Professor Thomas Lawton

Professor Thomas Lawton

Strategic Management, Leadership Development

Thomas Lawton is Professor of Strategy and International Business at EMLYON Business School, a French grande école and one of Europe’s top ten business schools. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the USA and a visiting faculty member at Imperial College London in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). An Irish national, Thomas lives in London and Lyon.

Dr Lawton has spent over 15 years consulting for and advising leaders and managers on business development and market growth. He has worked with a wide range of international companies and organisations in developing their present and future leaders and charting their strategic trajectories. Clients include the Arab Air Carriers Organisation, Bank of Chongqing, Bombardier Transportation, EDF Energy, Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi, IBM, International Air Transport Association, Lincolnshire Police Authority, Singapore High Technology Association, Volvo and WYG Group. He has also been Academic Director of the global Executive MBA in International Financial Services Management for JP Morgan Asset Management. He has facilitated senior management and board level workshops and run executive programmes on corporate strategy, leadership and international business dynamics at universities and corporations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Thomas is a frequent media commentator and a regular contributor to Jeff Randall Live on Sky News.

Thomas Lawton holds degrees from University College Cork and the London School of Economics and has a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has previously held full, part-time and visiting faculty positions at Cranfield University, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration, the London School of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Warwick. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, EU Human Capital Mobility Fellow at the University of Essex and a Research Fellow at INSEAD.

Dr Lawton’s research expertise focuses on business model configuration and innovation, strategic political management and organisational capabilities, political risk and internationalisation strategy and strategy process and practice. He is also a leading global authority on strategic management in the airline business. He has published more than 30 papers and book chapters and is the author or editor of 6 books, including Strange Power (2000) and Cleared for Takeoff (2002). His last book, Breakout Strategy: meeting the challenge of double-digit growth, was published by McGraw-Hill Professional, New York in 2007 and has been widely commended for its global focus and relevance to practicing managers and aspiring leaders. His next coauthored book, Aligning for Advantage: business strategy for the social and political arenas, will be published by Oxford University Press.