Students from Alliance Manchester Business School and Levenshulme High School joined together to take part in a lecture with a difference at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) last week.
The first of a two-part session explored management processes from the industrial revolution and included a mill demonstration followed by an interactive lecture from Alliance MBS’ Dean Pierides. The lectures are part of a unique year-long course titled Critical Management and Organisation Studies, into which second-year Alliance MBS undergraduate students and exchange students can enrol as part of a Management degree. The course signals the continuing international significance of Alliance MBS as a home for this important area of management research, learning and social responsibility.
The lecture series is one of the initiatives taking place through the three-year Business in the Community partnership between Alliance Manchester Business School, Levenshulme High School and Whalley Range High School, which sees Alliance MBS staff and students work with the high schools to help KS4 students understand what career opportunities are available, the qualifications and expertise needed to access them whilst also providing an insight to university learning.
Students from the Levenshulme High School participated in a seminar-style discussion with the undergraduate class to consider the presence of scientific management processes in the industrial revolution and how these have been carried into today’s business world. Students were also provided with the opportunity to question the undergraduates about their experience at university.
Dean Pierides, Lecturer in Organisations and Society at Alliance Manchester Business School, commented: “Our course continues the distinctive Manchester tradition of studying and analysing management critically. The lecture at MOSI in particular, focuses on the emergence of capitalism and management, from the working family unit to industrial organisation. Witnessing the mills in operation, then inviting university and school students to imagine Cottonopolis roaring with industrial activity, allows them to connect viscerally with problems to do with people, management and labour conditions. The opportunity to discuss organisation theory with local high school students and University of Manchester students from all over the world, in the city where it all started, is an absolute honour.”
Alliance Manchester Business School already works with a number of schools in and around Greater Manchester through widening participation initiatives, as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the local community. This three-year partnership, with Levenshulme and Whalley Range, builds on this experience by taking a more strategic approach, supporting objectives identified by the School’s leadership team.
Patsy Kane, Executive Head at Levenshulme and Whalley Range, commented: “Opportunities like this lecture provided through our partnership with the Business School provide our students with an invaluable experience to participate in a lecture brought to life by its surroundings, as well as meeting with undergraduate students that are inspiring them to aim high.”