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Dr Chris Saunders

Senior Teaching Fellow, Research Student

Chris Saunders

Lancaster University

Management School



Tel: +44 1524 593473

Professional Role

Senior Teaching Fellow 


Dr Chris Saunders is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the area of leadership and responsibility. He was the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education (2019-2023) and has directed LUMS MBA and Executive MBA programmes.

Chris's research area is the processes involved in becoming a leader. He is a published author, with a textbook on Leadership with Oxford University Press (3rd edition). 

Chris teaches leading responsibly and CSR. The majority of his teaching is for MBA students or executive education clients.

From 2015-2019 Chris was Executive MBA Director responsible for EMBA cohorts in the UK, Ghana and Malaysia. Prior to that Chris directed the full-time MBA programme 2010-2015. Outside of Lancaster Chris was a non-executive Board member and audit committee chair of Bolton at Home, a social housing business (2010-2017). He has previously worked in variety of public and private sector businesses, including EDS, Hounslow Council and as General Manager of a successful small business, the Golden Hinde Educational Museum Ship, a fully working replica of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th century sailing ship. 




Current Research

Exploring the everyday processes of becoming a leader


Current Teaching

MBA Core Course: FMBA 520 Leading Responsibly

MBA Core Course: FMBA514 Responsible Management & Ethics

Responsible leadership on Executive Education programmes


External Roles

External Examiner, Durham University

Chief External Examiner, University of Westminster

Former Board Member: Bolton at Home


PhD in Management and Leadership (Lancaster)

MPhil in Critical Management (Lancaster)
MBA (Lancaster)
BA (Hons) in Ancient History (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Senior Fellow of the HEA

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