent Business School (KBS) developed a joint MBA Programme
coordinating the development of 10 MBA Projects
. This including facilitating engagementbetween the Sponsors and Students and creating the relevant frameworks for them tomanage their Projects. Each Project was led by a Project Sponsor from the participatingPartners and was carried out by a student from KBS who produced a Report at the end of the Project.
The Programme for 2010/11 consisted of 10 MBA Projects coordinated by the participatingPartners. These included EK Services, Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council,The Gateway Programme, Kent Connects Partnership Office and Tunbridge Wells BoroughCouncil.
The main benefits from the MBA Programme included cost effective research, access to newskills and structured programme management.
Cost effective research:
of efficiencies for partners with only £59average costs incurred by each Sponsor
Access to new skills:
Partners learning from new methods to research & evaluatetheir project and services and a better understanding of techniques required todevelop business models and strategies in new areas
Structured programme management:
Improving how to develop agile butstructured programmes through strong partnership working
The key lessons learnt from the MBA Reports focused on the
content, structure, processof report and its use in the Sponsor’s service or organisation
These lessons werecaptured asking Sponsors to feed back their evaluation of the programme and final reports.The content
of the Reports was reviewed by Sponsors as being overall
. Particular praise was given to the background and desk-based researchas well as the analysis of the evidence. Engagement with stakeholders and therecommendations were judged as good, but with improvements needed.
10 Projects x 60 Days of MBA Student Time x 7.24 Hours per Day at £20.43 per hour market rate