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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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"Oscars of Management Thinking"

I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Leadership Award, the so-called "Oscars of Management Thinking", which recognises the achievements of leading management thinkers .

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How to lead your fellow rainmakers

In my latest article for Harvard Business Review I present case studies of highly successful (and highly unsuccessful) leaders and outline five guiding principles for leading professional service firms.

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Leadership and instability

In a recent academic article I analyse the leadership dynamics of a global professional service firm over a five year period and demonstrate how power relations in any PSF are inherently unstable.

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Interview at Oxford Business Book Festival

Stefan Stern interviewed me about my latest book, my career, and how I do my research. Our interview was recorded as a podcast.

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Big Four, Big Changes

I am currently Expert Advisor to the UK Government's Competition and Markets Authority and their Review of the UK Audit Market. Their proposals have just been published.

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

Read two recent interviews with me for American Lawyer and Thomson Reuters. What can Big Law learn from the Big Four and how worried should they be?

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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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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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