25th Anniversary Dinner: a thank you to all alumni

25th Anniversary Dinner: a thank you to all alumni

As a wonderful conclusion to the academic year, we recently celebrated CJBS’ 25th anniversary with a festive alumni dinner in the hall of St John’s College. Around 260 alumni from all programmes flew in from every continent (except Antarctica!) and we had nine alumni from the first year of the MBA programme, as well asRead more

Making international visitors unwelcome is bad for UK PLC

Making international visitors unwelcome is bad for UK PLC

Attracting bright minds from anywhere in a global competition for talent is an issue for many companies, and especially for us as a university. Immigration is a sensitive issue in many countries, and this is especially true in the UK right now in the run up to the General Election. I have no interest inRead more

Supporting SMEs in India

Supporting SMEs in India

SMEs are great but need help in all countries. I just came back from our SME Growth Club workshop in Kerala in India. Nine small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) were there to work with us on their management methods and growth plans, and they will continue to participate in a workshop every three monthsRead more

Supporting entrepreneurs every step of the way

Supporting entrepreneurs every step of the way

The achievements of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning mean there’s no better place to turn fledgling ideas into successful ventures. Last month, 200 entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students and alumni came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL). For 10 years, CfEL has reached out to theRead more

China speaks, I listen

China speaks, I listen

What are the real issues that Chinese business people are currently working on? There is only one way to find out, and that is to work with them and ask them. So although Cambridge Judge Business School has been active in China for many years, that is exactly what we did this September, at theRead more

How to avoid your goals getting lost in translation

How to avoid your goals getting lost in translation

It’s all very well having strategic aims at the top of the business, but how do you filter these down throughout the company in a meaningful way? Fifteen years ago, I ran a project for the senior research and development team at a large industrial organisation. The team was struggling to connect their day-to-day workRead more

Culture clash: what a CEO’s style says about their business

Culture clash: what a CEO’s style says about their business

Different types of cultures place different demands on a CEO, but is it culture or leaders that determines behaviour? Recently, I was asked by a bank what kind of a CEO a bank might need to shape its culture. But hang on: do CEOs shape culture? I have heard several CEOs say: “When I cameRead more

Want to deal with hubris? Start with yourself

Want to deal with hubris? Start with yourself

Hubris. Over-confidence. Egomania. We all know companies and departments who have become less effective because one individual conflates their own needs with those of the organisation, while holding everyone else in contempt. They are narcissists who make life unpleasant for all of us normal people. Indeed, hubris is widely seen as a medical condition toRead more

Don’t fall for the EU fearmongering

You’ve got to ride the big wave when it comes in, and Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), is certainly enjoying his at the moment. No one can really know how long the UKIP bounce will last. It is also true that a shift to the right is echoed in otherRead more

The real value of deep engagement

What sets us apart here at Cambridge Judge Business School is a focus on deep engagement. Deep what, I hear you ask? Deep engagement – or, to put it another way, engagement at the point where research and the messy real world of management intersect. It might surprise some of you that pure research andRead more

Relatively speaking

The Cambridge Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is reported to have said that at times he felt as if he was writing for “people who would think in a different way, who breathe a different air of life, from that of present-day men”. Perhaps therefore Wittgenstein might have smiled knowingly had he contemplated how, 60 or moreRead more

What CEOS really think about sustainability

Last week, I attended a meeting of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) Advisory Board, a sister department of CJBS. At the meeting, attended by very senior leaders of well-known companies, including resource companies, banks, and consumer goods, I was struck how far the debate on sustainability and social responsibility has moved beyond theRead more

We’re all in the same boat, but it’s sinking – what shall we do?

This is my summer blog post – meaning that I am on vacation and have some time to raise my head above the parapet and think about other things. The world is flat, and we are being attacked by black swans — events arising from correlations of economic incidents across the whole world. Globally, humansRead more

A call for engagement

The Financial Times has just printed an interview with me, along with its view of what we, Cambridge Judge Business School, stand for. I would like to take this opportunity to add a few words of my own. At the heart of our strategy are excellence, engagement and impact, both in education and in research.Read more

Making an impact – not just talking the talk

A few weeks ago I read a column about another (very well-known) business school, which announced with great fanfare how they are globalising: they will send their entire class of MBA students on a week-long visit to far flung countries and continents, during which the students will tour companies, watching presentations and discussing with localRead more