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Christoph H. Loch

Professor of Management Studies

Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. (Darmstadt Institute of Technology), MBA (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Research interests

How organisations make innovation happen; this includes innovation in products as well as processes and practices, and it focuses on what happens on the ground rather than just strategising at an aggregate level. The topic is interdisciplinary and stretches from project management and processes (operations), to strategic portfolios and strategy deployment (strategy), to organisational structures and cultural habits (sociology), and to the motivation of educated and autonomous personnel (psychology).

Specifically, research interests span six broad areas:

  1. Concurrent engineering and coordination in complex systems
  2. Managing highly novel, uncertain and ambiguous initiatives
  3. Resource allocation, portfolio management, and strategy deployment
  4. Performance measurement in R&D and uncertain projects
  5. Incentives, motivation and cultural evolution (behavioural economics)
  6. Manufacturing management and strategy deployment

Subject group: Operations & Technology Management

Professional experience

Director of Cambridge Judge Business School (2011-2021). Director of the INSEAD Israel Research Center (2008-2011) and Dean of the PhD Programme (Sep 2006-Aug 2009), INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Associate (client consulting team member), McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, USA, and Munich, Germany (Oct 1991-Dec 1993). Strategic Analyst (competitor and industry analyses), Siemens AG, Munich, Germany (Summers 1986-1989). Lecturer (evening MBA course on Management Science and undergraduate course in Operations Management), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA (Jan-Jul 1987). Non-executive Director of educational software start-up company Prendo (2000-present).

Professor Loch has been the Chairman of the Behavioral Operations Management section of INFORMS (2008-2010), Department Editor for both Management Science (R&D and Innovation department) (2004-2009) and Production and Operations Management (2003-2007, and the special issue on behavioural operations management in 2011), and Associate Editor of Management Science, (2000-2004, 2009-2011), Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (M&SOM) (2003-2011) and Operations Research (1998-2004).

Previous appointments

Prior to joining the School, Professor Loch was the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor of Corporate Innovation (2006-2011), Professor of Technology and Operations Management (2001-2011) and Assistant and Associate Professor (1994-2001) at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. From 2009 to 2010 he was Visiting Professor of Operations Management at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, and in 2002 and 2003 was Visiting Professor in the Information Dynamics Lab at Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California.

Awards & honours

  • Elected Fellow of the POMS Product Innovation and Technology Management College, 2010
  • Emerald Excellence Award for one of the 50 most cited papers, 2008
  • ECCH Best Case Award for the case “Gemstone”, 2000

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Christoph Loch’s publications. Please see the “Selected publications” tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Loch, C., Mähring, M. and Sommer, S. (2018) “Supervising projects you don’t (fully) understand lessons for effective project governance by steering committees.” California Management Review, 59(2): 45-67 (DOI: 10.1177/0008125617697944)

Loch, C.H. (2017) “Creativity and risk taking aren’t rational: behavioral operations in MOT.” Production and Operations Management, 26(4): 591–604 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12666)

Kavadias, S., Ladas, K. and Loch, C. (2016) “The transformative business model.” Harvard Business Review, October 2016: 90-98

Kim, Y.H., Sting, F.J. and Loch, C.H. (2014) “Top-down, bottom-up, or both? Toward an integrative perspective on operations strategy formation.” Journal of Operations Management, 32(7-8): 462-474 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2014.09.005)

Loch, C., Sengupta, K. and Ghufran Ahmad, M. (2013) “The microevolution of routines: how problem solving and social preferences interact.” Organization Science, 24(1): 99-115 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1110.0719)

Cui, Z., Loch, C., Grossmann, B. and He, R. (2012) “How provider selection and management contribute to successful innovation outsourcing: an empirical study at Siemens.” Production and Operations Management, 21(1): 29-48 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01237.x)

Journal articles

Huberman, B.A. and Loch, C.H. (1996) “Collaboration, motivation, and the size of organizations.” Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 6(2): 109-130 (DOI: 10.1080/10919399609540272)

Loch, C.H., Stein, L. and Terwiesch, C. (1996) “Measuring development performance in the electronics industry.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 13(1): 3-20 (DOI: 10.1111/1540-5885.1310003)

Terwiesch, C., Loch, C.H. and Niederkofler, M. (1998) “When product development performance makes a difference: a statistical analysis in the electronics industry.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 15: 3-15 (DOI: 10.1111/1540-5885.1510003)

Loch, C.H. and Terwiesch, C. (1998) “Communication and uncertainty in concurrent engineering.” Management Science, 44(8): 1032-1048 (DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.44.8.1032)

Loch, C.H. and Terwiesch, C. (1999) “Accelerating the process of engineering change orders: capacity and congestion effects.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 16: 145-159

Terwiesch, C. and Loch, C.H. (1999) “Managing the process of engineering change orders.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 16(2): 160-172 (DOI: 10.1111/1540-5885.1620160)

Loch, C. and Huberman, B. (1999) “A punctuated equilibrium model of technology diffusion.” Management Science, 45(2): 160-177

Terwiesch, C. and Loch, C. (1999) “Measuring the effectiveness of overlapping development activities.” Management Science, 45(4): 455-465

Loch, C., Huberman, B. and Stout, S. (2000) “Status competition and performance in work groups.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 43(1): 35-55

Loch, C., Pich, M., Terwiesch, C. and Urbschat, M. (2001) “Selecting R&D projects at BMW: a case study of adopting mathematical programming models.” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 48(1): 70-80

Huchzermeier, A. and Loch, C. (2001) “Project management under risk: using the real options approach to evaluate flexibility in R&D.” Management Science, 47(1): 85-101

Loch, C. Terwiesch, C. and Thomke, S. (2001) “Parallel and sequential testing of design alternatives.” Management Science, 47(5): 663-678

Loch, C. and Bode-Greuel, K. (2001) “Evaluating growth options as sources of value for pharmaceutical research projects.” R&D Management, 31(2): 231 – 248

von Branconi, C. and Loch, C. (2002) “Contracting for major projects: eight business levers for top management.” International Journal of Project Management, 22(2): 119-130

Loch, C. and Tapper, S. (2002) “Implementing a strategy-driven performance measurement system for an applied research group.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 19(3): 185-198

Loch, C. and Kavadias, S. (2002) “Dynamic portfolio selection of NPD programs using marginal returns.” Management Science, 48(10): 1227-1241

Loch, C., Mihm, J. and Huchzermeier, A. (2003) “Concurrent engineering and design oscillations in complex engineering projects.” Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications, 11(3): 187-200

Mihm, J., Loch, C. and Huchzermeier, A. (2003) “Problem solving oscillations in complex engineering projects.” Management Science, 49(6): 733-750

Kavadias, S. and Loch, C. (2003) “Optimal project sequencing with recourse at a scarce resource.” Production and Operations Management, 12(4): 433-444

Lovejoy, W. and Loch, C. (2003) “Minimal and maximal characterisic path lengths in connected sociomatrices.” Social Networks, 25(4): 333-347

Terwiesch, C. and Loch, C. (2004) “Collaborative prototyping and the pricing of customized products.” Management Science, 50(2): 145-148

Demeester, L., Eichler, K. and Loch, C. (2004) “What the biological cell can teach us about manufacturing.” Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 6(2): 115-132

Huberman, B., Loch, C. and Önçüler, A. (2004) “Status as a valued resource.” Social Psychology Quarterly, 67(1): 103-114

Lenfle, S. and Loch, C.H. (2010) “Lost roots: how project management came to emphasize control over flexibility and novelty.” California Management Review, 53(1): 32-55

Loch, C.H., Sting, F.J., Bauer, N. and Mauermann, H. (2010) “How BMW is defusing the demographic time bomb.” Harvard Business Review, 88(3): 99-104

Mihm, J., Loch, C.H., Wilkinson, D. and Huberman, B.A. (2010) “Hierarchical structure and search in complex organizations.” Management Science, 56(5): 831-848

Wu, Y., Loch, C.H. and Ahmad, G. (2011) “Status and relationships in social dilemmas of teams.” Journal of Operations Management, 29(7-8): 650-662 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2011.03.004)

Cui, Z., Loch, C., Grossmann, B. and He, R. (2012) “How provider selection and management contribute to successful innovation outsourcing: an empirical study at Siemens.” Production and Operations Management, 21(1): 29-48 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01237.x)

Loch, C., Sengupta, K. and Ghufran Ahmad, M. (2013) “The microevolution of routines: how problem solving and social preferences interact.” Organization Science, 24(1): 99-115 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1110.0719)

Kim, Y.H., Sting, F.J. and Loch, C.H. (2014) “Top-down, bottom-up, or both? Toward an integrative perspective on operations strategy formation.” Journal of Operations Management, 32(7-8): 462-474 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2014.09.005)

Sting, F.J. and Loch, C.H. (2015) “Implementing operations strategy: how vertical and horizontal coordination interact.” Production and Operations Management, 25(7): 1177-1193 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12537)

Kavadias, S., Ladas, K. and Loch, C. (2016) “The transformative business model.” Harvard Business Review, October 2016: 90-98

Loch, C.H. (2017) “Creativity and risk taking aren’t rational: behavioral operations in MOT.” Production and Operations Management, 26(4): 591–604 (DOI: 10.1111/poms.12666)

Feduzi, A., Runde, J., Cabantous, L., Faulkner, P. and Loch, C. (2018) “Updating ‘small world representations’ in strategic decision-making under extreme uncertainty.” Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018(1) (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.141)

Loch, C., Mähring, M. and Sommer, S. (2018) “Supervising projects you don’t (fully) understand lessons for effective project governance by steering committees.” California Management Review, 59(2): 45-67 (DOI: 10.1177/0008125617697944)

Kattuman, P., Loch, C. and Kurchian, C. (2019) “Management succession and success in a professional soccer team.” PLoS ONE, 14(3): e0212634 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212634)

Loch, C. and Sommer, S. (2019) “The tension between flexible goals and managerial control in exploratory projects.” Project Management Journal, 50(5): 524-537 (DOI: 10.1177/8756972819870062)

Ahmad, M.G. and Loch, C. (2020) “What do the followers want? The core functions of leadership.” Leadership Quarterly, 31(2): 101293 (DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.04.003)

Feduzi, A., Faulkner, P., Runde, J., Cabantous, L. and Loch, C. (2021) “Heuristic methods for updating small world representations in strategic situations of Knightian uncertainty.” Academy of Management Review (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2018.0235) (published online Oct 2020)

Ladas, K., Kavadias, S. and Loch, C. (2021) “Product selling versus pay-per-use service: a strategic analysis of competing business models.” Management Science (forthcoming)

Loch, C., Kavadias, S. and Yang, B.C. (2021) “Making strategy execution work.” Management and Business Review, 1(1): 25-40

Soufani, K. and Loch, C. (2021) “Circular supply chains are more sustainable. Why are they so rare?” Harvard Business Review, 15 June 2021

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Loch, C., De Meyer, A. and Garg, S. (2008) “Eurotunnel: eyes wide shut.” European Case Clearing House (ECCH).

Book chapters

Loch, C.H. and Kavadias, S. (2011) “Implementing strategy through projects.” In: Morris, P., Pinto, J. and Söderlund, J. (eds.) The Oxford handbook on the management of projects. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.224-251

Loch, C.H. (2017) “Has megaproject management lost its way? Lessons from history.” In Flyvbjerg, B. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of megaproject management. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.21-38

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Eco Business: Uberising the global goals: breakthrough business models hold the key

Jacqueline Lim investigates what companies need in order make progress. There are six key elements – including personalisation, asset-sharing and organisational agility…

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Chartered Management Institute: Eight reasons why you should love your middle manager

Stuart Rock writes about middle managers and what role do they play in the organisation. Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge…

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SME for Growth: How to execute your growth strategy

The latest article in our series for Business Channel TV's SME for Growth resources platform explores the detail needed to execute a…

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SME for Growth: The growth quest through scalable processes

Without structure, small companies just can’t grow. Our article for Business Channel TV's SME for Growth resources platform explains why. Read the…

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Six elements feature in business transformation

There are six key elements including personalisation and asset-sharing that typically feature in transformative business models that have a high chance of…

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SME for Growth: In order to grow, you have to let go

As Will entered his office that morning on Monday at 7.30am his shoulders dropped. His assistant had laid neatly on his desk…

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Harvard Business Review: The transformative business models

An article co-authored by three academics at Cambridge Judge Business School identified six key elements, including personalisation, asset-sharing and organisational agility, that…

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The Economist: Academic view: Small business should not mean small-minded

Dean Christoph Loch offers some tough-love advice to small businesses and start-ups seeking to scale up. “One reason start-ups and other small…

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Fighting the ‘scale-up’ problem for British entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in Britain need to develop effective management systems, establish partnerships and leverage their competitive strengths in order to scale up effectively,…

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The Guardian: Never mind start-ups, it’s scale-ups that urgently need funding

Lucy Douglas writes about small businesses in the UK that could “generate 238,000 new jobs in a handful of years and an…

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The Huffington Post: How to ensure UK start-ups get the finance to scale

Entrepreneurs in Britain need to develop effective management systems, establish partnerships and leverage their competitive strengths in order to scale up effectively,…

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Forbes: Twelve ways to turn great British start-ups into fast-growing scale-ups

Entrepreneurs in Britain need to develop effective management systems, establish partnerships and leverage their competitive strengths in order to scale up effectively,…

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Financial Times: Start-ups struggle to nurture rapid growth, report warns

Entrepreneurs in Britain need to develop effective management systems, establish partnerships and leverage their competitive strengths in order to scale up effectively,…

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The Telegraph: We need to help more UK start-ups become scale-ups

Sherry Coutu, serial entrepreneur and Angel investor, discusses why it’s important to support start-ups in the UK and refers to the latest…

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Cambridge News: Christoph Loch draws on integrative power of football at Cambridge United

Christoph Loch, Director at Cambridge Judge Business School, has recently been appointed to the board of Cambridge United football club. Reporter Aaron…

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Financial Times: Christoph Loch of Cambridge found inspiration from Jacques Delors

Director Christoph Loch writes about leadership and inspiration and discusses the work of Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission. “Leadership…

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Forbes: Hubris – how to recognize and how to deal with it

Director Christoph Loch discusses the impact of hubris on team work and business and outlines tell-tale signs in order to recognize and…

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Business Because: B-Schools innovate in life sciences sector with biotechnology start-ups

Universities and business schools partner with pharma companies in order to boost life sciences ventures. Earlier this year Cambridge Judge Business School…

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Chartered Association of Business Schools: Adventure and continuity: Dean Christoph Loch of Cambridge Judge Business School on the School’s 25th anniversary

Cambridge Judge Director Christoph Loch, writing for the Chartered Association of Business Schools website, shares his insights on the School’s 25th anniversary,…

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Poets and Quants: Cambridge Judge Business School: Go out and do something extraordinary

In an interview for the Poets and Quants business-education publication, Cambridge Judge director Christoph Loch talks about entrepreneurship, academic research and the…

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Financial Times: Business Education: Playing field antics score academic points

Cambridge Judge Business School's Director Christoph Loch shares his insights on football and what the sport can teach about leadership. “Football can…

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Cambridge Business Magazine: ‘Psychological safety’ needed for project development

Promoting cooperative behaviour and creating “psychological safety” for workers can be just as important in keeping projects on schedule as are formal…

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Business Because: UK employer visa cap puts international MBAs under pressure

Prospect MBA students from outside EU face new challenges as they struggle to secure right-to-work visa in the UK. Current MBA students…

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Cambridge Business Magazine: China is getting smaller

A new study headed by Christoph Loch, director of Cambridge Judge Business School, will look at the SMEs in China not by…

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Cambridge News: Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning celebrates 10th anniversary

A centre for budding entrepreneurs has celebrated its tenth anniversary, and is pressing ahead with plans to launch a charter for those…

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Business Weekly: Cambridge Judge Business School takes tech tyros in hand

Cambridge University’s Judge Business School is broadening its sphere of influence to effectively ride shotgun over young spin-outs and help steer more…

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The Sunday Times: When you believe your own PR…

Carly Chynoweth investigates why leaders become egoistical and what are the best ways to stop this. One of the first steps to…

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Financial Times: FT MBA Challenge winner announced

Three MBA teams have been announced as a winners of the FT MBA Challenge. All the participants had to apply skills learned…

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TopMBA: Interview with Cambridge Judge Dean Christoph Loch

In the latest interview for the TopMBA, CJBS director Christoph Loch talks about the changes he's made in the areas of research,…

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Financial Times: Hubris and the City

We all need a healthy dose of self-confidence … The key is to admit to yourself that you could turn arrogant. When…

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Christoph Loch’s blog: Culture clash: what a CEO’s style says about their business

Corporate culture, underneath its visible processes, artifacts and value statements, is linked to what motivates the employees and defines their social contracts…

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Business Weekly: Leading entrepreneurs make up judging panel

Leading Cambridge entrepreneurs again make up the five-star judging panel that makes the Business Weekly Awards so special. Academia is well represented…

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Business Weekly: Cambridge Judge Business School – an entrepreneur’s dream

Our emphasis is innovation on all fronts, co-creating knowledge, sharing that knowledge, and engendering real-world change. It means there is no such…

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Financial World: A question of style

My own organisation is of this type and the art is to channel initiatives into high-energy directions, without imposing formal goals from the…

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Financial Times: An opportunity for innovation rather than a challenge

Business schools have a key role to play in translating implications of global sustainability. Christoph Loch, Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School;…

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Christoph Loch’s blog: Don’t fall for the EU fearmongering

In his latest blog post, Dean Christoph Loch discusses why EU is essential for Europe and argues that UKIP’s agenda is wrong.…

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Christoph Loch’s blog: The real value of deep engagement

In his latest blog post, Dean Christoph Loch looks at how research done by CJBS faculty intersects with the real world and…

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Christoph Loch’s blog: Relatively speaking

Dean Christoph Loch in his latest blog post focuses on ethics in the context of CJBS’s new Wittgenstein Society. Read the full…

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The Economist: Future-prof

Dean Christoph Loch on the future of business education in the Economist. Christoph talks about challenges, new trends and ‘big data’. Read…

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Berenberg Equities Highlights: In conversation: Creativity rarely falls from the sky

Equity Highlight magazine is published by Berenberg Bank (the world's oldest merchant bank and the world's second oldest bank overall). The magazine…

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Christoph Loch’s blog: What CEOs are really saying about the sustainability agenda

Cambridge Judge Business School director Christoph Loch in his latest blog post analyses what sustainability really means in the business world. Read…

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Cambridge News: Bodgers bunfight for biz

Christoph Loch, director of Cambridge Judge Business School, was among the guests at the opening afternoon for the City’s first purpose built…

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Spiegel Online: Das gewisse Extra

Director, Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School, was interviewed for the influential German publication a couple of weeks ago. Christoph spoke…

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Financial Times: The leading lights of business education

Financial Times features 65 business schools deans from Financial Times rankings. Cambridge Judge Business School’s director Christoph Loch is featured together with…

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Financial Times (Letters): Factors of success hard to identify

Sir, Larry Zicklin, quoted in “Research? Most people cannot understand it” (Business Education, April 8), makes popular accusations but includes two errors…

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Cambridge Network: Featurespace wins CfEL-sponsored Graduate Business of the Year Award

Featurespace, the enterprise founded by Cambridge alumni and using technology developed at the University, was awarded the 'Graduate Business of the Year'…

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Business Weekly: Loch to address awards presentation

Cambridge University’s increasing stature on the world stage will be brought into focus when the director of its Judge Business School, Professor…

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KNDU.com: Long Day Sin’s new song ‘American Made’ tackles imbalance of fairness and profitability in American financial services

Consumer credit services in America are seldom associated with fairness. The assumptions are banks cannot make money by being fair to customers…

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