The OU Business School is part of a consortium that has been awarded a two-year contract worth £225,000 to develop a Leadership Academy for the south-east of England. The Leadership Academy will involve bringing together private and public-sector business development experts to facilitate the adoption of advanced leadership and innovation practices among businesses in the South East in order to increase their competitive edge.
The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) project is led by the University of Surrey. Over the project period, each of the project partners - which also includes Henley Management College, Oxford Brookes, Royal Holloway and the University of Greenwich - will organise at least one all-day event. OU Business School professors Mark Fenton-O’Creevy and Colin Gray will run virtual or 'blended-media' symposiums in the project’s second year on creating and drawing entrepreneurial opportunities from developing effective ‘communities of practice’.