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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
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Ashridge Business School is an independent, non-profit making organisation, near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, England. Its activities include open and tailored executive education programmes, MBA, MSc and Diploma qualifications, organisation consulting, applied research and online learning. Ashridge works with private and public organisations from around the world. It is based at Ashridge House, one of the largest Gothic Revival country houses in England. Ashridge Business School is a grade 1 listed building.[1]

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.


The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921 when the house was acquired by a trust established by Andrew Bonar Law, a former Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a "College of Citizenship" established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the 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 registered charity, formally named the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, and is one of the 150 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[6]


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]

Presence around the world

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

Research centres

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]

See also


  1. ^ "Ashridge". Ashridge House. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  2. ^ "A glimpse at the archives of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History, Volume 19, Issue 1. 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ashridge College". Rural Heritage Trust. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Bigger and better: the 2014 ranking
  5. ^ "Academic Accreditation". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Top 500 Charities – Expenditure". Charities Direct. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Business Research and Faculty". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  8. ^ "International Representatives and Offices for Ashridge Business School". Ashridge. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Ashridge Research". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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