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50 years in the ideas business

These ideas have impacted business, finance, policy and our students – the leaders of today and tomorrow.

As we turn 50 we’ve set up this site to showcase the impact we’ve had and the journey we’re still on, from teaching a new generation of British managers to teaching the world.

Watch a celebration of our 50 years, told through alumni stories demonstrating how we are impacting the world of business now and into the future.

When did your journey begin at the School?

London gets a business school

Management training was unpopular in Britain in the early 1960s, yet British business was getting left behind. When a government report called for business schools in Britain, London set up its own. Read the stories of how we made an impact in our early years, helping to inspire a new generation of business professionals.

New ideas for troubled times

High unemployment, strikes, power cuts, and inflation – in the 1970s the UK’s economy was unravelling and so were many of its social institutions. Into this cauldron of uncertainty we brought new ideas you can read about them here – leading thinking for Britain and the wider world about economic policy, finance, marketing and management.

Shaping the new world

As the developed world emerged from recession, the last half of the decade was one of expansion and growth. Stock markets were deregulated. State control was rolled back. Amid the thirst for new models we taught business to the former Communist countries and had visitors from China keen to hear about privatisation. Find out below.

A global business school

In the 1990s globalisation and technology started to transform our lives. Economic growth took off and the first ecommerce companies boomed. London stood out as a truly global city. Faculty and students came from around the world, and we pushed our way into the world’s top ten business schools for some of the reasons you can read about below.

Making sense of the world

In a decade that started with the bursting of the dotcom bubble and ended with the global financial crisis, we led thinking about better ways of working that you can read about here. We opened in New York, Dubai and Hong Kong and became the first non-US school to take the number one position in the Financial Times business school rankings.

Into the future

In a decade that started under the shadow of global recession, we’ve contributed to new economic thinking, new business priorities and met the demand for greater support for innovation and entrepreneurship, in ways you can read about here. Where once we met Britain’s needs, we now teach the world and our aspirations haven’t stopped.

The next 50 years

We're excited about what we've built at London Business School. The world needs more leaders with global perspective who can generate innovative solutions to help solve our increasingly complex problems. We can point to the impact we've had on business, policy and people's lives. And even better, we feel like we're only at the start. We're beginning to see the powerful connections of our global community of alumni and academics coming together to improve the future of our world. So here's to the next 50 years...

Gabe Adams, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour (pictured)