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The Chancellor's Award presented to Cass Professor

Prize presented at annual Chancellor’s Dinner
by Kayley Goff

Cass Business School Professor Charles Baden-Fuller received The Chancellor's Award for his exceptional contribution to the University.

Roger Gifford and Charles Baden Fuller

His award was presented by City's Chancellor, The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford at the Chancellor's Dinner at Mansion House on Wednesday 10th April.

Charles is the Centenary Professor of Strategy, and a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. He leads the Strategy Group at Cass. The School was ranked in the global top ten for strategy by the Financial Times in both 2009 and 2011.

Dick OlverCharles is renowned for his strategy insights into management. His early work dealt with rejuvenating mature firms and was published in leading academic journals and his co-authored Harvard Business Press publication 'Rejuvenating the Mature Business'. More recently he is known for his work on strategy for new technologies especially biotechnology. Now Charles is tackling the even bigger question of how firms can build better business models to exploit the latest innovations in digital technology.

In support of his research work, Charles has raised more than £3 million in research money for City, and has trained many junior scholars who are spread all over the world. He has undertaken many consulting assignments on strategy for large and small firms and currently serves as director or advisor to several young high technology firms. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

nullCharles has also contributed significantly to the education agenda. He led curriculum redesign for the Cass MBA programme and he introduced and taught new strategy courses relevant to existing and prospective executives working in the City of London.

Dean of Cass Professor Steven Haberman, who nominated Charles for the Award commented:"Charles has made a phenomenal contribution to the University and to Cass Business School over many years. He has maintained a full involvement in the University, including serving terms on both Senate and Council. For example, as an independent member of Senate, he has recently played a significant role in the establishment of the Graduate School. "He has chaired major review committees within Cass and at the same time has worked at the highest level academically, bringing renown to the University's research and degree programmes and raising the profile of the University and School."

Charles comments:"It is a great honour to receive The Chancellor's Award. The service I have given to the University has been a source of pleasure. I particularly want to thank my colleagues for helping transform Cass over the last 18 years, making it a wonderful working environment."

More than 300 guests including staff, alumni, friends and supporters of City attended the event held in the Egyptian Hall in Mansion House. The main speakers on the night were the Lord Mayor and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran, with special guest speakers Dick Olver , chairman of BAE Systems (pictured above left) and alumna Jennifer Viccars (pictured above right).

Vice-Chancellor Paul CurranIn his speech, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran (pictured left) spoke about the institution's long history and how it has always attempted to balance the academic and the practical. In its earliest Victorian days it provided an academic education while also meeting the very practical needs of the businesses and professions located in Clerkenwell - the watchmakers, the electroplaters and the mechanical engineers. That academic/practical balance has moved gradually over time with periodic major moves for example, to the 'academic' in the 1950s and to the 'practical' in the 1980s. This balance has served City well for several decades but increased competition and the importance of institutional reputation in student choice and experience has seen us move the balance towards the academic again. As Professor Curran noted the 'challenge is to do this while maintaining our hard won strength in business and the professions.'

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