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March 30th, 2017 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey

Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath

Time: 14:30 - 15:30

Relationships between the powerful and the disempowered

Professor Hope Hailey is the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and holds a Chair in Management Studies. She is currently a member of the Steering Group for the UK Government's Task Force on Employee Engagement and was named among the "UK's Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers" in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her previous appointments include Associate Dean and Professor of HRM at Cass Business School, Professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management, Professor of Strategy at Bath between 2004 & 2006, and also a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Hope Hailey has worked for over 20 years on issues to do with strategic change in organisations and has co-authored one of the bestselling text books on the topic, Exploring Strategic Change, for which the fourth edition is forthcoming.

Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. A consistent theme of the collaborations is exploration of the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her most recent work has focused on the Repair of Trust following the financial crisis, culminating in a series of reports for the CIPD, "Where has all the trust gone?", "Cultivating Trustworthy Leaders" and "Experiencing Trustworthy Leadership". In 2015 she published two CIPD reports with Professor Julia Balogun on "Landing Transformational Change". This research was undertaken within 14 organisations, including the John Lewis Partnership, GKN, Norton Rose, HMRC and a banking group. Veronica has also researched internationally comparing Employee Engagement and Performance Management in the UK, India and China and The Netherlands, a project funded by Society for HRM in the USA.

Veronica is married with five daughters.

Session Overview

Relationships between the powerful and the disempowered

How do we engender a sense of trust when we live in a post-truth world? How do we judge anyone's trustworthiness if it is seen as ok to massage the facts in financial statements, personal CVs, or the scenes of terrorism? Did spin win? Or did we as a society fail the disempowered to such a significant extent, that chimeras of a better future, based on no data, became more attractive than what was on offer as a future. Veronica Hope Hailey will discuss how to stabilise trustworthiness in society drawing on research since the financial crisis.