The Why Podcast

London Business School faculty discuss their latest research insights in a new podcast series for Think


Each piece of academic research starts with a burning question, a problem to solve, a mystery to unravel. Why do we behave like we do, how can we run our organisations better, and what if we could fix bigger problems too?

We present The Why Podcast, a new weekly podcast series touching on a wide range of issues that LBS faculty have dedicated their time to exploring recently. In each half-hour episode, they discuss what made them want to explore a topic, how they went about it and what the implications are for business people.

Take half an hour to listen and you’ll come away with food for thought and some great actionable tips – and for a deeper dive, follow the links to the full papers or books.

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Why don’t people report abuses sooner?

Aharon Cohen Mohliver, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, uncovers our disturbing tendency to keep quiet about wrongdoings we observe in organisations that we love. Read the paper.

Why should I care about who I’m negotiating with?

Kathleen O’Connor, Clinical Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Director of Executive Education, discusses how practising empathy can help you reach a better deal. Read the paper.

Why has my boss become so blinkered?

Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, analyses how managerial behaviour changed over the pandemic and suggests ways to reskill for the hybrid office. Read the paper.

Why does it matter how you phrase your mission statement?

Dana Kanze, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, sheds light on the gap between how companies say they want their staff to behave and what the reality is on the ground. Read the paper.

Why not fight ageing itself, not just its ailments?

Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, suggests that targeting the process of ageing might ultimately be more valuable than trying to eradicate age-related diseases. Read the paper.

Why is it so hard to spot misconduct?

Bryan Stroube, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, investigates how misconduct is reported in the Chicago Police Department. Read the paper.

Why is that person being so nice to them?

Ena Inesi, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, discusses her research findings on how indirect reciprocity works within power hierarchies. Read the paper.

Why doesn’t everyone make an Advanced Care Plan?

Simona Botti, Professor of Marketing, examines the decisions we make around healthcare options we have. Read the paper.

Why is our board so dysfunctional?

Randall Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute, discusses the six ways a board can fail and how to set yours up to succeed. Buy the book.

Why are you answering that email right now?

Laura Giurge, Research Associate of Organisational Behaviour, suggests how to optimise your email etiquette for less stress and greater wellbeing. Read the paper.