Professor Keith Grint

On looking for a Map and finding a Mirror: The contradictions and complexities of decision-making

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Room 2B020, Frenchay Campus

Professor Keith Grint gave a talk at UWE Bristol considering the difficulties of decision-making under uncertainty. The talk suggested that our conventional desire for a contingency approach often exacerbates the difficulties; when instead we should accept that ambiguity is endemic to leadership and find ways to live with uncertainty. It draws on ten years of theoretical floundering and empirical wandering.

Video presentation

Watch the video of Professor Keith Grint's presentation below:

Biographical notes

Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University Business School. Previously he was Professor of Defence Leadership at Cranfield University and before that he was Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre at Lancaster University Management School. Before that he was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School and Fellow in Organisational Behaviour, Templeton College, University of Oxford. Keith spent 10 years in industry before switching to an academic career.

He is a founding co-editor of the journal Leadership published by Sage, and founding co-organiser of the International Conference in Researching Leadership. He remains a Visiting Research Professor at Lancaster University and at Leiden University, and an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

His books include The Sociology of Work 3rd edition (2005); Management: A Sociological Introduction (1995); Leadership (ed.) (1997); Fuzzy Management (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997); The Arts of Leadership (2000); Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (2005); Leadership, Management and Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008); The Public Leadership Challenge (ed. With Stephen Brookes) (2010); Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010); Sage Handbook of Leadership (ed. with Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien London: Sage (2010). Sage Major Works of Leadership (ed. With David Collinson & Brad Jackson) (2011).

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