Lynda Gratton was born in Liverpool, England
in 1955. She has a degree in psychology
and a PhD
from the University of Liverpool
. Her business career began at British Airways
where she held the position of Chief Psychologist
- then in 1982 she moved to the management consultancy firm PA Consulting Group
. She began her association with the London Business School
in 1989 where she is now Professor of Management Practice
She has written 7 books, all of which deal with people as the most important resource in any organization. "Living Strategy
" was received with great acclaim when it was published in 2000 with its central argument that motivated, bonded people are at the centre of every successful company. "The Democratic Enterprise"
, was described by The Financial Times
as a work of important scholarship and her latest book "The Shift"
looks at the future of work and how our lives might look in a world where leaders can come from anywhere in the world and technology has taken over every job that can be automated.
Her articles have appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Business Review
and the Financial Times.
She is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement
which bridges academic and management practice
. Her current research on the future of work involves more than 20 companies from across the world looking at developing organisational practices to support the new nature of work.
Gratton is currently consultant to a number of major multi-national companies
on their human resource strategy and is also working on a project with the Singapore government
She has been involved with a number of important research programmes into work life balance and women in management as part of her work with the Centre for Women in Business at the London Business School
Ranked by the Times
as one of the top 20 business thinkers in the world
and described by the FT as the management guru most likely to impact on the future
. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine's "HR Top 100: Most Influential" poll
, and was number one in Human Resources Magazine's “Top 25 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2011” poll
Her 2002 article “Integrating the Enterprise,”
looking at cooperative strategies, was awarded the MIT Sloan Management Review
best article of the year.Praise for Lynda Gratton
"One of Britain's leading lights in human resource strategy"Financial Times
"Lynda Gratton has captured, in a very profound way, the emerging realization of what truly matters in transforming businesses: people, purpose, and participation. In a word, democracy."Niall FitzGerald, Chairman, Unilever