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Richard Jolly joins ecch executive committee

6 September 2010

ecch is pleased to announce that Richard Jolly has joined its executive committee

Richard Jolly

Richard is Adjunct Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. He teaches the 'Leadership Skills' and 'Developing Effective Managers and Organisations' core modules and the 'Managing Change' and 'Paths to Power' electives, as well as the 'Executive Leadership' module on the EMBA Global with Columbia Business School. In addition to the MBA teaching, for which he was voted Best Programme Teacher by students in 2003, runner-up in 2007 and won two runner-up awards in 2010, Richard also instructs a large number of Executive Education courses for London Business School in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including the 'Senior Executive Programme', 'Accelerated Development Programme' and 'The Essentials of Leadership', as well as working on a diverse portfolio of company-specific programmes, including Barclays, IBM, Lufthansa, Nestle, Orascom, PwC, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Roche, SABIC and Sony Ericsson.

Outside of academia, Richard is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Limited, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors, including investment banking, private equity and venture capital, fund management, law and accountancy firms, management consultancy, advertising, media, music, architecture, consumer goods, telecommunications, information technology and data management companies.

Richard's primary consultancy interests focus on designing and delivering executive development workshops, coaching senior management and facilitating strategy development, with an emphasis on leadership, change management and marketing agendas. He received his MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

An interview with Richard Jolly

Where did your particular interest in cases arise?

My interest in case studies arose during my time studying for my MBA. The case method was widely used at LBS and generally the quality of case teaching was excellent and inspirational. I can still remember, despite the passage of many years, many of the cases and the key lessons coming out of them. More generally, using stories to engage people to think through complex issues is something that I learnt to love as a child and is a process that I use extensively in my work both as an educator and as a parent.

Why do you think that the use of cases is important in management education?

At their worst, business schools operate as USB cables - downloading theory into people's heads in the vain hope that they will remember it and use it. At their best, they create powerful, memorable learning experiences that revolve around dialogue and stories. These experiences can have a profound and enduring impact on the mindsets and behaviours of those involved in the educational process, including the faculty. The case method is a critical part of ensuring that education creates learning.

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