Vlatka Hlupic

Author, founder and CEO of The Drucker Society in London.

Vlatka Hlupic is the author of "Management Shift: How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organisation for Sustainable Success" which has received wide critical acclaim. She is also the founder and CEO of The Drucker Society in London as well as a Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster.

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About Vlatka Hlupic


Vlatka Hlupic is an international award-winning thought leader, an activist for humanising management and an author of the ground-breaking book 'The Management Shift: How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success' which was listed by Forbes as one of the top eight business books in 2014.

She is a Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster, a former Adjunct Faculty at London Business School, a consultant for Said Business School, and a global faculty member of FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance.

Vlatka is also the founder and CEO of The Management Shift Consulting Ltd and the Drucker Society London.

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She received a PhD in Information Systems at the London School of Economics, as well as a BSc (Hon) in Economics and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of Zagreb. She was voted one of the most influential HR thinkers in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by HR Magazine (ranked at position 11) and has won the Croatian Woman of Influence Award as well as an Honorary Award from the Leadership Awards in 2016.

Vlatka is the winner of the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award 2015 and the winner of the Axiom Business Books Award (silver medal in the "Leadership" category). She has been nominated for the Thinkers50 list and "Ideas to practice" Award. Her book has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award and it has been nominated for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Her new book 'Humane Capital: How to Create a Management Shift to Transform Performance and Profit' will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018.

As a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker, Vlatka regularly presents at major business events worldwide including events at the Houses of Parliament, European Commission, Home Office, the Economist and Financial Times.

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Vlatka is a management consultant and Board adviser, helping organisations worldwide to substantially improve performance, engagement, innovation and profit. She has advised major international organisations including the House of Commons, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, The National Health Service, Learndirect, Brand Velocity USA, the Drucker Institute USA, the Croatian Government and the Hungarian National Bank.

For her consulting engagements, Vlatka uses her research-based and empirically validated tools described in 'The Management Shift' book, helping leaders and organisation worldwide to shift to a new level of working and success.


She has published more than 200 academic articles, including the award-winning 'To be a Better Leader, Give up Authority', Harvard Business Review, December 2009.

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"Outstanding, unique work from one of today’s most important management consultants! Excellent!" - Marshall Goldsmith, Winner of Thinkers50 Leadership Award

"The most articulate, fully researched and inspiring managerial manifesto for the 21st-century corporation yet written." - Dr Jules Goddard Fellow, London Business School

"Vlatka is a brilliant thought-leader in the how-to of leadership. Her development of the 6 Box Leadership instrument and more than 150 articles in the field clearly sets her apart." - Jack Bergstrand CEO, Brand Velocity Inc., the former CIO for The Coca-Cola Co.

"I have experienced Vlatka’s excellent skills on innovative leadership approaches. The business results were outstanding and included productivity improvements and higher employee motivation and engagement." - Carsten Hentrich, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

"What an inspiring speech! You definitely showed that there can be heart and soul in a lecture while still being academically comprehensive, a groundbreaking approach to professorship." - Competency Manager, Global Blue Chip IT Consulting Company

"Thank you very much for inviting me to your inaugural lecture; it was an honour to be part of this special event. And also many thanks for the great lecture I really enjoyed and the notes on top, which is lovely. I had difficulties writing everything down, so the slides are perfect. It was a great lecture, highly interesting of course but also very entertaining. I certainly appreciated that it wasn’t a traditional lecture in presentation but full off expertise and wisdom, as one would expect. I’m sure the companies will enjoy having you tickling their brains. Again, many thanks for the great evening." - Company Director, Executive Coaching and Project Management, UK

"Professor Hlupic has shown at her Inaugural Lecture what every company that wants a bright future should apply to their management philosophy and that is a modern paradigm based on knowledge partners/employees who have no boundaries in their everyday tasks." - Company Director, Project Management, UK

"I want to thank the University for a very good evening yesterday and in particular, Professor Hlupic for a thought-provoking and entertaining Inaugural Lecture." - Manager, Global Blue Chip Insurance Company

"I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was with your speech. I thought the constant use of visual and audio aids was progressive and extremely useful in maintaining my concentration throughout the speech. The use of humour and the brain gym also helped to make it enjoyable. I thought the clear moral viewpoint was both ethical and appropriate in this increasingly interconnected global world. Well done again." - Charity Events Organiser, UK

"I was very privileged to attend Professor Hlupic’s inaugural lecture. She did an amazing job of relating academic research to real-life business concepts. Her lecture was also very inspiring in terms of its innovation and positive energy." - Senior Manager, Global Blue Chip Management Consulting and Technology Services Company

"Thank you very much for inviting us yesterday, it was great to be there. You had clearly put in a huge amount of effort and it definitely paid off." - Medical Director and Consultant, Large UK Hospital

"Thank you very much for yesterday’s lecture about an interdisciplinary approach to management. I found the topic very interesting and you presented it with such a confidence and calmness and your presentation was outstanding." - Dentist, UK-based Dental Practice

"I much enjoyed your lecture. Thank you for sending the slides." - Academic, UK University

"Thank you for the marvellous lecture." - Academic, UK University

"It was good to see you yesterday and many thanks for the interesting presentation. Look forward to many more." - Academic, UK University

"We enjoyed your speech thoroughly last night; it was enlightening. You obviously know your subject inside out and it showed." - Academic, UK University

"Many thanks for taking the time out of your weekend to present to the MIL course. The emergent leadership model is very interesting and relevant to me. Your presentation was very well executed and I thoroughly enjoyed it." - A.C., Vice President IT, Europe

"It was great to meet you at the weekend and I really enjoyed your talk. Overall, I was very impressed with your research and your model. I was particularly impressed with the evidence and experience from case studies. I will definitely be following up on this, and once I have a new position I may well be in touch. Thanks again." - Peter, CIO

"Thanks so much for sending me the presentations. I hope the University appreciates the excellent learning opportunities you provided for the students. No doubt the feedback from students registered on the programme will reflect this." - Beatrice, Executive MBA

"I don’t normally bother with feedback but felt that I would make an exception in this instance. I think that today’s workshop was really really excellent and would like to thank you for running it and for inviting me. I got so much out of the day and was totally engaged by everything that was discussed." - Richard, MBA

"First of all, let me express my sincere gratitude to you for two wonderful sessions that we had recently. Both courses were extremely useful in that they resulted in my better understanding of profound processes which underlie an individual’s relationships with his inner world and outer environment. I really hope that you will continue to run your module in the same manner combining the highest professional standards with the unique personal style." - V, full-time MBA student

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