Hostos Community College is thrilled to announce that Linda Ridley is one of only 16 professors worldwide to receive a CASE Centre Writing Scholarship for 2015. Ridley, who has been teaching business courses at Hostos since 2012, is also representing just one of three U.S. universities or colleges this year.

The Case Centre is dedicated to advancing its method worldwide by sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience through “cases” to inspire and transform business education across the globe. The case method was pioneered in the early 20th century at Harvard University, and it has since become the preferred teaching method at most of the world’s leading business schools. It is also used to teach law and medicine.

Ridley’s case will cover “Symptomatic Leadership:  The Impact of Changing Demographics on Global Business.” The case will examine in depth the ineffectiveness of diversity initiatives in the corporate environment, with a prescription for a new dynamic of symptomatic vs. symbolic behavior. Case writing is a long and detailed endeavor, which Ridley compared to writing a book. Scholarship recipients are expected to spend at least six months on just the first draft of their cases. For her, the honor is something very special that she has worked a long time to receive.

“I have wanted to become a case writer since I entered academia – I always use cases in my teaching, and I find the methodology of great use,” Ridley said. “The assistance from trained case writers cannot be overestimated, as I delve into the complexities that affect our world.”

More about Linda Ridley
Linda Ridley is a lecturer at CUNY’s Hostos Community College, where she teaches Principles of Management (BUS 201), Principles of Marketing (BUS 220), and Introduction to Business (BUS 100).  Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor and Industry Expert at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies in the M.S. program for Business Management and Leadership, where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership (BUS 600), and Managing Diversity in a Global Economy (BUS 633).  CUNY commissioned her to develop the curriculum for the Managing Diversity in a Global Economy course.

As a complement to her teaching, Linda is CEO of Edgar J. Ridley & Associates, Inc., an international management consulting firm specializing in change management.  Linda has been designated an Expert Consultant by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) out of Tokyo, Japan, and she services global clients, conducting workshops and training seminars in workplace effectiveness.  Linda has conducted training for women entrepreneurs from companies and organizations throughout Southeast Asia.  Linda has the additional prestige of being on the faculty of the American Management Association, where her portfolio includes corporate training in analytical topics such as Critical Thinking, High-Impact Decision Making, and High Performance Accountability.

Linda studied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She and her husband, Edgar, reside in Harlem, New York City.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College's unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services. 

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges