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Professor Karen Jansen

Professor in Leadership and Change

Research Division Lead, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Coaching

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  • Leading Transformational Change, 
  • Building and Sustaining Momentum, 
  • Person-Environment Fit, 
  • Evolving Work Arrangements, 
  • Dynamism and Change


Engine House building room 515, Greenlands campus

Professor Karen Jansen is a Professor in Leadership and Change at Henley Business School. She is also the Research Division Lead for Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Coaching.

Karen has more than twenty years' experience in transformational change, person-environment fit and building energy and momentum. She teaches in Executive, MBA, and MA Leadership programmes and serves on the editorial boards of two top journals in the field: Journal of Management and Academy of Management Review. She also engages with the media, with radio and television appearances in her areas of expertise.

Karen's research broadly focuses on temporal and dynamic aspects of leading change. These include the impact significant events have on long-term performance and adaptability, the process by which leaders can build engagement and momentum during transformational change and how people's fit with their work environment shifts over time. This research has generated significant theoretical and methodological contributions while providing strong practical tools and insights.

Drawing on her consulting experience at IBM, she has collaborated with military, manufacturing, financial, and professional service organisations to successfully navigate large-scale change, customize strategic vision and change messaging, and design well-timed interventions for various stakeholder groups. She has also developed a 'momentum mapping' tool to help organisations manage change-related energy during transformational change.

Reference: Shipp, A. J. and Jansen, K. J. (2021) The "other" time: a review of the subjective experience of time in organizations. Academy of Management Annals, 15 (1). pp. 299-334. ISSN 1941-6067 doi:
Reference: Kriz, A., Nailer, C., Jansen, K. and Potocnjak-Oxman, C. (2021) Teaching-practice as a critical bridge for narrowing the research-practice gap. Industrial Marketing Management, 92. pp. 254-266. ISSN 0019-8501 doi:
Reference: Jansen, K. J. and Shipp, A. J. (2019) Fitting as a temporal sensemaking process: shifting trajectories and stable themes. Human Relations, 72 (7). pp. 1154-1186. ISSN 1741-282X doi:
Reference: Klag, M., Jansen, K. J. and Lee, M. D. (2015) Contemplating workplace change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51 (1). pp. 36-70. ISSN 1552-6879 doi:
Reference: Jansen, K. , Shipp, A. J. and Michael, J. H. (2016) Champions, converts, doubters, and defectors: the impact of shifting perceptions on momentum for change. Personnel Psychology, 69 (3). pp. 673-707. ISSN 00315826 doi:

Most recent news & media

Jansen, K. J., and Zwikael, O. 2017. Implementing transformation change: Challenges and opportunities at the interface. Organiser and presenter, Showcase Symposium at Academy of Management, Atlanta.

Jansen, K. J., and Paine, J. W. 2017. Directing energy in pursuit of change goals: An empirical examination of change engagement. Presented at Academy of Management, Atlanta.

Jansen, K. J., and Paine, J. W. 2017. Change engagement: An empirical examination of its antecedents and effects. Symposium at EAWOP, Dublin.

Jansen, K. J. and Shipp, A. J. 2016. Momentary and enduring fit: Trajectories and themes of congruence at work. Showcase symposium at Academy of Management, Anaheim.

Jansen, K. J., and Paine, J. W. 2015. Emerging debates in organisational change: Engagement, energy, and emotion. Organiser and presenter, Showcase symposium at Academy of Management, Vancouver.

Jansen, K. J., and Shipp, A. J. 2014. It's about time: Building a community of time scholars. Caucus at Academy of Management, Philadelphia.

Jansen, K. J., and Hofmann, D. A. 2011. Mapping momentum fluctuations during organisational change: A multi-study validation. Symposium at Academy of Management, San Antonio.

Jansen, K. J. 2009. Developing the person-environment fit research agenda: Increasing our understanding of fit processes. Chair, symposium at Academy of Management, Chicago.

Jansen, K. J., and Michael, J. H. 2008. Change-based momentum and trajectories: The dynamics of change perceptions. Presented at Academy of Management, Anaheim.

Jansen, K. J. 2008. Energy and thriving at work: Exploring the terrain and developing a network of scholars. Professional Development Workshop at Academy of Management, Anaheim.

Jansen, K. J. 2006. Building momentum and re-energising a profession: An internal branding case study. Presented at Positive Organizational Scholarship Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Jansen, K. J. 2004. Energy management: Linking theory to practice. All-Academy symposium presented at Academy of Management, New Orleans.

Jansen, K. J., and Hofmann, D. A. 2003. Change maps: A pictorial method for capturing and analysing longitudinal process data. Symposium presented at SIOP, Orlando.

Jansen, K. J., and Bhaskar, P. 2002. Charting organisational change phenomena over time: The power of pictorial data collection. Presented at Academy of Management, Denver.

Jansen, K. J. 2000. A longitudinal examination of momentum during culture change. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Jansen, K. J. and Neubert, M. J., 2000. Conversations in advancing research on organisational change. Organiser of Showcase symposium with J. Ford, G. Spreitzer, M. Tushman, A. Van de Ven, A., and R. W. Woodman. Presented at Academy of Management, Toronto.