Department of Leadership and Management

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Research and activities

At the Department of Leadership and Management, we believe that research excellence depends on the economic, psychological, social, political, and practical relevance of our research questions.

Our work is organized into three research clusters; leadership and people, strategy and productivity, and well-being, led by distinguished academics who are experts in these areas. Our members have received funding from a diverse range of major funders, including the European Commission, the ESRC, UKRI, National Institute for Health Research, the Templeton Religion Trust, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, and various government agencies. Here are some recent examples:

  • UKRI/ESRC (January, 2021): Occupational changes and skill mismatch following Covid-19: Implications for graduates in the UK. Dr Catherine Robinson (Principal Investigator), value: £49,621
  • Templeton Religious Trust (September, 2020): Cooperation, cohesion and leadership in (new) atheism. Dr Carola Leicht (Principal Investigator), value: $91,664
  • UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund (August, 2020): Poverty, vulnerability and crime: What does COVID-19 mean for Nigerian street vendors? Professor Chidiebere Ogbonnaya (Principal Investigator), value: £194,003
  • Scottish Government (March, 2020): Investigating the factors driving Scotland’s productivity gap with other countries. Dr Catherine Robinson (Co-Investigator), value: £45,000
  • ESRC (September, 2019): Digital Futures at work research centre. Professor Chidiebere Ogbonnaya (Co-Investigator), value: £6,496,084
  • Leverhulme Trust (January, 2019): Postfeminism in the City: Researching feminine leadership as lived Experience. Professor Patricia Lewis (Principal Investigator), value: £53,112
  • British Academy (January, 2019): Work in the gig economy: A transformation of contemporary careers. Dr Michael Koch (Co-Investigator), value: £9,916
  • Project Management Institute (February, 2017): Unified definition of project benefits management. Dr Amgad Badewi (Co-Investigator), value: $50,000
  • UKAIS: “Assessing the value of DT enabled business model pivoting within SMEs in post COVID-19 era.” Dr Maria Balta (Co-investigator), value: £1,000

External Engagement

Together with our diverse portfolio of funded research projects, our collegial academic community fosters a vibrant and innovative atmosphere wherein impactful research can flourish. Members of the Department collaborate with a wide range of national and international partners and stakeholders, including business executives, industry leaders, government agencies, civil society, third-sector organisations, and the wider public. These collaborations have not only pushed the frontiers of business and management studies, but also helped in developing practical solutions for complex global challenges. Our researchers regularly engage with professional bodies such as the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and the CIPD, as well as a variety of trade unions, practitioners, and policymakers to co-produce and extend high-quality work beyond academia. In July 2021, we hosted the 11th Gender, Work & Organization International Interdisciplinary Conference attended by 600 delegates from all over the world including Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Serbia, Canada, USA, Colombia, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.


Members of the department regularly publish their work in a wide array of highly ranked journals, including ‘Organization Studies’, ‘Journal of Management’, ‘Human Relations’, ‘Journal of Management Studies’, ‘British Journal of Management’, ‘Tourism Management’, Journal of Business Venturing’, ‘Human Resource Management Journal (UK)’, ‘Human Resource Management (US)’, ‘Work, Employment and Society’, ‘Psychological Science’, ‘Harvard Business Review’, ‘The Leadership Quarterly’, ‘Journal of Organizational Behavior’, Journal of Vocational Behavior’, ‘Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’, ‘Gender, Work & Organisation’, ‘Journal of Business Ethics’, ‘Journal of Business Research’, ‘Group & Organization Management’, ‘The International Journal of Human Resource Management’, and ‘The International Journal of Hospitality Management’ and ‘Technological Forecasting and Social Change’.


Members of the department have held editorial posts in these prestigious journal and act as expert peer reviewers. Our academics are also active members of various national and international professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Academy of Management (AoM), the British Academy of Management (BAM), the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP), Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). They are frequently invited to chair or give talks at national and international conferences, including the Smart TV Global Summit, the Gender, Work & Organisation Interdisciplinary Conference, BAM Conference, AoM Conference, and SASE Conference.