At Imperial College Business School, we know business and we understand pedagogy. We have created a diverse and rigorous learning environment rooted in the experiential method of scientific discovery.
Our Impact LabTM philosophy underpins our programmes. Impact LabTM encompasses an experiential learning approach, taking you out of your comfort zone and presenting you with bold, new ideas to tackle real-world challenges head on.
We want you to succeed. That’s why we will always focus on impact and the business applications of your newly acquired knowledge. Our experienced Faculty and thought leaders are business practitioners, well versed in the dilemmas you might be facing.
What sets Executive Education at Imperial College Business School apart?
We are part of Imperial College London, a top 10 global university and the only university in the UK to focus exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business.
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We are determined to enable business change and help you make an impact. We want you to take what you learn with us and put it into practice. By supporting you like this, we provide you with the tools to move your career forwards.
We are committed to lifelong learning and driving pedagogical innovation so you take the most away from your time with us. We want to make the most of our London location and showcase the buzzing business ecosystem that is our home.
We aren’t afraid of dilemmas. We thrive when helping you find a solution to your most pressing business concern. Speak to the team and find out how we can help you. We’ve made it our mission to do so.
Interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional with a focus on impact. Imperial was established to help find answers to real-life problems through research and breakthrough science. We base our approach to open and customised Executive Education programmes on elements of great scientific discovery that have helped build Imperial’s reputation over the past 100 years.
The diverse and vibrant business community in London is unique. Globally renowned businesses are on our South Kensington doorstep and we are building an innovation ecosystem at our new White City campus in west London where established organisations, start-ups and SMEs are co-locating alongside our researchers.
With us, you will learn through doing. Forget traditional learning methods. We will take you far beyond the classroom into our world-class simulation facilities where we uniquely blend the disciplines of science and technology, design and performing arts to encourage the results-focused approach of business.
This is one part of experiential learning: the doing. Experiential learning also means learning through reflection. We encourage this reflection and facilitate deep, engaging analysis of your experience and performance in the simulation facilities. This will develop your knowledge, understanding and competency.
Testing new ideas
Our learning environment encourages individuals to test assumptions about others and themselves, for example by adopting alternative styles in decision-making, problem-solving and leadership. At the organisational level, the learning experience should provide the challenge for executives to question the assumptions underpinning their decisions and business strategies – more than just questioning the methods they use to maintain the current plans.
Equally, testing and failing is an integral part of exponential learning: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” (Thomas Edison)
Forming new structures
Organisational and individual development are often based on shaking and re-forming organisational structures, networks and partnerships. We encourage cross-discipline collaboration as a learning process in our programmes, and diversity as a business objective in itself since new networks lead to new ideas and actions.
Laboratory-based discoveries became famous due to real-life problems that they solved. Equally, experiments are not planned in a vacuum – they take account of existing data, past successes and failures. This informs how we approach the design of our programmes and underpins the value we seek to give. Our development has increased value to organisations and individuals because it enquires about the relevant history, context and past experience. It converts stimulating learning into real business value by paying attention to how learning will be applied into the organisation and made to stick.
Physicality & Awareness
You can touch, see and smell laboratory science. There is a ‘physicality’ about human learning – not just the neuroscience of accelerated learning through physical activity, but the part self-awareness of physical state (e.g. level of stress) plays in one’s growth and development. We pay close attention to this in the environment we use for learning and we incorporate awareness of physical state into learning.