Keynote speakers

Claire Leitch

claire-leitch

Professor Claire Leitch holds the Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Lancaster University Management School, where she is Head of the Department of Leadership and Management. Prior to her appointment at Lancaster in 2012 she was a Senior Lecturer and Director of Education at Queen’s University Management School, Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research sits at the interface of entrepreneurship and leadership, and concentrates on learning, leadership and organisational development.

She has published articles in a number of leading international journals and also has co-edited a number of influential special issues and books in these areas that have shaped theoretical debate. In addition, her work has impacted policy discussions and industrial practice. Her major strength is integrating theory and practice, so leaders can understand how to apply the latest research to their own situation.

Professor Leitch’s current research explores leadership, gender, power and influence in entrepreneurial and family business settings. She is the editor of the International Small Business Journal, one of the leading entrepreneurship journals.


Mats Alvesson

Professor Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden, and is also a part-time professor at the University of Queensland Business School. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, leadership, critical theory, organisational culture, knowledge work, identity in organisations, gender, organisational change, management concultancy, and so on.

Mats has published 25 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education. His most recent books include: Reflexive Leadership (Sage, 2016), with M. Blom and S. Sveningsson; Managerial Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2016), with S. Sveningsson, and The Stupidity Paradox (Profile, 2016), with A. Spicer.


Participatory Panel

Bert Spector

Bert Spector

Bert A. Spector is an associate professor of international business and strategy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. His research, writing, and teaching focus in on strategic leadership, organisational change management, and business model innovation. His latest book, Discourse on Leadership: A Critical Appraisal was released by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

David Collinson

David Collinson

David Collinson is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organisation in the Department of Leadership and Management, Lancaster University. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Warwick, South Florida, St Andrews and Manchester. David is the founding Co-Editor of the journal Leadership (with Keith Grint) and founding Co-Organiser of the International Studying Leadership Conference.

David’s primary research interests focus on leadership & followership dialectics; power & identities; conformity & resistance and gender & masculinity. He has published 14 books and over one hundred peer reviewed journal articles, chapters and research reports that seek to contribute to the development of critical approaches to leadership, management and organisation studies.

Dennis Tourish

Dennis Tourish is currently Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He will hold the same position at Sussex Business School from April 2017. Dennis is the Editor of Leadership. His most recent book is The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership, published by Routledge in 2013.

Keith Grint

Keith Grint

Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University. He has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School and Fellow in Organizational Behaviour, Templeton College. He remains an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, Oxford. Professor Grint is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a Visiting Research Professor at Lancaster University, a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust, and a Visiting Professor at the Leiden University Leadership Centre, The Hague, Netherlands. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Leadership and founding co-organizer of the International Conference in Researching Leadership.

Suze Wilson

Suze Wilson

Suze Wilson is a lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University, Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her research is focused on the critique of mainstream leadership thought and the development of alternatives to it. In 2014 her doctoral thesis won the International Leadership Association’s Jablin Dissertaion Award and was joint winner of the Best Critical Thesis Award of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management.

Key publications comprise Thinking differently about leadership: A critical history of leadership studies, Edward Elgar, 2016 and Revitalising leadership: Putting theory and practice into context, (co-authored with Stephen Cummings, Brad Jackson & Sarah Proctor-Thomson), Routledge, 2017. Prior to becoming an academic Suze worked in senior roles in student unions, trade unions and HR management.