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Turning academic insights into
practical action

Laura uses insights from her lifetime of academic research to help professional organizations address some of their most challenging issues.

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Professor Laura Empson, Academic, Speaker, Advisor

About Laura

Academic | Speaker | Advisor

Laura has been conducting academic research into professional organizations for more than 30 years.

She is the Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), University of London, and holds Research Fellowships at Harvard Law School and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Alongside her academic work, Laura acts as an advisor to many of the world’s leading professional organizations.

Specialist subjects

Laura offers advisory consultations and keynote speeches, based on insights from her lifetime of academic research, to assist professional organizations in navigating their most pressing challenges. Here is a selection of the subjects she covers.

Collective leadership

Distinctive dynamics among professionals.

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Power of partnership

Realizing the individual and collective potential within professional service firms.

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Leadership and culture

Reinvigorating professionals and their organizations.

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Future of professional work

Leading collectively through uncertainty.

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Growth and change

Navigating rapid growth and change in professional organizations.

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Leaders of professional organizations approach Laura for a variety of reasons. Explore more here.

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Podcast: Leading Professional People

Professor Laura Empson and Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, explore the crucial leadership questions currently facing professional organizations and their leaders. They uncover the complicated, messy and surprisingly emotional challenges of leading professionals.


Laura’s latest book
(published in paperback August 2022)

Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas analyses the complex power dynamics and interpersonal politics that lie at the heart of leadership in professional organizations. It draws on the latest organizational and leadership theory to analyse in detail exactly how professionals come together to create 'leadership'. It identifies how change happens within professional organizations and explains why their leaders so often fail.

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Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas


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