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Professor David Collinson

Distinguished Professor of Leadership & Organisation

David Collinson

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510916

Research Interests

My publications focus on critical approaches to leadership, management and organization. Primary research interests explore leadership & followership dialectics; power, identities & insecurities; gender, men & masculinities; conformity, dramaturgy & resistance, and humour, positivity & Prozac leadership.

Books include: The Sage Handbook of Leadership; Major Works in Leadership Studies Volumes 1-4; Organizational Studies: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management Volumes I-4; Men as Managers, Managers as Men: Critical Perspectives on Men, Masculinities and Managements; Managing the Shop floor: Subjectivity, Masculinity and Workplace Culture; Managing to Discriminate, and Job Redesign: Critical Perspectives on the Labour Process.

Articles have appeared in leading journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Management Studies, Work, Employment & Society, Organization, Gender, Work & Organization, Leadership and Leadership Quarterly. He holds a doctorate, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in management from the University of Manchester.

In 2009 I completed a three year secondment as the National Research Director (2006-2009) for the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL)/Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

Founding Co-Editor (with Keith Grint) of the peer reviewed, international journal 'Leadership'. The journal has established a reputation for critical, high quality and cutting-edge leadership research. In 2010 the journal was accepted into Thomson ISI Social Science Citation Index.

Founding Co-Organiser of the 'International Studying Leadership Conference'. In addition to being held three times at Lancaster University, this meeting has been hosted at the Universities of Oxford, Exeter, Cranfield, Warwick, Auckland, Birmingham, Lund, Copenhagen, Rome and Edinburgh.




Appointed to Chair in Leadership and Organisation at Lancaster in January 2002.

Previously at the Universities of Warwick, South Florida, St. Andrews and Manchester.

In 2001 I was also elected as the Hallsworth Visiting Professor at Manchester Business School.

I have a BSc, MSc (by research) and PhD all in management and have published 13 books and over one hundred articles, chapters and research reports that seek to contribute to the development of critical approaches to leadership and management studies.

2008   Lancaster University Research Prize (Established Researchers) awarded for ‘excellent work in the field of leadership’


Current Teaching

I organise the 3rd year BSc undergraduate course in 'Rethinking Leadership' and also teach on Mngt 200, and specialist Masters programmes as well as supervise doctoral students.


PhD, School of Management, UMIST (1988)

MSc (by research), School of Management, UMIST (1981)

BSc (Hons), Dept. of Management Sciences, UMIST (1978)

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