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    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.

  • Faculty & Research

    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.

  • Faculty & Research

    Knowledge creation on China, from proven China experts.


Faculty Profiles


Merson, Rupert

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, CEIBS;
Adjunct Associate Professor, London Business School

Rupert is a leading authority on owner-managed, entrepreneurial businesses and the problems they confront as they seek to grow.

As a teacher and educator, Rupert is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School where he has taught for 15 years and where he currently teaches MBA electives on the Management of the Growing Business, Managing Corporate Turnaround, and New Venture Development. Rupert has a current teaching appointment at INSEAD (Fontainebleau). He has also taught recently at ISB (Hyderabad and Mohali). He is much in demand as a teacher on executive education programmes and has taught in the UK, France, India, Australasia, the Middle East and North and South America.

As an experienced consultant and facilitator Rupert has worked with clients on a broad range of issues including formation, governance, strategy, ownership, remuneration, succession, turnaround and organisation development. He has worked on business assignments for businesses in the UK, South East Asia, South America and the Middle East. He has worked extensively with entrepreneurs, family businesses and professional partnerships. Rupert was a partner in BDO Stoy Hayward in London from 1993 to 2009. He now leads his own firm of advisers.

Rupert publishes frequently in the national press on issues relating to the management of the growing business and family businesses. He has published a series of books on the key management roles in the growing business and has co-authored a book on family businesses. Another book, Rules Are Not Enough, on corporate governance, was published in February 2010. His latest book, A Guide to Managing Growth, was published by The Economist in 2011, and which is due out in second edition in 2015. He has spoken at conferences in Europe, America, and Australasia.

Rupert is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (FCA) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). A first class honours graduate and university prize-winner from Oxford University, Rupert also holds a certificate in general management from Harvard Business School. Rupert is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragements of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

In such spare time as he has, Rupert is a musician, playing the organ, harpsichord and piano, and conducting a choir in South London.

  •  MA, New College, Oxford
  •  FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales
  •  FCIPD, Chartered Institute of People and Development
  •  Entrepreneurship
  •  New venture development and finance
  •  Business growth and the challenges growth brings
  •  Business governance
  •  Family businesses
  •  Professional practice firm management
  •  Entrepreneurship
  •  Management of growth
  •  Management of corporate turnaround
  •  Governance
  •  Management of family business
  •  Management of the professional service firm
  •  Practical application of strategy
  •  Financial management for general managers