Research from the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre

A core aim of the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre is to conduct rigorous and relevant research to inform and shape leadership and organisational practice, policy and education.

Scholarly research

This incorporates empirical and conceptual enquiry into the nature of leadership, leadership development and related processes. Our work in this area is particularly important in securing an international profile and achieving impact through research-informed education and practice. It is linked to funded projects, the supervision of doctoral research, and is mainly disseminated through conferences, books and peer-reviewed articles (please see our publications for further details).

Applied research

Our applied research relates to our work with organisations and clients to address specific organisational challenges and/or issues. It may include coaching and consultancy, along with action research and evaluation. This work is most frequently funded directly by organisations and may run alongside professional and executive education. It is often written up in practitioner reports and articles. We have a particularly strong track record in health, social care and utility sectors.

Research themes

There are four main inter-connected themes that run through our research group and inter-group processes:

  • leadership and followership in a complex and changing world
  • cultures of leading and organizing
  • leadership and organisational learning and development
  • behaviour change and social influence.

Research projects

Current and past research projects covering a wide range of issues relating to leadership and organisations and a separate section relating to behaviour change and social influence.

For details of the research interests of specific individuals please view information about our members.

To discuss ideas for potential research or doctoral study please contact Professor Richard Bolden or Professor Peter Case.

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