Biography

Nigel Nicholson has been a Professor at London Business School since 1990. Before becoming a business psychologist, his first profession was journalism and he is a frequent commentator in the media on current business issues. He is widely known for pioneering the introduction of the new science of evolutionary psychology to business through a stream of writings, including an article in Harvard Business Review (July/August 1998), and his book: Managing the Human Animal (Thomson Learning, 2000). His current major research interests include the psychology of family business, personality and leadership, and people skills in management. In these fields, as well as others such as innovation, organisational change, and executive career development, he has published over 20 books and 200 articles. He led a major research project on risk and decision-making among finance professionals, culminating in the book, Traders: Risks, Decisions and Management in Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2005).  His book on family firms,Family Wars, was published in 2008 (Kogan Page).  His new book, taking a fresh look at leadership through the lens of biography and the self, isThe “I” of Leadership: Strategies for seeing, being and doing (Jossey-Bass, 2013), is the culmination of decades of executive development teaching and practice.

At London Business School he has held the positions of Chairman of the Organisational Behaviour department, Research Dean, member of the Governing Body and been a Deputy Dean of the School. He has been a guest professor at German, American, African and Australian universities, and been honoured in the USA with awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association for Applied Psychology for his contribution to the field. He is a much sought-after speaker, and at LondonBusinessSchool he directs several executive programmes including the renowned High Performance People Skills and the world’s most innovative programme for business leaders: Proteus. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Family Business, and from 2003 to 2010 he was Chairman of the evaluation panel for the JPMorgan Private Banking UK and Ireland Family Business Honours programme. He consults, coaches and advises on all areas of his wide-ranging interests, including board facilitation, leader selection and development, culture change, corporate communications, team-building and people skills for senior managers.He has strong interests inAfrica and its business environment.

He holds a PhD and is a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology, the British Psychological Society, and the British Academy of Management.