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Professor David Faulkner BSc (Econ), MA, DPhil (Oxford), FIMC
Dean and Core Faculty Member
Magna Carta College was founded by Professor David Faulkner (formerly Fellow of Christ Church, Professor of Strategy and Director of the MBA programmes at Royal Holloway University of London). He is also Visiting Research Professor at the Open University and Director of Studies in Management at Exeter College, Oxford University.
After schooling at Kings College School, Wimbledon, Professor Faulkner served for five years as an RAF officer (Aircrew), spending most of his time was as a navigator with 32 and 6 squadrons of Canberra bombers at the Middle East air force base in Cyprus.
On leaving the RAF, he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford, specialising in economics. On completing his Degree, he served briefly as a Principal Economist in the National Economic Development Office and then spent 13 years as a strategic management consultant with two of the world’s leading consultancies in the field; first with McKinsey and Company and then, subsequently with Arthur D Little. During this period of his career, he led a multi-national team that helped reorganise the Government of Tanzania from a centralised unitary state to a Governmental structure with thirteen regions and devolved economic development functions. He also led the team that created Lloyds Bank International from the Bank of London and South America and Lloyds Bank Europe. He subsequently spent two years as Director of Corporate Finance in London and Continental Bankers Limited, working on Mergers and Acquisitions. At Arthur D Little, he led the team advising the Scottish Development Agency on the regeneration of Scotland’s engineering industry.
From 1975 to 1981 he created and ran a sporting goods company, which he founded and developed into a £2million turnover business, manufacturing and selling Frisbee discs and golfing equipment.
Professor Faulkner left the corporate sector in 1991 to pursue an academic career and completed his doctorate at Templeton College, Oxford, writing his thesis on the Key Factors for Success in Strategic Alliances. Over the last eighteen years, he has written and edited eleven books and a large number of articles for academic journals. He has taught at Oxford University, Cranfield, Henley Management College, Warwick Business School, The Judge Business School at Cambridge University, and the Open University. In these posts, he has concentrated on directing, managing, and lecturing on, MBA programmes, while pursuing his research interests in cooperative strategies, mergers & acquisitions, and international strategic management.
From 1995 to 2003, Professor Faulkner was an 'Official Student' (a term for Fellow/Professor) in Management at Christ Church College, Oxford, and made a significant contribution to the development of the University’s Said Business School as Deputy Director, serving also as Director of Undergraduate and, subsequently, Graduate Programmes in Management at the University. A member of the leading team through the start-up of the Said Business School, Oxford, he served on its Executive Committee as the School grew towards its current very substantial size. He is currently Director of Studies in Management at Exeter College, Oxford.
At Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Faulkner was responsible for developing the MSc in Sustainability and Management, an increasingly popular international degree. He also created the MSc in International Management and marketed it internationally so successfully that it attracted over 100 students in its first year and many more in its second. As Director of the MBA Programme, he shepherded the School of Management through to accreditation by AMBA (The Association of MBAs). He was the founder of Magna Carta College and, as Dean, remains the leading force behind its development.