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Consulting and Coaching for Change brings together a wide range of experts and faculty with diverse backgrounds from two of Europe's leading centres for executive education at the HEC School of Management, Paris, and the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Oxford and HEC have combined to deliver this unusual programme to give participants the experience of working with a wide range of faculty, in two convenient and stimulating environments, with a broad crosscultural outlook.

Laurence Monnet-Vernier

Programme Director, HEC Paris

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Laurence Monnet Vernier began her career as a lawyer and barrister at the Bar of Paris. She subsequently held positions of responsibility in major groups for twenty years as Human Resources VP and Managing Director.

In her role as a human resources specialist and head of an HR consulting firm, Laurence has served as an advisor, either as a member of Executive Committees or as a Consultant, in major strategic transformations within international groups. She has worked, in particular, on change management, leadership styles, values and engagement and on selection, development and retention of talents, in a wide range of cultural systems and business sectors. Laurence has contributed to a number of publications, works and conferences specifically related to the future development of Human Resources within the evolving world of work.

She joined HEC Paris as senior lecturer and member of the EMBA Academic board. She is in charge of different executive programs.

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Marc Thompson

Fellow in Strategy and Organisation, Saïd Business School & Academic Tutor and Fellow, Green Templeton College

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Marc’s principal research interest focuses on the employment relationship in the context of innovation, change and effectiveness. He is exploring these themes at industry, organization and individual-level. At industry-level, he is studying the diffusion of high performance work practices and the results of a 6-year study in the Aerospace industry, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), were launched by the Minister at the Houses of Parliament. At an organizational level he is interested in what explains variations in HR Systems in science and technology industries and the implications for their effectiveness. More recently, his research has focused on inter-organisational co-operation and how firms develop and manage the competencies to enable this increasingly important mode of production. At the individual-level, he has explored the changing nature of the psychological contract of scientists and engineers and the consequences for knowledge sharing and innovative behaviour. This work has been funded, amongst others, by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

He is currently Co-Directing the Strategic Renewal Research Programme (SRRP), a 4-year collaborative project with senior practitioners from Shell and the European Patent Office which is exploring the links between innovation and strategic renewal in large science and technology firms. He is also studying the role of HR in change and transformation strategies in Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs).

Marc has published widely in the area of human resource management and employee relations with over 40 papers, articles and book chapters. His work has been featured in The Economist, Les Echos, The Observer, the Financial Times and the BBC.

Marc designs and teaches on executive education programmes at Oxford and has worked with a broad range of international organizations. Prior to coming to Oxford, he worked at an independent research institute (Institute for Employment Studies) and the London School of Economics. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Modern History and completed his MSc in Industrial Relations at the LSE.

Marc’s research has focused on work and employment in the context of innovation and change with a particular emphasis on the role of management in the design and effectiveness of high performance work systems, mainly in R&D based organisations. More recently he has been researching the links between technical innovation and strategic renewal in large established European companies. This work deploys a collaborative management research model where practitioners and academics work together to co-produce new knowledge.

Marc has published over 60 articles, papers and book chapters and his work has featured in Economist, Les Echos, the Observer, the Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC.

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Sue Dopson

Rhodes Trust Professor in Organisational Behaviour, Saïd Business School

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Sue teaches and researches in the areas of innovation and change. She teaches on a number of the University of Oxford's programmes in management studies and is a postgraduate tutor.

View her full biograhy here.

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Jon Stokes

Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School

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Jon Stokes is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School. He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde Graduate Business School, an Associate Faculty member of Henley Business School and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Government.

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Michael Maccoby

President of the Maccoby Group

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Michael Maccoby is a globally recognized expert on leadership who for 35 years has advised leaders in businesses, governments, unions, universities and non profit organizations in more then 30 countries.

He is president of the Maccoby Group in Washington, D.C. which offers consulting, coaching, research and leadership workshops. He has a PhD from Harvard University, where he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development from 1978-90.

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Marc Stears

Professor of Political Theory, and Fellow, University of Oxford

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Gareth Morgan

Distinguished Research Professor

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Gareth Morgan is Distinguished Research Professor at York University in Toronto, where he teaches at the Schulich School of Business.

His contributions to management thinking have brought him many international awards, including election as Life Fellow of the International Academy of Management in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the science of management.a best-selling author, speaker and consultant on managing change. His books include Images of Organization, Riding the Waves of Change, and Imaginization: New ways of seeing, organizing, and managing.

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Robert W. Putnam

Partner and Co-founder, Action Design

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Partner and cofounder of Action Design, Robert W. Putnam is actively involved in programs at HEC Executive Education. He works with senior executives to develop effective leadership groups, facilitates conversations across organizational boundaries, and consults on organizational change.  In addition to his teaching on the HEC Paris Consulting and Coaching for Change Executive Master’s Program, he also conducts executive education and professional development workshops for leaders and agents of organizational learning and change. He has worked with leading companies in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, information technology, medical devices, and consulting.

Professor Putman is co-author of the book Action Science with Chris Argyris and Diana McLain Smith. He has written several articles on reflective conversation, action science, and organizational learning. Bob Putman earned his doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.  He holds a degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Political Science.  Before beginning his doctoral studies he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and worked at a human services organization in Boston.

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Rafael Ramirez

Fellow in Strategic Management, Saïd Business School

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Rafael has carried out pioneering work in the aesthetics of business, work, and organisation; the interactive design of strategy and value creation, and how scenarios work. Rafael is also Co-Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Strategic Foresight.

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Amy Sommer

HEC Paris Assistant Professor

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Amy Sommer is a Management and Human Resources Assistant Professor at HEC Paris. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2009 at the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada. At Harvard University in 2010, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Her research examines how organizational crisis and temporal dynamics influence teams and leadership in four areas: expertise and decision-making, resilience and adaptation, creativity and innovation, and new research methods.

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Michael Smets

Associate Professor in Management and Organisation Studies

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Dr Michael Smets is Associate Professor in Management and Organisation Studies and a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College. He is also a member of the Centre for Professional Service Firms, based at Saïd Business School.

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Mathis Schulte

HEC Paris Associate Professor

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Mathis Schulte is an Associate Professor in Management and Human Resources at HEC Paris. His current research focuses on understanding the creation of social networks within organizations, and their effects on employee satisfaction, customer service, and financial performance.

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Roger Hallowell

HEC Paris Affiliate Professor

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Roger Hallowell teaches and is the Academic Director of programs for managers and executives in the fields of strategy and business policy as well as leadership.

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Keith Grint

Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University

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Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University. He was Professor of Defence Leadership at Cranfield University and prior to that he was Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre at Lancaster University Management School.

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Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalization and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford

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Ian Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank's Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank's senior management team and led the Bank's collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries.

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Hélène Musikas

HEC Paris Affiliate Professor

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Hélène Musikas is an Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris. She teaches courses in the fields of strategy (innovation, growth strategy, corporate social responsibility, strategic alignment, strategic planning) and general management.

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Mary Crossan

Distinguished University Professor, lvey Business School

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Mary Crossan teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Programs. Her research on organizational learning, strategy, leadership character and improvisation has been widely published in such journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly and Organization Dynamics.

She has extended her research to management practice through a collection of over 50 cases, many of which have been published in a book she co-authored entitled Strategic Management: A Casebook. She is also an author of the Strategic Analysis and Action textbook.

In a joint venture between the Ivey Business School and the Second City Improvisation Company, she developed a management video entitled "Improvise to Innovate" which extends traditional concepts of strategic management to development tools and techniques for more innovative, flexible and responsive strategic action. Her research, case writing and consulting have provided broad exposure to companies around the world. She has worked with HSBC, Mattel Asia, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, Sears Canada, Sun Life and Grand & Toy. Her case on Starbucks has been Ivey's

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Geoff Mead

Director, Narrative Leadership Associates

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Geoff’s work involves using storytelling to help develop sustainable leadership. He has worked as an educator, executive coach and organisational consultant for nearly two decades in the boardrooms of blue chip companies, universities, public sector organisations and government departments. In recent years he has specialised in board development, group facilitation and the use of story and narrative in organisations.

Prior to this Geoff spent 30 years in the police force, rising from walking the beat to directing national police leadership programmes, commanding a police district and training with the F.B.I. in Virginia, U.S.A. During this time he trained as an organisational consultant and left his role as Chief Superintendent to pursue a career in executive coaching.

He was on the faculty of the Prime Minister's Top Management Programme and has co-designed and led national leadership programmes for the Cabinet Office. Geoff has published a wide range of book chapters and articles on aspects of organisational and leadership development, action research (and latterly on storytelling) in professional and academic journals.

Geoff holds an MBA, a postgraduate diploma in Gestalt psychology, and a PhD from the University of Bath in action research.

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Albert Zandvoort

Ashridge Associate and Academic Director at the Witten School of Management

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Albert is the former director of the Ashridge Leadership Centre and is now an Ashridge Associate and Academic Director at the Witten School of Management. Before joining Ashridge, Albert held executive positions at Lufthansa, T-Mobile in Germany and Transnet in South Africa. He has consulted for major organizations in Europe, the USA and also to the Russian Academy of Sciences. Some current clients are Saint Gobain in France, Deutsche Bahn, Daimler, Bayer and Merck in Germany.

Albert has written extensively on Leadership, HR and political consulting, and training and development. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice.

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