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Lynda Gratton
Lynda Gratton is a leading academic working with companies around the world on the future of work and how we are shaped by it Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School and director of the Future of Work Research Consortium. Named business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade by the Financial Times. Author of The Shift a book about how globalisation and new technology are transforming the way we work. Topics covered include Long range planning, Organisational change, Person-job interaction, Corporate culture, Organisational learning, Human resource management strategy, Strategic management, Finding the flowers amongst the weeds, Cooperation vs Competition, The Power of Good Conversation and Beyond Business as Usual Speaking Style: Eloquent and engaging, Lynda Gratton addresses some of the most important issues facing us today; the work we do, where our leaders will come from and where we find meaning. Read Lynda's Full Bio to find out more...
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

  • Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality, co-authored with Veronica Hope Hailey, Philip Stiles and Catherine Truss (1999)
  • Linking Individual Performance to Business Strategy, Human Resource Management (1999)
  • Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose (FT, Prentice Hall) (2000)
  • The Democratic Enterprise (FT, Prentice Hall) (2003)
  • Integrating the Enterprise, Sloan Management Review (2003)
  • Hot Spots: Why Some Companies Buzz with Energy and Innovation - and Others Don't (2007)
  • The Exceptional Manager: Making the Difference with Rick Delbridge and Gerry Johnson (2007)
  • Glow: How you can radiate energy, innovation and success (2009)
  • The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here (2011)
  • English
  • Long range planning
  • Organisational change
  • Person-job interaction
  • Corporate culture
  • Organisational learning
  • Human resource management strategy
  • Strategic management
  • The Power of Good Conversation
  • Beyond Business as Usual
  • Cooperation vs Competition
  • Finding the flowers amongst the weeds