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Dr Stephen King BTech, MPhil, PhD (Warwick) is a senior academic and experienced manager. Before joining the University of Leeds he worked as a business analyst for Rover cars and a Senior Research Fellow at the Advanced Technology Centre, University of Warwick. Even further back he has worked as a programmer for large software houses on banking and communications systems and as a lecturer in Computer Science at Bradford University – where he developed a taste for teaching and research. So he is a “techie” turned manager and academic with a passion for technology and its impact on organisations.
Stephen has held a number of senior roles in the Business School in recent years – most notably as Head of Management Division (the largest division) and as MBA Director. As MBA Director he introduced many innovations including team-based Business Challenges, International Study Tours, Business Simulations, Business Awareness programmes, and re-vitalised the network of firms offering company-based summer projects. He created the first MBA in Information Management in the UK which uniquely was supported by the global software giant SAP – providing students not only with a world-class MBA education but also a parallel consultancy education run by SAP. In 2007 Stephen founded the Leeds MSc in Business Management run in conjunction with the German Graduate School of Management and Law in Heilbronn, near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. This prestige programme attracts aspiring managers from all over Germany and from major firms including IBM, VW, Audi, KPMG, Bosch, Siemens and many more.
Stephen considers himself an “academic entrepreneur” and was once described as an “impresario” for his innovative work on the MBA. He is passionate about engaging students with exciting new developments, often technology-related, but always relevant to their careers and their growth as professionals and managers. He is a firm believer in the mantra of MBA pioneer Professor Srikant Datar at Harvard that education should be about three things: “Knowing”, “Doing”, and “Being”. He strives to ensure that all students that work with him grow in all three dimensions.More info here.