Richard Jolly

Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BA (Bristol) MBA (London)

Richard Jolly is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. He has created and taught two electives, ‘Inter-Personal Dynamics’ and ‘Paths to Power’, and has taught many OB courses, including the ‘Leadership Skills’, ‘Managing People and Organisations’ and ‘Developing Effective Managers and Organisations’ core modules; the ‘Managing Change’ elective; as well as the ‘Executive Leadership’ module on the EMBA Global with Columbia Business School and on the EMBA Global Asia with Columbia Business School and Hong Kong University.

He is a faculty lead for Government, Healthcare & Third Sector and has been faculty lead for Technology & Media on the LondonCAP. He also co-leads the Global Business Experience in Lima, Peru and the Global Business Assignment in Mexico City.

Richard was voted Best Programme Teacher by students in 2003, runner-up in 2007, won two runner-up awards in 2010 and runner-up in 2011, and won Best Teacher again in 2014. Richard also instructs a large number of Executive Education courses for London Business School in the UK and across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. He has lectured in 41 countries.

He has co-directed the ‘Professional Services: Strategic Client Relationships’ and ‘Leading Change’ open programmes, and has also taught on the ‘Senior Executive Programme’, ‘Accelerated Development Programme’, ‘The Essentials of Leadership’ and ‘HR Strategy in Transforming Organisations’, as well as a diverse portfolio of company-specific programmes for over 70 leading global firms, including Air Liquide, Areva, Arla, Barclays, British Joint Forces Command, BT, Carlsberg, Clariant, Danone, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, HSBC, IBM, Jardines, Johnson Matthey, KPMG, Kuwait Petroleum, Linklaters, Lloyd’s of London, Lufthansa, Nestle, Nordea, Orascom, Novo Nordisk, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Roche, SABIC, Sberbank, Telenor, Vodafone, the World Economic Forum and YPO.

Outside of academia, Richard is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Consulting Limited, with offices in the UK and the US, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors, including central and investment banking, private equity, asset management, law and accountancy firms, management consultancy, pharmaceutical, insurance, property, retail, aviation, advertising, media, music, architecture, consumer goods, telecommunications, information technology, oil & gas, engineering and manufacturing firms.

Richard’s primary consultancy interests focus on designing and delivering executive development workshops, coaching senior managers and facilitating senior management teams, with an emphasis on leadership and change management agendas. He received his MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Research Awards


  • Best Programme Teacher voted by students in 2003, runner-up in 2007, two runner-up awards in 2010 and runner-up in 2011.

  • Best Teacher voted by students in 2014.


  • Top team dynamics
  • Senior management development and barriers to change.

2019

6 trends to look out for in 2019

Erickson T; Cable D; Birkinshaw J; Savva N; Yueh L; Jolly R

London Business School Review 2019 January

2018

Executive and leadership coaching

Jolly R; Stokes S

in Cox,E, Bachkirova,T & Clutterbuck, D (eds). The Complete Handbook of Coaching (pp. 245-257), 3rd ed London, Sage 2018

2017

Are you at risk of burnout? Here's what to do

Jolly R; Johnston A

London Business School Review 2017 December

Going nowhere fast: executive derailment and how to avoid it

Peterson R S; Jolly R

London Business School Review 2017 March

Great Britain or 'Change Britain'?

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2017 March

2016

6 tips for lasting change

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2016 November

Courage, care and communication: a toolkit to lead through change

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2016 January

Davos: mind the skills gap

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2016 February

Digital culture or why strategy and culture should eat breakfast together

Wokurka G; Banschbach Y; Houlder D; Jolly R

in Oswald, G. & Kleinemeier M. (Eds.), Shaping the digital enterprise: trends and use cases in digital innovation and transformation, Springer, 2016

Happy at the top

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2016 October

Read change in 7 ways: books on leading change

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2016 August

What to expect in 2017

Jolly R; Markides C; Mullins J; Pillutla M; Yueh L

London Business School Review 2016 December

2015

What's the hurry?

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2015 December

2014

Executive and leadership coaching

Jolly R; Stokes S

in Cox,E, Bachkirova,T & Clutterbuck, D (eds). The Complete Handbook of Coaching (pp. 245-257), 2nd ed London, Sage, 2014

2012

The paradox of indispensability

Jolly R

London Business School Review 2012 January


Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.