New center to support disruptive business and industry transformation opens at Nottingham Business School

A new center led by international experts aims to foster innovation, strengthen business transformation and nurture future leaders.

The Center for Business and Industry Transformation (CBIT) was launched by Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University, to bring together research on industry transformation, disruptive business practices and personalized education.

Aiming to nurture future leaders, CBIT offers both full-time and part-time master’s programs specifically designed for transformational entrepreneurs, family business successors, and senior managers likely to become the next CEO.

CBIT has also launched its venture builder for early-stage companies. The program aims to improve the founder’s skills in the practice of business transformation. It requires a unique “sparring partner” approach to jointly develop and jointly execute transformation methods and the introduction of innovative business models.

The CBIT research team has a proven track record of delivering high-impact research that supports broader society to achieve greater sustainability and accelerate the journey to Net Zero. Her research interests include areas such as the digital economy; new business and economic models; technology-driven innovation; IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence; and methods of business transformation.

The center is led by Professor Xiao Ma, an internationally recognized thought leader and educator in the fields of entrepreneurship, business transformation and digital economy, as well as a seasoned entrepreneur. He has led transformation projects for many companies, including some Fortune 500 companies and PLCs.

Professor Ma said, “Through the center’s work, we aim to transform these industry ‘norms’, build disruptive companies and maximize the positive impact on society and the environment. We will do this by collaborating with industry partners to collectively identify, co-create and co-deliver impactful, world-leading education and research informed by the challenges faced by the industry partners.”

The center is hosting an official launch event at Nottingham Business School on Thursday 10 November, aimed at emerging and established entrepreneurs and researchers interested in exploring how businesses are becoming disruptive and changing the industry norm. Speakers include:

Nikhil Chikhliwala, a recent graduate who will be sharing his experiences from the previous CBIT master’s program. Nikhil will discuss how this program helped him build his business and made him a strategist at Bow&Arrow, Accenture’s venture builder arm.

Manish Pillay and Kris MacCrory, Co-founder of Dock-y, (a cohort of CBIT venture builders). Kris and Manish will share their experiences with the CBIT venture building program.

Roger Maull, Professor of Management Systems at the University of Exeter Business School and Academic Director of the Initiative for the Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX). Roger will share his experience of working with the CBIT team on industry transformation research and the benefits of being part of this research agenda.

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