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Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor of Leadership

Postgraduate Research Director of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Impact Lead for Euro-Asian Region

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Specialisms

  • Economic Inequality, 
  • Societal Prosperity, 
  • Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance

Location

Room GB10, Greenlands campus

Professor Benjamin Laker is a Professor of Leadership and Postgraduate Research Director at Henley Business School.

Benjamin joined Henley Business School from the University of Kent in 2018 as a Professor of Leadership. He became Postgraduate Research Director of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour in 2021 and Impact Lead for the Euro-Asian Region in 2022. His research, which considers ways to advance economic, environmental and social prosperity, informs law, public policy and government inquiry.

Benjamin is a member of Henley Business School’s Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and Birkbeck, University of London’s Centre for Innovation Management Research. He is regularly invited to attend the United States House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, which makes legislative recommendations that address financial and societal inequality to the United States Congress and Biden-⁠Harris administration.

Benjamin contributes to the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. His articles are widely read and frequently cited by BBC Newsnight, The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Malik, A. and Budhwar, P. (2022) What to do when you become your friend's boss - especially when you know a little too much about each other. In: Gallo, A., Edmondson, A. C., Opie, T. R. and Clark, D. (eds.) Making Real Connections. HBR Women at Work Series. Harvard Business Review Press. ISBN 9781647822194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Soga, L. R. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. , Mariani, M. , Nasr, R. and Laker, B. (2022) Unmasking the other face of flexible working practices: a systematic literature review. Journal of Business Research, 142. pp. 648-662. ISSN 0148-2963 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.01.024
Reference: Soga, L. , Laker, B. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Mariani, M. (2022) Delegation strengthens teams working remotely. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Badewi, A. A., Eid, R. and Laker, B. (2022) Determinations of system justification versus psychological reactance consumer behaviours in taboo markets. Information Technology & People. ISSN 0959-3845 doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-12-2018-0555
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Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Budhwar, P. and Malik, A. (2021) Six steps to innovate remotely. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Patel, C. and Kudret, S. (2021) Four steps to optimize virtual hires. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel - Dr Selin Kudret
Reference: Laker, B. and Patel, C. (2020) Strengthen your leadership influence. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Will the three-day work per week take hold in Europe? Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Malik, A., Budhwar, P. and Pereira, V. (2022) Days without meetings – a way to be productive. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Roulet, T. and Laker, B. (2022) Your career needs a little luck. Here’s how to cultivate it. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Pereira, V., Budhwar, P. and Malik, A. (2022) The surprising impact of meeting-free days. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Why a four-day working week can be profitable for business. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Pandey, J., Hassan, Y., Pandey, J., Pereira, V., Behl, A., Fischer, B. and Laker, B. (2022) Leader signalled knowledge hiding and erosion of co-created value: micro-foundational evidence from the test preparation industry. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. ISSN 0018-9391 doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2022.3149005
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. (2022) The benefits and risks of rehiring a boomerang employee. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Pereira, V., Malik, A. and Soga, L. (2022) Dear Manager, you’re holding too many meetings. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Lebene Soga
Reference: Laker, B. , Pereira, V., Malik, A. and Mariani, M. (2022) First-time managers are burning out. Here’s how to manage. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Professor Marcello Mariani
Reference: Huang, X., Wang, X., Han, L. and Laker, B. (2022) Does sound lending infrastructure foster better financial reporting quality of SMEs? European Journal of Finance. ISSN 1466-4364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1351847X.2022.2075281 (In Press)
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Liang Han - Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. (2020) Emphasize work-life balance for your teams. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Patel, C. and Kudret, S. (2021) Four steps to successful virtual hiring. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel - Dr Selin Kudret
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Kudret, S. and Trehan, R. (2021) 4 tips to nail a virtual job interview. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Selin Kudret
Reference: Malik, A., Budhwar, P., Patel, C. and Laker, B. (2021) Holistic indigenous and atomistic modernity: analysing performance management in two Indian emerging market MNCs. Human Resource Management. ISSN 1099-050X doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22057
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Charmi Patel - Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. (2021) Why companies should adopt a hub-and-spoke work model post-pandemic. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Soga, L. (2021) Don’t let WFH get in the way of your next promotion. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun - Dr Lebene Soga
Reference: Laker, B. (2021) Why modern executives are more susceptible to hubris than ever. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Soga, L. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Laker, B. (2021) Design your work environment to manage unintended tech consequences. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Lebene Soga - Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun - Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. and Patel, C. (2020) Improve your ability to make an impact with people. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. , Soga, L. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Malik, A. (2021) What successful freelancers do differently. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Lebene Soga - Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun
Reference: Soga, L. , Laker, B. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Mariani, M. (2021) Embrace delegation as a skill to strengthen remote teams. MIT Sloan Management Review, 63 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Laker, B. (2021) Why gig work needs to demonstrate loyalty, and how to do it. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Malik, A., Sharma, P., Vinu, A., Karakoti, A., Kaur, K., Gujral, H. S., Munjal, S. and Laker, B. (2022) Circular economy adoption by SMEs in the emerging markets: towards a multilevel conceptual framework. Journal of Business Research, 142. pp. 605-619. ISSN 0148-2963 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.12.076
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Malik, A. and Budhwar, P. (2020) What to do when you become your friend’s boss. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Budhwar, P. and Malik, A. (2020) How leading companies are innovating remotely. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. and Patel, C. (2020) Strengthen your ability to influence people. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Budhwar, P. and Malik, A. (2020) How job crafting can make work more satisfying. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Roulet, T. and Laker, B. (2020) Now is the time to reconnect with your dormant network. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Mohri, S., Asgari, N., Farahini, R. Z., Bourlakis, M. and Laker, B. (2020) Fairness in hazmat routing-scheduling: a bi-objective Stackelberg game. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 140. 102006. ISSN 1366-5545 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tre.2020.102006
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Reference: Laker, B. , Matejko, S., Godley, W. and Adewale, A. (2021) How to develop early career talent virtually. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Adeyinka Adewale
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2021) How organizations can promote employee wellness, now and post-pandemic. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Patel, C. and Cobb, D. (2020) How to monitor remote workers — ethically. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Henley faculty authors:
Professor Benjamin Laker - Dr Charmi Patel
Reference: Hill, A., Mellon, L., Goddard, J. and Laker, B. (2016) How to turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: 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. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) How companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: 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 & Production Management, 37 (10). pp. 1266-1303. ISSN 0144-3577 doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2016-0142
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Hill, A., Mellon, L., Laker, B. and Goddard, J. (2017) Research: how the best school leaders create enduring change. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Reference: Laker, B. , Cobb, D. and Trehan, R. (2021) Too proud to lead: how hubris can destroy effective leadership and what to do about it. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472973054
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Professor Benjamin Laker
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Will the 4-Day workweek take hold in Europe? Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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Professor Benjamin Laker