Their combination of published research and consultancy work for commercial clients means our academic staff use the real challenges of current business situations to provide up-to-date practical illustrations of the latest thinking and theory.

Although there is considerable breadth in faculty interests, research at the Business School focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, quantitative finance and healthcare management, providing world-leading expertise.

The following faculty teach courses on the Executive MBA:

Nelson Phillips

Professor Nelson Phillips

Chair in Strategy and Organisational Behaviour

Professor Nelson Phillips’ research interests include new institutional theory, entrepreneurship, family business and social entrepreneurship, technology strategy, innovation and adoption of digital consumer devices. He has published more than 75 articles in leading management publications and is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry. Professor Phillips teaches courses in strategy, organisation behaviour, innovation and leadership.

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Jolande Bot-Vos

Senior Teaching Fellow

Over the past decade Jolande Bot-Vos has lectured on Financial and Management Accounting courses in the Netherlands and in the UK. She was also Programme Director of the international Finance and Control programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Prior to her career in education, she was a consultant at Arthur D. Little and Finance Director at a hospitality management business school. Jolande holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Dr Mark Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Dr Mark Kennedy’s research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries, and the more basic building blocks of organising – categories, identities, forms, strategies, practices, reputation criteria and so on. Within this broad topic, he pays particular attention to meaning construction processes, often by using text-mining techniques to extract and analyse patterns of association among actors, ideas and objects as they appear in conventional and new social media. He is also the Director of the KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics.
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J.A Sefton

Professor James Sefton

Chair in Economics

Before becoming an academic, Professor James Sefton was a Senior Quantitative Analyst at UBS. As an academic, he participates in the current debate on intergenerational equity and, as a financial analyst, he specialises in understanding asset pricing anomalies and equity investment strategies. He has published widely in areas as varied as computable general equilibrium modelling, national accounting, portfolio management and econometrics.
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Ileana Stigliani

Dr Ileana Stigliani

Assistant Professor of Design and Innovation

Dr Ileana Stigliani’s research focuses on how material artifacts and practices influence cognitive processes – including sensemaking and sensegiving , categorisation, and perceptions of organisational and professional identities – within organisations. She received her PhD in Management from Bocconi University, Milan. Dr Stigliani is Assistant Professor in Design and Innovation at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group.
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Franklin Allen

Professor Franklin Allen

Professor of Finance and Economics, and Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre

Professor Franklin Allen’s main areas of interest are corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems and financial crises. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and spent over 30 years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Co‑Director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.
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In my modules, I teach how corporations can make investment and financing decisions that create value for shareholders. Although the objective of value creation is simple, the methods for achieving it require an understanding of a number of financial and accounting concepts including the time value of money, the calculation of cash flows, the risk-return trade-off and trade-off between debt and equity.

Professor Franklin Allen