Dominic Houlder, Adjunct Professor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management, London Business School, on developing business strategies for a post Covid world.
Dominic’s latest book takes aim at traditional management practices which focus on numbers and productivity. With the help of Aristotle, Socrates, Kant and Nietzsche, a new model for empowerment, fulfilment and harmony at work is unveiled.
Picture the scene. Dawn on the Med. After a disturbed night, Sir Philip Green — Roman toga, gold laurels — and Neil Woodford — tight T-shirt, jodhpurs — stand on the poop deck of Sir Philip’s 295ft yacht Lionheart in Monaco harbour.
If you were to take a philosopher to the pub, who would you choose? Dominic explores this question in his latest video on what philosophy can teach us about being a better leader.
There are certain places where science can’t go, and that’s where the compass of philosophy can help us flourish.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period. What can we learn about leadership from this fascinating philosopher of Ancient Greece?
Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher who is outrageous and in your face, a reason to be wary of him but crucially, also a reason to respect him.
Strategy can be viewed from two perspectives – above (by those setting direction from the top), and below (by those living the day to day challenge of delivering value). Dominic explores this topic in his talk on strategy execution.
Executives can avert the seemingly inevitable decline of many mature corporations by viewing their organization as a portfolio of business opportunities at various life cycle stages.
Who wins and who loses when the business world faces turbulent times? Dominic Houlder and Nandu Nandkishore explore the secrets of success.
A lot of people ask, “is innovation dead in the current crisis?” In this video, Dominic looks into whether innovation opportunities still exist and are worth acting on in a time of crisis.
Business leaders confronted by turbulent, disruptive times would do well to look for lessons from one of the most crisis-prone economies in the world: Argentina.
70% of strategies fail to deliver. Be in the 30% that succeed by enrolling on this open programme from the London Business School, taught by Dominic Houlder.
This publication, part of the Decision makers series, looks at strategic policy aspects of business management, focusing on the three strategic ‘horizons’ of the changing business environment; business resources and networks; and the people side of business.
They’re big, they’re old and they’re out of fashion – but don’t write off the long–established corporate giants.
The growth of the global middle class across India, China and other fast growing economies is arguably the most important trend in the coming decades. So how should firms organise themselves for success in these markets?
New disclosure rules have put many firms on the defensive. But the best IROs see an opportunity, not a threat.
Business history is replete with examples of companies that had it all: the hard assets, the skills, the strong market positions – and yet still lost their way.
Is there a sweet spot that uses the strengths and addresses the weaknesses of the private equity model? We believe so — it is a form of governance that is much older than the public and private equity models, one developed in sophisticated Western capital markets. And it starts with family businesses.
Businesses must adapt to the new economy. The “Thought Leaders” are trying to figure out how.
It’s easy to be cynical about business strategies, but they’re more than just hot air. From her interview with Dominic, Jane Lewis charts their evolution and explains why every business needs one.
Are companies prone to midlife crises? New research by London Business School’s Donald Sull and Dominic Houlder says things are not so simple.
We have worked with corporations throughout the world, and the phrase we simply never hear is this: “the medium term.”
Growth, globalisation and industrialisation are tempting strategies for professional service firms. But, unless properly managed they can put at risk what made firms successful in the first place.
Professional service firms — the ones traditionally hired to help other businesses — have increasingly found themselves in rough waters. They must ensure that they have anchors to keep them from drifting into turbulent waters that could destroy them.
We will never completely understand people and organisations if we don’t first understand why we work, say the LBS authors of a new book.
Recruits with philosophical insight will be those who you can most rely on in our turbulent, uncertain, highly demanding and highly rewarding times.
This story behind a story prompts reflection on the as yet unnoticed ways in which any of us might have a profound impact on the world and the way it does business.
People usually reassess their priorities only after some personal upheaval—an illness, a divorce, the loss of a job. But with the right framework, you can think through your preferences long before crisis strikes.
Worldly success and practising Buddhism are not mutually exclusive. Vishvapani visited the palatial London Business School and has asked Dominic how this was possible.
The idea that meaningful purpose helps organisations stand out, connect and prosper isn’t new. What’s more, it can be a powerful force that helps attract the right talent and fulfil a company’s corporate, societal and stakeholder aims.
What can philosophy teach business? LBS experts help make the case for the humanising influence
of Aristotle and Nietzsche.
In the early 1930s, cars in Europe were still a luxury for the rich. But in 1933 Dr. Ferdinand Porsche launched the People’s Car: Volkswagen.
Dominic gets to the root of one of the main challenges of strategy execution and how the reasons for our success in the past, may very well be the reasons for our failure in the future.
Dominic discusses the four dimensions to great strategy execution: performance commitment, alignment, collaboration, and adaptation.
How do we make decisions and formulate a strategy in a VUCA world? VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
How can we remain agile and focused in decision making execution? Explore this topic entitled ‘The agility loop’ with Dominic Houlder and David Lewis.
A major objective of our leadership program is for you to become a trusted advisor to your clients. This is what next generation leadership is all about.
Clients are asking what do we have to do to survive the current crisis and come out stronger.
What do we stand for? Why are we doing this? What is our conviction? Dominic explores these questions in this video on commitments vs convictions.
There’s a lot of confusion around what strategy execution is, and what it is not. In this video, Dominic clears up some of the myths about strategy execution.
For many of today’s corporate leaders, this current period of turbulence in everything from GDP growth to commodity prices to the pace of product innovation is more extreme than anything they have known before.
Dominic and his colleagues explore the upside of pestilence and how the virus will humanise your organisation.
Dominic is one of Europe’s leading experts on professional services firms. He helps leaders to connect with their clients, their colleagues and themselves in different and compelling ways.
A video series by Dominic Houlder on the fundamentals of business strategy.
A video series by Dominic Houlder on Strategic Management covering four topics.
“Looking back from 2025, what would have been a good outcome from the pandemic for you and your organisation?” This is the question that we asked several thousands of our former students from London Business School in a recent webinar.
Dominic Houlder spoke with Paul Ollinger from the Crazy Money podcast on Buddhism and money.
I know what needs to be done, but will I do it? I understand, but do I care? In this video Dominic explores the knowing-doing gap.
Trusted advisors have 3 defining characteristics which Dominic explores in this video on unlocking your client’s strategy.
While managers focus on short-term results and leaders evangelize about the long-term future, the medium-term is all but forgotten. And yet, the medium-term is where companies are shaped.
Dominic teaches about closing the gap between knowing something, and doing something about it.
Dominic teaches Sloan fellows at London Business School.
Dominic talks to his former London Business School students about strategy and execution advantage.
Dominic Houlder speaking at the 2016 Sloan Summit at London Business School.
Authors Dominic and Kulananda are leading instructors in business and Buddhism and present a fresh approach to making peace with your finances and creating true abundance.