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Ashley Braganza is to quit his role at Cranfield School of Management to head up the newly-formed executive development department at Brunel Business School on the outskirts of London.

As director of executive development and professor of organisational transformation, Prof Braganza will develop open and customised programmes and lead conferences and practitioner-led research clubs at Brunel. With an MBA from Strathclyde and a PhD from Cranfield, Prof Braganza will focus on topics such as the role of chief executives in large scale transformation programmes and the creation of technology-based business models.

“Brunel Business School’s depth of research and teaching capabilities provides an excellent foundation for building executive development programmes,” says Prof Braganza. “An integral part of any leadership role is change and transformation management and, as such, will feature prominently across the executive development programmes I am developing at Brunel.”

The appointment of Prof Braganza is part of Brunel Business School’s five-year strategy to reduce its financial dependency on Hefce, the UK university funding body, and overseas student fees.

“The executive development market is highly sophisticated,” says Zahir Irani, head of Brunel Business School. “Organisations and individual senior managers expect training and development interventions to deliver performance improvements that create value and increase competitiveness, locally and globally. Brunel has invested in dedicated facilities and appointed Prof. Braganza to create a School-wide capability that specialises in this area.“


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