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Regina Eckert

Regina Eckert is a scientist-practitioner at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), specializing in diversity, women’s leadership, and global top talent development. She is the representative of CCL's Research in the EMEA region, leading a study on "Careers in 21st Century Europe", where a global team of CCL researchers and academic professors explore how culture and gender influence the development of leadership careers in various European countries.

Charlie Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership's fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose. Sir Charlie joined the Board as Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the Partnership's online strategy. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman in March 2007.

Colin Mayer

Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and is a leading expert on issues of corporate governance and regulation. Mayer is the author of Firm Commitment: Why the Corporation Is Failing Us and How to Restore Trust in It. In this interview, Colin Mayer outlines a number of practical recommendations for corporate reform that will align the interests of the corporation with those of society.

Richard Newton

Richard Newton is an author, consultant and public speaker, and is also involved in running two businesses. His career has encompassed line management and consultancy roles, before setting up his own consultancy in 2005, called Enixus. Richard’s primary work as a consultant relates to helping organizations improve their capabilities in projects and change.

Anders Dahlvig

Anders Dahlvig was born in 1957 in Sweden, and worked for IKEA from 1983 to 2009, the last ten years of which as president and CEO. In Dahlvig's first book The IKEA Edge, he tells the story of how IKEA matured from an entrepreneurial start-up to a leader in the furniture industry. He recounts his 26-year career at the company and what he learned along the way.

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith was recently recognized as the number one leadership thinker, and number seven business thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers 50 ceremony, sponsored by Harvard Business Review. He is the million-selling author and editor of 31 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, MOJO, and the WSJ no.1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year, What Got You Here Won't Get You There.

Stewart Friedman

While people in the business community hear a lot about the importance of work/life balance, it's often unclear exactly what that phrase means or how one achieves it. Stewart Friedman, founding director of Wharton's Leadership Program and the Work/Life Integration Project, thinks he has an answer. Friedman describes the four domains of people's lives - work, home, community and self - and what individuals can do to integrate these domains and improve their leadership skills.

Bruch and Vogel

Heike Bruch is Professor and Director at the Institute for Leadership and Human Resources Management at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Bernd Vogel is Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at the University of Reading.

Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Kent Lineback spent many years as a manager and an executive in business and government. They are the co-authors of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader (HBR Press, 2011).

Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant with a unique ability to connect with audiences. Drawing upon his broad range of experiences in private practice, leadership consulting, and media, he simplifies life's issues and gives easy to understand, practical advice. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over 20 books, including Necessary Endings, published by HarperBusiness.

Robert Ashton

The focus of Robert Ashton's work is social enterprise and how it can liberate, empower and achieve individuals, organisations and communities. A popular business speaker, he is able to speak from both the heart and experience. His book, How to be a Social Entrepreneur, is published by Capstone.

Rewati Prabhu

Rewati Prabhu has worked as an architect and urban designer in the USA, Europe and India. She is a Director of Frischmann Prabhu India, a 400 strong multidisciplinary design consultancy with their headquarters in Mumbai. Rewati leads large scale development projects and is passionate about urban regeneration in Indian cities. Within the Tata Jagriti Yatra board, she is guiding the selection process for students, facilitators, and the institutions that the Yatra plans to visit. Here, she talks to Alistair Craven about the Tata Jagriti Yatra.

Devora Zack

Devora Zack is a nationally recognized expert in the field of leadership development. Her consulting, networking strategies, seminars, corporate retreats, coaching, and strategic plans consistently result in improved productivity and morale.

Joey Seow

Joey Seow is General Manager: UK & Ireland. Here he talks with Emerald's Alistair Craven about Singapore Airlines' success, social responsibility issues, and the challenges facing the airline in the future.

Stan Slap

Stan Slap is the president of the international consulting company called, by a remarkable coincidence, ?slap.? He has a history of accomplishments as a CEO with as many as 5,000 employees reporting to him.

Charles S. Jacobs

Charles S. Jacobs is founder and managing partner of 180 Partners, and the author of Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn't Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science. For over two decades, he has helped the leadership of corporations around the world improve the performance of their businesses. He numbers among his clients fifty of the Fortune 100, and has worked in Europe, Asia, South America, and the US.

Marc Effron and Miriam Ort

Marc is President of the Talent Strategy Group – a full service talent management consulting firm. He has worked for, and consulted to, some of the world's largest, most successful companies including American Express, Bank of America, Fidelity, Philips Electronics and Alcoa. Miriam Ort has held leadership positions in talent management and human resources in the HR organizations of Fortune 500 companies. She is currently a senior human resources manager at PepsiCo.

Saj-nicole Joni

Saj-nicole Joni, Ph.D. is an internationally known business strategist, author, and the founder and CEO of Cambridge International Group. Her work appears in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes.com. Damon Beyer has been working with business leaders around the globe for over two decades, drawing on a broad range of strategic, operational, and organizational experience to help executives unleash the full potential of their people.

Michael J. Mauboussin

Michael J. Mauboussin is Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. Prior to joining LMCM in 2004, Michael was a Managing Director and Chief U.S. Investment Strategist at Credit Suisse. He is a former president of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York and was repeatedly named to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team and The Wall Street Journal All-Star survey in the food industry group.

Anders Aspling

Anders Aspling is the son of Sven Aspling, a former famous Swedish political leader who played the role of ombudsman in the transfer of Nordic refugees during World War II. While holding the position of president and dean of IFL – the Swedish Institute of Management – Anders Aspling helped it almost doubled its revenues, become the leading Northern European Executive/Management Development Institute.

Joseph Maciariello

Joseph A. Maciariello is Horton Professor of Management at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and Research Director of the Drucker Institute. He collaborated with Peter Drucker to publish The Daily Drucker(HarperCollins, 2004) and The Effective Executive in Action (HarperCollins, 2005). In addition, he has written two major articles providing a systematic, integrated description of some of the major works of Peter Drucker.

Usha Haley

Usha Haley is Asia Programs Fellow, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC. Usha's new book New Asian Emperors shows how and why Overseas Chinese companies continue to dominate the region and have extended their reach in East Asia, despite the Asian financial and SARS crises of the past decade.

Joe Whitehead

Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell are both Directors of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre. Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. In this interview, read what they have to say about their new book Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You.

Rick Bertasi

Rick Bertasi has over 20 years' experience in the field of commercial real estate covering estate management, strategic property consulting and facilities management. He graduated from Dartmouth College, USA, with a BA Degree in International Political Economy and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.

Stewart Friedman

Stew Friedman has been a faculty member of the Wharton School since 1984. He became the Management Department's first Practice Professor in recognition of his work on the application of theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations. His new book Total Leadership is a game-changing blueprint for how to perform well as a leader.

Clinton Korver &  Ron Howard

Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless. But they instil in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking. Find out more in this interview with the authors of Ethics for the Real World.

Mark Gottfredson & Steve Schaubert

Mark Gottfredson is a director of Bain & Company's office in Dallas, which he founded in 1990. Steve Schaubert is a director in the Boston office. He joined the firm in 1979 and was elected to the partnership in 1980. In this interview, Gottfredson & Schaubert talk to Emerald about how the best managers get outstanding results.

Omar Khan

Omar Khan has lived in Pakistan, Germany, the US, UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Japan, Dubai, Singapore and Sri Lanka. His father was an Ambassador for Pakistan, and he was educated both at Oxford University and then Stanford Law School. He worked with some of the original research team that developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Robert Kaplan & David Norton

Ranked as #12 in the Thinkers 50 list of the world's most important and influential business thinkers, Robert Kaplan & David Norton speak to Emerald about their latest work The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage.

Joseph L. Bower

Joseph L. Bower has been a leader in general management at Harvard Business School for 45 years. An expert on corporate strategy, organization, and leadership, he has devoted much of his teaching and research to challenges confronting corporate leaders in today's rapidly changing hyper-competitive conditions.

Robert Rosen

Dr Robert Rosen, author of Just Enough Anxiety, is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher and business adviser to world-class companies. Experienced in understanding both people and business, Dr Rosen teaches corporate leaders how to recognize the obstacles and leverage the opportunities of the new global economy.

Brian Plowman

Brian Plowman is a founding partner and managing director of Develin & Partners, a UK-based management consultancy. With a focus on implementation techniques to add corporate value, he has worked with clients including the Royal Bank of Scotland in the financial sector, Land Rover in manufacturing and City University in education.

Dave Ulrich & Norm Smallwood

In 2005 and 2006, Ulrich & Smallwood's RBL Group was ranked as the #1 leadership development firm in the world by Leadership Excellence. Their new book Leadership Brand explores the advantages of a branded approach to corporate leadership.

Stephen H. Baum

An advisor and coach to leaders for over 20 years, Stephen H. Baum's new book is based on his interviews with more than two dozen CEOs. In it he reveals the pattern of ten archetypal shaping experiences responsible for the exceptional personal growth of such people.

Michael Regester

Michael Regester is an international authority, author and lecturer on risk issues and crisis management and is regarded as having pioneered many of the systems, procedures and training programmes which companies can put into place to handle the communications aspects of crisis situations.

Vince Thompson

Vince Thompson is principal at Middleshift Consulting and works with Internet Companies to design and build world-class online marketing solutions and sales organizations. His clients include Napster, StarStyle.com, Break.com

David Jones

David Jones CBE is a former Chief Executive and Chairman of NEXT plc. His illustrious career has taken him through some of the most successful UK retail companies including Kays, Great Universal Stores, Grattan and NEXT. Under David's leadership, NEXT's market capitalization grew from £25m to over £3bn.

Anthony F. Smith

Anthony F. Smith is a Managing Director of the Leadership Research Institute, a global management and leadership consulting firm. He has been an active consultant for over 15 years in the areas of organizational change, executive development, and leadership training and design. He serves clients in the financial/banking sector, as well as the sports, entertainment, professional services, and manufacturing and production sectors.

Dean M. Becker

Recognized as a leading international authority in the field of individual and organizational resilience, Dean M. Becker is President & CEO of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania - based Adaptiv Learning Systems, Inc., a company that develops and delivers resilience training programmes. Find out what he has to say about how the characteristics of resilient people and companies can set them apart from their competitors in this interview.

Tom Schmitt & Arnold Perl

Longtime FedEx senior executive Tom Schmitt and internationally renowned management attorney and civic leader Arnold Perl reveal how even the most complex business problems can be broken down into simple components and solved using the right tools and the right amount of leadership passion.

Emmanuel Gobillot

Emmanuel Gobillot has worked with the BBC, Philips, BT, ITV, the United Nations and Belron to develop their senior executive capability and make their organizations more effective. In this interview he talks about the need for "connected" leaders who engage with employees in relationships based on trust and meaningful dialogue.

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The author of over 20 books translated into 24 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences. In 2005 he was selected as one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter

Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter are the authors of 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which is the long-awaited follow up to the New York Times bestseller First, Break All the Rules. 12 paints a compelling and vivid portrait of real-life managers as they tackle the challenges of the modern workplace.

Nate Bennett & Stephen Miles

Although a number of books focus on the CEO and their unmistakable leadership role, little attention has been focused on the role of the second-in-command or COO. This is surprising given the importance of the position. Drawing heavily on a number of first-person accounts from the most admired current and former COOs, Nate Bennett and Stephen Miles provide fresh insights into this little-understood role in their book Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO.

Paul Taffinder

Dr. Paul Taffinder is a Partner in the London office of Marakon Associates. A recognized expert on leadership and organizational behaviour, he advises top executives of Global 500 companies on large-scale change and specializes in CEO-led transformation. In this interview, read what he has to say about his book The Leadership Crash Course.

Dorothy Leonard

Dorothy Leonard, the William J. Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita, joined the Harvard faculty in 1983 after teaching for three years at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has taught MBA courses in managerial leadership, corporate capabilities, new product and process design, technology strategy and innovation management.

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis is one of the world's leading experts on leadership. He is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He is also the Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Research Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Business School.

Gabrielle O'Donovan

Gabrielle O'Donovan has worked with major blue-chip companies for many years on corporate culture management. Her recent HSBC culture change programme won an ASTD Excellence in Practice Award in 2005 and her articles have been published in Corporate Governance International, Banking Today and Best Practices Management.

Mijnd Huijser

Mijnd Huijser is the founder of CMC-Culture & Management Consulting which specializes in challenges arising from the cooperation between North American, European, Japanese and Chinese companies. He has published many articles and is the author of two books: The Profit of Peace, on culture and the ethical dilemmas of international business in failing states, and The Cultural Advantage, on what it takes to be a successful global team.

Michael Roberto

Michael Roberto is a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University?'s Stern School of Business. He has taught in leadership development programmes at a number of organizations including Morgan Stanley and The Home Depot. Professor Roberto has also consulted with organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin and The Advisory Board.

James B. Rieley

Dr. James B. Rieley is an advisor to CEOs and senior leadership teams in both Europe and America. He is able to draw on over 30 years in business, both as senior management and as a consultant to management. In this interview, read what he has to say about leadership, feedback, and his new books Strategy and Performance and Leadership.

John Ward

John Ward is The Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD, co-director of IMD's renowned 'Leading the Family Business' programme. John also serves on the boards of four companies and three not-for-profit organizations in Europe and the USA. In this interview, read about the distinct challenges facing family businesses, and John's research and teaching in the field.

Rachel Elnaugh

Rachel Elnaugh is an accomplished business speaker, having addressed audiences from Harvard University to the London Innovation Forum. She is one of Britain's highest profile female entrepreneurs and a TV personality through her participation in the BBC's cult business programme Dragons' Den

David Nussbaum

David Nussbaum has been CEO of Transparency International (TI) since 2002. Based in Berlin, TI is the leading global anti-corruption organization, with national chapters in 90 countries around the world. In this interview Mr Nussbaum talks about his organization's growth, from one man's idea to becoming the world's global leader in the fight against corruption.

Beverly Behan

Beverly Behan is a partner in the Corporate Governance Practice of Mercer Delta Consulting, a firm that specializes in organizational change and leadership. Prior to joining Mercer Delta, Ms. Behan was a principal in the executive compensation group of Mercer Human Resources in Toronto, where her practice included executive and director compensation as well as corporate governance and Board effectiveness work.

Lawrence M. Miller

Lawrence Miller has worked with 3M, Corning, Shell Oil, Amoco and Texaco, Shell Chemicals, Air Canada and Varig Airlines amongst many others. He has been consulting, writing and speaking about business organization and culture since 1973 with a view to improving the performance of organizations and the skills of their leaders.

Leo Hindery

Leo Hindery is Managing Partner of InterMedia Advisors, LLP. He has been Chairman and CEO of The YES Network, Chairman and CEO of GlobalCenter Inc. and Chairman and CEO of AT&T Broadband. He has been involved with more than 240 business deals over the last 25 years worth in excess of $150 billion.

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker was one of the world's most respected thinkers on management and society. He had a brimming lifetime of wisdom to share and expertise that reached well beyond the confines of the world's largest companies. He was the ultimate guru to generations of executives and students of management theory, of how organizations succeed, and why they fail.

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker was one of the world's most respected thinkers on management and society. He had a brimming lifetime of wisdom to share and expertise that reached well beyond the confines of the world's largest companies. He was the ultimate guru to generations of executives and students of management theory, of how organizations succeed, and why they fail.

Ronald A. Heifetz

Ronald A. Heifetz is cofounder of the Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is known worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership. Here he discusses the challenge of adaptive leadership.

Tom Donnelly

Dr Tom Donnelly holds Visiting Professorships at Oulu Business School in Finland and at the Institut d Administration des Entreprises at the University of Caen in France. In this interview, read what he has to say about the demise of the Rover car company and successful alliances in the motor industry.

John Roberts

Delving into the challenges business leaders face, John Roberts shuns easy generalizations and instead lays bare the crucial interdependencies that must be taken into consideration when making decisions.

Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching interests center on the management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation.

Brent Filson

Brent Filson is the author of more than 20 books which have been featured in more than 200 magazines and newspapers and scores of radio and television shows. He has lectured at Columbia University, MIT, Boston College, Wake Forest University and more. In this interview, read what he has to say about the challenges of leadership.

Richard Denny

Richard Denny is one of the most inspirational business speakers in the UK. He has authored and presented over 30 training videos and 5 books. His Selling to Win book has become required reading for anybody aspiring to become a sales professional. In this interview, read what he has to say about management and leadership, motivation and communication.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is an internationally known business leader and expert on strategy and leadership for change. She holds an endowed chair as the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and advises major corporations and governments worldwide. Read what she has to say about her most recent book, Confidence.

Alex Matheson

From 2000 to 2005, Alex Matheson has been the Head of the Budgeting and Management Division of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In this interview, read what he has to say about public sector leadership, management challenges and the work of the OECD.

Manfred Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets de Vries is an internationally recognized management expert and the author of 23 books and over 180 scientific papers. His specific areas of interest are entrepreneurship, family business and corporate transformation and change. In this interview, read what he has to say about the traits and characteristics of entrepreneurship.

Henry Mintzberg

What are the key skills needed to become an effective manager? Can you learn leadership, or is it an innate quality? Henry Mintzberg is a world-renowned business thinker, and is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. In this interview, read what he has to say about managerial skills, empowerment, MBAs and management styles.

Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

For more than 20 years Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe has been involved in research and the leadership development of individuals and organizations through programmes for top and senior managers across the NHS, local government and other UK public and private sector organizations. In this interview, read what she has to say about the transformational imperatives of leadership.

Robert Monks

Robert Monks hopes to shift the balance of power from CEOs to shareholders. Here he talks about abuse of power and reinventing the corporation for the future. Read on to find out Monks' opinion on the current nature of CEO power, whether CEOs are overpaid, and how things should change in the future.

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Read what he has to say about his latest thinking on leadership and the plight of the modern CEO.

Paul C. Reilly

Is there really a global market in CEOs? What does the future hold for the executive recruitment market? What are the key performance measures for a CEO? Paul C. Reilly, chairman of Korn/Ferry International - the worlds leading recruitment firm, provides a unique perspective on the executive recruitment market, key performance measures and successful CEO attributes in this interview.

Carol Kennedy

Why should a country as innovative as Britain have exploited so few ideas - with the consequent loss of potential wealth to other countries? When did the most significant changes take place in terms of modernizing British business? Discover the answers with Carol Kennedy, the award-winning business author and journalist, who was formerly executive editor of Director, the journal of Britain's Institute of Directors.

Renee Mauborgne

Renée Mauborgne is Distinguished Fellow and Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD and a fellow of the World Economic Forum. She is an advisor to corporations in diverse industries in the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific region. Read what she has to say about the challenges of "value innovation" and the concepts of "fair process" and new "market space".

Ángel Cabrera

How can values-based, ethical management best be taught and fostered? What do you think about Corporate Social Responsibility? Should it extend to action to limit the huge and growing gap between top pay and perks, and low wages in some companies? Discover what Professor Ángel Cabrera, Dean of the Instituto de Empresa graduate business school in Madrid, has to say about Corporate Social Responsibility and the effects of globalization in this exclusive interview.

Jim Collins

An interview with Jim Collins, a self-professed student of enduring great companies - how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. After investing more than a decade of research into the topic, Jim has co-authored four books. Read what he has to say about the findings of his latest book Good to Great and the characteristics of 'Level 5 Leadership'.

Dave Ulrich

This interview focuses on Dave Ulrich's recent book Results-based Leadership. In discussing implementation issues, the interview covers some of his General Electric experiences and recent research. Ulrich has been a leader in moving human resources from a staff backwater to its new place at the CEO's right hand, helping with the process of building intellectual capital, creating strategic clarity, and driving change.

Bob Stewart

Bob Stewart is an independent consultant specializing in courses and lectures on leadership, motivation, ethics, crisis management, negotiation, planning and tactics. Read what he has to say about how his military experience has contributed to his work as a consultant and gauge his opinions on issues of business planning and analysis, leadership, team-building and team-working.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds a chaired professorship as the Class of 1960 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Specializing in business strategy and the management of strategic change, Professor Kanter also advises major corporations worldwide. Read what she has to say about leadership and strategy in the new electronic age and changing relationships with employees.

Sir John Harvey-Jones

Sir John Harvey-Jones, MBE is a former chairman of ICI and one of Britain's best-known industrialists. Under his leadership ICI turned losses of £200 million a year into a profit of more than £1,000 million in three years. Read what he has to say about the opportunities facing small and family-owned companies, his approach to corporate 'troubleshooting', and his views on leadership.

Philip Sadler

Philip Sadler CBE is a business educator, consultant and the Vice-President of Ashridge Business School in the UK. He is also a patron of The Centre for Tomorrow's Company and a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. Read what he has to say about the inclusive approach to corporate governance and management espoused in his new book Building Tomorrow's Company - A Guide to Sustainable Business Success.

J. Richard Hackman

J. Richard Hackman is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. His research interests include team dynamics and performance and the design and leadership of self-managing groups. Read what he has to say about his new book, Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, which focuses on creating the conditions for successful teamworking.

John P. Kotter

John P. Kotter is Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at the Harvard Business School, an acclaimed speaker worldwide on topics of leadership and change and the author of several widely selling business books. Read what he has to say about the issues of organizational change, speed of change, resistance to it and where leadership fits into the picture.

Oliver Yau

Oliver Yau is Professor of Marketing and Dean of the Faculty of Business at the City University of Hong Kong. He has held teaching and research positions in Australia, South America and Europe. Read what he has to say about the differences between management approaches in the East and the West, their impact on international joint ventures and the major issues facing Chinese management today.

John Adair

John Adair is an internationally acclaimed writer, teacher and consultant. In 1978 he was appointed the world's first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey, UK. Read what he has to say about the issues of leadership and management, teamwork and vocation, and some of the ideas emerging from his book How to find your vocation.

Andrew Kakabadse

Andrew Kakabadse is Professor of International Management Development, Chairman of the Human Resources Network and Deputy-Director at the Cranfield School of Management, UK. He is also Vice-Chancellor of the International Academy of Management. Read about his views on effective leadership and the major challenges of the future for leaders.

Taina Savolainen

Taina Savolainen is one of Finland's leading experts in quality management and was recently nominated Professor of Organization and Management at the University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics. Read what she has to say about the importance of leadership in quality initiatives and the growing recognition of the role of people and their feelings and emotions in fostering quality.

Manfred Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets de Vries holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair in Human Resource Management and is Clinical Professor of Management and Leadership at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). Read what he has to say about distinct organizational types, cultural approaches to management and life balance.

David Hickson

David Hickson is Emeritus Professor of International Management and Organization at the University of Bradford's School of Management. He is a founder member of EGOS, the European Group for Organizational Studies. Read what he has to say about his research into the process of decision making, the impact of national cultures on this and the growing economic importance of China in the 21st century.