Dr. Stuart Evans is the Co-founder and Chairman of Pedagogy Inc., in Menlo Park
His career started in the Decision Analysis Group at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in 1981. He later joined the Menlo Park office of Bain and Company, specializing in technology venturing and corporate entrepreneurship. He was then appointed as the Director of Corporate Strategy at Shugart Corporation, Sunnyvale, California and a leading pioneer in the disk drive industry. Subsequently he became a General Partner at Sand Hill Venture Group, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California.
Since 1992, Stuart has been a Senior Associate at the Judge Business School, where he has taught several electives on High Technology Venturing. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Birmingham Business School. Dr. Evans was a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, from 1987-89 where he conducted a longitudinal study of the disk drive controller industry His research, teaching, and writing focus on strategic flexibility in high tech ecosystems. He has published widely and his latest book Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises (Springer, 2005) is co-authored with Prof. Homa Bahrami from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. The book draws on their extensive field research and practical experience in Silicon Valley’s knowledge ecosystem during the last 20 years, presenting conceptual frameworks, illustrative examples and practical lessons for strategizing, organizing and re-inventing knowledge-based enterprises in turbulent settings. California. He is also Chairman of Athena, an e-learning company in Emeryville, California (http://www.athenaonline.com). His professional career spans research, consulting, investing and executive management in the high technology sector of California’s Silicon Valley.
Philip Stiles is a senior lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School). He gained his PhD from London Business School in 1997.
Over the last three years he has directed a major project into Global Human Resource Management in collaboration with colleagues from INSEAD, Cornell University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and including 40 companies worldwide.
This year he was awarded the University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence.
Previously, at London Business School, he was involved in a consortium of ten major companies – the Leading Edge Forum – examining the processes of transformation and behavioural change. A book detailing this project, ‘Strategic Human Resource Management’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2000.
Dr. Stiles is also active in researching the role of board directors and the nature of board dynamics. His research in this area is primarily focused on interviews with directors of large places. A book derived from part of this research ‘Boards at Work’ was published by Oxford University Press in 2001. Dr. Stiles has also been a chief researcher for the Higgs Report into Non-Executive Director effectiveness, published in 2004.
He consults to a number of organizations worldwide.