Dr Jonathan Gander
Dr Jonathan Gander is Director of the Executive MBA (Fashion), a pioneering professional education programme at London College of Fashion
Jonathan is an experienced academic having held roles at business schools at Westminster University, Kingston University and most recently the University of East Anglia. He has also held visiting professorships at universities in Shanghai and Moscow. His specialism is the creative industries, publishing work on strategy in popular music organizations, alliance management in design consultancies and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. He has presented his work at annual conferences of the European Group of Organizational Studies, the Design Management Institute, the International Association of Cultural Economics and the Strategic Management Society. His work has been published in journals such as The Journal of Cultural Economics, the Creative Industries Journal and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Papers are forthcoming in Management Decision and Industry and Innovation. Jonathan’s current interests focus on business model innovation within the digital economy.
In the 1980s Jonathan read Politics at the University of Sheffield, in the 1990s he took an MBA from the University of Westminster and in the noughties conducted doctoral research at first the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and then at King’s College London. Jonathan has also worked as a business development consultant for an SME fashion retail firm helping improve its operations and expand its number of outlets. He continues to provide consultancy in the area of Strategic Thinking and has worked on company management training schemes for entertainment firms (Merlin), fashion labels (Pentland) and International Chambers of Commerce (Cologne and Moscow).
The Executive MBA (Fashion) is a transformational experience designed to equip managers and experienced fashion industry professionals with the business skills and understanding necessary to take themselves and the firms they work for to a higher level of performance.
There are many MBAs but only one MBA fashion. At LCF, we feel that commercial skills and insights are better studied and developed within a common field of practice. By specialising in fashion we have been able to create an MBA that can focus on key sectoral issues and enable the application of learning across the different organizational functions of global fashion firms while also ensuring we remain relevant and current.
The EMBA is carefully designed around a blend of face-to-face events that mix academic lectures with discussion and debate from industry practitioners and a range of online- learning sessions that allow the candidates to study around their work commitments.