Author Archives: Christoph Loch

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

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… Read 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… Read 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 local… Read more

What keeps me awake at night?

I have just come back from Hong Kong, where I participated in the University of Cambridge’s first international alumni conference. There were more than 150 alumni attending, and we heard great talks on physics, biochemistry and sociology. There was also a panel discussion in which two College Masters, the Vice-Chancellor and I were asked: “In… Read more

Cambridge Judge Business School entrepreneurship at the fore

Hello, everyone. Last time, I promised that I would tell you something about our emerging strategy at Cambridge Judge Business School. It has a number of dimensions, including research, executive education, PhD training and entrepreneurship. But that’s too much to discuss in one blog post, so I’ll take it in parts – and today, I’ll… Read more

Lessons of the latest FT MBA rankings

This is my first blog post as Director of Cambridge Judge Business School. Five months into my tenure, I have already spoken with many of our alumni and other interested parties. For example, I have just returned from Abu Dhabi, where I met up with alumni, corporations, government bodies, and the UAE University as a… Read more

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