Published: 04 November 2015

Surrey Business School collaborates with Miller Brands to improve gender diversity

Surrey MBA students are working with Miller Brands, the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest beer companies SABMiller as part of a ‘gender diversity in the workplace’ project.

The project will provide Miller Brands with evidenced recommendations towards strategic planning, recruitment marketing, candidate selection, employee development and organisational culture to enable them to further improve levels of gender diversity within the business.

Our full-time Connected MBA students are creating a survey for employees at Miller Brands to complete and will visit the Woking based company on three occasions over the course of the research. During the visits the students will learn more about the company and its culture, have the opportunity to interview senior employees and will present back their findings.

Julia Wellard, HR Director at Miller Brands comments: “At Miller Brands we typically have a balance of genders across the business; however this is not reflected within our sales team.  It is an important business goal for us to ensure we achieve a balanced gender diversity, to encourage both the creation of high performing teams but also to ensure we are positioned to change the perception that beer is a ‘male’ beverage. We are delighted to be able to work with the University of Surrey to conduct an in-depth review of our current situation and understand what steps we can take going forwards.”

Dr. Christine Rivers, MBA Director at the University of Surrey adds: “Collaborating with global companies within our local community is a key aim for Surrey Business School and the Connected MBA. The Connected Business Project with Miller Brands as part of our MBA programme, is a great opportunity for our MBA students to engage with a well-respected company and to address real business challenges.”

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