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People, Organisations and Governance - 5 September

Organisations are trying to stay relevant in a turbulent world and creating an environment where people can thrive and perform to their best is a constant struggle for even the largest firms. How can leaders keep their employees engaged, and how does the concept of meaningful work help or hinder this endeavour?

To learn more about managing people, effective leadership, governance and the meaning of work, sign up to one of the sessions at our Executive Open Day. Please follow the link and register for a session of your choice.


Session 1: The times, they are changing: The Future of Leading People in Organisations

Professor Frederik Anseel

How do we create work environments where people are able and willing to do their best work? While organisations are trying to stay relevant in a turbulent world, they are struggling to keep their best people engaged and healthy. New ways of working are being experimented with, but it is unclear what this means for leadership. Do our old recipes still work in this new world of work or do we need to find new leadership solutions?

Session 2: The Meaning of Work

Professor Katie Bailey

People who find their work meaningful are usually engaged, committed and fulfilled.  In this session, we explain what meaningful work is, and outline the seven deadly sins committed by managers that destroy employees' sense of meaningfulness. We explore why meaningfulness is so difficult to manage, and introduce the notion of a meaningful work ecosystem. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore their own levels of meaningfulness and consider what their organisation could do to promote higher levels of meaning for employees.

Session 3: People, Organisations and Governance

Professor Igor Filatotchev

Corporate scandals and executive failures, such as the recent demise of Carillion in the UK, continue despite the growing emphasis on governance reforms around the world and the increasing activism of shareholders, governments and other corporate stakeholders. Academics and practitioners are becoming aware that firm-level governance mechanisms at work in different countries are embedded in national business systems and are influenced by political, social and legal macro-institutions. More specifically, there is an increasing pressure on companies around the world to recognize that corporate objectives need to strike a right balance between shareholder value maximization, wider objectives of organizational stakeholders and personal aspirations of people working in a company. 

Open day schedule






Networking and buffet breakfast



Session 1: The times, they are changing: The Future of Leading People in Organisations, Prof. Frederik Anseel

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Session 2: The Meaning of Work, Prof. Katie Bailey 

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 Session 3: People, Organisations and Governance, Prof. Igor Filatotchev

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Refreshments served.

Information and King's Business School staff available to talk to participants. 



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Academic speakers

Frederik Anseel is Professor of Organisational Behaviour. Frederik Anseel studies the motivational principles that determine why and how people contribute to organizational success. More specifically, his recent work focuses on how individuals can overcome motivational obstacles during the innovation and entrepreneurial process to "keep their fire burning".

Katie is Professor of Work and Employment. Her current research focuses on what makes work meaningful, temporality and the experience of work, employee engagement and strategic human resource management.

Igor Filatotchev is a Professor of Corporate Governance and Strategy and Vice Dean (International Relations) at King’s Business School. His research interests are focused on a fast growing area in the management and economics literature relating to corporate governance effects on internationalization strategy, entrepreneurship development and strategic decisions.