Professor Steve Kempster

Head of Department, Professor of Leadership Learning and Development

Research Overview

Leadership learning; leadership practice; leader follower relationships; leader becoming; evaluating leadership development

‘Should I stay or should I go?’: exploring leadership as practice in the middle management role
Kempster, S., Gregory, S. 20/10/2015 In: Leadership.
Journal article

The "finger puppets": examining the use of artifacts to create liminal moments in management education
Kempster, S., Turner, A., Heneberry, P., Stead, V., Elliott, C. 06/2015 In: Journal of Management Education. 39, 3, 6 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Critical realism and grounded theory
Kempster, S. 2015 In: Studying organizations using critical realism. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 86-108. 23 p. ISBN: 9780199665532.

LEADing small business: business growth through leadership development
Barnes , S., Kempster, S., Smith, S. 2015 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 288 p. ISBN: 9781783475490.

The experiential development of sustainable, responsible leadership practice
Watton, E., Kempster, S., Stewart, J., Chapman, P. 31/10/2014
Conference paper

The new romantics of responsible leadership
Kempster, S., Watton, E. 11/09/2014 In: Inspirational guide for the implementation of PRME. Greenleaf Publishing p. 39-42. 4 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How you can explore the case for responsible management with colleagues and senior managers
Kempster, S., Watton, E. 9/04/2014
Conference paper

Love and leadership: constructing follower narrative identities of charismatic leadership
Parry, K., Kempster, S. 02/2014 In: Management Learning. 45, 1, p. 21-38. 18 p.
Journal article

Exploring observational learning in leadership development for managers
Kempster, S., Parry , K. 2014 In: Journal of Management Development. 33, 3, p. 164-181. 18 p.
Journal article

Pilots for change: exploring organisational change through distributed leadership
Kempster, S., Higgs , M., Wuerz, T. 2014 In: Leadership and Organization Development Journal. 35, 2, p. 152-167. 6 p.
Journal article

Towards co-constructed coaching: exploring the integration of coaching and co-constructed autoethnography in leadership development
Kempster, S., Iszatt-White, M. 09/2013 In: Management Learning. 44, 4, p. 319-336. 18 p.
Journal article

Charismatic leadership through the eyes of followers
Kempster, S., Parry, K. 2013 In: Strategic HR Review. 13, 1, p. 20-23. 4 p.
Journal article

Co-constructed coaching: empirical testing of an alternative route to leadership learning
Iszatt-White, M., Kempster, S. 2013
Conference paper

Co-constructed coaching as a leadership development intervention: where's the value?
Iszatt-White, M., Kempster, S. 2013
Conference paper

The role of mediating artefacts in knowledge creation
Kempster, S., Turner, A., Heneberry, P., Stead, V., Elliott, C. 2013
Conference paper

Exploring Distributed Leadership in the Small Business Context
Kempster, S., Cope , J., Parry , K. 09/2011 In: International Journal of Management Reviews. 13, 3, p. 270–285. 15 p.
Journal article

Leadership as purpose: Exploring the role of purpose in leadership practice
Kempster, S., Jackson , B., Conroy , M. 08/2011 In: Leadership. 7, 3, p. 317-334. 18 p.
Journal article

Grounded theory and leadership research: A critical realist perspective
Kempster, S., Parry, K. 1/02/2011 In: The Leadership Quarterly. 22, 1, p. 106-120. 15 p.
Journal article

Coaching or Co-constructing?: exploring the opportunities of integrating coaching and co-constructed autoethnography in leadership learning.
Iszatt-White, M., Kempster, S. 2011
Conference paper

Becoming a leader: A co-produced autoethnographic exploration of situated learning of leadership practice
Kempster, S., Stewart, J. 04/2010 In: Management Learning. 41, 2, p. 205-219. 15 p.
Journal article

Entrepreneurs' and managers' leadership roles compared: Context is what matters: what a person does trumps who they are
Kempster, S., Cope, J. 2010 In: Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal. 24, 4, p. 30-32. 3 p.
Journal article

Learning to lead in the entrepreneurial context
Kempster, S. 2010 In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 16, 1, p. 5-34. 30 p.
Journal article

How Managers Have Learnt to Lead: Exploring the Development of Leadership Practice
Kempster, S. 03/2009 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 272 p. ISBN: 9780230220959.

Observing the invisible: examining the role of observational learning in the development of leadership practice
Kempster, S. 2009 In: Journal of Management Development. 28, 5, p. 439-456.
Journal article

Science or scientism? Re-examining research traditions through a critical realist perspective of grounded theory
Kempster, S., Parry, K. 2008 In: European Academy of Management Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

'Echoes from the past': an exploration of the impact of 'notable people' on leadership training
Kempster, S. 2007 In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings- Best Papers: 67 (Philadelphia, PA) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Learning the dance of the strategist: the importance of an experienced partner
Kempster, S., Bailey, A.J. 2007 In: EGOS (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Becoming a strategic leader: Lessons from further education
Kempster, S., Bailey, A.J. 2006 Lancaster University : Centre for Excellence in Leadership
Working paper

Leadership learning through lived experience: a process of apprenticeship
Kempster, S. 2006 In: Journal of Management and Organization. 12, 1, p. 4-22. 19 p.
Journal article

What Leaders Read 1: Key Texts From the Business World
Abra, J., Hunter, M., Smith, R., Kempster, S. 2003 Nottingham : National College for School Leadership.

The entrepreneur as leader: an exploration of leadership development among small business owner-managers
Kempster, S., Watts, G. 2002 In: ISBA National Conference (Brighton) - November 2002. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution