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The Handy Guide to the Gurus of Management
Charles Handy was, for many years, a professor at the London Business School. He is now an independent writer and broadcaster. He describes himself, these days, as a social philosopher.
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Episode 8: Gary Hamel - biography

Gary Hamel taught at London Business School for ten years. But he knew that if he was really to going to help companies build new capabilities, he would have to become more than an "armchair theorist."

So it was that in the summer of 1993 Hamel flew to Palo Alto, in Silicon Valley, where it was all happening, and founded Strategos - his consulting company.

In his work with world leading companies such as Shell, Nokia, CGU, Ford and others, Professor Hamel and his colleagues at Strategos have helped management teams create rule-breaking strategies that have generated billions of dollars in new wealth.

He still keeps a couple of toes in the academic world, with Visiting Professorships at London and Harvard, but his attention is now focused on the leaders of business, rather than those who study it.

Although Hamel still holds a faculty appointment with the London Business School, he resides in Woodside, California.

'Competing for the future', with CK Prahalad, Harvard UP, Cambridge, MA, 1995
'Competence based-Based Competition', with A. Heene, John Wiley, New York, 1995
'Leading the Revolution', Harvard B.S.P, Cambridge, MA, 2000

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More useful words :

armchair theorist
someone who makes theories from the comfort of an armchair, ie. without trying them out practically

it was all happening
it was a place that where positive changes were taking place

rule-breaking strategies
plans which follow different rules from the accepted ones

keeps a couple of toes in
is involved with something for part of the time

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