Professor John Bates

Professor John Bates

Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Risk Taking

John Bates is Adjunct Professor of Strategic and International Management and Entrepreneurship at London Business School and the founder and a Director of Sussex Place Ventures Ltd, the School’s in house venture capital fund manager.

Over the last 12 years he has been leading the School’s practical initiatives in developing entrepreneurial firms including €20m of ‘pre seed’ and ‘seed’ venture capital funds and various networks of entrepreneurs, advisors and private investors associated with the London Business School that have supported over 50 alumni founded companies.

John has been teaching and developing Strategy and Entrepreneurship courses at LBS since 1985, while also starting up, running and selling two technology businesses Datapaq Ltd and Newmarket Datasystems Ltd. His current teaching portfolio includes two MBA electives, New Venture Development and New Creative Ventures and the ever popular Growing Your Business open executive programme.

John received his BSc in Food Science from Nottingham University in 1972. Following a sales career in the scientific equipment and pharmaceutical industries in the UK and Africa he graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA with high distinction in 1979.

After Harvard, John became a Marketing Manager for International Paint (now part of Akzo Nobel) launching the highly successful Interpon range of solvent free coatings worldwide. He was invited back to HBS as a lecturer on the MBA programme in 1983 before joining the London Business School faculty, part time, in 1984. Since then he has balanced a career as an entrepreneur, business executive, educator and investment manager.

He is Chairman of the London Technology Network, and the British Documentary Film Foundation; a Director of Sussex Place Ventures and Cambridge Management Group and formerly Chairman of (sold to Microsoft in 2007).

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Most recently he has published a series of papers dealing with the integration of economic and financial theories of risk. His best-known papers are concerned with the incorporation of psychological aspects of risk taking, such as regret and disappointment, into formal decision making systems. He was awarded the 2001 Ramsey Medal by the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. Since 2005 he has been the Department Editor for Decision Analysis for Management Science.

David received a BA from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD from MIT.