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Cass MBAs bring their ideas for change to Whitehall

Cass MBA students work with the Cabinet Office to create recommendations for change

Cass Business School MBA students have played a role in reimagining the UK civil service through a new voluntary project.

Three teams of MBA volunteers took up the challenge to present recommendations for improving the Cabinet Office's image to Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

This was the first time the Cabinet Office has invited MBA students to undertake a consultancy project in this way, and was an exclusive opportunity for Cass Business School.

The teams were free to explore the issue from any angle - one group focused on accountability whilst another looked into how civil servants could increase transparency.

The third group explored Cabinet Office culture. They carried out a cultural survey on their MBA classmates that mirrored an internal Civil Service one, to compare outside perceptions with actual employees' views.

Using the cultural change of GE under CEO Jack Welch as a case study, they created a chart of shortcomings with suggestions for how these could be resolved.

Cass visits the Cabinet

After six months of preparation the Cass EMBAs and MBAs were invited to Whitehall to deliver their report directly to Francis Maude and discuss their research findings with Cabinet Office staff.

"I was thoroughly delighted to be able to work on such an opportunity to test some of the skills I had learnt on the MBA" said Keshiv Prabhakar, course representative for the EMBA 2013 cohort, and a Senior Quantity Surveyor at Faithful+Gould.

"It provided me with a real-life case to be able to implement some of the core areas that I have learnt on the MBA including group-work dynamics. With this verve, our team which consisted of Alex Bowler, Christine Falzon and Charles Veal, put in as much effort as we could and definitely reaped the rewards at the end. The final presentation with the Minister was a great fillip in our careers and provided us with a project we can be proud to be associated with."

"A number of our MBA students answered the call of the MBA Programme to step forward to take on even more work - with an additional voluntary project for the Cabinet Office" said Sionade Robinson, Associate Dean of MBA Programmes.

"It was a pleasure to join the teams' presentation to the Minister, Francis Maude MP last month and hear the recommendations and a lively discussion with the Minister and Cabinet Office team. Excellent work and great leadership from our MBA students and we are looking forward to further engagement in such important and interesting challenges in the future".

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