Management graduate secures research post with world's largest offshore wind farm project

Published: 26 May 2010 at 12:38

Business student to prove her worth with wind farm construction project

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Postgraduate student Nathalie Kolasa who is currently studying for an MSc in Management at the Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS) at Anglia Ruskin University has secured a research project with a difference – she is set to work with the London Array offshore wind farm project.

Nathalie approached the London Array project and has successfully negotiated support from them to conduct the research assignment for her dissertation.

London Array is a joint venture between three international companies with renewable energy interests - Dong Energy of Denmark, E.ON of Germany and the UK and Masdar from Abu Dhabi. The wind farm will be located around 12 miles from the Kent and Essex coasts and when fully constructed it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

London Array’s agreement to engage Nathalie and the Ashcroft International Business School clearly demonstrates its commitment to continuing improvement and to operating at the cutting edge of working practices.  The project is looking to benefit from specific proposals for improvements to its multi-cultural, joint venture working practices as a result of research based on the extensive practice-based, international expertise and resources available within AIBS.

Dr Jonathan Smith, Nathalie’s research supervisor at Ashcroft International Business School said:

"This is an excellent opportunity both for Nathalie, for London Array and for AIBS. For Nathalie to have negotiated access to this research project is a tremendous success.  It is a clear demonstration of Nathalie’s abilities and of her exciting proposals for research."

Nathalie’s research is focused on how the multi-cultural project organisation can develop smoother operations and processes with minimum waste of resources and establish a corporate culture that will reinforce their mutual way of doing things. From a long-term perspective, it will transfer the learning and experiences in connection with the current project – making it available for future collaboration between partners.

Nathalie will be working at London Array part-time between July and November as part of the research.

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