I was really convinced that the Global Executive MBA from École des Ponts was the best education I could get. It is one of the top three leading engineering schools in France, known on a worldwide basis and I was fully confident that doing an MBA at École des Ponts would create the right momentum to move up in my career.
Three months into the program, I was promoted to project manager within my previous company, the Capgemini Group. The program also helped me find my new assignment with Metanext at Société Générale. Furthermore, the E-MBA degree has improved many of my skills.
What’s most special about the Global Executive MBA is that it gives you a holistic view on business on top of being an expert. In my opinion, the business plan development course is one of the most important courses in the MBA program. It gives you a ‘ready-to-go’ kit if you’re planning to launch your own company. And even if you’re not planning to be an entrepreneur it is a great tool and asset to have for your internal and external customers and your investors.
Chicksand, Daniel Ph.D.
Daniel Chicksand draws upon hands-on supply chain management, operations and general management experience from running his own import and retail company. He has also had ten years experience in research, teaching and consultancy in Business Strategy and Procurement, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Operations Strategy within leading European business schools.
Daniel started his career as the Managing Director of a specialist importer and retailer of African arts and crafts. In 2000 he decided to pursue an academic career, taking a research position at the Centre for Business Strategy and Procurement (CBSP) at Birmingham Business School. During his time at CBSP he has been involved in and managed major research projects, working with public and private organisations, including the NHS, Carillion, BUPA and Cadbury’s Schweppes. Whilst working as a full-time researcher he completed a part-time MBA in 2003 and a part-time PhD in 2009.
Following his successful career as a researcher and academic at CBSP, teaching on MBA and executive courses and publishing (with colleagues) book chapters and articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, in 2008 Daniel moved to the Operations Management Group at Warwick Business School. As an Assistant Professor at WBS he has continued to develop his teaching and research interests in SCM and Operations Strategy. His consulting work focuses on supply chain management, strategic sourcing and effective procurement techniques and process improvement.
- Supply Chain Management
- Operations Strategy
Honors and Awards
- 2005-2007: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, “Business Relationship Optimisation in UK Food Supply Chains”
- 2005-2007: North West Food Alliance, “Strategies for Supply Innovation in the Food Industry Supply Chain”
- 2004-2005: Red Meat Industry Forum, “An Analysis of Proactive Business Strategy Options in the UK Red Meat Supply Chain Power Regimes”
- Are Win-Wins Feasible? Power Relationships in Agri-Food Supply Chains”, in Burch, D. and Lawrence, G.(eds.), Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains: Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Foods, (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007), pp.74-99 (with Andrew Cox)
- Aligning Sourcing and Marketing Strategies”, in Mena, C. and Stevens G. (eds.), Delivering Performance in Food Supply Chains, (Cambridge, UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010), pp. 158-180 (with Andrew Cox)
- “Rethinking Policy Options for Industry: Appropriateness in Policies for Industry and for UK Farming and Food”, Public Administration, Vol. 86 (2008), pp. 813-836 (with Andrew Cox).
- The Power Regimes Methodology: Differentiation Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Business Success”. Management Online Review, October 2007 (with Andrew Cox).
“Stairways to Heaven or Treadmills to Oblivion? Creating Sustainable Strategies in UK Farming and Red Meat Supply Chains”, British Food Journal, Issue 9, September 2007 (with Andrew Cox and Martin Palmer).
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