Professor Abby Ghobadian

Professor of Management

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Professor Abby Ghobadian

Past President of British Academy of Management
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area: strategic cognition, strategic planning and implementation, business strategy and supply chain interface, organisational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate responsibility
By industry: manufacturing, service and public sector
By geography: Middle East and the UK
Henley Business School room MB75, Greenlands campus
+44 (0) 1491 418756


Abby Ghobadian is professor of management in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour (LOB)  at Henley Business School. He joined Henley in January 2007 and became academic dean in June 2007. Following the merger between Reading and Henley, Abby returned to his faculty position. Prior to joining Henley, Abby was professor of management with responsibility for executive programmes at Brunel University Business School. He joined Brunel from Middlesex Business School where he was professor of operations and manufacturing strategy and served as departmental head, director of postgraduate programmes and director of research. Abby is the co-editor of the Journal of Strategy and Management. He serves on the editorial board of journals in the UK, USA and Hungary. Abby is vice-president of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and chairs its research and development committee and its publication sub-committee. He serves on the Chartered Management Institute’s academic advisory council, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ business school task force, and the Association of Business Schools’ (ABS) research committee. Previously he served on the ABS’s executive committee and chaired its research committee. Abby is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s peer review college. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pecs, Hungary in 2004. Abby was elected a fellow of BAM in 2008 and an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010.

Abby's research interests lie in examining the reasons for heterogeneous organisational performance and how organisational performance can be improved. Abby has published more than 100 refereed articles in major journals, 7 research monographs, 2 edited books, 50 chapters in books, and 124 conference papers. He recently published a text book entitled “Strategic Management: The Challenge of Creating Value”. Abby has also published in mass circulation press such as FT. Abby has attracted significant amount of research funding from a wide range organisations. He is an experienced PhD supervisor and has successfully supervised 20 doctoral students to completion. He has also examined a large number of PhDs in UK as well as Australia, Finland and Hungary. Abby acts a referee for top journals, ESRC and EPSRC. 

Academic Delivery

Programme Delivery

Teaching on executive, MBA, MSc and undergraduate programmes. 



Hillenbrand, C., Money, K. and Ghobadian, A. (2012) Unpacking the mechanism by which corporate responsibility impacts stakeholder relationships. British Journal of Management. ISSN 1467-8551 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00794.x (In Press)

Qile, H., Gallear, D. and Ghobadian, A. (2011) Knowledge transfer: the facilitating attributes in supply-chain partnerships. Information Systems Management, 28 (1). pp. 57-70. ISSN 1934-8703 doi: 10.1080/10580530.2011.536114

Kling, G., Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2009) Organic growth and shareholder value: a case study of the insurance industry. International Journal of Research in Marketing, 26 (4). pp. 276-283. ISSN 0167-8116 doi: 10.1016/j.ijresmar.2009.08.002

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2009) Building a FTSE 100 company by hitting the sweet spot of strategy: an interview with Rod Aldridge OBE. Journal of Strategy and Management, 2 (2). pp. 188-195. ISSN 1755-425X doi: 10.1108/17554250910965335

Ghobadian, A., Viney, H. and Redwood, J. (2009) Explaining the unintended consequences of public sector reform. Management Decision, 47 (10). pp. 1514-1534. ISSN 0025-1747 doi: 10.1108/00251740911004664

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2009) Successful strategic re-orientation: lessons from Cadbury's experience: an interview with Todd Stitzer, Chief Executive of Cadbury. Journal of Strategy and Management, 2 (4). pp. 405-412. ISSN 1755-425X doi: 10.1108/17554250911003863

Holt, D. and Ghobadian, A. (2009) An empirical study of green supply chain management practices amongst UK manufacturers. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 20 (7). pp. 933-956. ISSN 1741-038X doi: 10.1108/17410380910984212

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2009) An interview with Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT. Journal of Strategy and Management, 2 (3). pp. 288-295. ISSN 1755-425X doi: 10.1108/17554250910982516

Gallear, D., Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2008) Digital/web-based technology in purchasing and supply management: a UK study. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 19 (3). pp. 346-360. ISSN 1741-038X doi: 10.1108/17410380810853777 (special issue 'Inter-company collaboration')

O'Regan, N., Ghobadian, A. and Sims, M. (2008) Does R&D really drive competitive advantage and performance? International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 15 (3-4). pp. 376-403. ISSN 1741-5195 (special issue 'Cost engineering')

Ghobadian, A., O'Regan, N., Thomas, H. and Liu, J. (2008) Formal strategic planning, operating environment, size, sector and performance: evidence from the UK's manufacturing SMEs. Journal of General Management, 34 (2). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0306-3070

Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2008) Where do we fit in the swings and roundabouts of strategy? Journal of Strategy and Management, 1 (1). pp. 5-14. ISSN 1755-425X doi: 10.1108/17554250810912721

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2007) Formal strategic planning: annual raindance or wheel of success? Strategic Change, 16 (1-2). pp. 11-22. ISSN 1099-1697 doi: 10.1002/jsc.777

Ghobadian, A., O'Regan, N., Thomas, H. and Gallera, D. (2007) Introduction. Management Decision, 45 (3). pp. 318-326. ISSN 0025-1747 (special issue 'Hierarchy of strategy - the state of play')

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2007) Leadership and its impact on the use of process technologies and management practices in the manufacturing sector. International Journal of Business Performance Management, 9 (4). pp. 419-433. ISSN 1741-5039 doi: 10.1504/IJBPM.2007.013363

Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D., Viney, H. and O'Regan, N. (2007) Public sector performance improvement through private sector management practices: a satisfactory solution? International Journal of Business Performance Management, 9 (4). pp. 363-379. ISSN 1741-5039 doi: 10.1504/IJBPM.2007.013360

Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D., Li, R. and Clear, F. (2007) Supply chain purchasing strategy: a model and key determinants. International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 2 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1741-816X doi: 10.1504/IJPMB.2007.013333

Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D. and Hopkins, M. (2007) TQM and CSR nexus. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 24 (7). pp. 704-721. ISSN 0265-671X doi: 10.1108/02656710710774683 (special issue 'Quality management and CSR')

Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2006) The impact of ownership on small firm behaviour and performance. International Small Business Journal, 24 (6). pp. 555-586. ISSN 1741-2870 doi: 10.1177/0266242606069267

Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2005) Strategic planning-a comparison of high and low technology manufacturing small firms. Technovation, 25 (10). pp. 1107-1117. ISSN 0166-4972 doi: 10.1016/S0166-4972(03)00091-9

Ghobadian, A. (2005) The implication of changing environments for business education. Business Leadership Review , 2 (1). pp. 1-8.

Mole, K., Ghobadian, A., O'Regan, N. and Liu, J. (2004) The use and deployment of soft process technologies within UK manufacturing SMEs: an empirical assessment using logit models. Journal of Small Business Management, 42 (3). pp. 303-324. ISSN 1540-627X doi: 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2004.00113.x

Ghobadian, A. and O'Regan, N. (2004) Leadership and strategy: making it happen. Journal of General Management, 29 (3). pp. 76-92. ISSN 0306-3070

Ghobadian, A., Mole, K. and O'Regan, N. (2003) New process technologies: barriers to adoption in small firms. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 5 (5-6). pp. 549-562. ISSN 1741-5195 doi: 10.1504/IJMTM.2003.003709

Ghobadian, A. and Viney, H. (2002) Strategic reorientation in former public utilities: the example of UK electricity. Management Decision, 40 (7). pp. 634-646. ISSN 0025-1747 doi: 10.1108/00251740210438463


O'Regan, N., Ghobadian, A. and Ahmed, S.J. (2008) Drivers of strategic direction in high technology small firms. In: Oakey, R., Groen, A., Van Der Sijde, P. and Cook, G. (eds.) New technology-based firms in the new millennium. Emerald, pp. 219-237. ISBN 9780080554488 doi: 10.1016/S1876-0228(08)06014-6

Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D., O'Regan, N. and Viney, H., eds. (2004) Public-private partnerships: policy and experience. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp336. ISBN 9781403920614

Ghobadian, A., Gallear, D., O'Regan, N. and Viney, H., eds. (2003) Strategy and performance: achieving competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp256. ISBN 9781403916181


O'Regan, N., Kling, G. and Ghobadian, A. (2009) Back to the future: organic growth driving shareholder value. In: Strategic Management Society: Strategies in an uncertain world, 11-14 Oct, Washington DC, USA.

Ghobadian, A. (2009) An integrative framework for strategy process based on its theoretical roots. In: British Academy of Management Conference, 15-17 Sept, Brighton.

O'Regan, N., Ghobadian, A. and Kling, G. (2008) The knowledge we have: grand strategies in the practice of strategy. In: Strategic Management Society, 12-15 October, Cologne. (Unpublished)

O'Regan, N., Sims, M. and Ghobadian, A. (2008) Outsourcing: enhancing organisational performance. In: British Academy of Management, Sept 2008, Harrogate. (Unpublished)

Gallear, D. and Ghobadian, A. (2008) An explanatory study of partner selection and retention decisions and risk perceptions on buyers-suppliers partnership orientation. In: Proceeding of British Academy of Management, Sept 2008, Harrogate. (Unpublished)

O'Regan, N., Ghobadian, A. and Kling, G. (2008) Back to the future: a fresh look at Pearce and Robinson's grand strategies. In: Academy of Management Conference, 8-13 August, Anaheim, CA. (Unpublished)

Veeti, M.K., Ghobadian, A., O'Regan, N. and Gallear, D. (2008) Generic strategies and performance. In: British Academy of Management , Sept 2008, Harrogate. (Unpublished)

Ghobadian, A., Urwin, P., O'Regan, N. and Gallear, D. (2008) Ownership and the strategic behaviour of small and medium size manufacturing firms. In: British Academy of Management, Sept 2008, Harrogate. (Unpublished)

Viney, H. and Ghobadian, A. (2008) A stakeholder identification and salience theory for non-traditional operating modes. In: British Academy of Management, Sept 2008, Harrogate. (Unpublished)