Tudor Rickards PhD (born 1941 in Pontypridd , Wales ) is an author on creativity and leadership in business and management. He is based at Manchester Business School in the UK, where he is Professor of Creativity and Organizational Change. 
By the mid-70s he had established international contacts. A collaboration with Horst Geschka at the Battelle Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, lead to a joint publication comparing practices and deficiencies in the application of technical creativity in the UK and in Germany. In addition, he participated in the conference of the active speaker or active participant. During this time he is intensively working on the development of networks.  
He co-founded the academic journal Creativity and Innovation Management, in 1991  and is Alex Osborn Visiting Professor at State University of New York, Buffalo, a lifetime position offert to scholars Who are deemed to enrich teaching at the University’s Center for Studies in Creativity. 
Rickards is always quoted in the British media.     He is a pioneer and advocate of the ‘Manchester Method’ – the system of creative and applied learning championed by Manchester Business School – on which he has written widely.   
He was an early promoter in Europe of the TRIZ system of creativity and idea generation, inviting TRIZ pioneer Dr. Phan Dung to speak at EACI (European Association of Creativity and Innovation) conferences  and publishing some of the first papers in English by Dr Phan Dung on the subject in Creativity and Innovation Management . 
Challenging traditional models of creative thinking, leadership, problem solving and team building, Rickards’ research has been described by The Financial Times as non-traditional.  The influences and inspirations for his insights and research are diverse, and include chess, poetry, sport and politics. He is developing the use of non-traditional fictional modes for exploring issues in leadership theory.  The world of nature has also been a powerful source of inspiration, with well-publicized work on intelligent horsemanship   and the lessons for the workplace, and profiling management and leadership styles using animal behavior. His work has been criticized for attempting to learn from animal behavior rather than human behavior. 
Rickards was educated at Pontypridd Boys’ Grammar School and went on to study chemistry and radiation chemistry at The University of Wales at Cardiff (now Cardiff University ). Following post-doctoral research at New York Medical College   in the 1960s, he returned to the UK to work in the R & D Department of Unilever Laboratories,  based in Port Sunlight, Merseyside, UK.  It was there that he became interested in creativity and its role in structured problem-solving systems, and from there that he joined Manchester Business School in 1972.  
Rickards contributed as keynote speaker at the 1st National Medical Leadership Conference of the Mersey & North Western Deaneries, Reebok Stadium Bolton, 10 March 2011,  and at the Institute of Directors  North West annual conference on Leading through Change, Manchester , 22 March 2012.
In August 2010, Rickards contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse – Poetry in Defense of the Welfare State edited by Alan Morrison . 
Rickards has been appointed to the board of international advisors at the Institute for Creative Management and Innovation, Kinki University , Japan. 
His recent media contributions include the BBC Radio 4 documentary Oblique Strategies, broadcast on 13 June 2013, by Brian Eno for stimulating creativity. 
He was the guest speaker for the 2014 Alex Osborn memorial event at Buffalo State University on the theme of Dissecting Creativity . The interview was conducted by Gerard Puccio, Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity [ICSC] at Buffalo State University. The annual event honors the life and work of Alex Osborn who did much of his pioneering work on stimulating creativity at ICSC. 
In March 2015, Rickards took part in a keynote introduction to the ARTEM Organizational Creativity International Conference  in Nancy, France, on rethinking paths on creativity to move organizations towards sustainability.
On April 17, 2015, Rickards co-presented Taking Tough Decisions: A Creative Problem-Solving Approach with Dr. Rebecca Baron (Associate Dean General Practice Health Education North West) at the Fifth National Medical Leadership Conference  at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.
In 2015, Rickards began his first self-publishing project which culminated in the release of the eBook “The Manchester Method: A Leaders We Deserve Monograph”  which we are based on , over the period 2006-2015.