Prof James Woudhuysen
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In the early 1990's, James Woudhuysen led consulting in IT at the Henley Centre for Forecasting in the City of London. There his clients included AT&T, BT, Compaq, IBM, Bull, Motorola, Unisys and US West.
Prior to that he was at Fitch plc, then the world's largest firm of design consultants, where clients included Electrolux, Forte Group, Glasgow Development Agency, Groupe Bull, John Lewis Partnership, Kingfisher, London Transport and Midland Bank.
He wrote about chemical and biological weapons for The Economist in 1978, completed an instruction manual for word processing in 1983, led a multi-client study on e-commerce in 1988 and, in 1993, proposed that the Internet be delivered over TV.
From 1995 to 1997, James Woudhuysen was Manager, Worldwide Market Intelligence at Philips Sound and Vision in the Netherlands - the largest division in the Philips corporate empire.
James led an international research team of 32 people, dedicated to forecasting the future of consumer electronics and Information Technology, especially from the consumer's perspective. James was nominated Motivator of the Year 1996, by the 265,000 employees at Philips.
Areas of Expertise
Today, he is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester where he teaches on the future of the workplace, the city, design and society.
The editor and co-author of several books, James writes a regular column on management for IT Week. He has also written for The Economist, The Times, Management Today and Marketing.
James often broadcasts on Radio 4's You and Yours. His most recent publications are Why is construction so backward? (Wiley, 2004), Globalisation and the UK economy, 2004-2024 (Department of Trade and Industry, 2004) and Play as the main event in international and UK culture (Cultural Trends, 2003).
The topic areas that he covers are:
- Agility and the Future of Globalisation and R&D
- Human Resources, Change Management and the Future of Work
- Market Intelligence, Innovation and Brands
- The Future of IT
- Construction and Housing
- Consumer Leisure and Play
James Woudhuysen is an outstanding speaker at management meetings. He is a natural, dynamic communicator, using humour to break down barriers with his audience, and bring home the important messages he wishes to impart.
James issues a challenge to faddish theories, contrasting the creative potential people have as workers with the deadening effect of conventional wisdom. Offering an alternative to myths about the future of HR, the office and the end of brands, he focuses on the need for agility and true risk-taking.