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Mr James Berry
Engineering Front Building 4.12
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  • Lecturer
  • UCL School of Management
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

James Berry is the Director of the UCL MBA programme and an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) at the UCL School of Management. Before joining UCL, he obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jim brings a diverse background to his research and teaching. Previous experience founding a software company, starting a consultancy group, leading technology R&D efforts, and writing anti-terrorism textbooks, allows Jim to ground theoretical discussions with an applied perspective. This previous work also helps in attempting to address meaningful questions with his research. Jim extends his work using extensive engagement with entrepreneurs and companies around growth and innovation issues.


Jim is a member of the Academy of Management (AoM), the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Research Summary

Jim’s area of expertise is broadly based around the topicsof creativity and innovation.

Questionsabout how ideas are generated, evaluated, selected and ultimately implementedare central to his research interests. He works with companies in the field aswell as participants in the lab to advance our understanding of the creativeprocess and how it applies in organizations.  His research has been published inthe Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing Insights and Organizational Research Methods. 


Teaching Summary

Jim is the founding directorof the UCL MBA programme. He has developed core MBA modules of CriticalLeadership Decisions and designed the programme's conclusive MBA Capstoneprocess. He currently teaches "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe"at UCL and leads the Executive Education Negotiations offering. He has ledexecutive education courses on strategic planning, change management,innovation, negotiations, and facilitation for various organisations and groups.He has served as the internal reviewer for Sebastiano Massaro's PhD VivaDefense.

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