Aston Business School Events

 Take your business to the next level

Thursday 8 February 08.00 – 09.30

Enterprise Centre, Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way

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Do you have a scalable business with potential for growth? Could you benefit from the knowledge of experts to help take your business to the next level?

If yes – Join us for an informative breakfast meeting to find out more about the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth and receive application support. The core of the programme is a series of nine one day practical workshops taking place over six months focusing on topics relevant to leaders of growing SMEs. Participants also receive one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor to assist you to develop a growth strategy and tackle any barriers to growth.

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is free for SMEs who have an operational address within the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches (transitional area only – Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire) LEP regions.

Fresh Perspectives: Systems thinking for strategic operations management improvement

Tuesday 13 February 08.00 – 09.30 

The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham 

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This session will give you an opportunity to develop your systems thinking skills to make you a more holistic thinker and become more prepared to become an innovative manager of change. 

Management thinking is all too often constrained by linear and hierarchical thinking, but as we all know organisations and business are usually more complex than this and should not be thought of in this way; so why do we persist in doing so? The answer is simple – because we rarely know of any alternative. 

Aston Inaugurals. A journey in medicine: from gout to pacemakers with Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon

Thursday 15 February 18.30 – 20.00

Room G11, Aston University

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Medicine tries to trick nature in order to relieve human suffering. As in many aspects of human endeavour, joining the dots between simple observations, a mechanism and the treatment of disease is sometimes convoluted. Although the association between gout and heart failure has long been recognized, how heart failure leads to high uric acid levels has remained a mystery. Similarly, it has long been known that electrical disturbances in the heart can lead to heart failure, but it is only recently that pacemakers have been used to treat it.

Professor Francisco Leyva-Leon will explore how medicine has evolved from craft into a science, using heart failure as the link between gout and pacemakers.

Fresh Perspectives: ‘Living’ the brand – an unachievable, outdated and irrelevant distraction?

Tuesday 20 February 07.30 – 09.30

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School

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Many marketers and organisations set themselves the challenge of wanting their stakeholders, particularly their employees, to “Live the brand” and in doing so create a distinct “brand experience” for their customers.

Dr Keith Glanfield will ask your views on living the brand, arriving at what it means and trying to achieve. We will then explore how to get employees to do this, what the difficulties and challenges are and how achievable this all is. Keith will share the latest thinking on the “identity perspective” to branding and we will finish with a short discussion.

Aston Business Network: How blockchain and artificial intelligence are transforming industries

Wednesday 21 February 17.30 – 20.30

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School

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We welcome keynote speaker Rahul Rumalla, founder of Paperchain, to discuss the disruptive potential on Blockchain and AI. The event will explain both emerging technologies and explore specific use cases for the financial world, media & entertainment, the supply chain and the legal world.

A panel of experts to discuss challenges, opportunities and case studies: 

  • David Halliwell, Director of Knowledge and Innovation Delivery, Pinsent Masons
  • Dr David Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Office, Innovation Birmingham
  • Tim Kay, Director, KPMG
  • Osemeke Mosindi PhD, Senior Digital Innovation Manager, Retail Banking & Wealth Management, HSBC

Inside Aston: Research with impact in Manufacturing

Wednesday 28 February 13.30 – 17.30

Conference Aston Meeting Suites, Main Building, Aston University

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At Aston we focus on high quality, exploitable research that has the potential to have an impact on the real world around us, and we provide accessible research for business. Come to #InsideAston and discover research that can be applied in, and make a difference to, your business. Take away practical tips and new insights that can make an impact.  

Presentations will include: 

Aligning design, manufacturing and supply chain lifecycles to maximise return on investment

Servitization in Manufacturing

Bio-energy, energy from waste and energy systems

The Future of Attracting and Retaining Talent

Wednesday 7 March 07.30 – 09.30

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School

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A high profile panel of experts will explore various perspectives on attracting & retaining talent: how organisations do it and what role the region itself has to play. This event is aimed at leaders and individuals from across all sectors, as part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Growth Through People campaign.

Developing Meaningfulness within teams

Wednesday 21 March 17.30 – 20.00

Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School

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Dr Luke Fletcher, Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Aston Business School, will explore what meaningfulness is within the workplace, why it is important and how managers can foster and nurture meaningfulness within their teams. 

Following the fallout from the global recession, and the explosion of interest thereafter in creating an ‘engaged’ and ‘committed’ workforce, it has become even more important to consider what is valuable to us at work and how we make our day-to-day working lives more meaningful.

Can managers build on this to create more engaged, more proactive, and more psychologically enriched teams?Amardeep Gill, Managing Partner of Trowers & Hamlins will share personal anecdotes and advice on the topic to practically bring to life the theory and knowledge shared.

 Fresh Perspectives: Global Financial Instability. Causes, effects and everything in-between 

Thursday 22 March 07.30 – 09.30 Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School 

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Since the global financial crisis, real incomes have fallen, cuts to public services have been dramatic and interest rates have hit record lows. A decade on – and a weak and inconsistent recovery later – has led to the question, what lessons have we learnt if any? More importantly, why are we still witnessing housing bubbles and rapid expansions in consumer credit across the world?

Johan Rewilak presents evidence on the importance of maintaining financial stability – and how financial instability is a phenomenon that depresses the economy even in the absence of a full-blown crisis. He will discuss which various measures of financial instability are seen to peak prior to financial crisis and shows how more financially stable economies can withstand surges of credit inflows that have jeopardised economies in the past.

Examine the new schemes and regulations put in place by various multilateral organisations in an effort to try clean up the banking system, and discuss what we may expect to see in the future.

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