Tony Kippenberger

About the author

Tony Kippenberger is Director of the Centre for Strategic Business Studies, which he founded in 1993. Apart from researching business and management issues, he is a freelance author, editor and writer. He is currently editor of two content rich websites for the APM Group.

After 17 years with the Financial Times, Tony took an MBA at Cranfield School of Management where he was runner-up for the NatWest Human Resources Prize, winner of the CMA Prize for Business Policy and graduated as one of ‘Top Ten Students for the Year’ (MBA Programme Director’s List).

He then established Case Writers Ltd as specialists in customised and tailored management development and training material. Clients and users included Unilever, General Motors, The Cabinet Office, Citibank, BAT, NatWest, The Arts Council, EITB, Cranfield School of Management and the Open University. He also worked with Henley Distance Learning to prepare distance-learning material on Information Management, The Effective Manager and a series of courses for the Securities Industry examinations.

Between 1988 and 1993 he was a partner at Winchester Consulting Group where he worked on assignments for a wide range of clients providing strategy consultancy and highly tailored management development for senior managers/directors. Clients included Norwich Union, Mercury Personal Communications, London Stock Exchange, Clerical Medical, Crown Agents, Commonwealth Hotels International and the Civil Aviation Authority.

In 1993, he founded the Centre for Strategic Business Studies as an independent forum for directors and managers – from different companies – to meet and discuss strategic issues of common interest. The purpose was to enhance and develop strategic thinking and to create individual and organisational learning opportunities. The Centre’s many clients included Shell, British Gas, Lloyds-TSB, Honeywell, Grand Metropolitan, Severn-Trent, Kingfisher, Scottish and Newcastle, Nationwide and Boots.

In 1996 Tony also launched The Antidote, a subscription-only management magazine for senior managers, designed to provide an independent, accessible explanation of current management thinking and practice. The magazine achieved a worldwide circulation in over 60 countries, with widespread acclaim from both academics and readers/subscribers – before being bought by Emerald Group Publishing Limited in 2001.

Some recent clients

  • The APM Group Ltd
  • The Institute for Leadership and Management
  • e-financial Management
  • Quad Partners



Entrepreneur, Macmillan, 1988

Leadership Express, Wiley Capstone, 2002

Leadership Styles, Wiley Capstone, 2002

Other publications

Introduction to Information, Henley Distance Learning, 1985

Cases in Human Resource Management (contributing writer), Heinemann, 1987

Case studies

Over 30 business and management case studies


Editor and lead writer for The Antidote 1996-2000

‘Opinion’ columnist in Edge (published by Institute for Leadership and Management) 2004-2005

Editor and management writer for, 2002 to the present.


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Areas of expertise

  • Strategy
  • Competitor analysis
  • Senior level management development
  • General management
  • Customised management development material