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Professor Benjamin Laker

Professor of Leadership

Postgraduate Research Director of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour

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Specialisms

  • Effectuating Academe Commercialisation, 
  • Generating Research Impact, 
  • Informing Government Policy, 
  • Leading Knowledge Exchange

Location

Room GB10, Greenlands campus

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

Benjamin's empirical inquiry, read by millions of people globally, has generated implications for law and legislation discussed extensively by The Economist, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and BBC newscasts including Newsnight and World News.

His expertise has consequently been sought by government departments such as HM Treasury and multinationals including Adidas, American Express, Apple, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also received invitation to address political congress, including the Conservative Party Conference, and contest policy debate with the Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Downing Street's Director of Communications, the Minister of State for School Standards and the Prime Minister of Ireland, among others.

Reference: Laker, B. (2020) Emphasize work-life balance for your teams. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Patel, C. and Kudret, S. (2021) Four steps to successful virtual hiring. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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
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
Reference: Laker, B. (2021) Why companies should adopt a hub-and-spoke work model post-pandemic. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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
Reference: Laker, B. (2021) Why modern executives are more susceptible to hubris than ever. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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
Reference: Laker, B. and Patel, C. (2020) Improve your ability to make an impact with people. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
Reference: Laker, B. , Soga, L. , Bolade-Ogunfodun, Y. and Malik, A. (2021) What successful freelancers do differently. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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
Reference: Laker, B. , Patel, C. , Budhwar, P. and Malik, A. (2020) How leading companies are innovating remotely. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Laker, B. and Patel, C. (2020) Strengthen your ability to influence people. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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
Reference: Roulet, T. and Laker, B. (2020) Now is the time to reconnect with your dormant network. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
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
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
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2021) How organizations can promote employee wellness, now and post-pandemic. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Laker, B. , Godley, W., Patel, C. and Cobb, D. (2020) How to monitor remote workers — ethically. MIT Sloan Management Review. ISSN 1532-9194
Reference: Hill, A., Mellon, L., Goddard, J. and Laker, B. (2016) How to turn around a failing school. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) How companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012
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
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
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
Reference: Laker, B. and Roulet, T. (2019) Will the 4-Day workweek take hold in Europe? Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012