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Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas

Laura Empson


This book analyses the complex power dynamics and interpersonal politics that lie at the heart of leadership in professional organizations, such as accounting, law, and consulting firms, investment banks, hospitals, and universities. It is based on scholarly research into many of the world’s leading professional organizations across a range of sectors, including interviews with over 500 senior professionals in sixteen countries. Drawing on the latest academic theory to analyse exactly how professionals in organizations come together to create ‘leadership’, it provides new insights into how lea ... More

Keywords: plural leadership, power, politics, professional service firm/organizations, consulting firm, law firm, accounting firm, investment bank, autonomy and authority, collective leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Empson, author
Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms and Director of the Centre for Professional Service Firms, Cass Business School, London