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Ashridge Business School

Ashridge Business School
Established 1959
Type Business school
Dean Kai Peters
Administrative staff
400 +
Location Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Ashridge Business School is an independent, non-profit making organisation, near Ashridge House, one of the largest Gothic Revival country houses in England. Ashridge Business School is a grade 1 listed building.[1] The school operationally merged with Hult International Business School in 2015.

It is one of eight members of the newly formed Independent Universities Group, whose objective is to differentiate their academic credentials from the more commercial elements of the alternative sector.


  • History 1
  • Academic performance 2
  • Constitution 3
  • Faculty 4
  • Presence around the world 5
  • Research centres 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


The college was conceived at Fabian Society.[2] It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser. After the War the "College of Citizenship" was briefly re-launched but in 1959 it was re-launched again as a College to provide management training.[3]

Academic performance

In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world.[4] Ashridge is the only UK specialist business school with degree awarding powers, giving it the equivalent status to a university in awarding its degrees. Ashridge’s Academic Accreditation service provides a route for other educational institutions to work with Ashridge in offering degree-level qualifications in business and management.[5]


Ashridge Business School is constituted as a

  • Ashridge Business School
  • The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, Registered Charity no. 311096 at the Charity Commission

External links

  • Sanecki, K.A., Ashridge – A Living History, Phillimore & Co, 1996, ISBN 1-86077-020-7

Further reading

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  4. ^ Bigger and better: the 2014 ranking
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See also

Ashridge Business School has six research centres, each carrying out specific research and providing consultancy services and specialised programmes.Including: Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Ashridge Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Leadership Centre, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Centre for Research in Executive Development, Ashridge Centre for Action Research.[9]

Research centres

Ashridge Business School has a number of representatives in Europe and throughout the world including: Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, India, United Arab Emirates and in North America and the Benelux.[8]

Presence around the world

Ashridge employs approximately 95 full-time faculty and has a further 100 associate faculty members. Ashridge faculty are not traditional academics – together with significant academic qualifications, the majority have extensive international business experience, enabling them to become fully involved with the issues and challenges faced by clients and individual participants. Faculty regularly serve on the councils of international educational and advisory bodies, including the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). They also share their expertise as visiting professors at many international business schools and universities.[7]



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