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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

Research Output 2001 2018

Institutional Illogics: The Unconscious and Institutional Analysis

Vince, R. 30 Jan 2018 In : Organization Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Conceptual framework
Social structure

Feeling Perplexed: The paradox of building equality and participation in public services

Pässilä, A. & Vince, R. Jul 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Feeling Sense: Symbolic formation during organisational change

Jarrett, M. & Vince, R. Aug 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

No Room for Mistakes: The impact of the social unconscious on organisational learning in Kazakhstan

Kjellstrand, I. & Vince, R. 1 Sep 2017 In : Administrative Sciences. 7, 3, p. 27

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
learning organization