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Article in MIT Sloan Management Review co-authored by Cambridge Judge Director Christoph Loch wins annual Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize.2016_news_organisationalchangeaward-883x432

Professor Christoph Loch

Professor Christoph Loch

An article in MIT Sloan Management Review co-authored by Cambridge Judge Business School Director Christoph Loch has been awarded the annual Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize for the journal’s most outstanding article on planned change and organisational development.

The article, which appeared in the spring 2015 issue of the journal, examines the difficulties faced by organisations in project planning and execution. It focuses on an innovative process used by German company Roto Frank, a hardware manufacturer for doors and windows, which encourages workers to work more co-operatively.

“The judges were particularly impressed by two aspects of the article,” MIT Sloan Management Review said in announcing the award. These aspects concerned how project management practices interact with individual perspectives, and how the authors described the company’s approach over a three-year period.

The article – entitled “Accelerating projects by encouraging help” – was co-authored by Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge; Dr Fabian Sting of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Rotterdam; and Dirk Stempfhuber, head of engineering at Roto Frank Bauelemente GmbH, in Bad Mergentheim, Germany.

The prize named after former MIT Sloan faculty member Richard Beckhard was established in 1984.