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Published: 07 December 2015

Surrey MBA students take on the ‘Barclays Challenge’ at Canary Wharf

As part of the Innovation Management and Design Thinking module, full-time Surrey MBA students completed an intensive consultancy project for Barclays UK, spending time at their HQ in Canary Wharf, London and presenting “some great new insights” and creative solutions to the challenges of Global Structural Reform.

With new reforms and regulations, growing customer expectations and the constantly evolving technological landscape, financial institutions such as Barclays are under increasing pressure to remain competitive and adapt to the agile environment in which they work. To help bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to their structural reform programme Barclays UK enlisted our full-time Surrey MBA cohort for help.

Spending day 1 of the week long challenge at Canary Wharf our Surrey MBA students received a unique insight from the Barclays team on their strategic priorities, market pressures and the agile practices and innovation management approaches they’re implementing as a result.

Day 2 saw our MBA team returned to Surrey Business School in Guildford, working in groups of eight to engage in creative problem solving and develop their recommendations for Barclays. Following an intensive week of research and group collaboration, supported by module leader Professor Alan Brown, Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Surrey students returned to Canary Wharf at the end of the week to deliver their 15 minute presentations.

A board of representatives from Barclays Structural Reform Programme received these presentations and commented on how the Surrey MBA students effectively managed to “bring together several ideas to offer different perspectives” and “made us rethink some of our approaches”.

Congratulations to all students who took part in this Connected Business Project, just one of the ways in which the Surrey MBA applies theory to practice across our curriculum.

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