Author Archives: Christoph Loch

The board member’s dilemma: supervising when you don’t (fully) understand

The board member’s dilemma: supervising when you don’t (fully) understand

Executives chosen to serve on top-level panels such as boards of directors or strategic steering committees face a common issue: such people are very busy running their own businesses, so how can they effectively provide oversight and leadership given their limited time and incomplete expertise? Whether in big business or non-profit organisations, negative headlines have… Read more

Focus on Africa

Focus on Africa

Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa Africa is full of promise, and full of issues needing solutions. We’re proud that Cambridge Judge is helping to provide insight into this important region. The current issue of Research Horizons, the University of Cambridge research magazine, focuses on Africa, mentioning the long history of collaboration between Cambridge… Read more

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… Read more

Unsung heroes – why middle managers are often the true stars of successful businesses

Unsung heroes – why middle managers are often the true stars of successful businesses

In business, as in sport, there are heroes. On the sports field it could be the player who scored a tournament-winning goal, and in business it’s the leader whose vision helped rejuvenate a tired company. But the CEO-worshipping “heroic leadership” concept doesn’t always hold water. The true heroes in business are often the middle managers,… Read more

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… Read 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 months… Read 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 the… Read 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 the… Read 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 work… Read 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 to… Read 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 other… Read 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 and… Read more