Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2018/19

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No. 34 Bestselling Case Author 2018/19

Herminia IbarraHerminia Ibarra
Charles Handy Chair in Organisational Behaviour; Professor of Organisational Behaviour
London Business School

Herminia's top bestselling cases

CasesMargaret Thatcher
The case portrays Margaret Thatcher's rise to the leadership of Great Britain's Conservative Party. Thatcher's political career began with her election to Parliament's House of Commons in 1959. Sixteen years later she was elected the leader of her party, and then in 1979, she became prime minister. Thatcher's emergence as a world leader illustrates her unlikely transition from ultimate outsider to powerful insider.

Satya Nadella at Microsoft: Instilling a Growth Mindset
When Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014, the Microsoft he inherited was fading toward irrelevance, plagued by internal fights and inertia. Earlier that year, Nadella's wife, Anu, had given him a best-selling book by Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, suspecting it might give Nadella some ideas for Microsoft. The case study provides background on Nadella's challenges and situation, and how Nadella and his team executed their culture change effort

Harris Roberts (A)
This is the first of a three-case series. This case tells the story of a functional specialist whose career goal is to become a general manager. Harris Roberts is repeatedly promised a promotion that never comes around. He must decide whether to be patient and improve his internal lobbying efforts, or instead, to look outside the firm, perhaps towards a more entrepreneurial move.

Meet Herminia

BiographyHerminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and one of Apolitical’s 100 most influential people in gender policy. Herminia was the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for the contributions of her scholarly research to management practice.

Herminia is the author of bestselling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career.

Key quote

“ I’m so pleased to be on this list because I love teaching with cases. Cases let students see the relevance of concepts and frameworks to real-world situations they have experienced, and to understand, in a very visceral way, that the same situation can be perceived very differently by their peers.

“Furthermore, case studies naturally lead students to identify (of disidentify) with case protagonists, raising both their emotional engagement with the material and its personal relevance."

~ Herminia Ibarra


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