The best business schools work closely with business

Industry connections & business engagement at triple crown business schools AACSB AMBA EQUIS

Interacting with future employers & businesses

The best business schools engage regularly and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders: entrepreneurs, government, third sector, alumni, SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises), MNEs (multinational enterprises), larger corporations, trade unions, policymaking or influencing bodies. They're some of the best business schools because they frequently collaborate on research, consultancy and executive education, and create networking opportunities and access to student resources through placements, projects and graduate recruitment. 

Examples of industry input & engagement at the best business schools

Programmes in partnership with industry

The best business schools are regularly approached by leading companies to develop tailored education to address the business issues that matter most to them: from leadership and strategy, to innovation, organisation, engagement and change management. Often developed as short courses and executive education, collaborations on MBAs and degree apprenticeships are also on the rise.


  • London Business School's Think Forward Leadership Experience, run jointly with the Core Leadership Institute (CLI), scooped the Silver award in the 'Organisational Development' category of the 2019 EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Excellence in Practice awards. 
  • Recruiting and training MBA students at Travis Perkins plc on its MBA intern programme earned Alliance Manchester Business School the 'Employer and Business School Partnership Award' at the 2019 AMBA Excellence Awards
  • One of AACSB's 'Innovations that inspire', Newcastle University Business School's Captured programme gives small businesses access to support from experienced managers of the region’s larger private sector organisations, including Siemens, Home Group, GSK and Sage.
  • Strathclyde Business School's Growth Advantage Programme (GAP), with Santander bank, led to it being named Times Higher Education (THE) 'Business of the Year' in 2016. The 10-month programme, the only one of its kind in Scotland, targets leaders of businesses turning over at least £1 million, with four workshops tackling areas critical to business growth, such as resource, market, operations and leadership advantage. 


Global networking & development

The best business schools host a variety of events and activities designed to bring together business people, policy makers, academics, students and graduates. 


  • The Ideas in Practice seminars run by Leeds University Business School, which take place in Leeds and London, create discussion and debate on important topics, such as technology and innovation, finance and the economy, international business strategy, as well as environmental sustainability and inclusive societies.
  • The Henley Partnership, run by Henley Business School, provides high-end learning and leadership development for board, directors and senior managers. Current members include: BBC, Centrica, Great Western Railway, Invesco UK, Lloyds Banking Group and QinetiQ.

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