Lynda Gratton

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Lynda Gratton
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Lynda Gratton (2012)
Born 1955
Liverpool, England, UK
Occupation Author, academic, Management Consultant

Lynda Gratton (born February 1955) a British organizational theorist, consultant, and Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and the founder of the Hot Spots Movement, known for her work on organisational behaviour.


Born in Liverpool, England, the oldest of four children,[1] Gratton took a degree in psychology degree followed by a PhD at Liverpool University.[2]

After graduation Gratton started her career at British Airways, where she was Chief Psychologist. In 1982 she moved to the management consultancy firm PA Consulting Group, where she became Director.

In 1989 she started her academic career as Assistant Professor at London Business School. In 2004 she was appointed Senior Fellow of the UK's Advanced Institute of Management Practice. In 2006 she became the founding director of the Lehman Centre for Women in Business at the London Business School.

In 2005 she founded the Hot Spots Movement, a specialist research and consulting team that bridges academia and business. In October 2009 the Hot Spots Movement launched the Future of Work Research Consortium, spearheading an experiment in co-creation among management, academics and executives.

Gratton is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School. She continues to work with many of the world's biggest companies, including Vodafone, Shell and Unilever. She was for many years the judging panel of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.[3] Her book The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity was shortlisted for the 2016 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.[4]


In 2000 she published Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose, which has since been translated into more than 15 languages. It looks at how to place employees in the context of a business with all its competing attractions, and how organisations should understand and empower staff. It includes case studies from Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Glaxxo Welcome.

In 2002, Gratton's article "Integrating the Enterprise"[5] which examined cooperative strategies, was awarded the MIT Sloan Management Review best article of the year.

In 2003 she published The Democratic Enterprise: Liberating your Business with Freedom, Flexibility and Commitment, which was described by Financial Times as a work of important scholarship and has provided a fascinating insight into how companies will change over the coming decades.

Her 2005 case study with S. Ghoshal, of BP's peer assist integration practices called "BP: Organisational Transformation" won the ECCH Best Strategy Case of the year award and went on to win the best case of the year.

In 2007 her book Hot Spots: Why Some Companies Buzz with Energy and Innovation – and Others Don't was rated by the Financial Times as one of the most important business books of 2007. It has since been translated into more than 10 languages.

Her 2009 book Glow: how to bring energy and innovation to your life gave practical exercises to enable people to become more innovative, collaborative and better connected.

In 2009, Lynda Gratton founded the Future of Work Research Consortium, which is a collaborative research project that creates insights into what the future of work will look like, and how organisations can prepare.

In 2011, Gratton published The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here, which looks at the future of work and was supported by the innovative research carried out in the Future of Work Research Consortium, and in 2014 The Key – How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World's Toughest Problems.


In 2008 The Financial Times selected her as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade. In 2011 she was ranked by The Times as one of the top 15 Business Thinkers in the world today.[6] And in 2011 she was ranked number one in Human Resources Magazine's "Top 25 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2011" poll.

In 2013 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by HR Magazine and equally in 2013 she was amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking.

Selected Publications[edit]

Lynda Gratton has written several books and academic articles on organisational behaviour. Books, a selection:

  • Gratton, Lynda (1999) Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality, Oxford University Press, May 1999.
  • Gratton, Lynda (2000) Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, April 2000.

Articles, a selection:

  • The Third Wave of Virtual Work By Lynda Gratton & Tammy Johns Published in the Harvard Business Review: January 2013
  • End of the Middle Manager By Lynda Gratton Published in the Harvard Business Review: January 2011
  • Lynda Gratton investigates the Future of Work By Lynda Gratton Published in the Business Strategy Review: Autumn 2010
  • Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams By Lynda Gratton & Tammy Erickson Published in the Harvard Business Review: November 2007
  • Bridging Faultlines in Diverse Teams By Lynda Gratton, Andreas Voigt and Tammy Erickson Published in MIT Sloan Management Review: Summer 2007
  • Truss, Catherine, and Lynda Gratton. "Strategic human resource management: A conceptual approach." International Journal of Human Resource Management 5.3 (1994): 663–686.
  • Truss, C., Gratton, L., Hope‐Hailey, V., McGovern, P., & Stiles, P. (1997). Soft and hard models of human resource management: a reappraisal. Journal of Management Studies, 34(1), 53–73.
  • McGovern, P., Gratton, L., Hope‐Hailey, V., Stiles, P., & Truss, C. (1997). Human resource management on the line?. Human Resource Management Journal, 7(4), 12–29.
  • Gratton, L., Hope‐Hailey, V., Stiles, P., & Truss, C. (1999). Linking individual performance to business strategy: The people process model. Human Resource Management, 38(1), 17–31.
  • Ghoshal, Sumantra, and Lynda Gratton. "Integrating the enterprise." Sumantra Ghoshal On Management: A Force For Good (2005): 313.


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  4. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi (8 September 2016). "Bloomsbury has two on FT Business Book shortlist". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
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  6. ^ Lynda Gratton at

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