Research

Selected academic articles and book chapters are listed here (with links to publications).

Recent articles can also be accessed via City Research Online and ResearchGate.

Empson, L.  (2018) 'If you're so successful why are you still working 70 hours a week?', Harvard Business Review, February 1. https://hbr.org/2018/02/if-youre-so-successful-why-are-you-still-working-70-hours-a-week


Empson, L.  (2018) 'Elite Interviewing in Professional Organizations', Journal of Professions and Organizations, 5(1): 58-69 doi: 10.1093/jpo/jox010/4566155. 


Empson, L. (2017) Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas. Oxford: Oxford University Press.     


Empson, L. (2017) My liminal life: Perpetual journeys across the research-practice divide , in Bartunek, J. and McKenzie, J. (eds.) Academic Practitioner Research Partnerships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities. Routledge.


Lupu, L., Spence, C., and Empson, L. (2017) ‘When the past comes back to haunt you: The enduring influence of upbringing on the work-family decisions of professional parents’, Human Relations, doi: 10.1177/0018726717708247.


Ashley, L. and Empson, L. (2016) Convenient fictions and inconvenient truths: Dilemmas of diversity at three leading accountancy firms, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 35, pp. 76-87.


Ashley, L. and Empson, L. (2016) Explaining social exclusion and the ‘war for talent’ , in Nelson, R., Headworth, S., Dinovitzer, R. and Wilkins, D. (eds.) Diversity in Practice: Cambridge's Studies in Law and Society. University of Cambridge.


Ashley, L. and Empson, L. (2016) Understanding social exclusion in elite professional service firms: Field level dynamics and the ‘professional project , Work, Employment, and Society, 31(2): pp. 211-229.


Empson, L. and Langley, A. (2015) Leadership and professionals , in Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (2015) Researching professional service firms: An introduction and overview, in Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Empson, L. (2015) Reprint of classic article - My affair with the “other”: Identity journeys across the research-practice divide’ , in Bell, E. and Willmott, H. (eds.) Qualitative Research in Business and Management. Sage.


Lupu, I. and Empson, L. (2015) Illusio and overwork: Playing the game in the accounting field , Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 28(8), pp. 1310-1340.


Empson, L. (2015) Leadership, power, and politics in law firms, in Normand-Hochman, R. (eds.) Leadership for Lawyers. International Bar Association.


Empson, L., Cleaver, I. and Allen, J. (2013) Managing partners and management professionals: Institutional work dyads in professional partnerships, Journal of Management Studies, 50(5), pp. 808-844.


Ashley, L. and Empson, L. (2013) Differentiation and discrimination: Understanding social class and social exclusion in the UK's leading law firms , Human Relations, 66(2), pp. 219-244.


Empson, L. (2013) My affair with the “other”: Identity journeys across the research–practice divide’,  Journal of Management Inquiry, 22(2), pp. 229-248.


Empson, L. (2012) Beyond dichotomies: A multi-stage model of governance in professional service firms, in Reihlen, M. and Werr, A. (eds.) Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Professional Services. Edward Elgar Publishing.


Empson, L. (2012) Reprint of classic article - Fear of exploitation and fear of contamination: Impediments to knowledge transfer in mergers between professional service firms in Avakian, S. and Clark, T. (eds.) Management Consulting. Edward Elgar.


Empson, L. and Alvesson, M. (2008) The construction of organizational identity: Comparative case studies of consulting firms , Scandinavian Journal of Management, 24(1), pp. 1-16.


Empson, L. (2007) Managing the modern law firm: New challenges, new perspectives . Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Empson, L. (2007) Surviving and thriving in a changing world: The special nature of partnership, in Empson, L. (eds.) Managing the Modern Law Firm. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Empson, L. (2007) ‘Professions' in Clegg, S. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Sage: 1315-1318.


Empson, L. (2007) Professional service firms’, in Clegg, S. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Sage: 1311-1315.


Empson, L. (2007) Wrestling with the intangible: Creating value in knowledge-based mergers’, in Angwin, D. (eds.) Mergers and Acquisitions: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Blackwell.


Empson, L. and Chapman, C. (2006) ‘Partnership versus corporation: Implications of alternative forms of governance in professional service firms’, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 24, pp. 139-170.


Empson, L. (2006) ‘Professionals in partnership’, in Craig, J. (eds.) Production Values: Futures of Professionalism. Demos.


Empson, L. (2004) ‘Organizational identity change: Managerial regulation and member identification in an accounting firm acquisition , Accounting, Organizations and Society, 29(9), pp. 759-781.


Greenwood, R. and Empson, L. (2003)  ‘The professional partnership: Relic or exemplary form of governance?’,  Organization Studies, 24(6), pp. 909-933.


Empson, L. (2001) ‘Introduction: Knowledge management in professional service firms’, Human Relations: Knowledge management in professional service firms (Special Issue), 54(7), pp. 811-818.


Empson, L. (2001) Fear of exploitation and fear of contamination: Impediments to knowledge transfer in mergers between professional service firms, Human Relations: Knowledge management in professional service firms (Special Issue), 54(7), pp. 839-862.


Empson, L. (2000) ‘Mergers between professional service firms: Exploring an undirected process of integration’, Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, 1, pp. 205-237.


Empson, L. (2000) ‘Merging professional service firms’, Business Strategy Review, 11(2), pp. 39-46.


Empson, L. (2000) ‘The challenge of managing knowledge’, in Dickson, T. (eds.) Mastering Strategy. Financial Times/Pitman Publishing.


Empson, L. (2000) ‘Lessons from professional service firms’, in Dickson, T. (eds.) Mastering Strategy. Financial Times/Pitman Publishing.


Morris, T. and Empson, L. (1998) ‘Organization and expertise: An exploration of knowledge bases and the management of accounting and consulting firms’, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 23(5-6), pp. 609-624.


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