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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 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. 

I am not currently accepting PhD students

Education/Academic qualification

Organisation Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Sep 1984Jan 1990

Award Date: 12 Jul 1990

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews

Aug 2015Jan 2020

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Research Output

Experiencing emotion in conducting qualitative research as a PhD student

Vince, R., 10 Feb 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Journal of Management Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Integrating Rationality and Illogics: A model of organizational change

Jarrett, M. & Vince, R., 4 Jul 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Make Believe: The role of pretence and imagination in organizational stability and change

Vince, R. & Voronov, M., 4 Jul 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Towards a theory of historical reflexivity

Durepos, G. & Vince, R., 15 Jun 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Towards a Theory of Historical Reflexivity

Durepos, G. & Vince, R., 2020, Historical Organization Studies: Theory, Methods and Applications. Clegg, S., Maclean, M., Suddaby, R. & Harvey, C. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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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