Dr Christine van Winkelen

Christine van Winkelen (PhD, MBA, MCIPD, CPhys) has worked with the Henley Knowledge Management Forum since its inception in 2000: project managing and directing research activities and special interest groups. She was Director of the Forum from January 2004 until February 2009.

She is actively involved in a number of KM-related research projects at Henley Business School. Her particular research interests include the leadership, people and decision-making aspects of knowledge management. Her focus is on forming a ‘bridge’ between academic and practitioner aspects of knowledge management. She has published extensively in academic and practitioner journals, and co-authored with Professor Jane McKenzie the book Understanding the Knowledgeable Organization: Nurturing Knowledge Competence, published by Thomson Learning in 2004, as well as “Knowledge Works: The Handbook of Practical Ways to Identify and Solve Common Organizational Problems for Better Performance,” published by Wiley & Sons Ltd in 2011.

Previously, she spent 15 years working in high-technology multinational companies, starting out as a physicist at GEC’s Hirst Research Laboratories and completing a PhD studying novel liquid crystalline polymers. She progressed through human resource management roles at Nortel and then Motorola’s GSM Infrastructure division in the UK. She became project manager of a strategic environmental project before becoming a product manager for the $200m Motorola GSM Infrastructure ancillary products business.

Christine is now a freelance academic and writer, tutoring strategy, knowledge management and research methods courses on MBA programmes at three UK business schools. She is Visiting Academic Fellow at Henley Business School. 

Professor Jane McKenzie

Jane McKenzie (PhD, MBA, BA, FCCA) became Director of the Henley KM Forum in 2009, after nine years of active contribution since the launch of the community in 2000. Every year she has worked on one research project that tackles a different aspect of knowledge and learning. However all her work falls into the theme of improving connections and managing contradictions – critically, the connection between knowledge and learning, organisational development and business value, which is affected by how decision makers mentally and collectively tackle the dilemmas inherent in relationships as a result of both uncertainty and ambiguity.

Jane's career has been rather eclectic. Having studied Latin at university, she went on to qualify as an accountant, spending 15 years in industry as a Financial Controller in both large corporate and SME’s environments. In 1991, family interests took her to Atlanta, Georgia. This was a turning point in her career. Visa regulations prevented full time employment in the USA. so she started working as an independent researcher examining business transformation, IT benefits management, innovation and best manufacturing practice.Some of this research was commercially commissioned, some became industry reports for FT Pearson. Ultimately the Business transformation research became the basis of her PhD and her first book - "Paradox. The next strategic dimension". Having earned both MBA and PhD through Henley Management College, when she returned to the UK, she started working full time for the institution which has latterly become Henley Business School. Throughout this time her work has satisfied a passion for learning and development, either becasue she was directing various Henley MBA programmes, or through research, consulting and teaching. All of this complemented her concern for how knowledge contributes value to business performance, how leadership inspires the Knowledgeable Enterprise, and how collaboration and teamwork operate both face to face and virtually. She has written several books and many papers, frequently co-authored with Christine van Winkelen. Fortunately reading is a lifelong passion and writing is a joy. Tennis is a long term interest, but more as a social event than as a high performer nowadays!! Combining these with swimming, yoga and meditation she tries to fulfil the Latin epithet “mens sana in corpora sano” (a healthy mind, in a healthy body).