Ambitious Scottish firms invited to apply for International Leadership Programme

New eight-month programme to help Scottish companies achieve global ambitions

Scottish business leaders are to be given the skills they need to expand globally thanks to a partnership between Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh, The Rubicon Partnership and Ernst & Young which is set to deliver a new executive development programme.
Leaders from some of Scotland’s ambitious growth companies will be given the opportunity to learn how to adapt to change, build resilience, grow and pursue international opportunities through the new International Leadership Programme which starts in January 2017.
The eight-month programme will comprise three intensive leadership courses in the US, Denmark and Scotland. The first four-day bootcamp takes place in February in Memphis at the heart of one of the US’ most rapidly developing tech and biotech clusters, where the cohort will hear from leading international authorities on innovation, strategic change and internationalisation and will meet with executives from FedEx.
Participants will then have the opportunity to study international growth strategy in Copenhagen, one of Europe’s business knowledge hubs, before returning to Edinburgh for comprehensive workshops on high performance leadership and meeting with FanDuel leaders.
Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean of University of Edinburgh Business School, said: “Scotland is home to some of the world’s most innovative, high growth companies and many have an enormous international opportunities. But they need our help to achieve them.
“Working with Scottish Enterprise, leading academics, internationalisation and change leadership experts, we’ve developed this new programme to provide the country’s business leaders with a framework for global growth.
“There’s no substitute for real world experience, so we’re going to take participants on the road to learn in context, meet their US and Danish counterparts and help them build international networks.”
Adrian Gillespie, MD, Operations Scottish Enterprise, said: “The way that markets move now, the pace of change and digital technology it is so important for companies to react to change to stay ahead of competition – on the International Leadership
“Programme participants will meet with inspiring leaders and companies in other geographies that are driving new technologies, innovations and creating new market opportunities and will have access to highly supportive and collaborative environments”.
To apply, contact Scottish Enterprise. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 November 2016.
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