Associate Professor in Corporate Governance
Fellow of the Centre for Business Research (CBR)
Fellow of Pembroke College
MBA, PhD (University of Cambridge)
My research interests include the convergence of national systems of corporate governance, human resource management, especially its implications for organisational trust, co-operation and commitment, the Japanese corporate system, and notions of corporate ownership. I was previously Director of Operations at Saxoncourt, and Director of Sales and Marketing at International Packaging.
I’m a member of the Organisational Theory and Information Systems subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which is engaged with cross-disciplinary themes including leadership.
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Last month the Centre debuted its executive education programme, entitled 'Strategic Philanthropy in Emerging Markets: Maximising Impact'.
In 2020 providing for shareholders isn’t enough. Ethical leadership that focuses on the planet and society is in high demand. Ethical leadership should be on the lips of any business leader today. In 2020 if you’re business isn’t adhering to ethical values and responsible leadership your model may need revisiting. That’s because today we need leaders driven by a sense of purpose. Leaders should strive for a vision that goes beyond the bottom line, beyond profit. Leaders today need to aim to make a meaningful impact in their company, industry, and community. That’s according to Maria Petraglia (MBA 2018), a 2018 MBA graduate. Maria, who now works as a programme manager for travel tech firm, Agoda, adds that we need leaders who are more informed about their business’s impact on the environment. "We need leaders who are more proactive in driving more sustainability efforts within their industries. "Customers have higher expectations of the companies they do business with these days. Sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and employee wellness are now a requirement to become successful, not something a business pursues once it has become successful." Ethical leadership on the MBA To be an ethical leader requires acute listening skills. You need the ability to assimilate to other…
What is effective leadership in business and politics, and how can leadership be inclusive rather than divisive? In this episode, joining podcast host Michael Kitson, University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics at Cambridge Judge Business School, are Cambridge Judge faculty Dr Simon Learmount, Lecturer in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge, and Dr Thomas Roulet, University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory & Information Systems. This is the 14th in a series of "Cambridge Judge Business Debate" podcasts featuring faculty and others associated with Cambridge Judge Business School and the broader Cambridge community. This latest podcast focuses on leadership – what it is, can it be taught, and how to be a leader for everyone without carving divisions. Here is an edited transcript of some of the podcast discussion: What is "leadership"? Michael Kitson: "Leadership is a nebulous concept that means different things to different people. It can vary from situation to situation, and it can relate to business leadership, political leadership, or leadership in the community." Thomas Roulet: "One key characteristic of a good leader is the ability to have interpersonal relationships with others, as followers need to have a special relationship with their leader." Michael Kitson: "But can we teach…
Business Because | 20 March 2020
Ethical leadership is in high demand in 2020, writes Thomas Nugent in BusinessBecause. Dr Simon Learmount, Lecturer in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge Business School, says it’s important for business leaders to understand accountability: “That means understanding to whom and for what you are accountable as a leader. Leadership doesn’t exist in isolation, it is situational. To be a really effective leader it’s really important to understand the context in which you operate.” Simon says it’s not enough only focusing on profitability or delivering to shareholders. The focus “has to be on making sure we deliver for society”.
Dr Simon Learmount, Lecturer in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on management issues affecting founders of tech companies like WeWork and Uber. “We know from psychological studies that people who are given a lot of power very quickly often don’t know what to do with it. They end up existing in a bubble,” he said.
Dr Simon Learmount, Lecturer in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on board meetings and corporate governance. “In principle, directors need to make sure they are being transparent to shareholders, whether they recuse themselves or at least make plain to investors they do have other interests,” he said.
CCTV, 11 April 2018
UK scholars comment on Xi Jinping’s book on governance