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Rob Goffee

Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour


BA, PhD (Kent)

Professor Rob Goffee teaches on the world renowned Senior Executive Programme, in his current role as Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Professor Goffee served as Deputy Dean and Governor of London Business School, and is a former chair of the organisational behaviour subject area. He was previously also Director of the Innovation Exchange and Faculty Director of Executive Education.

An internationally respected teacher and facilitator, Professor Goffee has taught executives from some of the world's leading companies, including Unilever, Nestlé, and Sonae. He also consults to the boards of a number of FTSE 100 companies. He is best known for his work on leadership, but he has also conducted research covering entrepreneurship, business formation and growth, and managerial careers.

Professor Goffee has received several teaching excellence awards and has contributed as a keynote speaker to conferences all over the world.  With Gareth Jones, he is a recipient of the McKinsey Award for best article in Harvard Business Review for ‘Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?’ – their article ‘Leading Clever People’ was also nominated for the McKinsey Prize.

He has published eleven books and over seventy articles.  His books include Entrepreneurship in Europe; Women in Charge; Reluctant Managers; and Corporate Realities. With Gareth Jones, he has co-authored The Character of a Corporation (1998); Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? (2006); and Clever: Leading Your Smartest and Most Creative People (2009).

2009

Clever – leading your smartest most creative people

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business School Press

2008

Leading in the knowledge economy

Goffee R E; Jones G

2007

Leading clever people

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review

2006

4 strange behaviour traits of exceptional leaders

Goffee R E; Jones G

Business Now

Art of followership

Goffee R E; Jones G

European Business Forum

Authentic leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

CEO Magazine

Be yourself - more - with skill

Goffee R E; Jones G

European CEO

Facing up to reality

Goffee R E; Jones G

In View

Follow the leader

Goffee R E; Jones G

Coaching at Work

Is leadership worth it?

Goffee R E; Jones G

People Management

Lead your way

Goffee R E; Jones G

Management Today

Lizard kings

Goffee R E; Jones G

People Management

Price and prize of leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Leader to Leader

Relational leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Training, Technology and Human Resources

Rhythm kings: leader in context

Goffee R E; Jones G

Business Strategy Review

Route to authentic leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Training Journal

Tips for new leaders

Goffee R; Jones G

Journal of Accountancy

Tough empathy

Goffee R E; Jones G

Total Business

2005

Leadership in the board room

Goffee R E; Jones G

Ivey Business Journal

Managing authenticity: the paradox of great leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review

Mantle of authority

Goffee R E; Jones G

2003

Character of a corporation. 2nd ed.

Goffee R E; Jones G

Organizational culture

Goffee R E; Jones G

2002

Example of strategic diversification

Goffee R E; Anderson J

Send out the right signals

Goffee R E

People Management

Followership: it's personal too

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review

Followership: it's personal too

Goffee R E; Jones G

From wood panels to mobile phones: strategic diversification at Sonae Group

Anderson J; Goffee R E

Business Strategy Review

Why should anyone be led by you?

Goffee R E; Jones G

Innovation and creativity in business

Goffee R E

RSA Journal

Innovation cultures

Goffee R E; Jones G

Why should anyone be led by you?

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review

1998

Character of a corporation

Goffee R E; Jones G

Innovation cultures report

Goffee R E; Trevelyan R

1997

Cultural diversity

Goffee R E

Understanding family businesses: issues for further research

Goffee R E

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research

What holds the modern corporation together?

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review

Family firms

Goffee R E

Founders

Goffee R E

Small business

Goffee R E

1994

Career development in male and female managers

Goffee R E; Nicholson N

1993

Women in management: an empirical exploration of ethical issues

Goffee R E

Business Ethics: a European Review

Organisational change and the corporate career

Goffee R E; Scase R

Human Relations

Women in management: towards a research agenda

Goffee R E; Scase R

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Reluctant managers

Goffee R E; Scase R

  • Reports and Monographs

    R. Goffee, Kent Miners: Stability and Change in Work and Community, 1927-1976, PhD thesis, University of Kent, 1978.


    R. Goffee, Coalmining and Redundancy: The Closure of the Somerset Coalfield, University of Bath, 1978.


    R. Scase and R. Goffee, The Sociological analysis of small-scale capital accumulation and business ideologies, Economic and Social Research Council Report, 1982.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Female proprietors and the role of women in small-scale capital accumulation', Euromed Working Paper No 34, University of Amsterdam, 1983.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, Small business proprietorship and socio-economic change in Europe, British Council Report on International Symposium, London Business School, 1985.


    R. Scase and R. Goffee, The impact of organisational restructuring and technological change on managerial careers, Economic and Social Research Council Report, 1987.


    R. Goffee, A review of professional and managerial skills, Corporation of London/London Business School, 1994.


    I. Flynn, N. Nicholson and R. Goffee, Diagnosing organisational structure, systems and culture, National Audit Office, 1994.


    R. Goffee and R. Trevelyan, Innovation Cultures Report, Marketing Council/London Business School, 1998.

  • Contributions to Edited Collections

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Fraternalism and Paternalism as Employer Strategies in Small Firms', in D. Robbins and G. Day (eds), Diversity and Decomposition in the Labour Market, Gower Press, 1982.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Home Life in a Small Business', in M. Evans (ed), The Woman Question, Fontana, 1982.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Small businesses: family firms and management' in C. Clegg, N. Kemp and K. Legge (eds.), Case Studies in Organisational Behaviour, Harper and Row, London, 1985.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Class analysis and the entrepreneurial middle class', in J. Curran and J. Stanworth (eds), The Survival of the Small Firm, Gower Press, 1986.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Women, Business start-up and economic recession', in R. Donckels and J.N. Meijer (eds) Women in small business: focus on Europe, Van Gorcum, 1986.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Patterns of business proprietorship among women in Britain' in R. Goffee and R. Scase (eds), Entrepreneurship in Europe: the social processes, Croom Helm, London, 1987.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Introduction' in R. Goffee and R. Scase (eds), Entrepreneurship in Europe: the social processes, Croom Helm, London, 1987.


    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Tackling subordination during economic decline; a pattern of business proprietorship among women', in D. Rose (ed), Social stratification and economic decline, Hutchinson, London, 1988.


    R. Goffee and N. Nicholson, `Career Development in Male and Female Managers' forthcoming in Davidson and Burke (Eds) Women in Management: Current Research Issues, 1994.


    R. Goffee `Family Firms', `Founders' and `Small Business' in N. Nicholson (ed.) Dictionary of Organisational Behaviour, Blackwell, Oxford, 1995.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'What holds the modern company together?' in S. Kerr (ed.) Ultimate Rewards, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, 1997.


    R. Goffee and J.Hunt, 'The End of Management?' in Mastering Management, FT/Pitman, London 1997.


    R. Goffee, 'Cultural Diversity' in Mastering Management, FT/Pitman, London 1997.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Organisational Culture and International Human Resource Management' in B. Morton and P. Joynt (eds.) The Global Human Resource Manager - Creating the Seamless Organisation, IPD, London, 2000.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Innovation Cultures', in Creativity Works, Profile Books, 2000.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Career, Community and Social Architecture: An Exploration of Concepts' in M. Peiperl et al (eds.), Career Frontiers: New Conceptions of Working Lives, Oxford University Press, 2001.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Organizational Culture: a sociological perspective', in Cooper, Cartwright and Earley (eds.), The International Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2001. 


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?' in What Makes a Leader? , Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2001.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Followership - It's Personal Too', in Breakthrough Leadership, Harvard Business School Press, 2001.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Organisational Culture' in S. Chowdhury (ed.), Organisation 21st Century, F T/Prentice Hall, New York, 2003.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The Mantle of Authority' in S. Crainer and D. Dearlove (eds.), FT Handbook of Management (3rd Edition), Prentice Hall, 2005.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The Mantle of Authority' in S. Crainer and D. Dearlove (eds.), FT Handbook of Management (3rd Edition), Prentice Hall, 2005.


    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Leading in the Knowledge Economy' in R. Galavan, C. Markides and J. Murrary (eds.), Strategy, Innovation and Change: Management Challenges OUP, 2008.

  • Other publications

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `The small businessman as employer', Social Science Research Council Newsletter, No 49, June 1983;

    R. Goffee, `When the pit closes', New Society, 20 April 1978;

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `The home life of the Small Businessman', New Society, 30 October 1980;

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Why some women decide to become their own boss', New Society, 9 September 1982;

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Why managers turn entrepreneur', Management Today, August 1986;

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Women in management - where now?', London Business School Journal, Vol. 10, No 2, 1986;

    R. Goffee and R. Scase, `Women managers: room at the top', Management Today, March 1987;

    R Goffee, 'Company Satisfaction', BT Talking Business, May/June 2001.

    R Goffee, 'Send out the right signals', People Management, October 2002

    R. Goffee and J. Anderson, 'An example of strategic diversification', Gestion, Vol. 7 September/October 2002

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Tough Empathy', Total Business, Feb - Mar 2006 also published in Viewpoint, MBA Business 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The Lizard Kings', People Management, Vol. 12, No. 2, 26 Jan 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Lead Your Way', Management Today, Feb 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Relational Leadership', Training, Technology and Human Resources, Mar - Apr 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Authentic Leadership', CEO Magazine, Vol.1 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Turn on, Tune in, and Sense the Way Ahead', Financial Times: Mastering Uncertainty, 24 Mar 2006

    R. Goffee, 'Feedback Helps Boards to Focus on Their Roles', Financial Times: Mastering Corporate Governance, 10 June 2005

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Follow the Leader', Coaching at Work, Vol. 1, No. 3, Mar - Apr 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Facing up to reality', In View, Issue 9, March 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Be Yourself - More - With Skill', European CEO, Mar - Apr 2006, also published in Organisational & People, Vol.13, No. 2, May 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The 4 Strange Behaviour Traits of Exceptional Leaders', Business Now, Issue 282, 16 June 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The Art of Followership', European Business Forum, Issue 25, Summer 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Tips for New Leaders', Journal of Accountancy, October 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Leadership: This Time It's Personal', People Management, CIPD Conference Special Issue, 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'Is Leadership Worth It?', People Management, October 2006

    R. Goffee and G. Jones, 'The Route to Authentic Leadership', Training Journal, November 2006

    Numerous contributions to The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent.

Research Interests


  • Leadership
  • Corporate culture
  • Managerial careers
  • Innovation and creativity.