Other sections in Leadership and Management:
We have a rich heritage within the Department of using action learning and action research approaches and we have significant expertise in this area as well as drawing upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Research in the Department of Leadership and Management focuses on three broad areas: how employees learn, how leadership is developed, and how organisations can learn and develop over time. In our work, we engage with contemporary debates in a wide range of disciplines, including organisation studies, education, cultural studies and sociology, to address key theoretical challenges as well as practitioner and policy issues in management.
Members of the department have been highly successful in obtaining research grants over the last decade, with income from UK and European sources totalling over £3 million. This includes ESRC funding and large-scale research projects managed and conducted on behalf of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.
Individual staff research activities within the department cover a wide variety of areas, organised around key and overlapping themes as below. This department is also home to the Centre for Leadership Studies and Practice, the Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership, the Lancaster Leadership Collaboratory and a number of other initiatives.
The work of this group is focused primarily on foregrounding alternative paradigms that emerge from different ontologies of human practice and thought in the intellectual traditions of Chinese, Indian and Islamic philosophies.
Each of these is unique in their own way but all emphasise relational and processual ontologies of practice. These alternate discourses offer rich alternatives to the dominant paradigms in management studies.
This group also strongly encourages interdisciplinary studies that draw upon sociology, philosophy and psychology. Developing these alternative perspectives from interdisciplinary studies, research within this theme is focused on topics such as leadership, HR, organisational behaviour and psychology, learning, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, strategy and entrepreneurship.
Watch our video for more details of this research area.
Within this research group, we critically engage in the study of leaders, leadership and followership, and the theory and practice of organisational leading – past, present and future. Our interests and expertise lie in drawing from sociological, psychological and philosophical approaches to the study of leadership practice.
Some of our key areas of specialisation are:
Our research explores relationships between the theory and practice of management within organisational settings. From a variety of perspectives, including socio-cultural, strategic and international, our research shapes knowledge and understandings of how human relations and cultures impact on management policies and practices.
Publications in leading academic journals and conferences are part of our regular research dissemination activity, alongside media and public engagement. Policy and practitioner engagement ensure our group has a consistently high impact on workplace policies and practices.
Our interests and expertise lie in:
Our recent research includes:
The research of this group explores the issues in human behaviours and human resource development within contemporary organisations. The topics we study are intended to address issues both in theory and practice.
We focus on taking critical and comparative approaches to critique the normative theories in these areas and investigate alternative understandings of HR practice and organisational behaviours that challenge existing ontological and epistemological assumptions. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are employed in our group.
Our expertise lies in:
Answering the question ‘leadership for what?’ Using the purposes, responsibilities, practices, and outcomes of leadership to tackle the challenges that impact organisations, communities, and society.
The Lancaster Leadership Collaboratory is currently working on a range of projects, connecting with The Global Consortium of Leadership Centres to tackle pressing challenges. It connects academic staff from Lancaster and from a network of 15 leadership centres from across the world together with companies, social innovators, topical experts, and stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
A collaboratory is a space for concerned stakeholders e.g. academics, managers and policy makers to meet on an equal basis to co-create new solutions for society. A collaboratory is comprised of two components. The first is one of collaboration. The second aspect comprises of a laboratory; an organised and continual process of experimenting with, testing, and revising approaches to help address significant societal challenges. A collaboratory approach facilitates a learning environment for all stakeholders to learn from each other to help address the specific and pressing challenges facing business and society today.
The collaboration works over a period of time focusing on social innovation to develop and test solutions for addressing societal challenges. By leveraging energies and resources to address these issues from multiple perspectives, a Collaboratory approach enables leadership to help address these challenges. But here’s the thing – evidence shows that business value is enhanced through such partnerships in innovative corporate social responsibility.
Youth leadership with the Princes Trust, YMCA, Francis Scott Trust and Emerging Leaders; refugees and displaced people with the Danish Red Cross and Copenhagen Leadership Collaboratory (Copenhagen Business School); NATO sponsored, ‘Leading sustained co-operation in fragile environments’ with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) leadership alliance and GCSP Peacebuilding Cluster; Ghanteng City Region, South Africa; Malaysian obesity project and a collaboration between the University of the West of England, University of Winchester and the NHS Leadership academies.
For further information please contact Professor Steve Kempster firstname.lastname@example.org