Professor Abby Ghobadian


ghobadianAbby Ghobadian is professor of organisational performance and head of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour (LOB)  at Henley Business School. He joined Henley in January 2007 and became academic dean in June 2007. Following the merger between Reading and Henley, Abby returned to his faculty position. He became head of LOB on 1 August 2011. Prior to joining Henley, Abby was professor of management with responsibility for executive programmes at Brunel University Business School. He joined Brunel from Middlesex Business School where he was professor of operations and manufacturing strategy and served as departmental head, director of postgraduate programmes and director of research.

Abby is the co-editor of the Journal of Strategy and Management. He serves on the editorial board of journals in the UK, USA and Hungary. Abby is vice-president of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and chairs its research and development committee and its publication sub-committee. He serves on the Chartered Management Institute’s academic advisory council, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ business school task force, and the Association of Business Schools’ (ABS) research committee. Previously he served on the ABS’s executive committee and chaired its research committee. Abby is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s peer review college. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pecs, Hungary in 2004. Abby was elected a fellow of BAM in 2008 and an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010.

Abby’s research interests lie in examining the reasons for heterogeneous organisational performance and how organisational performance can be improved. Abby has published more than 100 refereed articles in major journals, 7 research monographs, 2 edited books, 50 chapters in books, and 124 conference papers. He recently published a text book entitled “Strategic Management: The Challenge of Creating Value”. Abby has also published in mass circulation press such as FT. Abby has attracted significant amount of research funding from a wide range organisations. He is an experienced PhD supervisor and has successfully supervised 20 doctoral students to completion. He has also examined a large number of PhDs in UK as well as Australia, Finland and Hungary. Abby acts a referee for top journals, ESRC and EPSRC.