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Professor Paul Willman

Professor of Management

On Sabbatical leave Lent Term 2016-17


Paul Willman joined LSE as Professor of Management in 2006. He has launched and directed both the flagship Masters in Management Programme and its executive counterpart, the Executive Global Masters in Management. He is currently Academic Director of the LSE’s Executive Courses. He is a Council member of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service; he has been on their Arbitration Panel since 1988. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business and Economics, and an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University. He has held Visiting Professorships at Sidney and Macquarie Universities and Senior Research Fellowships at Imperial College and Nuffield College, Oxford (inaugural Norman Chester Fellow). From 2008-16 he was an Executive Committee Member of the CEMS Global Alliance, and Management Committee Member 2014-16.

Until 2006, he was Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and the inaugural Ernest Butten Professor of Management Studies in the Said Business School, Oxford University. He was Director of Executive Education at Oxford 2001-03 and founding Director of the Oxford EMBA. He was Editor in Chief of Human Relations (2000 - 06). He was Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Industrial Relations at London Business School from 1991-2000, where he was Director of the Sloan Programme, Head of the Organisational Behaviour Group and a member of the Governing Body.

He is the author of ten books and numerous articles in academic journals.

Professor Willman has taught on MBA and Executive MBA programmes at Oxford University, Cranfield School of Management, Budapest University of Economics, Ecole de Ponts ParisTech, London Business School and TRIUM. He has taught on Executive Programmes at Cranfield, Oxford, INSEAD, London Business School and, in a variety of locations, for Duke CE. He is a member of Duke Corporate Education's Global Learning Resource Network. He has a BA and MA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MA and DPhil in Sociology from Oxford University.

Research interests

  • Employment regimes
  • Regulation of employment
  • Collective action
  • Risk seeking behaviour

Professor Willman's research falls into two discrete areas. He has published extensively in the labour relations field, both on the structure and conduct of labour unions and on governance mechanisms for employment contracts. The second strand of work is on the sociology of financial markets where his interests are in the role and conduct of traders in investment banks, and the emergence of private wealth institutions.

Recent publications

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