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Jonas Ridderstrale joins Ashridge Business School

Dr Jonas Ridderstrale, one of the world’s top management thinkers, is joining Ashridge Business School. He has been appointed as a Visiting Professor.

Dr Ridderstrale, who was ninth (with colleague Kjell Nordstrom) in the 2005 Thinkers 50, the bi-annual ranking of management thinkers is also a director of Ashridge’s affiliate in Sweden, the Stockholm Center for Management Development (SMD).

Previously, Dr Ridderstrale was a professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Stockholm School of Economics.

He is a prolific publisher of books and articles on organisational models and leadership styles. His book Karaoke Capitalism was recently published. His previous book, Funky Business: Talent makes capital dance, is an international bestseller and was recently ranked 16th in a survey of the best business books of all time. A new edition is due in 2006. Both books are co-authored with colleague Kjell Nordstrom.

Kai Peters, CEO, Ashridge Business School said: “Jonas always has uncompromising, imaginative and refreshing perspectives on business life and it will be fantastic working with him. He fits perfectly into the Ashridge philosophy of always looking at new and innovative ways of helping our clients overcome ever more complex challenges.”

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Notes to editors:

1.Ashridge, one of the world’s leading business schools, is an independent, not for profit organisation. Its combination of research, experience and practical application is currently making a difference to individuals and organisations in private and public sectors. Its activities include:

  • Open & tailored executive education programmes
  • MBA, MSc & Diploma qualifications
  • Organisation consulting
  • Applied research
  • Online learning

2. The Stockholm center for Management Development (SMD) is the Ashridge partner in Sweden. Its focus is on tailored management development programmes and workshops and organisation consulting.(

3. Ashridge is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top business schools in the annual Financial Times rankings. In the latest FT rankings for tailored executive education (May 2005), Ashridge was ranked 2nd in the UK.

4. What makes Ashridge unique is its philosophy. It believes that all development must make a difference, be practical and based on real issues. The majority of Ashridge’s faculty have extensive international business experience, which they are able to bring to the everyday challenges faced by individuals and organisations.

5. Ashridge is accredited by:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • The Association of MBAs (AMBA)