Jane Davies

Management Practice Professor in Operations Management

Vice Dean for Programmes

Director of the Management Studies Tripos

BSc (University of Brighton), MSc (London School of Economics), MBA (Babson College), DBA (Boston University)

My interests focus on the role of operational excellence in driving value, particularly in the healthcare sector.  Drawing on my consulting experience and the practical application of research, I teach action-orientated programmes to address organisational problems and improve processes.

I’m a member of the Operations and Technology Management group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which focuses on practice-based research with partner organisations to address a wide spectrum of operational challenges.

Jane Davies.

Selected publications

Awards and honours

  • Pilkington Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cambridge, 2020
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2013 and 2015

News and insights

A ribboned scroll on a pink background.

Dr Jane Davies awarded Pilkington Prize for teaching excellence by the University of Cambridge. Dr Jane Davies, Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice and Director of the Executive Education division of Cambridge Judge Business School, was awarded a Pilkington Prize for teaching excellence by the University of Cambridge. Jane was one of 12 winners of this year's Pilkington Prize, which were initiated in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington, who believed that the quality of teaching was crucial to the University's success. Nominations for the award are made by each of the University's six Schools based on criteria that may include major contributions to teaching within a department, introducing a new course or revising an existing course, student engagement, and ability to provide challenging and stimulating teaching. In a video prepared for this year's awards, entitled 'Extraordinary teaching in extraordinary times', the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen Toope, said: "The Pilkington Prize is Cambridge's annual celebration of outstanding educators. It recognises both commitment and excellence in teaching. This year, I think we can also say that it recognises adaptability and flexibility in both educators and those who support our teaching efforts."…

2019 compass kitsondavies ashareddirection 883x432 1

As Michael Kitson succeeds Dr Jane Davies as Director of the Cambridge MBA programme this autumn, they discuss teamwork, the Cambridge ecosystem, and the importance to business education of understanding different cultures. The Cambridge MBA baton passes this autumn to new MBA Programme Director Michael Kitson, University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics, from Dr Jane Davies, Senior Faculty in Management Practice. Michael has been Deputy Director of the Cambridge MBA for the past few years and has long taught economics to our MBA students. Jane held the rotating Cambridge MBA Director’s role for the past four years and will now be Director of Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School. We spoke to the two directors during the handover period, as they shared their insights about business education in today’s changing economic climate. Here are edited excerpts from the discussion: Teamwork and cultural interaction are important elements in business education Jane Davies: "The learning comes from each other, as well as the teaching and faculty. Having Management Praxis (which focuses on a person’s conduct and its impact) as one of the foundation courses on the MBA programme is enormously valuable in the changing business climate today. Students also benefit from…

2019 mba inclusion diversity collaboration 883x432 1

As Pride month in the UK gets going, we ask how an MBA experience can support themes of inclusion, diversity and belonging. For those embarking on an MBA the values of inclusion and diversity are ever more important, both across a modern business school environment, but also into the global workplace as well. For those looking to find the right fit in their future career, inclusive activities and initiatives offered by companies signal a welcome to all sectors and backgrounds in the company community and culture. "Cambridge Judge Business School has been committed for many years to diversity in our community and our work – the Cambridge MBA delivers a learning experience which is relevant, modern and designed to give students the skills and confidence to seek and lead change". Dr Jane Davies, Director of the MBA Programme and Senior Faculty in Management Practice, officially launched Pride@CJBS earlier this year. "We champion equality in business through a wide lens: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and more, and Pride@CJBS will be an important group to further highlight and make progress in this regard." A student led group for the LGBTQ+ community at the Business School: its Chair Tian Tan, from the…

Media coverage

Cambridge Business Magazine | 1 October 2016

Like space and science, business operations need new frontiers

It’s not just the Wild West or space: business operations also need to push the envelope and find new “frontiers”, says Dr Jane Davies, Senior Faculty in Management Practice and Director of the MBA programme at Cambridge Judge. As the traditional operations methods of differentiation such as cost and quality are now often not sufficient to win contracts, companies need to find new ways to create value through their operations.

Cambridge Business Magazine | 1 December 2015

Bentley wins European Excellence Award

Bentley Motors was named champion of the European Industrial Excellence Awards in a competition judged by academics including Jane Davies, Senior Faculty in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School.

4 Traders | 2 October 2015

Bentley hailed ‘European Industrial Excellence champion’

Bentley Motors of the UK was named champion of the European Industrial Excellence Awards, the first time a British company was named European champion in the award’s 20-year history. Judges included Dr Jane Davies, Senior Faculty in Management Practice and Director of the MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Clear Admit, 1 October 2015
Cambridge Judge appoints first-ever female director of the MBA

PRW.com, 5 March 2014
UK manufacturers asked to show excellence

Industrial plant and equipment, 4 March 2014
Industrial Excellence Awards came to the UK

Insead Knowledge, 9 October 2013
Head above the rest