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Sir Geoffrey Owen

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Visiting Professor of Practice

Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group


Sir Geoffrey was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied classics. After two years' national service in the Royal Air Force, he joined the Financial Times as a feature writer in 1958. He held several posts on that paper, including those of Industrial Correspondent, Industrial Editor, and US Correspondent based in New York. Between 1968 and 1973 Sir Geoffrey left journalism, serving first as an executive in the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation and then as personnel director in the overseas division of British Leyland Motor Corporation. He was deputy editor of the Financial Times from 1973 to 1980 and editor from 1981 to 1990. He was knighted in 1989.

Sir Geoffrey  is an Emeritus Professor, having joined the School in 1991, working first in the Centre for Economic Performance before switching to the Institute of Management which was renamed to the Managerial Economics and Strategy Group in 2007 (now the Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group).

He is the author of three books - "The rise and fall of great companies: Courtaulds and the reshaping of the man-made fibres industry", "Industry in the USA" and "From Empire to Europe: the decline and revival of British industry since the second world war." He is the co-author, with Tom Kirchmaier and Jeremy Grant, of "Corporate governance in the US and Europe: where are we now?," and with Tom Kirchmaier of "The changing role of the Chairman." Other published papers include: "Where are the big gorillas? High technology entrepreneurship in the UK and the role of public policy." He has contributed to several management journals including the Harvard Business Review.

Sir Geoffrey was a non-executive director of Laird Group plc from 2001 to the end of 2006.

Research interests

  • Corporate governance
  • Industrial policy
  • Industrial performance
  • World industry competition
  • Corporate strategy

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Geoffrey Owen