Professor Gareth Jones

Professor Gareth Jones

Fellow, London Business School

Synopsis

Gareth’s specialism lies in the culture, structure and leadership of organisations – especially those where creativity is critical to success. In the current climate, he sees the leader’s priority as engaging followers in new ways of creating value. The fundamental things people want from their leaders, at every level of any company, and the difficulties of exciting individuals to deliver exceptional performance, are the same wherever you go in the world.

Biography

Gareth Jones is an expert in business culture and creativity.

He began as a University academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group. During this period he directed the School’s Accelerated Development Programme. At this point the attractions of a ‘real’ job in business proved too great and he joined Polygram, then the world’s largest recorded music company. Appointed as Senior Vice President for Polygram’s global human resources, his responsibilities covered more than 30 countries.

In 1996 he converted to academia when he became the BT Professor of Organisational Development at Henley where he also served on the Board of Governors. His most recent job was as Director of HR and Internal Communications at the BBC. He is currently a Visiting professor at INSEAD.

Gareth’s interests are in organisational design, culture, leadership and change. He has published several books and won prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article in HBR entitled ‘Why Should Anyone be Led by You’.

In addition, Gareth is a founding partner of Creative Management Associates (CMA), a consultancy focussed on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength.

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