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Richard Jolly

Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour


BA (Bristol), MBA (London)

Richard Jolly was voted Best Programme Teacher by students in 2003 and 2014, and was runner up in 2007, 2010 and 2011. His teaching portfolio covers courses on leadership and core OB topics, but focuses on teaching electives about inter-personal dynamics, managing change, power and politics. He also instructs a large number of Executive Education programmes for the School in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He received his MBA with Distinction from London Business School.

Richard’s primary consultancy interests are designing and delivering executive development workshops; coaching senior managers; and facilitating senior management teams, with an emphasis on leadership and change management agendas.

He is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Consulting Limited, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors, including central and investment banking, private equity, fund management, law and accountancy firms, management consultancy, advertising, media, music, architecture, consumer goods, telecommunications, engineering, information technology and data management companies.

Richard is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Case Centre.

Richard teaches a wide portfolio of courses at the School. Within the degree programme portfolio, he has taught the ‘Leadership Skills’, ‘Managing People and Organisations’ and ‘Developing Effective Managers and Organisations’ core modules; the ‘Inter-Personal Dynamics’, ‘Managing Change’ and ‘Paths to Power’ electives; 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 also co-directs the Global Business Experience programme in Lima, Peru and one of the London Business Experience programmes. 

Within the Executive Education portfolio, Richard co-directs the ‘Leading Change’ and ‘Professional Services: Next Generation Leadership’ open programmes, and has regularly taught on the ‘Senior Executive Programme’, ‘Accelerated Development Programme’ and ‘The Essentials of Leadership’. He has also taught on a diverse portfolio of programmes tailored for companies, including: Air Liquide, Areva, Arla, Barclays, Carlsberg, Clariant, Danone, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, IBM, Johnson Matthey, Kuwait Petroleum, Linklaters, Lloyd’s of London, Lufthansa, Nestle, Nordea, Orascom, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Roche, SABIC, Sberbank, Telenor, the World Economic Forum and YPO.

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.

Research Interests


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