Dr Robert Boland

Dr Bob Boland (1926-2020) was a lifelong learner and teacher.

A chartered accountant in his 20s, Bob Boland founded a school of management in his 30s and was a business school dean and international visiting professor in his 40s. He trained in and practiced medicine specialising in public health in his 50s and was an international civil servant in his 60s. He became a clinical hypnotherapist in his 70s, and wrote plays and volunteered as US tax accountant into his 80s and 90s.

He is the author of the AGL (Autonomous Group Learning) Method, a precursor of problem-based learning use to successfully teach finance, marketing and accounting to over 30’000 managers around the world. Whilst at the International Labour Office in the 1980s, he championed environmental auditing and foresaw the environmental impact of human activity, particularly in business.

In later life, he wrote theatrical plays to challenge societal norms and ideas across themes such as health at the end of life, managing psychological trauma and business corruption.

Driving principles in his work, and in his general approach to life, were to find joy in the learning experience and to never stop challenging in the impossible.