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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.

I am a former Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) journal (2017-2020); and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Management Learning (2005-2010). 

In addition to being Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath, I am Honorary Professor in Management at the School of Management, University of St Andrews. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Organisation Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, The Barriers to Learning and Change in Public Service Bureaucracies, University of Bristol

Sept 1984Jan 1990

Award Date: 12 Jul 1990

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews

Jun 2020Aug 2023

Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews

Aug 2015Jan 2020


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