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Welcome to the research outputs of the University of Exeter Business School Centre for Leadership Studies

Recent Submissions

  • Leadership and the paradox of authenticity 

    Adarves-Yorno, Inmaculada (Routledge, 2016-01)
    In 2003, Bill George (former CEO of Medtronic Plc an S&P 500 constituent) argued that “Due to the current crisis, complexities and challenges facing our society and organizations nowadays we need from a new type of ...
  • Leadership and branding in business schools: a Bourdieusian analysis 

    Naidoo, Rajani; Gosling, Jonathan; Bolden, Richard; O'Brien, Anne; Hawkins, Beverley (Taylor and Francis, 2014-01)
    This paper explores the growth of corporate branding in higher education (HE) and its use by academic and professional managers as a mechanism for not only enhancing institutional reputation but also for facilitating ...
  • Managing the monsters of doubt: liminality, threshold concepts and leadership learning 

    Hawkins, Beverley; Edwards, Gareth (Sage, 2013-09-25)
    In this article we argue that management and business undergraduate students who are engaged in learning about leadership occupy a liminal space or state of between-ness. Drawing on anthropological conceptualizations of ...
  • Ship-shape: materializing leadership in the British Royal Navy 

    Hawkins, Beverley (Sage, 2015-04-15)
    In this article I contribute to posthumanist, actor-network influenced theories of leadership, drawing empirically on qualitative data collected at a Royal Navy shore establishment in Great Britain. I demonstrate how a ...
  • Creativity is collective 

    Haslam, S. Alexander; Adarves-Yorno, Inmaculada; Postmes, Tom (Nature Publishing Group, 2015-01)
    Psychologists and other commentators have always treated creativity as the ultimate expression of human individuality. However, to fully understand creativity we need to look beyond the individual: Groups and social context ...
  • Politics and the glass cliff: Evidence that women are preferentially selected to contest hard-to-win seat 

    Ryan, Michelle K.; Haslam, S. Alexander; Kulich, Clara (SAGE / Wiley Blackwell, 2010)
    Recent archival and experimental research by Ryan and Haslam (2005, 2007; Haslam & Ryan, 2008) has revealed that women are more likely than men to be appointed to leadership positions when an organization is in crisis. As ...
  • Distributed leadership in higher education: what does it accomplish? 

    Gosling, Jonathan; Bolden, Richard; Petrov, Georgy (Sage, 2009)
    The term ‘distributed leadership’ has been prominent in research into educational management for some time. A number of articles have recently questioned the explanatory utility of the concept; in this essay we examine its ...
  • Double agents: gendered organizational culture, control and resistance 

    Hawkins, Beverley (Sage, 2008)
    This article presents ethnographic data showing how recruitment consultants negotiate managerial attempts to control workforce culture. I suggest the values which senior managers encourage consultants to embody prioritize ...
  • Gendering the eye of the norm: exploring gendered concertive control processes within two self-managing teams 

    Hawkins, Beverley (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
    This article explores the workplace interactions of two self-managed teams of recruitment consultants. I use data from participant observation and recorded interviews to show the gendered nature of what Barker (1993) terms ...
  • Strategies for Effective HE-Employer Engagement 

    Bolden, Richard (University of Exeter Business School, 2010)
    This is the third in a series of reports summarising the outcomes of research to support the South West Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Project. The first of these mapped out the higher skills and employer engagement (EE) ...
  • Strategies for effective HE-employer engagement 

    Bolden, Richard; Hirsh, Wendy; Connor, Helen; Petrov, Georgy; Duquemin, Anthea (University of Exeter Business School, 2010-02)
    This is the third in a series of reports summarising the outcomes of research to support the South West Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Project. The first of these mapped out the higher skills and employer engagement (EE) ...
  • Is workplace harassment generic or a result of context? 

    Walton, Michael (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2009-12)
    Harassment at work remains a significant problem and, in its various guises, threatens the wellbeing of those affected, and the integrity and internal equilibrium of an organisation. It seeks to capitalise on, and possibly ...
  • A touch of the ODs: watch out for the ‘organisational dementors’! 

    Walton, Michael (Association of MBAs, 2010-01)
    Leaders and consultants are vulnerable to their work being misrepresented and ‘used’ by others to further personal agendas. Illustrated by personal consulting xperiences, this paper serves as a reminder of just how susceptible ...
  • Business history and the historiographical operation 

    Taylor, Scott; Bell, Emma; Cooke, Bill (Sage, 2009)
    In this article we explore the implications of the epistemological position taken by writers of business history through a critical hermeneutic reading of recent key statements within this field. Using the theoretical lens ...
  • Politics and power in training and learning: the rise and fall of the NHS university 

    Taylor, Scott; Bell, Emma; Grugulis, Irena; Storey, John; Taylor, Lee (Sage, 2010-02)
    This article examines the political processes surrounding the development and demise of an ambitious, yet short-lived, policy-based learning initiative, namely a university for the UK National Health Service. Using a ...
  • Beyond the leader-as-hero: the ACE framework for leader success 

    Walton, Michael (Association of MBAs, 2007-04)
    Too much belief in the leader-as-hero generates unrealistic expectations of senior executives and neglects significant variables which underpin leader performance and effectiveness. Based on a study of consulting assignments ...
  • 'Star Wars’: managers & MBAs in the corporate snakepit 

    Walton, Michael (Association of MBAs, 2009-07)
    This article is a reminder that managing organisational politics remains an essential management skill. It highlights several ways in which a manager can tune-into the political and power dynamics of organisations. Aimed ...
  • Employer engagement with higher education: a literature review 

    Bolden, Richard; Petrov, Georgy (Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, 2008)
    This report has been produced as part of the South West Higher Level Skills Project. It summarises recent literature on employer engagement with higher education (HE), with a central focus on HE involvement in work based ...
  • Leadership, collaboration and the higher skills agenda 

    Bolden, Richard (Association of MBAs, 2009-01)
    This article considers changes in the UK higher education system and the extent to which the need to build more effective, enduring and equitable partnerships with employers may help inform our understanding of collaborative ...
  • A South West Higher Skills Project Research Report 

    Bolden, Richard; Connor, Helen; Duquemin, Anthea; Hirsh, Wendy; Petrov, Georgy (University of Exeter, 2009-07)
    Produced in collaboration with the Council for Industry and Higher Education, this report summarises the findings from analysis of 27 case studies of HE-employer engagement initiatives, particularly those targeted at ...

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