Centre for Automotive Management

The Centre for Automotive Management at the University of Buckingham Business School was established in 2007 by Professor Peter N C Cooke. Professor Cooke has retired from the Business School as full time Professor of Automotive Management, but we are pleased to announce that his relationship with Buckingham continues as Professor Emeritus. Peter is currently working on a range of automotive industry focused research and publications, presenting forums and teaching.

Professional / Executive Development & Training

The Centre provides education and training tailored to the needs of the automotive industry and more specifically to individual companies. Read about the students who graduated in 2012 with a Certificate in Automotive Management. It is currently developing a Foundation Programme related to the automotive industry.

Consultancy & Research

The Centre has a thriving consultancy activity across a number of industry sectors. Some topics are highly sensitive commercially and precautions are always taken to protect data and client confidentiality. As well as its in-house expertise, it is able to call on the support of the Business School faculty, Visiting Fellows and industry specialists with whom the team has worked over many years.

It maintains close relations across the global automotive industry and enjoys a high profile in the press in both the UK and Europe. It is thus able to assist clients in gaining exposure and testing new products and services with targeted audiences.

In addition to providing industry specific survey, research, consultancy and publication services the Centre also coordinate a popular series of Automotive Forums which stimulate debate and interest in topical and emerging automotive industry issues.

Recent consultancy projects undertaken by members of the Team include:

  • Reviewing distribution strategy for a major OEM
  • Advising a Venture Capital company with regard to an acquisition
  • Due diligence on a major financial services acquisition
  • Developing a Total Cost of Operation measurement tool
  • Expert witness services in a civil action
  • Independent competitor analysis
  • Senior management & partners’ industry briefings
  • Used car buyer strategic / historic analysis

A number of other commercially confidential projects have also been completed successfully.

Publications and Surveys

The Team has a strong record of surveys and publications and a number of projects are already in progress at Buckingham. These include:

  • Total Cost of Fleet Operation Management
  • Private Car Finance
  • Used Vehicle Market Analysis
  • Developing the Green Fleet
  • Duty of Care and Fleet Management

The Centre has a vigorous publication strategy, contributing chapters to books and regular articles to the business press and professional and technical journals. Faculty members also have regular columns in journals in Europe and the UK. They speak at industry conferences at home and abroad.

Faculty Staff

A wide range of associates work with the Centre on a range of projects. In addition to Peter Cooke, visiting faculty currently include John Sparrow and David Cardle and John Foster.

Further Information

For further information please contact in the first instance:

John Spoerry
Head of Professional and Executive Development
Centre for Automotive Management
University of Buckingham
MK18 1EG

Tel: +44 (0)1280 820350
Email: john.spoerry@buckingham.ac.uk

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