The research phase of the project aims to investigate to what extent and in what capacity business school academics engage in consulting activities and to identify their consulting skill and competency gaps in acting as business consultants.
Upon concluding the research and identification of gaps, in the next phase of the project, the team will design and develop consulting training programmes for Business School academics at the first instance with a vision of rolling out the training to all academics in due course.
The benefits include encouraging primary research, contributing to business education theory and practice, but also finding innovative ways to disseminate best practices in delivering high quality education programmes.
This study aims to design applicable educational workshops for academics to encourage consultancy and external engagement. In addition in line with Brunel Business School's mission and goals, this study and the workshops aim to increase academics business engagements to become local champions through offering consulting.
Those will then translate into improving the quality of teaching and developing business leaders in the longer term.
Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project
Ms Dani Saghafi - Dani leads Business School’s Consulting Group and specialises in Corporate Finance and Audit, bringing the heart of business to the lecture theatre through the Practitioners’ perspective, enriching the learning experience of MBA, PG and UG students.
She has 19 years of experience in leading investigatory work for multinationals with expertise in cross-border M&A transactions. Some of her recent clients include Renault, Ericsson, Kone, Hutchinson and Savola Group. Dani has also held directorship roles in financial management and treasury in Industry before embarking on higher education.
In 2021 she was selected as a member of the Technical Committe of ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty, contributing to policy development and responding to consultations by governments, regulators and other professional bodies.
Her career started in 2002 in the UK and after qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2007, she joined Deloitte Corporate Finance. In 2016, in a brave and entrepreneurial move, she joined the leadership team of a boutique start up consultancy, Frontier Partners, to set up its transaction services arm. She currently serves as a Partner and Head of Transactions of the firm.
Having worked in over 9 countries across Europe and the Middle East, she uses her cultural agility building collegial networks to bridge the gap between professional practice and theoretical knowledge.
Project last modified 05/08/2021