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UK Book Launch - Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas


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Speaker: Professor Laura Empson

How does a professional come to be seen as a leader within a professional organization? How do leaders maintain their position once they have reached the top? How do they navigate the complex power relationships among their professional colleagues and actually get things done?

Professor Laura Empson’s new book, Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas (Oxford University Press), is the result of more than 20 years of research into professional firms and their leaders. It uncovers the complex, messy and surprisingly emotional challenges of leading professional organizations, and explains why leaders so often fail.

Join this book launch and a discussion on: Wednesday, 4th October 2017 at Cass Business School.

Professor Empson will present some of the major ideas in the book. She will then join a discussion chaired by Stefan Stern, Visiting Professor of Practice at Cass Business School, and involving three senior leaders of global professional service firms:

*Margaret Cole (Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, Board Member, PwC)
*Sir Gerry Grimstone (Chairman, Standard Life; Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director, Barclays;
Independent Non-Executive Board Member, Deloitte NWE LLP)
*David Morley (Previously Global Senior Partner, Allen & Overy)

About the author
Laura Empson
, Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms and Director of the Centre for Professional Service Firms, Cass Business School, London

Professor Laura Empson is Director of the Centre for Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School, London, and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession. She has dedicated the past 25 years to conducting academic research into professional organizations, publishing numerous scholarly articles in leading academic journals and editing the Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. She was previously an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Laura acts as an adviser to the leaders of many of the world's most successful professional service firms. Before becoming an academic, Laura worked as an investment banker and strategy consultant. She has a PhD and MBA from London Business School.

6:00     Arrivals and registration
Welcome by Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean Cass Business School
6:30     Presentation by Professor Laura Empson
7:00     Panel discussion
7:30 Q&A
7:45 Networking with refreshments

Click here to view speaker biographies.

Further details about the book can be found here.


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6.00pm - 9.00pmWednesday 4th October 2017

Cass Business School 106 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8TZ United Kingdom

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