Professor Nada Korac Kakabadse

Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics

Professor Nada Korac Kakabadse

Professor Nada Korac Kakabadse

Marketing and Reputation
Corporate governance, CSR, Leadership, Boardroom effectiveness, Policy design; • ICT effect on individual, organisation and society, Strategic sourcing
Greenlands campus
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Nada, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics and the Head of Department, Marketing and Reputation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.

She is elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and their representative in the UK and Brussels. She has also contributed over 90 chapters to international volumes and has published over 190 scholarly articles. She has co-authored 23 books.

Nada has worked for international organisations in Scandinavia, the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Canadian and Australian Federal Governments. Her clients have included Alliance & Leicester, Citigroup, Microsoft, Motorola, Vodafone Australia, GSK, Severstal and in the public sector a number of UK and Australian government departments.

Previously, she held the position of Professor in Management and Business Research at the University of Northampton, Business School (UK) and was Senior Fellow, Cranfield School of Management. She earned her PhD in Management at the University of Western Sydney - Nepean (Australia), amongst other degrees.

Nada and her co-authors won the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for the best article written by an academic in the journal Public Administration Review (PAR) in 2003 as well as best paper of the year in the Journal of Managerial Psychology (JMP) in 1998.


Academic activity


Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M. and Kakabadse, N. (2014), ‘Corporate Purchasers’ Approaches to Procedural Justice for Inclusive Procurement in the UK: An Institutional Perspective’, British Journal of Management, (Ranked 4*).

Quinones-Garcia, C. and Kakabadse, N. ‘Self-concept clarity and Preference for Online Social Interaction: implications for well-being and the role of employment status’, BAM Conference on the Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development, 9-11 September, 2014, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.

Nicolopoulous, K., Kakabadse, N., Sakellariou, K. and Alcaraz-Barriga, J.  ‘Cosmopolitanism and the elite disposition as diversity factors in the development of entrepreneurship’, BAM Conference on the Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development, 9-11 September, 2014, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.


Co-authored many books (with Andrew Kakabadse), including:

  • Global Elites: The Opaque Nature of Transnational Policy Determination (2012)
  • Bilderberg People (2011)
  • Rice Wine with the Minister (2010)
  • Global Boards: One Desire, Many Realities (2009)
  • Leading the Board: The Six Disciplines of World-Class Chairman (2008)
  • CSR in Practice: Delving Deep (2007)
  • Governance, Strategy and Policy: Seven Critical Essays (2006)
  • Intimacy (2004)
  • Smart Sourcing (2002)
  • The Geopolitics of Governance (2001)
  • Creating Futures: Innovative Applications of IS/IT (2000)
  • Essence of Leadership (1999)
  • Leadership in Government: Study of the Australian Public Services (1998)

Corporate activity

  • Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics
  • Visiting Professor,  Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia); Ulster University Business School (N. Ireland); Visiting Scholar in Residence, Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management (Arizona, USA).
  • Experienced commentator for print, radio and television.

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