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Farooq Mughal


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Research interests

I am interested in helping groups find innovative solutions to organizational challenges and creating opportunities to implement and sustain those solutions. I explore issues that surround group engagement and interaction, especially in dealing with social, cultural and strategic change that is required to address complex organizational problems, particularly in relation to the interoperability of power and authority. 

My work hinges upon a multidisciplinary framework of ideas and thoughts which predominantly take a generative ontology, i.e. going beyond the duality of structure and agency to conceptualize agential practice as structuring and structured simultaneously. This enables me to examine two significant but interrelated areas that act as precondition for change:

  • human dispositions, embodied during the intergenerational transmission of culture, which shape  behaviour; and
  • human social (inter)-action and positioning in coping with the disruption and destablization of values and beliefs.

There are three broad strands to my work:

  • class and social reproduction
  • group space and dynamics
  • action learning and action research;

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising doctoral students looking to undertake interdisciplinary and qualitative research broadly in the areas of organisational learning, leadership development, knowledge management, management education and HRD. I particularly welcome research which challenges the limits of orthodoxy and concentrates on bringing to fore the complexities surrounding human social interaction within the context of learning and change.

Education/Academic qualification

Management Learning and Leadership, Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

HRD and Consulting, Master of Arts, Lancaster University


  • Critical Management Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Learning
  • Action Research
  • Knowledge Management
  • HRD

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Research Output 2010 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
Action learning

Position and Position-Taking in Groups: Theorizing Member Positionality in Action Learning Sets through a Bourdieusian Lens

Mughal, F. 11 Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) RMLE unConference 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Reflexivity and the Reform of the Academic Habitus

Mughal, F. 30 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) BAM 2018 Proceedings (Forthcoming).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Seeing Workplace As A Learning Space: A Call For Developing Critical Work-Based Learning (WBL) Pedagogy

Downs, C., Mughal, F. & Shah, U. 30 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) BAM 2018 Conference Proceedings.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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