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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 2015Sep 2018

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Projects 2008 2010

Nursing Research

Vince, R.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1991 2020

Key tensions in purposive action by middle managers leading change.

Neumann, J. E., James, K. T. & Vince, R., 22 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Research in Organizational Change and Development. 27, p. 111-142 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The History Boys: Critical reflections on our contributions to management learning and their ongoing implications.

Reynolds, M. & Vince, R., 17 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Management Learning.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'The Political, the Organizational, the Personal': A Lacanian approach to the practice of alternative leadership in three alt-organisations

Chemin-Bouzir, C., Picard, H., Vince, R. & Willmott, H., Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Critical action learning

Trehan, K., Vince, R., Anderson, L. & Rigg, C., 1 Feb 2018, In : Management Learning. 49, 1, p. 67-68 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Disciplined Provocation: Writing Essays for AMLE

Vince, R. & Hibbert, P., 17 Aug 2018, In : Academy of Management, Learning and Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Management learning
Management education


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