Spotlight on new faculty: Q&A with Dr. Linda Lee-Davies, of Wroxton College
Interview by Dan Landau and Andrew Rose
The newest addition to the Wroxton College faculty, Linda Lee-Davies joined the college in the fall of 2013, replacing Dr. Nigel Foreman who retired over the summer. Lee-Davies teaches the “Fundamentals of International Business” class. She brings with her a wealth of business and academic experience.
FDU: Tell us about the international business class you teach…
LLD: This business class provides an up-to-date look at globalisation but more importantly helps students identify future international issues in their prospective working environments. Changes in communications, technology, social structures in developing countries etc. all mean that the new generation of graduates will need a good grasp of international context for their own development as well as that of the business for which they work.
FDU: How did you come to be interested teaching business?
LLD: I have always been interested in leadership in an international context and have been fortunate to have taught leaders in Germany, Singapore, Dubai and Cyprus as well as across the UK. I have also been lucky to teach senior leaders from America, Africa, India, France, Australia, Poland and China during their study in the UK.
Working with leaders from different cultures is stimulating and prompts further interest in how they plan for demographic, economic, technological changes in their strategies.
FDU: What did you do before you came to Wroxton College?
LLD: As well as being a published academic researching and writing in the field of international leadership, I ran Executive MBA programmes for over ten years. Prior to that I ran a large section of a national recruitment firm in the UK.
FDU: The toughest part about your job is…
LLD: I haven’t encountered a tough part of this job at Wroxton – love it. Prior to this though the toughest thing for me was juggling senior management roles with being a single mother.
FDU: The most rewarding part of your job is…
LLD: Passing on my enthusiasm that education is the key to freedom and choice and enjoying the energy from eager students with a whole international business life ahead of them. Knowing I play a small part in preparing them for their future career.
FDU: How should students prepare for a course with you?
LLD: Come prepared to argue with everything I say and have the confidence that their opinion is as important as mine.
FDU: What is it like to teach a whole new class of students each semester?
LLD: Refreshing – in my experience the most valuable energy comes from new students as it does from new recruits in the workplace. They see things in a fresh and invigorating way. I love capturing that energy into business and teaching. Besides, their perspective gives a real insight into customer needs and behaviours of the future which can help guide strategic planning.
FDU: What’s the one thing that you want each of your students to come away with from your classes?
LLD: To have confidence in themselves and I feel international travel and study greatly assists this.
FDU: What is to like to teach for an American university in England?
LLD: Great, the partnership provides a wonderful opportunity for young American students to get an international perspective. Helping them value diversity and enjoy different cultures is a real pleasure.
FDU: Anything else you would like to add?
LLD: The Wroxton Experience not only provides high level education in the subjects chosen – it also catalyses maturity and confidence in the new generation of leaders we receive here.