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Why Partnerships Work: What Goes On Behind the Closed Doors

Why Partnerships Work: What Goes On Behind the Closed Doors

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

12:00-1:00pm

Pound 102

Laura Empson

Professor Laura Empson will present a preview of a chapter from her forthcoming book Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas to be published by Oxford University PressBased on in-depth research within many of the world’s leading law firms, she will explain how partnerships work and why they are so effective.  The presentation will be an opportunity to discuss how to succeed within a partnership, how partnerships are changing, and the challenges of leadership in a  partnership context.

About Laura Empson:

Professor Laura Empson has dedicated more than two decades to researching professionals and professional service firms. She is Director of the Cass Centre for Professional Service Firms and Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms at Cass Business School in the City of London, UK.

Her current research focuses on leadership and governance in professional service firms; she has also researched topics such as mergers and acquisitions, the professionalisation of management, organizational and identity change, knowledge management, and diversity in a professional service firm context. In 2013 she was honoured by the Financial Times for her research into leadership in professional service firms and she has been awarded numerous research grants by the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain (ESRC’s).

She is committed to translating her academic research for a practitioner audience, most notably in her 2007 book, Managing the Modern Law Firm: New Challenges, New Perspectives (Oxford University Press), which was described by The Times as marking a ‘seminal moment in the development of management theory in this sector’.  She has published numerous articles in leading international academic journals and is lead editor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015, Oxford University Press).

At Cass Business School she teaches the Cass MBA elective “Succeeding in Professional and Financial Services”.

She is Chair of KPMG LLP’s Public Interest Committee (i.e. Senior Independent Non-Executive).

She is a Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, and the Journal of Professions and Organizations. She is also a Member of the ESRC’s Peer Review College.

She was previously a Reader at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and remains a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Before becoming an academic, Laura worked as an investment banker and strategy consultant.

She acts as an advisor to many of the world’s leading professional service firms in the areas such as: law, accounting, law, investment banking, actuarial and management consulting. Through her consultancy work she translates her scholarly research into actionable insights into a range of issues that challenge leaders in professional service firms.

For further details on publications: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/experts/L.Empson