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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 2009

2008

Leading in the knowledge economy

Goffee R E; Jones G

In Galavan R; Markides C; Murray J; eds., Strategy, innovation and change: Management Challenges, OUP, 2008

2007

Leading clever people

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review 2007 March Vol 85:3 p 72-79

2006

Turn on, tune in, and sense the way ahead

Goffee R E; Jones G

Financial Times: Mastering Uncertainty, 24 Mar 2006

Tough empathy

Goffee R E; Jones G

Total Business 2006 Feb-Mar

Tips for new leaders

Goffee R; Jones G

Journal of Accountancy 2006 October

Why should anyone be led by you?: what it takes to be an authentic leader

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business School Press, 2006

Is leadership worth it?

Goffee R E; Jones G

People Management 2006 October

4 strange behaviour traits of exceptional leaders

Goffee R E; Jones G

Business Now 2006 16 June:282

Price and prize of leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Leader to Leader 2006 Fall Vol 42

Route to authentic leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Training Journal 2006 November

Relational leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Training, Technology and Human Resources 2006 Mar-Apr

Leadership: This time it's personal

Goffee R E; Jones G

People Management CIPD Conference Special Issue, 2006

Lead your way

Goffee R E; Jones G

Management Today 2006 Feb

Lizard kings

Goffee R E; Jones G

People Management 2006 25 Jan Vol 12:2

Facing up to reality

Goffee R E; Jones G

In View 2006 March Vol 9

Follow the leader

Goffee R E; Jones G

Coaching at Work 2006 Mar - Apr Vol 1:3

Feedback helps boards to focus on their roles

Goffee R E

Financial Times: Mastering Corporate Governance, 10 June 2006

Authentic leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

CEO Magazine 2006 Vol 11

Be yourself - more - with skill

Goffee R E; Jones G

European CEO 2006 Mar-Apr Vol 13:2

Rhythm kings: leader in context

Goffee R E; Jones G

Business Strategy Review 2006 Spring

Art of followership

Goffee R E; Jones G

European Business Forum 2006 Summer:25 p 22-26

2005

Managing authenticity: the paradox of great leadership

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review 2005 Dec Vol 83:12 p 86-94

Leadership in the board room

Goffee R E; Jones G

Ivey Business Journal 2005 Sept/Oct

Mantle of authority

Goffee R E; Jones G

In Crainer S, Dearlove D eds., FT Handbook of Management (3rd Edition), Prentice Hall, 2005

2003

Character of a corporation. 2nd ed.

Goffee R E; Jones G

Profile Books, 2003

Organizational culture

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Chowdhury S ed., Organization 21C: someday all organizations will lead this way, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2003

2002

Example of strategic diversification

Goffee R E; Anderson J

Gestion, Vol 7 September/October 2002

Send out the right signals

Goffee R E

People Management 2002 Oct Vol 8:21 p 32-38

2001

Why should anyone be led by you?

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Harvard Business Review on what makes a leader, Harvard Business School Press, 2001

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

Anderson J; Goffee R E

Business Strategy Review 2001 Winter Vol 12:4 p 57-70

Followership: it's personal too

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Breakthrough leadership, Harvard Business School Press, 2001

Followership: it's personal too

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review 2001 December Vol 79:11 p 148-149

Company satisfaction

Goffee R E

BT Talking Business 2001 May/June

Organizational culture: a sociological perspective

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Cooper, Cartwright and Earley eds., The international handbook of organizational culture and climate, John Wiley & Sons, 2001

Career, community and social architecture: an exploration of concepts

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Peiperl M A et al. eds., Career frontiers: new conceptions of working lives, Oxford University Press, 2001

2000

Organisational culture and international human resource management

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Morton B and Joynt P eds., The global human resource manager: creating the seamless organisation, IPD, 2000

Career frontiers: new conceptions of working lives

Goffee R E et al.

Oxford University Press, 2000

Innovation and creativity in business

Goffee R E

RSA Journal 2000 April

Innovation cultures

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Creativity works, Profile Books, 2000

Why should anyone be led by you?

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review 2000 Sep-Oct Vol 78:5 p 62-70

1999

What holds the modern corporation together?

Goffee R E; Jones G

in Harvard Business Review on managing people, Harvard Business School Press, 1999

1998

Character of a corporation

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harper Collins, 1998

Innovation cultures report

Goffee R E; Trevelyan R

Marketing Council/London Business School, 1998

1997

Cultural diversity

Goffee R E

in Bickerstaffe G ed., Mastering management, Financial Times/Pitman, 1997

What holds the modern company together?

Goffee R E

in Kerr S ed., Ultimate rewards, Harvard Business School Press, 1997

End of management?: classroom versus the boardroom

Goffee R E; Hunt J W

in Bickerstaffe G ed., Mastering management, Financial Times/Pitman, 1997

1996

Managerial capability in the professional firm: assessing competencies in the City

Goffee R E

Journal of Management Development 1996 Vol 15:6 p 4-15

What holds the modern corporation together?

Goffee R E; Jones G

Harvard Business Review 1996 Nov-Dec Vol 74:6 p 133-148

Understanding family businesses: issues for further research

Goffee R E

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research 1996 Vol 2:1 p 36-48

1995

Developing managers for Europe: a re-examination of cross-cultural differences

Goffee R E; Jones G

European Management Journal 1995 Vol 13:3 p 245-250

Family firms

Goffee R E

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Founders

Goffee R E

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Secretarial occupations and gender stereotyping: a study of secretarial work in Europe

Goffee R E; Jones G; Truss C

Human Relations 1995 Vol 48:11 p 1331-1354

Small business

Goffee R E

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

1994

Diagnosing organisational structure, systems and culture

Flynn I; Goffee R E; Nicholson N

National Audit Office, 1994

Career development in male and female managers

Goffee R E; Nicholson N

in Davidson M J and Burke R J eds., Women in management: current research issues, Paul Chapman Publishing, 1994

Review of professional and managerial skills

Goffee R E

Corporation of London/London Business School, 1994

1993

Women in management: an empirical exploration of ethical issues

Goffee R E

Business Ethics: a European Review 1993 Vol 2:1 p 8-13

1992

Career paths in traditional women's jobs: a comparison of secretarial promotion prospects in England, France and Germany

Truss C; Goffee R E; Jones G

Women in Management Review 1992 Vol 7:5 p 9-15

Organisational change and the corporate career

Goffee R E; Scase R

Human Relations 1992 Vol 45:4 p 319-426

1991

Proprietorial control in family firms: some functions of quasi-organic management systems

Goffee R E; Scase R

Family Business Review 1991 Vol 4:3 p 337-352

1990

Corporate efficiency and the changing work attitudes of British managers

Goffee R E; Scase R

Business Studies 1990 Nov Vol 3:1 p 15-18

Women in management: towards a research agenda

Goffee R E; Scase R

International Journal of Human Resource Management 1990 Vol 1:1 p 107-126

1989

Reluctant managers

Goffee R E; Scase R

1989

Real world of the small business owner. 2nd ed.

Goffee R E; Scase R

Routledge, 1989

  • 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.