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Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School, London.


Director of the Cass Centre for Professional Service Firms


Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession

 

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Will the Big Four really eat Big Law’s lunch?

What can law firms learn from accounting firms? I explain in an interview for Thomson Reuters.

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"Leading Professionals" - First anniversary of publication

“The reason I found the book compelling is that it articulates and pulls together a lot of unspoken and hidden dynamics that can be observed within partnerships.”

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Professions at risk

As the traditional professions face new challenges to their status and legitimacy, in this podcast I ask: is it time to rethink what it means to be a professional?

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Insecure overachievers on the record

Senior professionals speak frankly to me on my BBC Radio 4 documentary about insecurity, the ‘drug’ of achievement, the mental health costs, and the way ahead.

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Stefan Stern reviews "Leading Professionals"

Management writer Stefan Stern has written a lively review of my latest book. He says the book "shines a bright light into a previously under-explored world".

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What does it mean to be a professional?

Should professional service firms ditch their grandiose purpose statements and reconnect with a more profound commitment to what it means to be a professional?

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Two podcasts from New York launch of "Leading Professionals"

Oxford University Press and Thomson Reuters interviewed me about my research, how I do it and why I wrote the book.

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If you’re so successful, why are you still working 70 hours a week?

In my recent "Harvard Business Review" article I discuss overwork, insecurity, and social control in professional organizations

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Governing the ungovernable

I discuss the key themes of my latest book, "Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima donnas", in "Legal Business".

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Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas

My latest book was launched in the UK on 4 October 2017 at Cass Business School, London

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Leadership dyads: The ideal leader is two people

In this article for Thomson Reuters I talk about the dual-leadership model, or leadership dyad, that is common in professional service firms.

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