In profile with… Jill Shepherd, Faculty Member at BPP Business School
Name: Dr Jill Shepherd
Job title: Business School Faculty
Study Centre: Fitzwilliam House, London City
What is your education background?
I have an undergraduate degree from Imperial College London, MBA from the University of Warwick and a PhD supervised by AIM Professor Gerry Johnson, University of Strathclyde.
What is your professional background?
I have spent time in corporates, within international management consulting and two small start –ups.
I have research active experience and taught in a variety of Business Schools, all with excellent teaching, learning and research records.
How do you think this experience has assisted your teaching at BPP University?
As regards theory, I learnt from amazing people at the forefront of generating theory relevant to practising managers. As regards being a real manager, I can help that theory be useful to students in different ways as I know real life is messy; rarely will one piece of theory or one ‘I did this when I was a manager…’ help someone else shine.
I teach strategy, leadership and reflective practice as these are subjects that can empower all students to be more professional in their approach to business when taught in a way that makes theory work in practice. My experience therefore allows me to respond to any query from a student in a way that is meaningful, useful and relevant to them.
If you could give one piece of advice to your students for their future careers, what would it be?
Lead and manage it, rather than let it manage you.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
I would sail around the world with my family on a gap year because we would all learn to be more tolerant, humble people and would have to work as a professional team.
Have you been motivated by an influential figure, if so, who?
Professor Haridimos Tsoukas as his is both an amazing academic and someone who can help practising managers; he does not see the two as distinct. He knows good theory works if you teach business students how to make theory work in practice. To do so, you have to be up to date with theory.