Warwick Business School

Coordinates: 52°22′56″N 1°33′56″W / 52.3821°N 1.5655°W / 52.3821; -1.5655
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Warwick Business School
TypePublic business school
Parent institution
University of Warwick
AccreditationAACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
DeanAndy Lockett
United Kingdom

52°22′56″N 1°33′56″W / 52.3821°N 1.5655°W / 52.3821; -1.5655
CampusSemi-rural (Coventry); urban (London)

Warwick Business School (WBS) is the business school of the University of Warwick and an academic department within the Faculty of Social Sciences. It was established in 1967 as the School of Industrial and Business Studies. The business school offers undergraduate, and postgraduate degree programs, and non-degree executive education for individuals and companies.

WBS's main site is on the University of Warwick campus in Coventry. WBS also has a London site, located in The Shard in Southwark, which concentrates on executive education.[1]

WBS alumni include Linda Jackson, CEO of Peugeot and former CEO of Citroën, and Bernardo Hees, former CEO of Kraft Heinz and of Burger King.

WBS extension building
The Shard, site of WBS's London campus
WBS view from Scarman road


Warwick's School of Industrial and Business Studies (SIBS) was founded in 1967, with five academic staff including Hugh Clegg as the first Professor of Industrial Relations, and 24 postgraduate students on three courses. The first master's courses were launched in 1968, and undergraduate courses started in 1969.[2][3] In 1973, WBS joined the Conference of University Management Schools (now the Chartered Association of Business Schools), which had been established in 1971.[4]

In 1981, the MSc in Management was renamed the MBA. In 1985 WBS launched an evening MBA and this was followed in 1986 by an MBA by distance learning. By 1987, the department had grown to over 100 staff, 815 students and 11 programs. In 1988, SIBS was renamed Warwick Business School. In 1997, the staff tally was over 260, with 3,160 students across 17 programs. In 2007, there were a total of 304 staff and over 7,500 students on 26 courses.[2][3]

In 2000, WBS became the first UK business school to hold triple accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA; from 1970 according to WBS although, according to AMBA, the accreditation service was not launched until 1983), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS; from 1999) and from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB; from 2000).[2][5]

In September 2014, WBS opened a second site on the 17th floor of the Shard in Southwark, London, to teach part-time MSc Finance, MSc Human Resource Management and Executive MBA courses.[6]


In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, Warwick was ranked joint fifth out of 108 institutions on grade point average (GPA) for business and management studies, with a GPA of 3.51. It was ranked fourth for research power and third for market share. It was fifth in terms of full time equivalent staff entered, with 158 research-active academics.[7]


As of 2023, WBS holds triple accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and also holds an Athena SWAN Silver award.[8]


The school's selection criteria for the full-time MBA encompass candidates' academic achievements, professional experience and test scores, with essay questions being used to assess whether candidates demonstrate critical thinking skills and strategic knowledge.[9] As of 2019, WBS had a median GMAT score of 660 and an average admission rate of 33%.[10] A typical demographic ratio on the distance-learning MBA in 2015 was: 36% British, 14% EU and 50% non-EU.[9]


Warwick Business School is a member of the Partnership in International Management network (PIMS).[11]

Notable people[edit]

Academic staff[edit]

As of 2023:[12]



Until 1998, the school was led by a chair elected by the academics. Since then, it has been led by an appointed dean.[3]

  • Brian Houlden (1967–1973)
  • Roger Fawthrop (1973–1976)
  • Derek Waterworth (1976–1978)
  • Robert Dyson (1978–1981)
  • Thom Watson (1981–1983)
  • Sir George Bain (1983–1989)
  • Robin Wensley (1989–1994)
  • Robert Galliers (1994–1998)
  • Robert Dyson (1998–2000)
  • Howard Thomas (2000–2010)
  • Mark P. Taylor (2010–2016)
  • Andy Lockett (2016–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Locations". Warwick Business School. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Warwick Business School. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Allan P.O. Williams (6 September 2010). The History of UK Business and Management Education. Emerald Group Publishing. pp. 92–93.
  4. ^ A. Williams (7 February 2006). The Rise of Cass Business School:The Journey to World-Class: 1966 Onwards. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 107–108.
  5. ^ "AMBA's History and Heritage". AMBA. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  6. ^ Della Bradshaw (31 January 2014). "Warwick Business School to open London campus in the Shard". Financial Times.
  7. ^ "REF 2021: Business and management studies". Times Higher Education. 12 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Rankings & Accreditations". Warwick Business School. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  9. ^ a b Mike Grill (16 June 2015). "MBA Admissions Q&A: Warwick Business School". Top MBA. QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
  10. ^ "Warwick Business School". The Best International MBAs: One-Year Programs. Forbes. 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  11. ^ ""PIM Member Schools"". Partnership in International Management. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Staff directory". Warwick Business School. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Economic Advisor to the President of Myanmar". Asean CSR Network. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  14. ^ Andrew Clark (12 March 2011). "Burger King boss Bernardo Hees insults British women and food". The Guardian.
  15. ^ "How an EMBA fuelled Linda Jackson's drive to become Citroën CEO". Financial Times. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Dato' Sri Idris Jala". World Bank. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  17. ^ "WBS MBA nominated for Book of the Year". WBS. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  18. ^ Clare Burnett (3 June 2016). "Former EY man returns to Asda House to lead struggling retailer". The Business Desk. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  19. ^ Vikram Dodd (28 November 2003). "The Guardian Profile: Brian Paddick". The Guardian.