The leadership of investment organisations are focusing more on their people than ever before

People are at the heart of the change needed to respond to the many challenges investment organisations face today. To maximise the impact individuals can deliver, leaders need to create an inclusive, supportive and strong culture where colleagues can thrive. Organisational culture is increasingly a differentiating factor among investment organisations and teams are being seen as their prime unit of value creation. This hub contains research on these broad topics and includes: the Covid-19 tragedy; decision-making and The Power of Teams; and diversity, equity and inclusion. This is available in various forms, from comprehensive research papers to short Investment Insight articles, podcasts and videos.

The COVID-19 crisis was a defining moment, where leaders have been called to reset their future of work agendas and build better and more human-centric workplaces.

Marisa Hall


Culture – the organisational superpower

This paper captures the latest Power of Culture study findings. It is focused on the asset owner model (with reference to mainstream and alternatives asset managers), purpose, sustainability, Superteams and change.

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Better decision-making: a toolkit

Most investment professionals would express some dissatisfaction with both the process and the outcome of key decisions. We describe a range of possible responses to the challenge – these responses can be thought of as a toolkit.

EDI Data Survey Report

The Investment Association (IA), alongside The Thinking Ahead Institute, published an industry-wide data report on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data in the UK investment management industry. It provides an overview of diversity data collection, including a demographic snapshot of the industry’s workforce. 

Wider perspectives

The investment industry and its connected parts are part of a system where everything connects and behaviours matter. On this hub are a collection of reports, multimedia and articles that are relevant for these extraordinary times.

Research journey

In 2015, we started exploring leadership, decision making and culture’s contribution to the performance of asset managers and owners. Since then we have developed a culture framework and model, formalised in The impact of culture on institutional investors paper, and explored the important role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In 2019, we launched the Power of Culture industry study, conducted over three years, to include 28 investment organisations and 550 business leaders. More recently we launched The Power of Teams study to better understand how cognitive diversity and collective intelligence play in building so-called Superteams.

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Future of work

Future of work

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Spotlight on Superteams

Video and five-minute read

The Power of Teams

Five-minute read

Focus on: Superteams

Our industry has developed a dependency on teams’ collective intelligence. However, there needs to be more focus on the important dynamics of teamwork and team thought, to develop Superteams that can deliver exceptional accomplishments and outcomes. Learn how strong culture and governance can turn your good teams into Superteams here.

Teams are the primary unit of value creation in the investment industry.

Marisa Hall

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leadership and decision making