Lego for Creative Strategic Thinking with MBA Students

A teaching and learning conversation with:

 LisaDay Lisa Day

Director of Studies – Online MBA, University of Liverpool

 JeannieHolstein Jeannie Holstein

Module Convenor Strategic Management MBA, University of Nottingham

About this conversation:

This conversation is an opportunity to share with you our experiences of using Lego to stimulate creative strategic thinking with MBA students. We both attended a workshop session run by Dr David Oliver from the University of Sydney Business School in 2015 and came away with a great deal of enthusiasm about trying out his ideas with our students. We will share with you some of the theory behind using Lego to encourage students to work through strategic problems in a way that is collaborative, reflective and creative. We will try to make our talk participative so you get a chance to try a few things and not just listen to us. We both have experience of running a taught classroom-based session(s) that lasts between 1 hour and 3 hours for about 5 to 25 MBA students. We will share our experiences from running these classes and the lessons that we learned from putting David’s ideas into practice. If you don’t teach strategy or MBA students then you will still, we hope, pick up lots of ideas that you could adapt for other audiences.

About Lisa and Jeannie:

Dr Lisa Day is a senior lecturer with the University of Liverpool and Director of Studies for their Online MBA programme. She recently moved to the university from London Metropolitan University where she taught MBA Strategic Management for over 11 years. Earlier this year she gained her PhD from Bath University, in the area of ‘Strategy as Practice’, and is now working to publish her research. Lisa also has an MA in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She became interested in using Lego with MBA students after attending a workshop, along with Jeannie, at the Academy of Management Conference in Vancouver in 2015.

Dr Jeannie Holstein is Assistant Professor at Nottingham University Business School and convenes and teaches on the Strategic Management Module on their MBA. She gained her PhD from Nottingham in 2014. Her first degree was in Modern History at Oxford University and she completed an Executive MBA at the University of Nottingham in 2005. An experienced business strategist, she worked in the fine china industry for a leading European consumer brand in her first career, running its UK subsidiary, prior to transitioning to an academic career.  Jeannie’s research interest lies in the narrative practice of strategy and she recently published work from her thesis in the journal Strategic Organization. She had no clue that Lego could be so usefully employed in the classroom until enlightenment in Vancouver in 2015.

When: Tuesday 20th June 12-30-13.30 (UK Time)

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About Rod Cullen

I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Learning Innovation Team at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have gained considerable experience over almost 20 years in design, delivery and evaluation of online learning, teaching and assessment. I am particularly interested in assessment and feedback practice as well as the emerging role of web conferencing technologies to support blended and distance learning.

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