Professor Vlatka Ariaana Hlupic voted one of the Most Influential International HR Thinkers 2015 – Press Release
September, 2015

Professor Vlatka Ariaana Hlupic has been voted one of the Most Influential International HR Thinkers 2015. The prestigious top 30 list was compiled by HR Magazine and announced during a ceremony at Claridges in London on 21 September 2015. Awards were based on nominations from readers for the work that had inspired and had the most impact on how they approach their role; an expert panel comprising 50 members then judged the nominated candidates according to personal influence, practical relevance, visibility, originality, and influence during the past year.

Vlatka is Professor of Business and Management at  University of Westminster, CEO of The Management Shift Ltd, Founder and CEO of the Drucker Society London and author of “The  Management Shift: How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success”, an award-winning best-seller and one of Forbes’ top eight business books 2014.

Her book advocates a new way of thinking and working to meet the needs of today’s technology-driven, knowledge-based businesses. It combines theory and practice in demonstrating how companies can make changes in their leadership styles to improve employee engagement, remove barriers to innovation and uncover the hidden strengths in people and their organisations.

Vlatka is also a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker and has appeared on 20 public platforms in 2014/15. She has published over 160 articles in journals, business publications, books and conference proceedings, and has won several awards for her contributions. She is also an associate editor, guest editor and a member of editorial boards for a number of international journals, and her expert comments have appeared in many business publications and newspapers.

Commenting on the award, she said: “It’s very rewarding to have my work recognised in this way. I feel extremely proud to be part of this prestigious HR community of thinkers.

“Helping individuals, companies and society create happier, more purposeful and successful workplaces is my passion – it’s my life purpose. It gives me drive, energy and motivation, and it’s hugely satisfying to see the practical impact of my ideas.”

She added:   “What I have seen in many companies are over-controlling management styles and systems that employees find stifling and demotivating. Companies need a better understanding of human psychology and motivation. I call it humanising management – treating people with respect, and distributing power and decision-making. The results, in terms of performance and success, can be astonishing. It’s why I wrote my book.”

Vlatka is currently undertaking research into the mindsets and leadership styles of 50 CEOs in some of the world’s most successful companies. The results will appear in a new book, providing further practical lessons for other organisations to make the shift towards enlightened leadership.

She has also started work on the launch of a global petition for humanising management, supported by many leading management thinkers and professional associations.


Jan Schapira, JS Corporate Communications
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Vlatka Hlupic

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Full information on the HR Most Influential Awards can be found at

Professor Hlupic’s awards in the last year include the Axiom Business Books Award 2015 and CMI Management Articles of the Year Award 2015. She has been nominated for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award, FT& McKinsey Business Book Award, Thinkers50 Guru Radar and “Ideas to Practice” Award.

In addition to her position at University of Westminster, her academic roles include Visiting Faculty at Said Business School, University of Oxford; Former Adjunct Faculty at London Business School; Global Faculty for FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance.

Vlatka is also a management consultant and Board adviser, helping organisations worldwide substantially to improve performance, engagement, innovation and profit. She has advised major international organisations including the House of Commons, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, Learndirect, Brand Velocity USA, the Drucker Institute USA, the Croatian Government and the Hungarian National Bank. Vlatka has been also acting as an expert adviser for a variety of research projects including projects sponsored by the Croatian, German and Thai Governments.

She is also a certified master coach, licenced master NLP practitioner, psychological kinesiology practitioner, Co-Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Behavioural Coaching Institute and a selected member of the Round Table Scholar programme, one of the world’s preeminent consortia of consulting professors.

Education: Dipl Econ (BSc Hons) (Zagreb, Croatia), MSc Management and Information Science (Zagreb, Croatia), PhD (London School of Economics), CMC, MNLP, FORS, FBCS CITP, Eur Ing, CEng, MHEA, FInsCPD, NLPP.

Further information on Vlatka’s roles and contributions can be found at: and

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