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Research interests

We often imagine that organizations are rational places, where we can solve problems, make decisions and implement strategies. Many of us also know from our experience that organizations are highly political places and that they are full of complicated emotions and relations that easily undermine attempts to lead, learn and change. My research has investigated the emotional and political dynamics of organizing, as well as the impact of these dynamics on management learning, leadership and change. 

The general themes of my research include: management and organizational learning, leadership and leadership development, emotion in organizations and institutions, group relations/ system psychodynamics, and the organization of reflection.

My research connects with various academic leadership roles. I am Honorary Professor of Management at the University of St Andrews. I am currently an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) journal. I am a former Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal Management Learning (2005-2010). I am an internationally recognized expert in emotion in organizations, organizational learning and critical action learning. 

Education/Academic qualification

Organisation Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Sep 1984Jan 1990

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews

Aug 2015 → …

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Projects 2008 2010

Research Output 1991 2020

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"If I Want to Feel my Feelings, I'll See a Bloody Shrink!": Learning From the Shadow Side of Experiential Learning

Clancy, A. & Vince, R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Management Education. 43, 2, p. 174-184 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Institutional Illogics: The Unconscious and Institutional Analysis

Vince, R., 1 Jul 2019, In : Organization Studies. 40, 7, p. 953-973 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Institutional analysis
Social defence
Conceptual framework
Social structure
Institutional structure

Key tensions in purposive action by middle managers leading change.

Neumann, J. E., James, K. T. & Vince, R., 15 Jul 2019, In : Research in Organizational Change and Development. 27, p. 111-142 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reflections on the role of bemusement in institutional disruption

Vince, R., 3 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Management Inquiry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Research methods for studying unconscious emotions in organizations and institutions

Vince, R., Clancy, A., Kjellstrand, I., Mohamed, M. & Yang, F., Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Institutional Work in Creative Industries: A Qualitative Study of Advertising Practitioners at Work

Author: Lancaster, D., 12 Dec 2018

Supervisor: Davies, I. (Supervisor), Nuttall, P. (Supervisor) & Vince, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Leaning into Learning

Author: Roberts, M., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Chudzikowski, K. (Supervisor) & Vince, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


The Impact of the Social Unconscious on Organizational Learning in Kazakhstan

Author: Kjellstrand, I., 29 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Vince, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The Organisation of Disappointment

Author: Clancy, A., 25 May 2012

Supervisor: Vince, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD