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Recognised as an international thought leader, Vlatka has had an international academic career for more than 25 years. She is currently a Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster and a former Adjunct Faculty at London Business School. She has also held academic posts at the London School of Economics, Brunel University, University of Zagreb and TU Delft.

Vlatka received a PhD from the London School of Economics, and a BSc and an MSc from the University of Zagreb. She has multi-disciplinary interests and background – she is a Certified Master Coach, Licensed Master NLP Practitioner, Psychological Kinesiology Practitioner as well as a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

She is a renowned professional keynote speaker, presenting regularly at major conferences worldwide and has published more than 160 academic articles and three books. She has obtained numerous awards for her academic work including the Bright Idea Award for the article “To be a Better Leader, Give up Authority” published in Harvard Business Review. Her articles submitted for the Academy of Management Conference were selected amongst best papers for several years, and she was a finalist for the Carolyn Dexter Award for the best international paper in 2013. She was invited to submit evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Management based on her research.

Vlatka is a thought leader who understands the behavioural nature of business and economics and the economic contribution of management. Uniquely, she combines intellectual insight with a practical understanding of how breakthrough ideas can be implemented. While for many years various thinkers have shown in books and lectures the huge economic value from enlightened leadership creating a positive climate to enable employees to give of their best, Vlatka has additionally created a practical, questionnaire-based approach, known as the 6 Box Leadership Model, that enables any employer – large or small – to understand their strengths and weaknesses in much greater depth. This has been used to great effect by around 20 employers, showing considerable social and financial returns. It is described in her landmark work, The Management Shift, published by Palgrave Macmillan and selected by Forbes magazine as one of eight best business books of the year. She has won the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award 2015 for her article based on the 6 Box Leadership diagnostic.

Her contribution is particularly significant given the gulf that has persisted between theory and practice in management. The evidence base on what has to change and why in approaches to governance and management generally is well established. Vlatka adds strong, credible material on how it is done in practice.

Vlatka has also obtained numerous research and knowledge transfer grants for more than 10 research projects and has successfully supervised 15 PhD students. She has also served as an Associate Editor and a member of the Editorial Board for numerous international academic journals.

A sought-after thought leader, she has a growing media platform and her expert commentaries and interviews have appeared in the national press including The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent and Guardian as well as leading industry publications such as Edge Magazine, Dialogue Magazine, Marketing Magazine, Business Executive, HR Magazine, Strategy Magazine, New Europe and the Training Journal. She has led the development of four Management 2.0 “hacks” within Gary Hamel’s “Management Innovation Exchange Management 2.0 Hackathon”, and as a result of this was invited to give a TEDx talk in Oslo in 2012.

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Vlatka is a very caring and compassionate person who has a wealth of knowledge on management and business theories. This proficiency is clear for all to see through the number of papers and articles she has written. She is also one of the most hard-working and conscientious individuals I have met. When Vlatka is set a task she will ‘burn the midnight oil’ in order to get it completed by the due date.

Mark Hawkswell

Director, OD Consultant, Coach, Informal Networks, MaST, Kaizam

I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Vlatka on the Management Innovation Exchange hackathons over the past year. She was a true leader, helping guide multiple hacking teams at the same time while also presenting unique and innovative ideas for challenging the management status quo. A great communicator with a passion for reinventing management for the 21st century!

Chris Grams

President and Partner, New Kind