Chris Greensted obituary

With great sadness, we say goodbye to our dear colleague and friend, Prof. Chris Greensted. His accomplishments and contributions to the management education and EFMD community are memorable, and we will forever cherish his wisdom, sense of humour and collegiality.

Chris spent the first eight years of his career in industry before moving on to academia, where he established the Strathclyde Graduate Business School, of which he was the first director to assume later the deanship at the University of Plymouth Business School. 

He always had a keen interest in programme development internationally, already initiated at Strathclyde, where he established a network of MBA programmes run in ten countries from the Netherlands and Switzerland eastwards to Hong Kong.

In the late 1990s, he was chair of the UK Association of Business Schools, the UK Quality Assurance Agency Committees and EQUAL.

Chris was an active and dedicated member of EFMD since the mid-1980s. He served on the Deans and Directors Steering Committee and was a member of the EQUIS Committee and Awarding Body. He was then part of the senior Quality Services team for many years. He developed the EFMD Programme Accreditation System, launched in 2005, which now constitutes a global benchmark in international programme quality review. In 2011, his commitment to institutional development across the globe resulted in the launch of an innovative mentoring scheme – the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers.

His passion and stewardship towards the management education community led him to participate in 50 EQUIS and EFMD Programme Accreditation peer review visits, of which he chaired over one-third. 

Besides his excellent leadership, research record and industry insights, which helped schools climb the quality improvement ladder, Chris was a wonderful man, full of kindness, warmth and humanity.

The management education community has lost an outstanding colleague and a genuine and beautiful person. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and the whole academic community. Please accept our sincere condolences.

– Eric and the EFMD family