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Raina Brands

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BPsychSci (University of Queensland), MA (University of Queensland), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)

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 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 the Financial Times.

Dr Brands holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree from Queensland University.


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

Brands R; Menges J; Kilduff M

Organization Science 2015 Forthcoming


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


Managing Change

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

Research Interests

  • Social networks and cognitions, particularly in relation to gender and racial bias, and leadership