General & Medical Leadership

When it comes to leadership, the NHS should do what management consulting firms do, not what they say. Comment, 2016. More...


Satisfaction at work depends on the competence of your boss Harvard Business Review France (2015) More...


Football Managers: Does it take one to know one or can you learn? League Managers Association (2014)


The risks businesses take when they hire leaders with minimal core-business knowledge Strategic Risk (2014)

Although we admire entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, artists, and others with ideas, we typically assume that they are no good at running an organisation. I have found these assumptions to be wrong. More...


The Experts' Advantage Project-Syndicate (2014)

LONDON - Nearly everyone who sits on Google's board of directors has at least one computer science or engineering degree or doctorate. There are two university presidents and eminent scholars - Stanford University's John Hennessy and former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman - and several members of the National Academy of Engineering and other illustrious organizations. For Google, it pays to have technical expertise at the top.

But Google is an unusual corporate giant in promoting those with scientific prowess to the top of the management ladder. Beyond Silicon Valley, few senior corporate executives boast technical expertise in the products that their companies produce. American boardrooms are filled with MBAs, especially from Harvard, while firms in the rest of the developed world (with the possible exception of Germany) seem to prefer professional managers over technical or scientific talent. More...


How to stay in pole position: hire a boss who has worked on the floor (2014) Strategy Magazine

If you had to make a guess about who will win the Japanese Grand Prix, how might you choose? In data spanning the entire 60 year history of Formula 1 Championships, my co-author, Ganna Pogrebna, and I have found that it has a lot to do with leadership. F1 teams that are led by former drivers or mechanics out perform those who are led by either managers or qualified engineers. More...


Why we need Expert Leaders Developing Leaders (2014)

The importance of good management is undisputed. In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, led by Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), Raffaella Sadun(Harvard) and John Van Reenen (LSE), management practices were assessed in 8,000 firms in 20 countries in the developed and developing worlds. More...


Should doctors run hospitals? Ifo Institute, Munich, Germany (2013)

Despite the growing body of research into hospital performance, there are currently no empirical studies that assess the physician-leadership hypothesis that hospitals perform better when they are led by doctors. To establish a clear relationship between leadership and organisational outcomes is challenging. More...


Physician-leaders and hospital performance: Is there an association? Journal of the European Association of Hospital Managers (2011)

The paper identifies the CEOs in the top ranked hospitals in America - determining whether those hospitals situated higher in the league-table are more likely to be headed by physician-leaders or professional managers. More...


Physician-leaders and hospital performance: Is there an association? Vox EU (2011) More...