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Congratulations to the postgraduate class of 2018

805 proud graduates and postgraduates took to the stage of the Royal Festival Hall today to receive their degrees at King’s Business School’s first dedicated graduation ceremony.

The MSc class taking their degrees today are the first cohort of students to both start and complete their studies since King’s Business School became King’s College London’s ninth full faculty in August 2017.

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In his address, Professor Stephen Bach, Executive Dean of King’s Business School, told the graduands that this gave them a special relationship with the School:

“You represent the start of a new chapter in the story of business and management education at King’s; the very beginning of the legacy of King’s Business School.  Our future success will, in many ways, be down to you.”

“I wish you all every success for the future, one which is purposeful, prosperous and fulfilling.  On behalf of everyone at the King’s Business School, many, many congratulations.” 


Alongside the MSc graduates, 35 new Batchelor of Science candidates were awarded their degrees, and 3 successful PhD candidates formally received their doctorates;

Dr Alexandra Stroleny’s work contributes to our understanding of effective performance appraisal through a comparison of appraisal practices and consequences for hospital nurses in the Czech Republic and Germany.

Dr Max Schreder’s thesis sheds new light on the relationship between the ‘idiosyncratic’ (firm-specific) information that enterprises make available to investors and potential investors, and their cost of equity.

Dr Stefanie Jirsak studied how customers process ‘delightful’ experiences. Her research findings suggest that customer delight is not only an emotion, but also a judgement.  This constitutes a new understanding of customer delight and how to increase its magnitude and endurance.

Also honoured at the ceremony was Dr Juan Baeza, Senior Lecturer in Health Policy, who has been awarded a Supervisory Excellence Award. The award, which is based on a student vote, recognises staff for the outstanding supervision and support they offer to doctoral students at King’s College London.

Students at today’s ceremony graduated from the following MSc programmes: Accounting, Accountability and Financial Management; Banking and Finance; Finance; Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis; International Management; International Marketing and Public Policy and Management.  The BSc graduates completed degrees in Business Management and Economics & Management.