Amanda Goodall began her career in the fashion industry, followed by a decade in the UK charitable sector, and finally a move into universities. She worked with Anthony Giddens, then Director of the LSE and later at Warwick University.
Amanda completed a PhD on university leadership at Warwick Business School in 2007 -- ‘Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars’ (Princeton University Press, 2009). Amanda’s research is on leadership and organisational performance. Her central argument is that leaders should have a deep understanding of the core business of the organisations they are to lead.
Being a good manager alone, she suggests, is not sufficient. She is developing a theory of expert leadership based on her empirical work in hospitals, universities and other research bodies, in highly competitive fields such as Formula 1 Championships, and in the arts. She publishes in both academic journals and practitioner magazines, and is regularly featured in the media. Amanda has been a research fellow at Cornell, Zurich U and IZA in Bonn, and she has received research funding from the ESRC and Leverhulme.