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Business and Economics

Business and Economics is an important area of research and study at Hughes. A number of College Fellows, including the College’s President, have research and professional interests in fields of Business and Economics. Dr Anthony Freeling, the President, originally joined the college as a City Fellow in 2008. A significant portion of his professional career was as Senior Partner at McKinsey where he led its Marketing and Sales Practice across Europe.

The College’s City Fellows scheme is a unique form of Fellowship that enhances the Business culture of the College for students and the senior membership.

The energy of the Business and Economics senior membership is reflected in a very active student community in this area. The College supports the Hughes Hall Enterprise Society, a partnership between students, alumni and the College. The Society runs a speaking programme on entrepreneurship, supports the networking, mentoring and support culture of the College, and runs an entrepreneurs prize for Hughes Students. The Society is chaired by Rupert Pearce Gould, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge and Senior Member at Hughes. The College is home to an annual cohort of MBA students, as well as a diverse group of those taking taught and research degrees throughout the domains of Business and Economics. Recent PhDs in this area have included study of ‘value proposition-driven business model design’ (2020), ‘A neuroethological approach to the study of preferences, biases, and choice’ (2020), ‘agro-industrial value chains in developing countries in the era of globalisation’ with a special focus on the case of sugarcane in Punjab, Pakistan (2015); ‘achieving rural development in Sri Lanka through a systematic model: the case for microfinance and women’s empowerment’ (2014); and managerial interactions in the multinational enterprise (2014).

College events in the Business & Economics area include the City Lecture and Dinner, and the Honor Chapman Lecture and Dinner.

The College’s Professorial Fellows in this group include Prof Michael Barrett, Professor of Information Systems and Innovation Studies in the University’s Judge Business School, Prof Gishan Dissanaike, Adam Smith Professor of Corporate Governance, Prof Ian Hodge, Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy, and the College’s Director of Studies in Land Economy, Prof Paul Tracey, Professor of Innovation & Organisation, and Director of Teaching at the Judge Business School. There is more information about these and other seniors in this subject area on the senior members’ profiles pages.