Rotary Club Talk on the History of Henley Management College

The Rotary Club of Henley Bridge welcomed Dr Dan Remenyi to their Wednesday meeting. Dr Remenyi gave a talk about the history of the Henley Management College from its beginnings in 1945 until the present day.  Dr Remenyi  completed his doctorate at the Management College in 1990 and since then has held a number of teaching assignments at the College. He has taught different aspects of research methodology at the Management College and supervised a number of doctoral research students.  Dr Remenyi has written more than a dozen books including one  about the College entitled;  Henley Management College:  A World Class Pioneer in Management.

Since Dr Remenyi started at the management college there have been four Principals, all with very different styles and ambitions for the College: Professor Thomas Kempner, Professor Sir Roy Wild, Professor Stephen Watson and Christopher Bones  who oversaw the merger with Reading University.

The building in which the Business School is housed was once owned by Viscount Hambleden, more easily recognised as the W H Smith family, the well known stationers. The Management College was first established in 1945 and was the first educational establishment in Great Britain to offer management and leadership training. When the School first started it was known as the Administrative Staff College and made a big impact on how businesses thought about management and leadership both in practice and theory. It continues to be a centre of excellence with regard to the post graduate teaching of business management practices.

In 2008 the Management College merged with the University of Reading becoming the Henley Business School. The Henley site offers both an MBA course and corporate learning activities. The Business School is considered to be one of the top 50 business schools in the World by the Financial Times and The Economist, and has over 7,000 students from all parts of the World mostly through distance learning.

Dr Remenyi’s talk was most interesting and entertaining and the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Alan Dawe.


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