Cranfield School of Management is one of the oldest business schools in Europe. As part of Cranfield University, the UK’s only wholly postgraduate and post-experience university, it is uniquely placed to connect technology and leadership. Cranfield SOM contribution to global innovation is world-leading, changing the way society thinks, works and learns.
We are proud of our links with industry. They are an integral part of Cranfield history and vital for our future. Management has been part of Cranfield University since the 1950s. The University was founded on an old RAF site as the first postgraduate college of aeronautics. The School of Management grew out of an industrial need for management training and was formally established in 1967 (although the Cranfield MBA dates back to 1964). The airfield the University grew up around is still in use.
We are globally recognised for our excellence in leadership development and our powerful industry links and real-world focus.
Key to this is our faculty, who are actively engaged in consultancy and business-relevant research, putting them in close touch with the needs of business and government. They are committed to practicality, which means they are consistently current and topical in their teaching. They bring not only experience, but rigour to their programmes.
Organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, Royal Dutch Shell, L’Oréal, UNICEF and the African Development Bank have benefited from our work, which ranges from management research projects, through staff talent management development on our MBA courses, to customised executive programmes.