Executive MBA Lecturer
Professor Ray Henson’s passion, energy and expertise are channeled in the classroom, where he teaches, guides and coaches students on topics relevant to building human capital in organizations, such as leading change in organizations, building high-performing teams, developing personal and organizational resilience, leading globally, and unlocking the secrets of strategy execution.
His courses have been popular especially with MBA and executive students in the USA, China and Singapore, where they have learned from Professor Henson’s deep expertise and enthusiasm in his subject matter areas as well as from his practical experience having worked internationally as a senior executive in several Fortune 500 companies. As an advocate of peer coaching, he creates an atmosphere of shared learning in the classroom, where executives can learn from each other and, with Professor Henson’s coaching and guidance, they can integrate their insights and apply these to their current challenges. Professor Henson emphasizes practical and evidence-based solutions to the many challenges executives face in addressing thorny human capital issues.
Professor Henson received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, is a licensed psychologist, and has over 30 years of international experience as an executive or consultant for many companies, including Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Avon Products, American Red Cross, Colgate-Palmolive, DSM Dyneema, Merck & Co., Panasonic, Pfizer, Thomas & Betts, Thomson Reuters, and Wickes Corporation. Through these companies, Professor Henson has worked on short- and long-term assignments in over fifteen different countries, including a three-year stint in Japan.
Another of Professor Henson’s passions is writing. His book, Successful Global Leadership: Frameworks for Cross-Cultural Managers and Organizations, recently won an award as one of 2016’s best business books on International Business. He has also published in several academic journals, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Group and Organization Studies. His comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business Week. Professor Henson has a blog where he writes about organizational behavior and global management topics. His blog was recently named by two web sites as one of the top blogs by business professors: (http://www.onlinemba.com/blog/the-50-best-blogs-by-business-professors/ and http://www.creditdonkey.com/business-professor-blog.html).
Professor Henson teaches modules in the core Organizational Behavior class.
A student who has recently been appointed CEO of a medium-sized company recently had this to say about Professor Henson’s class:
“It has been a pleasure attending your class and I have learnt a lot and this will help me immensely in my new role that I start soon.”
Another student wrote:
“I would like to thank you once again for the great semester teaching us. You kept us engaged and interested in the subject. I appreciated the class material and how well planned and organized it was. It was one of the best courses I have taken at RU-MBA thus far. The level of energy and information you provided to us in every class were remarkable.”
And here is a comment from yet another student:
“Just wanted to let you know that you were recommended by a few students last semester who simply appreciated your enthusiasm and teaching style and I am very happy I took the course as it was not a requirement. The combination of your extensive background, knowledge of International Business, the interest you generate in the material as well as the creative and respectful learning environment your teaching style fosters makes you one of the best professors at RBS."