Press notes 02/10/2019

PhD fellow Babajide Muritala obtains the first prize from the Drucker Challenge Essay Award on business

The essay explains the importance of transdisciplinary knowledge in order to be a good management practitioner

Babajide Muritala is a PhD fellow of the Martí i Franquès COFUND programme.

The Peter Drucker Forum is an international meeting of experts in the field of business management and organization which has been celebrated annually for the past 11 years in Vienna, the place where Peter Drucker was born and educated. In this Forum, an essay contest open to students and professionals is organized and this year the topic for the contest has been the notion of the “Renaissance Man”. The main aim of the Challenge Essay Award is to keep the human-oriented management philosophy of Peter Drucker alive in the minds of the young generation.

The PhD fellow Babajide Muritala, who is part of the URV Martí i Franquès COFUND programme, has won the first prize in the student category with the essay “Da Vinci’s code for the Renaissance Manager”. The essay explains the importance, through the figure of Leonardo da Vinci, of a transdisciplinary knowledge, as a key element to be a good management professional. The award includes, among other additional benefits, a cash prize of € 1,000.

On November 21 and 22, all the contest finalists will meet at the Drucker Forum in Vienna, where they will receive their awards, and will also have the opportunity to meet leading management thinkers and practitioners from all over the world and to learn from one another.

Babajide Muritala has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and has a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nottingham (Malaysian campus). Currently, he is enrolled in his second year of the PhD course in the Economics and Business programme, under the supervision of doctors María Victoria Sánchez and Ana Beatriz Hernández.