Alison is co-author of Future Work, with Peter Thomson, first published in 2011 and re-published in an expanded and updated edition in 2014, and of Why Women Mean Business, first published in 2008 and published in paperback in 2009, with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. Alison also contributed a chapter, A Gender Power Shift in the Making, to the 2015 BBVA book Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age. More details of her books are below.

Future Work

The way we work is overdue for change. This expanded and updated edition of the global bestseller sets out the compelling case for a revolution in organizational cultures and working practices, to boost output, cut costs, give employees more freedom and contribute to a greener economy.

Featuring many insightful case studies and updates on fast-moving trends, this latest edition of the book provides a clear framework and advice on introducing new ways of working for leaders, managers and employees, with an extra chapter on how individuals can make change happen. It takes bold leadership and a break with old habits, but future work will not wait for those who fail to grasp the opportunities now.

Watch the fact-packed short video: Future Work, Changing World

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Watch videos of Alison speaking about the first edition

Why Women Mean Business

Gender is a business issue, not a women’s issue. This powerful book brings together in a single, concise volume the multiplicity of opportunities available to companies that really understand what motivates women in the global workplace and marketplace.

Women today make up much of the market and most of the talent pool. Reaching women consumers and developing female talent is essential for sustainable economic growth in the 21st century. Studies show that better gender balance in business means better bottom line results and greater resistance to economic crises.

The book shows why getting gender balance right matters. Packed with ideas from companies that have made it work, it offers views from top business leaders and a step-by-step guide to how we can all become gender bilingual.

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The Books

Future Work (2ndEd) jacket cover

“This book provides challenging and persuasive examples of the need to change and is recommended as a wake-up call to the corporate world” Management Today

“An invaluable resource for anyone who needs to increase employee productivity and reduce costs, and wants to do so in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable” Stephen Leonard, General Manager Global Markets – Systems & Technology, IBM

Why women mean business

“Innovative and stimulating” The Financial Times

“A fascinating analysis” Cherie Blair

“Any company that is serious about success must get serious about women, and this book shows them how” Margaret Heffernan