Why it pays for women to go solo

London Business School Review: why it pays for women to go solo

Research by Eden McCallum and LBS finds that the gender pay gap virtually disappears for female consultants when they go freelance


Financial Mail: Africa is well-placed to leverage the gig economy for growth

Financial Mail: Africa is well-placed to leverage the gig economy for growth

Since Africa has only a very small formal economy, it already operates a diversified gig economy successfully. The continent is, moreover, already culturally predisposed towards highly empathetic jobs that prioritise diversity and adaptability rather than purely technical jobs requiring set qualifications. Its existing informal gig or task-based economy means that the continent’s work force is largely fit for purpose from the perspective of the 4IR.

October 2019

Financial Times: Freelancing is a huge win for many women

Financial Times: Freelancing is a huge win for many women

Your report “Gig economy’s ‘glass cage’ trap for women taking freelance path” (October 17) made some interesting points but missed an important part of the story. Two surveys carried out by Eden McCallum, in partnership with London Business School (and the FT in 2016), have shown that, for management consultants, the gender pay gap closes

October 2019

Why Consultants Quit Their Jobs to Go Independent

Harvard Business Review: Why Consultants Quit Their Jobs to Go Independent

While firms have traditionally competed with each other for talent, now they are competing with another alternative: going independent

July 2019

Are You Ready to Go Freelance?  Copy

Harvard Business Review: Are You Ready to Go Freelance?

What are the benefits and challenges that highly skilled workers face when they move to independent work? What skills can help them to thrive?

June 2019

Forbes: Breaking the Faustian Pact – What Motivates Professionals In A Gig Economy World?

Forbes: Breaking the Faustian Pact - What Motivates Professionals In A Gig Economy World?

Forbes April 2019

The emergence of freelancing as a legitimate category of work is allowing professionals to have their cake and eat it too: Julian Birkinshaw and Dena McCallum examine the rise of the freelance professional.

April 2019

Work Inc, 2028

London Business School Review: Work Inc, 2028

I have a confession. As an MBA student at London Business School I fervently argued about “portfolio careers” with my professor, Charles Handy, when he talked about the thesis of his now-revered book, The Future of Work.

“Pah!” I said, “More part-time work? People with a multitude of skills?” Well, it’s time to own it, Charles: I was wrong. 

September 2018

Three illusions of leading teams

London Business School Review: Three illusions of leading teams

Directive leadership is not better or worse than empowering leadership. Each style is effective in some contexts while ineffective in others. To better apply empowering and directive leadership when the occasion calls for it, consider three common illusions of leading teams and how to address them.

April 2018

Forbes: The First Step of Business Model Innovation – Focus

Forbes: The First Step of Business Model Innovation - Focus

Forbes January 2018

Professor Freek Vermeulen discusses innovation through focusing your value proposition on a specific group, using Eden McCallum’s business model as a case example.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/freekvermeulen/2018/01/11/the-first-step-of-business-model-innovation-focus/#37dffbc85022

January 2018

How platforms turned business on its head

Management Today: How platforms turned business on its head

Product businesses will never win against platforms like Uber or Amazon. What if much of what is being taught at business schools is out of date? What if business models fundamentally need to change, and soon? What if apparently well-established incumbents are even more vulnerable to new entrants than they realise? Scary questions. Perhaps even…

October 2017

Is the ‘gig economy’ gunning for white collar workers?

Management Today: Is the 'gig economy' gunning for white collar workers?

First they came for the taxi drivers, and I said nothing, because I was not a taxi driver. Then they came for the food delivery people, and I said nothing, because, well, I didn’t do that sort of thing either. But now the ‘gig economy’ is heading for professional services and People Like Us. Should we be scared? No. Better to keep calm and you-know-what…

July 2017