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The history of theory and practice at Henley

Henley Business School was founded in 1945 to help rebuild the British economy and society after the Second World War. Politicians, scientists and industry representatives came together to create an institution at the intersection of theory and practice and to strategically solve a dilemma: on the one hand, the mission was to remedy the economic and social damage done during the Second World War as quickly as possible, which would be in favour of restoring previous structures, on the other hand, there was the opportunity to create something new as not much remained, but this would require significant planning time. Henley chose a pragmatic middle way that combined the newest findings from research and science with practical application to develop and implement fast, well-thought-out solutions.

Significant time has passed since the end of the war and both Great Britain and Henley have moved forward in their development, however what remains as a part of Henley’s DNA, is the combination of theory and practice and the focus on finding applicable solutions for specific economic and social issues.

On the theoretical side, this task is performed by Henley’s more than 150 faculty members, many of whom are viewed as thought leaders in their special subjects e.g. Andrew Kakabadse, Bernd Vogel and Kevin Money who are experts in areas such as entrepreneurship, responsibility, leadership and sustainability. They conduct research in their fields, regularly publish their research results in leading scientific journals and speak at conferences. Some are members of think tanks on issues such as Enterprise Architecture, Future of Work and Governance. However, Henley also curates knowledge from across the whole world which has been generated at other leading academic institutions so that Henley’s students can benefit from this global pool of knowledge. Henley Faculty
This classic university role is complemented at Henley by the practical experience and orientation of the Faculty: all the experts who teach in Henley’s Executive MBA have many years of experience as managers in their field. Today, part of their job at Henley is to advise people and businesses on how to deal with current challenges.

For the students in the Henley Executive MBA, this means that they are taught by faculty members who know theory and practice from their own experience. They are interested in practice and see teaching in the Executive MBA as an opportunity to learn even more about the practice. They invite the students to contribute examples from their own experience and are not afraid to be challenged if the the student’s reality does not match the theory: it is in these moments that new practice-relevant insights emerge.

The classes in the Executive MBA also serve to expand, test and adapt Henley’s knowledge base. Accordingly, the exchange between faculty members and students takes place at eye level. Everyone brings in their knowledge and experience and together new insights emerge that help both parties.

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The University of Reading and Henley Business School in Germany are closely monitoring the situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 and we have established a senior group to direct the University’s response.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, students and visitors and minimise disruption to University activities. We are following all government advice including health advice from Public Health England, the Health Authorities in Germany and travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as the German Foreign Ministry.

For all programme participants and customers of Henley Business School Germany, we advise that it remains safe for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places, as long as you comply with the guidelines provided by state authorities, of which a list of links can be found here below. We only ask you to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to do so by a medical professional or other competent authority.

So far we have not been advised of any wider health implications for programme participants in Germany-based courses. However, if you have been traveling recently to affected areas and suspect that you might have been exposed to the virus, please do notify us early so that we can put in place the necessary measures for alternative access to course materials and lectures as you may need to self-isolate and not be able to participate in face-to-face workshops.

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in Germany and information about the virus and its symptoms is available on the Bavarian Health Ministry info page on the COVID-19 outbreak (in German).

We continue to reassure our customers that for the time being our programmes continue to run as planned. We have equipped our offices with extra hand sanitizers and increased the level of cleaning in the workshop spaces. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Should the situation change, we will inform all current programme members and customers directly as well as via this website.

We thank all our customers for their support and understanding in these trying times.

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