Note to England rugby coach:Aston's team work best in world

27 November 2003

Note to England rugby coach:
Aston's team work best in world

A MIDLANDS BUSINESS SCHOOL'S courses in organisational studies are the best in the world according to one of the most authoritative guides on the subject.

The Sunday Times newspaper1 classes Aston Business School's (ABS)2 work and organisational psychology studies (W&OP) as being better than those run by any other business school, including those in the United States which tend to take the top spots in world rankings.

The result completes an incredible year for the Midlands' premier business school. In April it was accredited by America's Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and in October the Economist Intelligence Unit's Which MBA?3 promoted its masters of business administration (MBA) programme from 45th to 26th in the world.

ABS's high international reputation as a research-led business school owed much to the 'Aston Studies' of the 1960s and 1970s. The tradition of research into organisational structures, climates and performance continues under new leadership with basic and applied psychology as a core scientific basis.

Professor Felix Brodbeck, head of the W&OP group was delighted with the news: 'Our vision has always been to develop an intellectually exciting, creative and productive international group. The team is committed to the highest quality of teaching in order to advance our knowledge of people management and organisational effectiveness. We aim to make a real difference to students' management and eventual leadership of their organisations,' he said. 'Our research is highly recognised, nationally and internationally. It covers individual, team and organisational effectiveness, creativity and innovation, cross cultural leadership, health service effectiveness and the well-being of employees,' he continued.

'This wide range of research feeds in to the courses we teach our MBA students. In turn their experience of organisations, their commitment and involvement in the MBA create a great atmosphere of exploration and learning. 'We not only research and teach effective teamwork, we have brought together a highly effective team of people who work extremely well together, as this result testifies. There is an atmosphere of support and commitment to excellence in our team and The Sunday Times' report is a testament to our team's enthusiasm - it's a very positive outcome,' Prof Brodbeck concluded.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Notes for editors

1 www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9432-890446,00.html

2 For further information see ABS's website: www.abs.aston.ac.uk/

3 The Economist Intelligence Unit is a specialist publisher serving companies establishing and managing operations across national borders. For over 50 years it has been a source of information on business developments, economic and political trends, government regulations and corporate practice worldwide. The firm is a member of The Economist Group. For further information see its website: www.eiu.com

The Quality Assurance Association scores ABS's teaching 24/24 while the Financial Times awarded it 100/100 for graduate employability

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research