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Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Lancaster University

David Collinson PhD is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organization at Lancaster University Management School.

Previously at the Universities of Manchester, Warwick, St Andrews and South Florida, he is the Founding Co-Editor of the Leadership journal and Founding Co-Organizer of The International Studying Leadership Conference.

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

David’s 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.

David’s 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.


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    Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Lancaster University