Surrey Business School



"Welcome to Surrey Business School. We offer business education and services that we believe are different.

"As well as cutting-edge research of world-leading quality, we focus on practice: how business is done."

Read the full introduction to Surrey Business School from Professor Andy Adcroft, the Acting Head of School.

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World class business incubation

Congratulations to Surrey’s SETsquared, named the best University business incubator in the world by UBI Global.

Find out more about SETsquared and Surrey Incubation.

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Discover our programmes

Ranked 2nd for Business and management in the Guardian University Guide 2017

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Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we collaborate with a number of private, public and third sector organisations.

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Student enterprise

Discover the ways in which Surrey Business School is a leader in student enterprise.

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Surrey Business School is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Featured news


University of Surrey appoints Professor Ansgar Richter as Dean of Surrey Business School

The University of Surrey has appointed Professor Ansgar Richter as the new Dean of Surrey Business School, ranked second in the UK for Business and Management and twelfth for Accounting and Finance by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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SBS Announces New Advisory Board

On 16 June SBS appointed a new Advisory Board, a key to steering and building on success to achieve the SBS vision of excellence

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Toast of Surrey, Young Business of the Year Winners- Ruby & Kind

On 28 April the county’s business community came together to celebrate the success of not only the winners on the night but of the thriving Surrey economy in general.

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Our Blog

  • Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

    Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016


    Over 40 PhD researchers, leading academics, and expert industry practitioners met at Surrey Business School (SBS) to explore the challenges and pathways to realising the development potential of extractive industries (mining, oil and gas) in sub-Saharan Africa.

    This international workshop led by James McQuilken, a PhD researcher at SBS, and funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council via their South East Doctoral Training Centre, fostered dialogue between key stakeholder groups and laid the basis for future collaboration. Participants from a range of disciplines and international institutions presented their cutting-edge research and were asked to collectively identify what is needed to ensure the region’s extractive resources can be harnessed for development by the countries and people that own them.

    A range of sessions helped meet this aim and guaranteed plenty of time for discussions and reflection. Professor Gavin Hilson, Chair of Sustainability at Surrey Business School, opened proceedings with his keynote speech focusing on an often overlooked and largely informal sector that supports upwards of 13 million people in sub-Saharan Africa: artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).

    Having heard from six further presenters on day 1 covering topics as diverse as Corporate Social Responsibility in Chad’s oil sector and partnerships between mine exploration companies and community development in Ethiopia, we were provided with more food for thought from participants on day 2, and through several group breakout sessions, given the opportunity to discuss the issues highlighted in-depth. Towards the end of the workshop we were treated to a question and answer session with Stephen Okyere, a small-scale diamond dealer and miner from Ghana, who told us about the devastating effects of the 2006-2007 Kimberly Process embargo on his hometown of Akwatia.

    With the sometimes unintended and adverse impact of development interventions on communities in mind, the workshop culminated in a lively panel discussion comprising high-profile experts from academia and industry1. It was decided that it’s all about the ‘people, power, and politics when it comes to harnessing the extractive industries for development in sub-Saharan Africa, and, as a final thought, many commended the workshop for its comprehensive programme and fostering dialogue between academia, NGOs and industry – a space which further workshops should aim to fill.


    James McQuilken, Workshop Organiser & SBS PhD Researcher

  • During May 2016, 4 leaders in the business, retail and finance community participated in a series of lectures given to our International Business Management students. Our guest lecturers shared their decades of experience from their respective industries and engaged students in lively Q&A sessions.

    Suman Saha organiser and Programme Director (MSc International Business Management) commented:


    ‘We enhanced and complemented the academic learning experience by aligning it with the real business world through this series of lectures.’  

    ‘Students responded very positively and we plan to host the series again next year.’


    As part of the Strategy Module taught in the MSc Programme each lecture offered something unique and valuable.

    Our Guest Lecturers:


    •  John May

    John May visit 1

    John advises civil society and governments around the world and as part of the Strategy module he shared his insight on governance and management of different organizations at board level.

    He has held senior positions including national Education Director of Business in the Community and the Chief Executive for Career Academies UK and Young Enterprise.


    • Payal Dalal


     Payal shared some insights on what Standard Chartered do through their efforts towards sustainability and how this is embedded within its broader corporate strategy. While engaging students throughout the session, Payal also shared her reflections about making a successful career.

    Payal is also an advisor to the Clinton Foundation and a speech writer to President Clinton and Hilary Clinton.


    • Jane Burgess


     Jane Burgess focused on how partnerships work as an organizational structure at John Lewis and what makes a partnership a competing and successful business model. Her discussion also included application of workplace democracy in business and how the empowerment of the employees can be translated as the strength of the organization.

    Jane who has over thirty years of experience with John Lewis, has recently joined the Advisory Board of Surrey Business School.


    • Stephanos Anastasiadis

     Stephanos Anastasiadis shared his expertise and delivered a lecture on lobbying and its relevance for international business.

    Stephanos has over 10 year’s industry experience in the EU policy environment.

  • Code blog June 2016

    The Surrey Business School CoDE team’s latest exploratory discussion was with a well-known French multinational bank and financial services company, to find out how CoDE’s unique blend of ‘on it’ and ‘in it’ could add value to a financial institution with an eye for digital innovation in banking.

    As Professor Alan Brown, co-director of CoDE, explained, ‘There’s a complex interplay between innovation in business, and innovation in technology. Equally, there’s a balance between ‘on it’ and ‘in it’: we can’t just study business, without an experience of business. Then, we must turn our experience into theory and strategy.’

    Can Agile Innovation practices help? At CoDE, we’re looking at Agile in the context of next-gen mobile technology, and asking, How will it change business? No one knows. So – we start to experiment.

    CoDE’s Ben Shenoy added, ‘The problem isn’t technology; it’s uncertainty.’ He described how business experimentation is the application of the tried-and-tested Scientific Method to the thorniest ‘wicked problems’ plaguing the business world today, and how Surrey Business School’s Business insights Lab is designed for precisely this kind of collaborative, cross-sector work. ‘Nowadays,’ he pointed out, ‘when a business proposes an idea or a project, we don’t necessarily know where we want to end up.’

    CoDE’s cryptocurrencies pundit, Phil Godsiff, and IoT guru, Roger Maull, and digital platforms expert,Annabelle Gawer, fleshed out the digital picture for our guest, and a lively exchange ensued around such topics as:

    • Selling ideas and concepts in the banking industry, rather than products and services;
    • Regulation, governance, and complementary services around digital platforms;
    • Is Bitcoin the ultimate vertical integrator?
    • How will wearables, analytics, and connected health be regulated when the industry is spinning so fast?
    • In an age of Open Data, will the government wither away? If not, what will its role be?

    We haven’t solved all the Great Questions yet, but we are determined we’ll be part of shaping the answers.

    Kris Henley


Who we work with

At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with:

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