PhD student in Employment Relations & Organisational Behaviour
Born in Hawaii, a few years after Barack Obama, Chris grew up in the US and attended UCLA. He moved to London in 1990, swiftly discovering it to be his spiritual home. He worked for ActionAid's marketing and fundraising division for a few years, then founded his own marketing agency in 1993, and for ten years worked with 100 of the UK's leading NGOs and charities, raising over £400m for them through a variety of innovative techniques.
After selling part of his business in 2001, Chris embarked on an Executive MBA at London Business School. He then exited his remaining businesses in 2004 through two sales and a closure and embarked on a new path to become a business academic. In 2008 he completed an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology at the LSE and began his PhD research into the management of innovation processes; he is currently collaborating on research with BT, NESTA, Orange/France Telecom and the Discovery Channel. He has taught MBA/MSc courses in Entrepreneurship, Corporate Venturing, Innovation Management, Open Innovation, Social Enterprise and Strategy at a wide variety of business schools in London, including London Business School. He is also involved in a number of startups as mentor or investor, in markets including food and drink, HR consulting, content subscriptions and digital media production.
Chris is passionate about successful innovation and the necessity of making it second nature in organisations; a turbulent world and globalised challenges require more fluid responses from organisations of all sizes. He lives near Cambridge with his partner and their two young sons.
Subject areas: Innovation management, networks, teams, small groups.
Publications and Presentations
Innovation Workgroup Network Dynamics: Rewiring, Gatekeepers and Complementarity, to be presented at INSNA 2010 in Riva del Garda, ItalyTeaching