Henley Research: BREXIT and UK Boards

20 October 2016

Henley Research: BREXIT and UK Boards

As a world-leading business school, Henley’s research aims to be relevant and timely to the current business climate globally and to the UK. With the impact of BREXIT and it’s consequence for business still unclear, relevant research looking at BREXIT’s potential impact is vitally important and one of Henley’s PhD research students Filipe Morais rose to the challenge of producing research studying the impact of BREXIT on UK Boards.


Filipe Morais is a final stage PhD researcher at Henley Business School, Department of Marketing & Reputation. During the past few years, Filipe’s been researching on how corporate boards, particularly Chairmen and CEOs handle strategic tensions in contexts of far-reaching change. Following on the in-depth research study on “Boards in Challenging Times: Extraordinary Disruptions” in partnership with turnaround specialist firm Alvarez & Marsal, published last year and led by Henley Professor Andrew Kakabadse and a team of Henley researchers, Alvarez & Marsal requested a further research piece on how UK boards are reacting to Brexit.

Filipe took on this challenge, which included interviews with 20 senior leaders from corporate, private equity and regulatory organisations. The results were summarised in a report which has been enjoying media coverage from City AM, Bloomberg and The Financial Times. The report outlines 7 key findings into how UK boards have prepared for and are reacting to the post-Brexit world.

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