HRMI 2021: James Traeger, Director and Professor of Practice for Leadership and Management, Mayvin and Hult Ashridge Business School

Traeger is director of practice and qualifications at Mayvin; programme director of the Mayvin masters in People and Organisation Development; professor of Practice in Leadership and Management at Ashridge Hult Business School.

Traeger co-founded Mayvin in 2010 with Martin Saville and Tony Fraser. Mayvin (meaning ‘trusted expert’ in Yiddish, reflecting its Jewish roots) is an established thought-leader in the organisation change world. In 2021 Traeger oversaw the launch of Mayvin’s MA in People and Organisation Development, a transformative master’s for changing times. This unique, practice-based programme reinvents a tradition of change-practitioner education. It is based on a learning infrastructure developed through accredited programmes that Mayvin has run for the UK Civil Service and in other clients, such as Virgin Media, since 2013.

Traeger was previously recognised in the HR most influential list in 2019 alongside professor Rob Warwick of the University of Chichester Business School, (of which Mayvin is an Academic Partner) for their work on practice-based learning and their co-authored book Organisation Development, A Bold Explorer’s Guide (Libri Press).

Since then, they have been collaborating on artful practice in organisations, which involves blogs and podcasts, a highly successful ‘artful start the week’ series, co-editing a special edition of the Action Research Journal, and producing a provocative and informative pamphlet entitled ‘Artful ways: practice-based learning in organisation change, an incitement to humanity,’ in the ironic form of an 18th Century coffee-house polemic.


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James Traeger was ranked 37th on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers in 2021.