Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor of Leadership

Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor Benjamin Laker

Department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Room GB10, Greenlands Campus
+44 (0) 1491 418799


Professor Benjamin Laker is a Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School who influences government policy and leads research, executive development and education within the Department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour.

He has advised senior civil servants and politicians, including members of Parliament and the House of Lords, and served BBC and Sky News broadcasts including Newsnight with expert commentary on political affairs.

His empirical inquiry resides within academic and practitioner publications, including The International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Transportation Research, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review: findings from which feature within The Economist, New York Times, Telegraph and Washington Post among others.

Selected Publications

Trehan, R. and Laker, B. (2019) Four Days, Then Free: Why a shorter working week could be good for business. Washington Post.

Trehan, R. and Laker, B. (2019) Bridges to Progress: how to build multi-generational collaboration in your organization. Washington Post.

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Will the 4-Day Workweek Take Hold in Europe? Harvard Business Review.

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Busting three modern myths of diversity in the workplace. Washington Post.

Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) How companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. Harvard Business Review.

Laker, B. (2019) Three Ways to Achieve Organizational Readiness In the Information Age. Washington Post.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Laker, B. and Goddard, J. (2017) Research: how the best school leaders create enduring change. Harvard Business Review.

Hill, A., Cuthbertson, R., Brown, S. and Laker, B. (2017) Service fitness ladders: improving business performance in low cost or differentiated markets. International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Laker, B. and Goddard, J. (2016) The one type of leader who can turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review.

Hill, A., Mellon, L., Goddard, J. and Laker, B. (2016) How to turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review.