2011 Ranking: #12
Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School, where she teaches both executives and MBA students. She is considered a leading authority on people in organizations, and the future of work. In 2009 she launched the ‘Future of Work’ research consortium, which has now engaged executives from more than 50 companies around the world.
Gratton is perhaps best known for her work on collaborative working. In her 2007 book Hot Spots she introduced the idea of “organizational hot spots" – areas of highly engaged and innovative activity within organizations.
Gratton argues that we are moving from a business world based on competition to one that is based on collaboration and shared purpose.
Gratton has written seven books, including: Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose, (2000), The Democratic Enterprise; (2003); Hot Spots (2007); Glow: How you can Radiate Energy Innovation and Success (2010), which focused on how individuals can create their own hot spots; and, most recently, The Shift: The future of work is already here (2011).