Laura Empson

Professor in the Management of Professional Services Firms, Cass Business School

Professor Laura Empson is Director of the Cass Centre for Professional Service Firms and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession.

Professor Empson has dedicated more than two decades to researching professionals and professional service firms. Her current research focuses on leadership dynamics in professional service firms and has been funded by a major grant from the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain. Her previous ESRC-funded study explored themes such as the survival of the partnership 'ethos' within alternative governance structures and alongside more rigorous methods of performance management. Her research into professional service firms has also covered themes such as: mergers and acquisitions, the professionalization of management, organizational and identity change, knowledge management, and diversity.

She has published numerous articles in leading international academic journals and is lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015, Oxford University Press). Her 2007 book, Managing the Modern Law Firm (Oxford University Press) was described by The Times as marking a "seminal moment in the development of management theory in this sector."

She holds a BSc Econ from University College London and holds an MBA and PhD from London Business School.