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Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice; Executive Education Faculty Director

  • BA, PhD (Liverpool)

Professor Lynda Gratton directs London Business School’s Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Organisations – considered the world’s leading programme on human resources –  and the new programme Leading Businesses into the Future, and is on the School’s governing body. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by HR Magazine, in 2013, and was amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking.

She is the founder of The Hot Spots Movement and for over five years has led the Future of Work Research Consortium which has brought executives from more than 80 companies together both virtually and on a bespoke collaborative platform.

Professor Gratton has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. They cover the link between business and HR strategy (Human Resource Strategy: corporate rhetoric, individual reality and Living Strategy), the new ways of working (The Democratic Enterprise), the rise of complex collaboration (Hot Spots and Glow) and the impact of a changing world on employment and work (The Shift). Her latest book The Key, looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices, processes and leadership.

She has won a number of awards. Her case ‘BP: Organisational Transformation’ won the EECH best case of the year, her article on ‘signature processes’ the MIT Sloan award, and in 2012 The Shift received the best business book of the year award in Japan.

Professor Gratton’s work has been acknowledged globally – she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize.

She is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She serves as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel and chairs the Drucker prize panel.  

Spillover between work and home, role importance and life satisfaction

Wolfram H-J; Gratton L

British Journal of Management

2013

The Third Wave of Virtual Work

Johns T; Gratton L

Harvard Business Review

Cooperation for Innovation

Gratton L

Leading Open Innovation

The end of middle management

Gratton L

Harvard Business Review

Workplace 2025: what will it look like?

Gratton L

Organizational Dynamics

2010

The future of work

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review

Beyond best practice

Gratton L; Casse J

Business Strategy Review

Bridging faultlines: overcoming fractures in diverse teams

Gratton L; Voigt A

Sloan Management Review

What it means to work here

Gratton L; Erickson T J

Harvard Business Review

Handling hot spots

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review

Eight ways to build a collaborative team

Gratton L; Erickson T J

Harvard Business Review

2006

The democratic enterprise

Gratton L

The exceptional manager

Delbridge R; Gratton L; Johnson G

2005

Beyond best practice

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

Sloan Management Review

Knowledge and cooperative relationships: when cooperation is the norm

Nahapiet J; Gratton L; Rocha H O

European Management Review

Managing integration through cooperation

Gratton L

Human Resource Management

Managing personal human capital: new ethos for the 'volunteer' employee

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

European Management Journal

Three dimensions of people strategy

Truss C; Gratton L

Academy of Management Executive

2002

Improving the quality of conversations

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

Organizational Dynamics

Integrating the enterprise

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

MIT Sloan Management Review

Paying the piper: choice and constraint in changing HR functional roles

Gratton L; Zaleska J et al.

Human Resource Management Journal

1999

Strategic human resource management: corporate rhetoric and human reality

Gratton L; Hope-Hailey V; Stiles P; Truss C

Linking individual performance to business strategy: the people process model

Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal

1997

Soft and hard models of HRM: a reappraisal

Truss C; Gratton L et al.

Journal of Management Studies

Performance management and the psychological contract

Stiles P; Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal

Human resource management on the line?

McGovern P; Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal

A chameleon function? HRM in the 90's

Hope-Hailey V; Gratton L; et al.

Human Resource Management Journal

Tomorrow people

Gratton L

People Management

Mensen van morgen

Gratton L

1996

Delivering business strategy through people

Gratton L

Long Range Planning

Linking human resource strategy and strategy intent

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review

Strategic human resource management: a conceptual approach

Truss C; Gratton L

International Journal of Human Resource Management

1993

La gestion des hauts potentiels

Gratton L

Strategies Ressources Humaines

1991

Impact of personnel selection and assessment methods on candidates

Robertson I T; Gratton L et al.

Human Relations

1989

Work of the manager

Gratton L

1988

Assessment centres: theory research and practice

Gratton L

Human Resources Journal

How can we predict managerial potential in research scientists

Gratton L

Research and Development Management

1980

Maslow's hierarchy of needs across three social groups

Gratton L

Journal of Social Indicators

MBA Core Organisational Behaviour


Core Human Resource Management


EMBA Leadership Skills


IEMP Leadership Development


Electives Human Resource Strategy

  • HR Magazine, HR Most Influential Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award (2013)

  • Center for Creative Leadership’s Walter F. Ulmer Jr Award for Applied Research (2011)

  • Elected Fellow of National Academy of Human Resources (2010)

  • Global HRD Tata HR Leadership Award (2010)

  • European Case Clearing, Best strategy case of 2005. Awarded for Gratton, L. and Ghoshal, S. (2002) “BP: Organisational Transformation”

  • MIT Sloan Management Review PriceWaterhouseCoopers 2003 Best Article Award: Runner-Up. Awarded for Ghoshal, S. and Gratton, L. (2003) “Integrating the Enterprise.” Sloan Management Review, 44/1: 31-38, 2004

  • MIT Sloan Management Review, Richard Bekhart Prize for the best change article. Awarded for Ghoshal, S and Gratton, L. (2003) “Integrating the Enterprise.” Sloan Management Review, 44/1: 31-38.

Research Interests

Corporate culture, human resource management strategy, organisational change, strategic management, organisational learning, the future of work and innovation.