Womenomics at Cambridge Judge Business School

Womenomics at Cambridge Judge Business School

Last month, Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of the CBI, told the FT that “we don’t have enough women running things and it’s not getting better anything like fast enough. Too much of UK business is still geared up for men, in terms of its social habits, its small talk, its clubbiness.” Fairbairn went on to

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 as

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 in

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 months

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 the

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 the

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 work

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 to

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 other

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 and

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 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 the