Blue Events are back on the maritime scene in Denmark.
The series of talks by shipping industry experts which had a successful run a few years ago has been revived by the Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics (known as the Blue MBA) of Copenhagen Business School, in collaboration with the Maritime Development Center of Europe (MDCE), the national Danish maritime cluster and network organisation.
It is planned that there will be three or more Blue Events a year, all in Copenhagen, the business capital which plays a huge role in global shipping and transport. The meetings will be open to industry professionals.
Irene Rosberg, programme director of the Blue MBA, said: “Industry people told us that they gained a great deal of value from the talks under the Blue Events banner a little while back – and from the accompanying beneficial and pleasant networking receptions – so we and the MDCE decided to co-operate in launching a new series of Blue Events.”
Ms Rosberg said that participants and all involved in the Blue MBA process were grateful for the support that the Danish and wider maritime industry was giving to their studies. They wanted to “give back” a service to the shipping and logistics community at large in the form of offering additional opportunities for knowledge sharing and enhancement.
The new series was launched on the evening of February 11 2016, at the Frederiksberg (Porcelaenshaven 22) campus of Copenhagen Business School. Guests heard a lively presentation on the theme of Challenges for the Liner Shipping Industry in the Next 10 Years. This was given by the highly respected practitioner and analyst Lars Jensen, who is chief executive and partner in SeaIntelligence Consulting, and director and partner of LinerGame.
The Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics is the only one of its kind in the world, in that its part-time structure allows for executives to attend to their day-to-day responsibilities in addition to their rigorous course of study. The mission of this unique MBA is to give high-potential executives in the fast-moving shipping industry an insight into modern management theories, their application in distinct specialisations, and to foster strategic decision-making expertise.
The fruits of the MBA programme since its launch in 2001 are embodied in an alumni corpus of 200 graduates who occupy senior positions all over the world. The current Blue MBA class which started in September 2015 attracted from 19 countries a record total of 48 participants. They are already at board rank in companies and organisations where they have a wide range of management duties.
The Blue Events will complement a key strength of the MBA Class which is learning from and understanding each other’s varying perspectives in their separate specialisations.
Maritime Development Center of Europe, which was established in 1999, is tasked with strengthening the Danish maritime sector and its competitiveness and guiding businesses towards fresh opportunities and outlooks. The Center organises activities on both a national and international basis. Its director is Mikkel Brønnum Hansen who says: “MDCE facilitates and supports innovation and the establishment of new maritime projects through the exchange of unique ideas, research, best practice and knowledge.”
Slide presentations from each of the Blue Events will be posted on the websites of the Center (www.maritimecenter.dk) and of the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (www.cbs.dk/mbs), although as always there will be no adequate substitute for attending events in person and engaging with the speakers, participants and other members of the audience!