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Leslie Willcocks

Emeritus Professor of Work, Technology and Globalisation
London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Leslie Willcocks is Emeritus Professor of Work, Technology and Globalisation at the Department of Management at LSE.



Areas of expertise

  • Managing digital technologies
  • Digital transformation
  • Automation and the future of work
  • Global business management
  • Global sourcing of business and IT services
  • Global sourcing of business and IT services 


Leslie has  a global reputation for his work in robotic process automation, AI, cognitive automation  and the future of work, digital innovation,  outsourcing, global management strategy, organizational transformation, IT management, and managing digital business. He is professor emeritus at the LSE, and associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. 

He is co-author of 71 books on these subjects, and has published over 240 refereed papers in journals such as  Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies. His work appears in major media outlets such as Forbes magazine, HBR Online. He keynotes regularly at  international conferences, has delivered executive programmes globally for some 25 years and has been retained as adviser and expert witness by major  corporations and government institutions in the UK, USA, Europe   and Australia. 

Recent books include Becoming Strategic With Robotic Process Automation (2019), Global Business: Strategy in Context (2021) Global Business: Management (2021) (all available from  Also Advancing  Information Systems Theories (2021, Palgrave Macmillan). Forthcoming are: Globalization Automation and Work : Controversies and Dilemmas (Palgrave, 2023)  and Optimizing The Value of Automation (Palgrave, 2023).

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