About Us

The founders of the Management Innovation Lab are Julian Birkinshaw and Gary Hamel.

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategic and International Management at London Business School anda Senior Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

Julian’s books include Sumantra Ghoshal on Management: a Force for Good (edited with Gita Piramal, 2005); Inventuring (2003); Leadership the Sven Goran Eriksson Way (2002); and Entrepreneurship and the Global Firm (2000).

Gary Hamel is Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management at the London Business Schoo and founder of Strategos.

The Economist labels Gary “the world’s reigning strategy guru”. Peter Senge of MIT describes him as “the most influential thinker on strategy in the Western world”. As the author of concepts such as strategic intent, core competence, corporate imagination and industry revolution, Gary has changed the focus and language of strategy in many of the world’s most successful companies.

Since 1985, Gary has published 13 articles in the Harvard Business Review. He is the co-author of Competing for the Future (with CK Prahalad) and author of Leading the Revolution.

Alan Matcham  joined the Lab as its first  Executive Director. Previously Alan was European Head of Advanced Thought Leadership Programmes at the Oracle Corporation. His focus was on the business value of technology as it relates to organisational effectiveness, innovation, corporate governance and executive learning. Prior to that he was Director of both eBusiness Consulting and Change Management working with major blue chip clients across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The other members of the Management Innovation Lab team are:

Research fellow Michael J. Mol is a visiting researcher at London Business School and a senior lecturer in strategic management at the University of Reading. His work focuses on management innovation and outsourcing and has appeared in journals like Sloan Management Review and Research Policy and various books, including Outsourcing: Design, Process, and Performance (coming out shortly with Cambridge University Press).

Research fellow Liisa Välikangas is managing director and research director of the Woodside Institute — a non-profit professional research organisation dedicated to advancing innovative management practice and organisational resiliency in organisations of public interest. She is a member of faculty at the Helsinki School of Economics and a Visiting Associate Professor at London Business School.

Liisa founded the Woodside Institute with Gary Hamel in 2002. Previously, she was the director of research at Strategos, an international consulting company. She has published in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review and Long Range Planning among others.

Jules Goddard is a research fellow of the Lab as well as a teaching fellow at the Centre for Management Development at London Business School.  He was formerly the Gresham Professor of Commerce at The City University, London, and is a visiting professor at GIBS in South Africa.

Associate director Stuart Crainer is editor of Business Strategy Review and a contributing editor to Strategy+Business. He is the first editorial fellow of London Business School. His books include The Management Century and Key Management Ideas. Over the last 20 years, Stuart has interviewed and worked with most of the world’s leading business thought leaders.

Des Dearlove is an associate director of the Management Innovation Lab and co-founder of the training and consulting firm, Suntop Media. Des contributes to publications worldwide. He is a former columnist to The (London) Times and Chief Executive magazine. He is a contributing editor to Strategy+Business and editor (with Stuart Crainer) of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management (now in its third edition).