Raina Brands

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BPsychSci (Queensland) MPhil PhD (Cantab)

Dr Raina Brands studies gender bias in organisations through the lens of social networks. She examines how women's careers and reputations are helped and hindered by informal social networks of friendship and advice. Prior to joining London Business School she was on the faculty at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Her work is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management and has been featured in The New York Times and Financial Times.

Research Awards

  • 2013 Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, MOC Division

  • 2013 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management 

  • 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, MOC Division 

  • 2010 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, GDO Division

  • 2008 Visiting Scholar, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto 

  • 2007 – 2010 Benefactor’s Scholar, St Johns College, University of Cambridge 

  • 2007 – 2010 Cambridge Commonwealth Trusts Scholar, University of Cambridge 

  • 2002 University Medal, University of Queensland, Australia

  • Social networks
  • Gender bias
  • Professional service firms
  • Women in leadership


Perceived centrality in social networks increases women’s expectations of confronting sexism

Rattan A; Brands R

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 2020 Vol 46:12 p 1682-1701

Social networks and cognition

Smith E B; Brands R A; Brashears M; Kleinbaum A M

Annual Review of Sociology 2020 Vol 46

Use Your Social Network as a Tool for Social Justice

Brands R; Rattan A

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2020


Gender, brokerage and performance : a construal approach

Brands R A; Mehra A

Academy of Management Journal 2019 Vol 62:1 p 196-219


Leaning out : how negative recruitment experiences shape women's decisions to compete for executive roles

Brands R A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Administrative Science Quarterly 2017 Vol 62:3 p 405-442

Underrepresentation, social networks and sense of belonging to organizational leadership domains

Brands R A; Rattan A; Ibarra H

Academy of Management Proceedings 2017 Vol 2017:1 p 12798

Women are less likely to apply for executive roles if they’ve been rejected before

Brands R A; Fernandez-Mateo I

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2017


The leader in social network schema: Perceptions of network structure affect gendered attributions of charisma

Brands R; Menges J; Kilduff M

Organization Science 2015 Vol 26:4 p 1210-1225


Cognitive social structures in social network research: A review

Brands R A

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2013 Vol 34:S1 p S82-S103


Julie Berebitsky: Sex and the office: A history of gender, power and desire

Brands R

Administrative Science Quarterly 2012 Vol 57:4 p 694-695


Exploring positive identities and organizations: building a theoretical and research foundation (by L. Roberts & J. Dutton)

Brands R; Kilduff M

Administrative Science Quarterly 2010 June Vol 55:2 p 347-349

Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.