Tutor Q&A: Cedric Nkiko, Academic Lead (Business), University of Derby Online
How are you involved in the MBA programme?
I work for the University of Derby Online (UDOL), which runs the MBA Global jointly with the University’s College of Business. I teach on the following modules: Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics, and Business Research Methods and Data Analysis.
What is your professional background and experience?
I have in-depth experience of developing, teaching and managing online programmes at degree, masters and doctorate levels, with a number of business schools globally.
Over the last 15 years, I have also worked as a sustainability management consultant in the fields of:
- corporate sustainability and responsibility
- sustainable development
- business management
- stakeholder engagement
- public sector engagement and co-production.
I have continued to consult for businesses, NGOs and governments – especially developing economies – in strategic corporate responsibility and governance; sustainability strategy and sustainable investing; international brand strategy and reputation management; and organisational development.
I have worked for clients such as:
- United Nations Development Programme
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development
I have worked with multinational stakeholder groups in countries such as China, Brazil, USA, Spain, Germany, Botswana, Nigeria, and Uganda.
What research or other non-teaching projects are you currently involved in?
I’m currently working with Professor Christopher Wickert (VRIJE University of Amsterdam) on a research project about strengthening agribusiness ethics and quality standards and ICT usage in value chains.
I am also working with a colleague to produce a stakeholder engagement framework for SME owner-managers in growing economies.
What do you think are the biggest challenges and opportunities for global businesses today?
The big problem for many businesses wishing to tackle the international market is how to achieve local responsiveness while at the same time controlling costs and quality.
As a company’s international presence increases, often a multi-domestic or localisation strategy develops. Under this strategy, the company sets up subsidiaries in several countries, which tend to operate independently from each other and often relatively independently from the headquarters.
This type of strategy emphasises local responsiveness, but often at the expense of costs and possibly quality. Our MBA Global examines these issues and should help students overcome some of the dilemmas.