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Leadership Paradoxes

Professor Richard Bolden addressed and facilitated the UWE Bristol Business Fellows programme on 13 April 2016, focussing on Leadership Paradoxes

The event, informed by Richard’s latest book, encouraged participants to discuss the main paradoxes and dilemmas they face in their role as leaders. A number of Business Fellows, including  the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor, presented practical examples from their own experience and were followed by small group discussions. The session concluded with a review of insights for leadership development and current research at The Bristol Leadership Centre. At the end of the session Business Fellows were invited on a tour of the new Faculty of Business and Law building.

The Business Fellows initiative brings together an exclusive network of individual business leaders with a range of industry backgrounds. The programme is designed to support passionate, aspiring and practising business leaders.

Richard Bolden’s work has been cited in a recent report for the Government Office of Science.


Leadership Evaluation Collaboratory

Anita Gulati (Professional Executive Development) has long argued that organisations often fail to undertake a thorough evaluation before they commission leadership programmes.

Now, NHS Leadership Academies of the South West and Thames Valley and Wessex have committed £25,000 towards a new initiative, the ‘Leadership Evaluation Collaboratory’ which will cultivate a collaborative approach to leadership development.

Over the next year Anita will initially work with the region’s NHS and social care providers. We expect membership to broaden out over time. Anita will also host expert workshops, collate approaches to evaluation, look at research methods for evaluation leadership development and encouraging co-evaluation. The aim is to develop a sustainable network for client engagement in the development of evaluative capability and understanding.

Project lead, Anita Gulati will also work with colleagues Richard Bolden and Gareth Edwards (Bristol Leadership Centre) and Winchester University.

The first exploratory workshop is planned for Wednesday 29 June 2016.  Expressions of interested in collaborating or participating in the first workshop or just finding out more, please e-mail Anita, Richard or Gareth or via

Hugo Gaggiotti's Research Collaborative in Japan

Following an invitation from Professor Masayasu of Hugo at Meiji University Graduate school with Professor Masayasu Takahashi (right to Hugo) and two PhD studentsTakahashi, Meiji University, Japan, Hugo Gaggiotti has now finished his stage as Visiting Professor. Hugo also sought to develop a research collaborative project on the comparative perspectives of organisation and management studies in Japan and the UK. Consequently, Hugo is now developing strong links with researchers in Japan who are interested in consolidating capacity to study leadership and mobility in Japanese multinational corporations operating abroad (in particular in UK and Mexico) by applying organisational ethnographic methods.

The Human Relations Paper of the Year Award

Congratulations to Harriet Short who recently received this prestigious award from the Editorial Team of Sage Publications  for her paper, “Liminality, space and the importance of ‘transitory dwelling places’ at work” (2014).  The paper has  broad readership appeal, sound methods and a  theory which advances our understanding of human relations at work.

Shared leadership a ‘necessity’ for universities

John Elmes reported in The Times reported on recent recommendations by the  Leadership Foundation to move away from command and control model to increase staff engagement.

The paper's authors (including Bristol Leadership Centre Director, Professor Richard Bolden), "Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education" offer six key principles for shared leadership. These include engaging with staff across a university and developing a “context and culture of respect for and trust in individual contributions to effect change through the nurturing of collaborative relationships”.

What kind of leadership does the world need?

Julie Pei, final year nursing student and alumni of the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Leadership Programme (SLP), has won a place to represent the UK at the Global Student Leadership Development Programme.  The 5 week Programme takes place at Lehigh University, USA.  Julie is jointly sponsored by  UWE’s Bristol Business School and Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences

In addition to her NHS employment and UWE studentship, Julie invested time in the Vice-Chancellor’s SLP and led a team of UWE students to design and deliver a Master Class on the Wisdom of the Masai.  Collectively, Julie’s team, UWE staff and the Vice-Chancellor helped raise money for children in a poor village in Tanzania. Watch out for Julie’s newsfeeds.

Research Informed Teaching: The Case of Eden Project

Svetlana Cicmil, Hugo Gaggiotti, Sandra Laurent and Katie Collins combined their research  expertise in organisational ethnography, complex projects, environmental agenda, financial sustainability, critical pedagogy in management education, participatory research and community development to organise a back to nature learning adventure for MBA and MSc Sustainable Development in Practice students at the Eden Project in Cornwall. In collaboration with Dan Ryan, our host from the Eden Project Trust, a cosmopolitan group of students and staff explored the innovation, successes and tensions surrounding the Eden Project as a business and an ecological enterprise. More information

Grant funding for international research

Hugo Gaggiotti was awarded a British Academy Award under the Newton Mobility Grants Scheme for his research project on applying organizational ethnography to study business and organising on the American-Mexican borderlands. The project is for £9,957. Partners on the bid include Professor Jose Luis Ramos form ENAH-Mexico and Dr Janeth Martinez from Colegio of Chihuahua.

Hugo Gaggiotti was awarded a Mexican Academy of Sciences (ACM) and National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) Grant for the second phase of his research project (funded by the British Academy) on applying organizational ethnography to study business and organising in the American-Mexican borderlands. The project involves a team of 15 Mexican organizational ethnographers led by Hugo who will study the condition of the working force in Ciudad Juarez, (Mexico) and El Paso (USA) applying shadowing, participant observation and autoethnography as main methodological approaches. The project has a total value of £4,000

Leadership in turbulent times

Leadership Professor Richard Bolden, director of Bristol Leadership Centre, University of the West of England, looks at how easy it is to be a good a leader in turbulent times. Read the article in SouthWest Business.

International Leadership Association feature on new book by BLC faculty

The International Leadership Association's (ILA) July newsletterincluded a special feature about the title, "Studying Leadership", written by Doris Schedlitzki and Gareth Edwards. ILA's guest interviewer, Sherry L. Early, talked to Doris and Gareth exploring their motivations to write collaboratively, their intended audience and the text's utility in teaching a wide range of students.

Bristol Golden Key Initiative

UWE’s Bristol Leadership Centre teamed with the University of Bristol and successfully secured £375,000 Big Lottery funding to evaluate the Bristol Golden Key initiative. More information about this project.

Thinking Futures Festival

BLC Member, Dr Harriet Shortt, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies, is guest speaker at the University of Bristol's event Thinking Futures 2014.

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