Dr Peter Lenney

Visiting Researcher


See my werbsite www.mindfulmanager.guru Before I became an academic I had spent some 20-odd years in industry. Mostly with the industrial coatings/paints division of Courtaulds, the British multinational [now part of Akzo-Nobel]. I graduated as a chemist. My business career took me from the laboratory bench of product development, via various R&D management appointments, through global marketing, to eventually become the Worldwide Business Director of International Paint Marine Coatings - a global supplier of coating systems & services to ship operators and shipbuilders worldwide; at that time a $500m turnover business. Long before the word ‘global’ was fashionable the marine coatings business was truly global. Global customers with globally mobile assets made that inevitable. As a result I have had extensive experience of international markets and marketing. Additionally industrial coating operations are very often so integrated into customer processes that in many senses you have to know the customers’ businesses better than they do themselves. In my technical roles this facet of the coatings industry led me to get involved in the detail of a very wide range of industries…everything from ship-building to beverage cans, yacht construction, petrochemical production and aerospace, to name just a few. There’s no business, like paint business! I teach directly from my research and conceived and deliver the signature program of the MBA here at Lancaster - The Mindful Manager.

My primary research interests are the nature and processes of managerial work, management education and particularly managerial judgment. This latter research has led me to become engaged with the conceptions of mindfulness & metis and how the Aristotelian conception of practical wisdom – Phronesis - together with Heidegger’s, Arendt’s, Beiner's, Heidlebaugh’s, Martin's & Weidenfeld’s perspectives on judgment, can be mobilized in the education of managers