Dr. Elsbeth Johnson is an expert in leadership, strategy and change. The main focus for her research is on what leaders need to do to help their organisations execute strategy, or deliver long-term, strategic change, without the need for the leader’s ongoing, personal involvement.
She began her career as an investment banker, first in corporate finance for Barclays Capital and latterly as a sell-side equity analyst at Deutsche Bank. She also spent three years as a Special Adviser to the first Blair Government in the UK, working in three different Departments of State, including the No. 10 Policy Unit. Her final corporate stint was for Prudential’s Asian business where, for six years, she was Strategy Director for its sixteen retail businesses, across twelve Asian markets.
She now splits her time between teaching and advisory work. She is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, where she teaches Leadership and Change. Prior to her appointment at MIT, she was, for five years, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, teaching on its EMBA and Sloan Programmes. She remains a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics where she teaches Strategy and Organisational Theory. When not in School, she works with organisations and their leaders, providing them with strategic advice, facilitation and executive development. She has worked in the banking, insurance, pharma/biotech, technology, manufacturing and legal sectors.
Dr. Johnson was educated at Cambridge and London universities. She holds a first degree in Law from Cambridge; and a postgraduate degree in Economics and a PhD in Organization Science from Birkbeck, University of London.
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