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Chris Saunders

Teaching Fellow, Research Student

Chris Saunders

Lancaster University

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 593473

Professional Role

Senior Teaching Fellow & Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education


Chris Saunders is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the area of leadership, and is the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education.

Chris is studying for a PhD exploring how leaders distil, and deploy principles or rules of thumb in their everyday acts of leading. He is a published author, with a textbook on Leadership with Oxford University Press (2nd 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

PhD topic: The principles of leaders: exploring the development of individual guiding principles used by leaders in their everyday practice.


Current Teaching

MBA Core Course: FMBA 520 Leading Responsibly

MBA Core Course: FMBA514 Responsible Management & Ethics

Future Global Leaders

Responsible leadership on Executive Education programmes


External Roles

Chief External Examiner, University of Westminster

Former Board Member: Bolton at Home


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

Senior Fellow of the HEA

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