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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.  

2014

Gender role self-concept, categorical gender, and transactional-transformational leadership: Implications for perceived workgroup performance

Wolfram J H; Gratton L

Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies 2014 Vol 21:4 p 338-353

Spillover between work and home, role importance and life satisfaction

Wolfram H-J; Gratton L

British Journal of Management 2014 Vol 25:1 p 77-90

2013

Cooperation for innovation

Gratton L

Book Chapter: In Huff S, Moslein S and Reichwald R (ed.) Leading Open Innovation, The MIT Press, 2013

The third wave of virtual work

Johns T; Gratton L

Harvard Business Review 2013 January - February p 2-9

2011

A ten year journey of cooperation

Gratton L

Book Chapter: In Mohrman S and Lawler E III eds., Useful Research - Advancing Theory and Practice, Berrett-Koehler, 2011

The end of middle management

Gratton L

Harvard Business Review 2011 January-February p 36

The Shift: the future of work is here now

Gratton L

Harper Collins UK

Workplace 2025: what will it look like?

Gratton L

Organizational Dynamics 2011 Vol 40:4 p 246-254

2010

Beyond best practice

Gratton L; Casse J

Business Strategy Review 2010 April Vol 46:3 p 49-57

The future of work

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review 2010:September

2008

Glow - creating energy and innovation in your work

Gratton L

Financial Times Prentice Hall (UK), Berrett Koehler (US)

2007

Bridging faultlines: overcoming fractures in diverse teams

Gratton L; Voigt A

Sloan Management Review 2007 Summer Vol 48:4 p 22-29

Eight ways to build a collaborative team

Gratton L; Erickson T J

Harvard Business Review 2007 November Vol 85:11 p 100-109

Handling hot spots

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review 2007 Summer

Hot spots: why some organisations, teams and places buzz with energy, and others don't.

Gratton L

Financial Times Prentice Hall (UK), Berrett Koehler (US)

What it means to work here

Gratton L; Erickson T J

Harvard Business Review 2007 March

2006

Crafting innovation through collaborating across boundaries

Gratton L

FT Series on Mastering Management, June 2006

Integrating the enterprise

Gratton L

Reprinted in Global Talent: an anthology of human capital strategies for today's borderless world, Human Capital Institute, Washington D.C., 2006.

The democratic enterprise

Gratton L

In Gondossy R; Tucker E; Verma N eds., Workforce wake-up call: your workforce is changing, are you?, Wiley, New Jersey, 2006

The exceptional manager

Delbridge R; Gratton L; Johnson G

Oxford University Press, 2006

Three dimensional human resources

Gratton L

Reprinted in Strategic Human Resource Management (2nd Ed.) Schuler R and Jackson S E (eds.), 2006.

2005

Beyond best practice

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

Sloan Management Review 2005 Vol 46:3 p 49-57

Knowledge and cooperative relationships: when cooperation is the norm

Nahapiet J; Gratton L; Rocha H O

European Management Review 2005 Spring Vol 2:1 p 3-14

Living strategy: putting people at the heart of corporate purpose

Gratton L

in Chowdhury S ed., Next generation business handbook: new strategies from tomorrow's thought leaders, Wiley, 2005

Managing cooperatively

Gratton L

In Delbridge R, Gratton L and Johnson G eds., The exceptional manager, Oxford University Press, 2005

Managing cooperatively across boundaries

Gratton L

in Losey M, Meisinger S and Ulrich D eds., The future of human resource management: 64 thought leaders explore the critical HR issues of today and tomorrow, Wiley, 2005

Managing integration through cooperation

Gratton L

Human Resource Management 2005 Summer 2005 Vol 44:2 p 151-158

2004

Leading the democratic enterprise

Gratton L

in Crainer S and Dearlove D eds, Financial Times handbook of management. 3rd ed., Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2004

The democratic enterprise

Gratton L

in Thoughts from the top: a collection of interviews with business gurus, HR.com Publishing, 2004

Building the democratic organisation

Gratton L

Financial Times Prentice Hall

Free to choose: fostering the innovative organization

Gratton L

in Effron M, Gandossy R and Goldsmith M eds., Human resources in the 21st century, Wiley, 2003

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

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

European Management Journal 2003 Vol 21:1 p 1-10

Three dimensions of people strategy

Truss C; Gratton L

Academy of Management Executive 2003 Aug Vol 17:3 p 74-86

2002

Improving the quality of conversations

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

Organizational Dynamics 2002 Fall Vol 31:3 p 209-223

Integrating the enterprise

Gratton L; Ghoshal S

MIT Sloan Management Review 2002 Fall Vol 44:1 p 31-38

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

Gratton L; Zaleska J et al.

Human Resource Management Journal 2002 Vol 12:2 p 39-64

2000

Living strategy: putting people at the heart of corporate purpose

Gratton L

Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2000

O capital humano e o motor do futoro

Gratton L

Valor 2000 Aug 9 Vol 441

Strategic human resource management: corporate rhetoric and human reality

Gratton L et al.

Oxford University Press, 2000

1999

Linking individual performance to business strategy: the people process model

Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal 1999 Spring Vol 38:1 p 17-31

Linking individual performance to business strategy: the people process model

Gratton L et al.

in Shuler R and Jackson S E eds., Strategic human resource management, Blackwell, 1999

Strategic human resource management: corporate rhetoric and human reality

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

Oxford University Press

1997

A chameleon function? HRM in the 90's

Hope-Hailey V; Gratton L; et al.

Human Resource Management Journal 1997 Vol 7:3 p 5-18

Art of managing people

Gratton L

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

Human resource management on the line?

McGovern P; Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal 1997 Vol 7:4 p 12-29

Mensen van morgen

Gratton L

In Het Beste uit de Internationale Vakpers, 1996/7 Number 6,

Performance management and the psychological contract

Stiles P; Gratton L et al.

Human Resource Management Journal 1997 Vol 7:1 p 57-66

Perspectives on the future

Gratton L

in Ulrich D ed., The future of human resources, Wiley, 1997

Soft and hard models of HRM: a reappraisal

Truss C; Gratton L et al.

Journal of Management Studies 1997 Vol 34:1 p 53-73

Tomorrow people

Gratton L

People Management 1997 Jul Vol 3:15 p 22-27

1996

Delivering business strategy through people

Gratton L

Long Range Planning 1996 Vol 29:3 p 290-303

Implementing a strategic vision: key factors for success

Gratton L

Long Range Planning 1996 Vol 29:3 p 290-303

Strategy and human resource management

Stiles P; Gratton L

Chartered Banker Journal 1996 Dec p 20-26

1995

Delivering business strategy through human resource practices

Gratton L; Stiles P

Chartered Banker 1995 Dec Vol 1 No 4 p ?

El papel estrategico de los recursos humanos como potencia dores del cambio

Gratton L

Harvard Deusto Business Review 1995 Feb Vol 70 p 4-24

Management of high potential

Gratton L

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

The development of empowering leaders: the anatomy of a fast track

Gratton L

in Thomas H, O'Neal D and Kelly J eds., Strategic renaissance and business transformation, John Wiley, 1995

1994

Implementing strategic intent: human resource processes as a force for change

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review 1994 Spring Vol 5:1 p 47-66

Linking human resource strategy and strategy intent

Gratton L

Business Strategy Review 1994 Spring Vol 5 p 47-67

Strategic human resource management: a conceptual approach

Truss C; Gratton L

International Journal of Human Resource Management 1994 Vol 5:3 p 663-686

Empowering leaders: are they being developed?

Gratton L; Pearson J

in Mabey C ed., Managing learning, Routledge, 1994

1993

La gestion des hauts potentiels

Gratton L

Strategies Ressources Humaines 1993 Vol 5

1992

Heirs apparent: succession strategies for the future

Gratton L; Syrett M

in Syrett M and Hogg C eds., Frontiers of leadership: an essential reader, Basil Blackwell, 1992

Selecting leaders: practice and trends

Gratton L

in Syrett M and Hogg C eds., Frontiers of leadership: an essential reader, Basil Blackwell, 1992

1991

Impact of personnel selection and assessment methods on candidates

Robertson I T; Gratton L et al.

Human Relations 1991 Vol 44:9 p 963-982

1990

Validity of situational interviews for administrative jobs

Gratton L; Robertson I

1990 Vol 11 p 69-76

1989

Work of the manager

Gratton L

in Anderson N and Herriot P eds., Assessment and selection in organizations: methods and practice for recruitment and appraisal, Wiley, 1989

1988

Assessment centres: theory research and practice

Gratton L

Human Resources Journal 1988:4 p 25-30

1987

How can we predict managerial potential in research scientists

Gratton L

Research and Development Management 1987:17 p 87-97

Psychometric properties and design of managerial assessment centres: dimensions into exercises won't go

Robertson I; Gratton L

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1987 Vol 60:3 p 187-196

1980

Maslow's hierarchy of needs across three social groups

Gratton L

Journal of Social Indicators 1980:2 p 45-65

2008

Gender role self concept, gender and leadership style

Wolfram H J; Gratton L

COR Working Paper

2002

Sources of development and mobility: an empirical test of the boundaryless career concept

Zaleska K J; Gratton L; de Menezes L M

COR Working Paper

2001

Unfairness and injustice in HR practices: who is to blame?

Gratton L; Zaleska K J

COR Working Paper

1999

Fair process as the hidden dimension of good HRM practice

Zaleska K J; Gratton L; Bleackley M

COR Working Paper

Human resource management and procedural justice

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

COR Working Paper

1998

Sustaining organisational change through human resource management

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

COR Working Paper

1997

Performance management and the psychological contract

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

COR Working Paper

1995

The rhetoric and reality of new careers

Gratton L; Hope-Hailey V

COR Working Paper

1993

Managerial effectiveness: the multiple perspective

Gratton L; Pearson J

COR Working Paper

The empowering capabilities of managers

Gratton L; Pearson J

COR Working Paper

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.