At the School of Social Sciences we aim to go the extra mile for students with a passion for their subject, and so too, it seems, do our esteemed partners from industry, Scottish Engineering, who recently helped one of our business students meet leading figures of Scotland’s engineering sector to gain invaluable insights for his Master’s dissertation.

Sam Maunder, a postgraduate student on our MSc International Business Management with Finance programme, met Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering, after he’d delivered a guest lecture to Sam’s Competitive Strategy course here at Heriot-Watt University.

Scottish Engineering is an organisation which promotes and supports the Engineering Manufacturing industry in Scotland, and which counts Heriot-Watt University and many of Scotland’s top firms amongst its members.

Following his guest lecture, Mr Buchan took the time to chat with students and got speaking to Sam about dissertation work which would examine the impact of innovation and innovation strategies on firm performance.

Bryan agreed to try and help Sam discover more about the innovation strategies adopted by some of Scottish Engineering’s members by facilitating a day of meetings between Sam and Managing Directors and Directors of Operations from Scotland’s engineering industry.

Reflecting on the opportunity, Sam highlighted the benefit of meeting such key industry figures through his degree programme, saying,

“I was very lucky to have got in contact with Bryan through my first semester competitive strategy course where Bryan was a guest speaker, and I was even luckier that he has been kind enough to set up some interviews for me”

Sam Maunder

Sam and Bryan spent a hugely beneficial day together meeting with Forbes Prentice and Calum Laird of Progress Rail, Stephen Edmiston of Ingenico, Andrew Cort of TechnipFMC and Alastair Lamond of Lamond & Murray. 

“The day was really insightful. It was very beneficial to get owner-manager views on strategy and innovation from a range of different markets within Scotland.” “The anonymous data will be used in conjunction with other interviews in my dissertation which will examine the effect of a simple or complex innovation strategy on firm performance... I just need to write it up now!”

Sam Maunder

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