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Professor Jonathan Gosling

Professor Jonathan Gosling

Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies

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Trained as an anthropologist, Professor Jonathan Gosling worked for several years as a mediator in neighbourhood conflicts in London, founded the UK‘s first community mediation service and was the founding Secretary of the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. After taking a mid-career MBA, he moved into management education at Lancaster University, where he directed the MBA and other programmes for British Airways and other major companies. He co-founded, with Henry Mintzberg and three other malcontents, a new approach to management education, the International Masters in Practising Management. This takes place in six countries around the world, and has been the springboard for several subsequent innovations in helping practising mangers to improve the way they manage. Professor Gosling also played a significant role in the so-called ‘critical management‘ movement, launching an influential MPhil and PhD and contributing to the development of specialist conferences and interest groups. At Exeter he led the growth of leadership studies towards a consisted research and publishing profile, significant contributions to undergraduate education, and  headed Executive Education for several years. In 2009/10 he collaborated with Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud at WWF International to co-found the One Planet MBA, the first MBA designed explicitly to build on the implications of a fundamental but seldom-questioned assumption: that we have just one planet - and we’ve all got to get along on it!

Amongst the many questions posed by this approach is  ‘How will value be negotiated in the food and agriculture supply chain?', where producers vie for control with international companies, and nature is valued in different, often incommensurable ways. This complex issue is crucial to enabling peace, health and environmental sustainability across the world, and could be a driver for economic reform; Prof Gosling has co-founded Business, Nature Value, a multidisciplinary, international research cluster to address the issue.

Professor Gosling has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Leadership, Management Learning, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and in many more practice-oriented outlets. He is currently finalising a text book based on the One Planet MBA. His most recent book is Napoleonic Leadership: A study in power (Sage, 2015); following his Nelson‘s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Commander, published for the 2005 bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Both books underpin popular talks and workshops on contemporary strategic leadership. Prof Gosling has also written several core texts on leadership, including ‘Key Concepts’ titles for Rutledge (2008) and Sage (2013); a successful text book Exploring Leadership: Individual, Organisational and Social Perspectives for Oxford University Press (2011, with colleagues at Exeter); and several other collections including one on leadership lessons from fiction. 

Professor Gosling advises several companies, international agencies and government departments on their leadership-related issues, and is Lead Faculty member on the Forward Institute’s ‘responsible leadership programme’ 2015-'16.  He is a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation ,Trustee of the JH Levy Trust,  a co-director of the European Leadership Centre , and a director of Coaching Ourselves Inc

As former director of the Centre for Leadership Studies (2002-2009), he works with a world-wide first-rate team of researchers, teachers and consultants collectively making a significant impact on both the understanding and practice of leadership.

Professor Gosling is currently (2015) Visiting Professor in the School of Philosophy at Renmin University of China, where he delivered a series of lectures on the Philosophy of Leadership. He held an Otto Mønsted Fellowship at Copenhagen Business School (2014), working on ’the pleasures of power’;  was 2009 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD, France, working on experiential methods in leadership development; and has held similar posts at at McGill University, Quebec; Lund University, Sweden; and IEDC Bled School of Management, Slovenia.

He retired from Exeter in July 2015, much before the official retirement age, in order to focus on more immediate and impactful contributions to society; he remains active as an Emeritus Professor at Exeter, and can be contacted at http://www.jonathangosling.com

Qualifications

BA, Dip RSA, MBA

Links

Research

Research interests

  • Leadership and ethics in current strategic changes
  • Contemporary innovations in leadership development
  • Fostering continuity in change through leadership

Leadership and management development. Much of Professor Gosling's work for the past 10 years has been focused on elucidating the contribution made by various interventions in organisations, ranging from formal management training to collective narrative processes (indicative publications: Gosling, 1996; Gosling and Mintzberg, 2002 (Runner-up, best published paper, Academy of Management), 2003, 2004; Bolden, Gosling and Wood, 2005; Gosling and Purg, 2007). Several of these publications have given rise to substantial debate, press coverage and further publications in industry journals. A recently completed two-year research project for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has produced numerous reports and articles (see references to Bolden, Gosling and Petrov below); and a follow-on project examining the relationships between HEIs and businesses in the SW. Current research focuses on how technical experts and 'deal-makers' can be assisted to 'step up to leadership', especially in international, multi-cultural organisations.

Leading continuity and change. Much of what leaders and managers actually do is clearly aimed at sustaining the continuity of operations and, more importantly, of a shared identity in their organisations. Professor Gosling has examined the activity of managers and the structure of managerial tasks in a number of situations, with a medium-term aim of developing a theory of continuity. Early work looked at conflict resolution processes (Gosling 1994a, 1996; Linstead, Gosling et. al., 2004), but is now focused more directly on general leadership roles.

Psychoanalytic perspectives on leadership studies. Some of Professor Gosling's earlier work on management development drew on the work of Wilfred Bion as a basis for analysing group dependency on teachers and facilitators (Gosling and Ashton, 1994). Later work on community identity and leadership (Gosling, 1996b) drew on John Bowlby's theory of attachment, though Professor Gosling has returned to Bion's application of Kleinian theory in more recent work - of which an early paper was nominated for the 'best paper' award at the American Academy of Management (Gosling and Western, 2004). A new branch of this work now underway is to link the psychoanalytic concept of 'containment' to classical concepts of 'care of the self'. This builds on Professor Gosling's earlier work on Platonic influences on leadership theory (Gosling, 1996a) and links to shared interests with his former colleague in CLS, Prof. Peter Case (Case and Gosling, 2007). This has now evolved into a continuing series of enquiry and papers, linking pre-modern wisdom traditions to contemporary systems psychodynamic concepts (French, Case and Gosling, 2009; Gosling and Case, forthcoming).

Fundamental concepts of leadership. Professor Gosling has worked on the predominance of psychological constructs in the leadership canon, and articulated alternatives drawn from analytic language philosophy (with Antonio Marturano, former Research Fellow), to appear in Philosophy and Management in (Marturano, Gosling and Wood, 2010). This paper makes important links to an earlier debate in the literature (Organization Science, 1992 and 1993) with innovative solutions to conceptual problems raised at that time; and points to further links to infomatics, genetics and bio-ethics. In the meantime, Professor Gosling has published 'Leadership: The Key Concepts' (Marturano and Gosling, 2008, Routledge).

Jonathan is a member of the ESRC Centre for Sports, Leisure and Tourism Research.

Research projects

  • 'Emerging Concepts of Academic Leadership': by survey, interviews and 'listening posts' across UK HE Institutions. With Richard Bolden, Anne O'Brien, Michelle Ryan, Kim Peters and Alex Haslam, 2010-2011
  • 'Branding in Higher Education': collaborative ethnography, with Lund University and others, 2010-2011
     

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Gosling J, Case P (2013). Social dreaming and ecocentric ethics: sources of non-rational insight in the face of climate change catastrophe. Organization Abstract.  Full text.
Sutherland I, Gosling J (2010). Cultural Leadership: the power of culture from affordances to dwelling. Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 40(1), 6-26.
Marturano A, Wood M, Gosling J (2010). Leadership as Language Game. Philosophy of Management, 9(1). Abstract.
Case P, Gosling J (2010). The Spiritual Organization: Critical Reflections on the Instrumentality of Workplace Spirituality. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 7(4). Abstract.  Full text.
French R, Case P, Gosling J (2009). Betrayal and Friendship. Society and Business Review, 4(2), 146-158. Author URL.
Gosling J, Bolden R, Petrov G (2009). Distributed leadership: what does it accomplish?. Leadership, 3(5), 299-310. Full text.

Publications by category


Books

Gosling J, Villiers P (eds)(2013). Fictional Leaders., Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.
Bolden R, Hawkins B, Gosling J, Taylor S (2011). Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Gosling J, Witzel M, Case P (2008). John Adair: Foundations of Leadership. London, Palgrave.
Marturano A, Gosling J (2008). Leadership: the key concepts. London and New York, Routledge.
Gosling J, Jones S (2005). Nelson's Way: Leadership lessons from the great commander. London, Nicholas Brearley.

Journal articles

Gosling J, Carroll B, Gagnon S, Parker P (In Press). Developing Critical dialogue in leadership development. Management Learning Abstract.
Bird F, Case P, Gosling J (In Press). Responsible leadership education and the ethical mindset: Responsibility to whom and for what?. Journal of Business Ethics Abstract.  Full text.
Triflova A, Bessant J, Jia F, Gosling J (In Press). Sustainability-driven innovation and the Climate Savers’ programme: Experience of international companies in China. Corporate Governance, 13(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P (In Press). Taking up a role as an affordance of knowledge: a psychodynamic interpretation of the rebirth motif in Plato’s Myth of Er. Organization Studies Abstract.
Bolden RI, Gosling J, O'Brien AT (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Gosling J, O'Brien A (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.
Naidoo R, Gosling J, Bolden R, O'Brien A, Hawkins B (2014). Leadership and branding in business schools: a Bourdieusian analysis. Higher Education Research and Development, 33(1), 144-156. Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Jia F, Gong Y, brown SE (2014). The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: Toward an integrated framework. Journal of Cleaner Production Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P (2013). Give me the answer: the paradox of dependency in Management Learning. e-Organisations and People
Sullivan K, Gosling J, Schroeder J (2013). On being branded. Scandinavian Journal of Management
Sullivan K, Gosling J, Schroeder J (2013). On being branded. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29(2), 121-122.
Gosling J, Case P (2013). Social dreaming and ecocentric ethics: sources of non-rational insight in the face of climate change catastrophe. Organization Abstract.  Full text.
Sutherland I, Gosling J (2010). Cultural Leadership: the power of culture from affordances to dwelling. Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 40(1), 6-26.
Marturano A, Wood M, Gosling J (2010). Leadership as Language Game. Philosophy of Management, 9(1). Abstract.
Case P, Gosling J (2010). The Spiritual Organization: Critical Reflections on the Instrumentality of Workplace Spirituality. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 7(4). Abstract.  Full text.
French R, Case P, Gosling J (2009). Betrayal and Friendship. Society and Business Review, 4(2), 146-158. Author URL.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2009). Distributed Leadership in Higher Education: Rhetoric and Reality. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 37(2), 257-277. Full text.
Gosling J, Bolden R, Petrov G (2009). Distributed leadership: what does it accomplish?. Leadership, 3(5), 299-310. Full text.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J, Bryman A (2009). Leader ship in Higher Education: Facts, Fictions and Futures - Introduction to the Special Issue. Leadership, 5(3), 291-298.
Gosling J (2008). A wiki-model for business education. Harvard Business Review
Bolden R, Gosling J, Adarves-Yorno I, Burgoyne J (2008). High Performance Leadership: Narratives of identity and control in corporate leadership development and performance management. Business Leadership Review, 5(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Purg D (2008). How to be Sanguine in Sarajevo: Leadership as Transformation or Tragedy?. BAWB Working Paper Series, 3(1), 85-98. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2008). Tensions in higher education leadership: towards a multi-level model of leadership practice. Higher Education Quarterly, 62(4), 358-376. Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P (2007). Wisdom of the moment: Pre-modern perspectives on organizational action. Social Epistemology, 21(2), 87-111.
Gosling J, Bolden R (2006). Leadership Competencies: time to change the tune?. Leadership, 2(2), 147-163. Author URL.  Full text.
Mintzberg, H. (2006). Management Education as if Both Matter. Management Learning, 37(4), 419-428.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2004). The Education of Practising Managers. MIT Sloan Management Review, 45(4), 19-22.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2003). The Five Minds of a Manager. Harvard Business Review, 81(11), 54-63. Abstract.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2002). Educating Managers Beyond Borders. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 1(1), 64-75.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2002). Reality Programming for MBAs. Strategy+Business, 26(1).
Gosling J (2000). Apologetics of Management Education. Human Resource Development International, 1(2).
Gosling J (1980). ERITREA'S LONG WAR. New Statesman Society, 53(922), 117-118.

Chapters

Bolden R, Wood M, Gosling J (2006). Is the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework Missing the Wood for the Trees?. In Casebeer A, Harrison A, Mark AL (Eds.) Innovations in Health Care: a Reality Check, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 17-29.
Gosling J (2006). Spirituality in Organizations. In Hooper A (Ed) Leadership Perspectives, Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 471-475.
Dawson L, Dunn EL, Gosling J (2004). Creative Church Leadership: a Review of Leadership Literature and Leadership Development Centres. In Nelson J, Adair J (Eds.) Creative Church Leadership: a MODEM Handbook, Norwich: SCM Canterbury Press.
Gosling J, Fulop L, Linstead S, Greene A, Richards S (2004). Managing Conflict and Negotiation. In Lilley S, Fulop L, Linstead S (Eds.) Management and Organisation: a critical text, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gosling J (1996). Plato on the Education of Managers. In French R, Grey C (Eds.) Rethinking Management Education, London: Sage, 152-171.
Gosling J (1996). The Business of Community. In Kraemer S, Roberts J (Eds.) The Politics of Attachment, London: Free Association Books, 138-151.

Conferences

Gosling J, Gagnon S, Parker P, Cunliffe A, Callahan J, Caroll B, Sveningsson S (2010). Exploring Identity Dynamics as Critical for Leadership Development Research and Practice. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2010. 6th - 10th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Gosling J, Case P (2010). Leading through the veil: seeing to the other side of catastrophe. 28th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, ‘Vision’. 7th - 10th Jul 2010. Abstract.
Bird F, Gosling J, Case P (2010). Management education and the ethical mindset: Responsibility to whom and for what?. Ethics in Crisis: a call for alternatives. 7th - 9th Apr 2010. Abstract.
Gosling J (2010). The Politics of Redemption: Consulting for Catastrophe. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2010. 6th - 10th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Gosling J, Case P (2010). Welcome to the SLow Fix. Local Waves, Global Tides: 26th EGOS Colloquium. 28th Jun - 3rd Jul 2010. Abstract.
Gosling J (2009). Developing as Leaders: psychodynamic perspectives on the politics of identity work. Leadership Studies at the end of the Noughties. 16th - 18th Dec 2009. Abstract.
Gosling J, Bolden R, Petrov G (2009). Distributed Leader ship in Higher Education: What Does it Accomplish?. Symposium of the Leadership-Foundation-for-Higher-Education. 31st Mar - 1st Apr 2008. Abstract.  Author URL.
Gosling J, Kullich C, Levy L (2009). Growing through failure: character-building and discourse in negotiating identities. LEADERSHIP IN CRISIS - 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STUDYING LEADERSHIP. 7th - 8th Dec 2009. Abstract.
Gosling J (2009). “Things Fall Apart” Crisis and leadership at the end of an era. 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 7th - 8th Dec 2009. Abstract.
Bolden R, Gosling J (2008). Accomplishing Leadership: a practice perspective on leadership competencies. 7th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 8th - 9th Dec 2008. Abstract.
Gosling J, O'Brien A (2008). Developing as Leaders: Emerging and developing identities. 6th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 9th - 11th Dec 2008. Abstract.

Reports

Gosling J (2012). Academic Leadership: Changing Conceptions, Identities and Experiences in UK Higher Education. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education,  London, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Full text.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2008). Developing Collective Leadership in Higher Education: Final Report. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education,  London, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Author URL.  Full text.
Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2007). CELEX3 High Performance Workshop Series: Final Report. Exeter. Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter.
Bolden R, Gosling J, Adarves-Yorno I, Burgoyne J, Roe K (2006). CELEX II: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Cridland J, Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2005). CELEX I: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.

Publications by year


In Press

Gosling J, Carroll B, Gagnon S, Parker P (In Press). Developing Critical dialogue in leadership development. Management Learning Abstract.
Bird F, Case P, Gosling J (In Press). Responsible leadership education and the ethical mindset: Responsibility to whom and for what?. Journal of Business Ethics Abstract.  Full text.
Triflova A, Bessant J, Jia F, Gosling J (In Press). Sustainability-driven innovation and the Climate Savers’ programme: Experience of international companies in China. Corporate Governance, 13(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P (In Press). Taking up a role as an affordance of knowledge: a psychodynamic interpretation of the rebirth motif in Plato’s Myth of Er. Organization Studies Abstract.

2014

Bolden RI, Gosling J, O'Brien AT (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Gosling J, O'Brien A (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.
Naidoo R, Gosling J, Bolden R, O'Brien A, Hawkins B (2014). Leadership and branding in business schools: a Bourdieusian analysis. Higher Education Research and Development, 33(1), 144-156. Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P, Tulloch J, Chandramohan D (2014). Program Management Issues in Implementation of Elimination Strategies.  Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Jia F, Gong Y, brown SE (2014). The role of supply chain leadership in the learning of sustainable practice: Toward an integrated framework. Journal of Cleaner Production Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Gosling J, Villiers P (eds)(2013). Fictional Leaders., Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.
Gosling J, Case P (2013). Give me the answer: the paradox of dependency in Management Learning. e-Organisations and People
Sullivan K, Gosling J, Schroeder J (2013). On being branded. Scandinavian Journal of Management
Sullivan K, Gosling J, Schroeder J (2013). On being branded. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29(2), 121-122.
Gosling J, Case P (2013). Social dreaming and ecocentric ethics: sources of non-rational insight in the face of climate change catastrophe. Organization Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Gosling J (2012). Academic Leadership: Changing Conceptions, Identities and Experiences in UK Higher Education. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education,  London, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Full text.

2011

Bolden R, Hawkins B, Gosling J, Taylor S (2011). Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Abstract.

2010

Sutherland I, Gosling J (2010). Cultural Leadership: the power of culture from affordances to dwelling. Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 40(1), 6-26.
Gosling J, Gagnon S, Parker P, Cunliffe A, Callahan J, Caroll B, Sveningsson S (2010). Exploring Identity Dynamics as Critical for Leadership Development Research and Practice. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2010. 6th - 10th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Marturano A, Wood M, Gosling J (2010). Leadership as Language Game. Philosophy of Management, 9(1). Abstract.
Gosling J, Case P (2010). Leading through the veil: seeing to the other side of catastrophe. 28th Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, ‘Vision’. 7th - 10th Jul 2010. Abstract.
Bird F, Gosling J, Case P (2010). Management education and the ethical mindset: Responsibility to whom and for what?. Ethics in Crisis: a call for alternatives. 7th - 9th Apr 2010. Abstract.
Gosling J (2010). The Politics of Redemption: Consulting for Catastrophe. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2010. 6th - 10th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Case P, Gosling J (2010). The Spiritual Organization: Critical Reflections on the Instrumentality of Workplace Spirituality. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 7(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Case P (2010). Welcome to the SLow Fix. Local Waves, Global Tides: 26th EGOS Colloquium. 28th Jun - 3rd Jul 2010. Abstract.

2009

French R, Case P, Gosling J (2009). Betrayal and Friendship. Society and Business Review, 4(2), 146-158. Author URL.
Gosling J (2009). Developing as Leaders: psychodynamic perspectives on the politics of identity work. Leadership Studies at the end of the Noughties. 16th - 18th Dec 2009. Abstract.
Gosling J, Bolden R, Petrov G (2009). Distributed Leader ship in Higher Education: What Does it Accomplish?. Symposium of the Leadership-Foundation-for-Higher-Education. 31st Mar - 1st Apr 2008. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2009). Distributed Leadership in Higher Education: Rhetoric and Reality. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 37(2), 257-277. Full text.
Gosling J, Bolden R, Petrov G (2009). Distributed leadership: what does it accomplish?. Leadership, 3(5), 299-310. Full text.
Gosling J, Kullich C, Levy L (2009). Growing through failure: character-building and discourse in negotiating identities. LEADERSHIP IN CRISIS - 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STUDYING LEADERSHIP. 7th - 8th Dec 2009. Abstract.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J, Bryman A (2009). Leader ship in Higher Education: Facts, Fictions and Futures - Introduction to the Special Issue. Leadership, 5(3), 291-298.
Gosling J (2009). “Things Fall Apart” Crisis and leadership at the end of an era. 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 7th - 8th Dec 2009. Abstract.

2008

Gosling J (2008). A wiki-model for business education. Harvard Business Review
Bolden R, Gosling J (2008). Accomplishing Leadership: a practice perspective on leadership competencies. 7th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 8th - 9th Dec 2008. Abstract.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2008). Developing Collective Leadership in Higher Education: Final Report. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education,  London, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Author URL.  Full text.
Gosling J, O'Brien A (2008). Developing as Leaders: Emerging and developing identities. 6th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 9th - 11th Dec 2008. Abstract.
Bolden R, Gosling J, Adarves-Yorno I, Burgoyne J (2008). High Performance Leadership: Narratives of identity and control in corporate leadership development and performance management. Business Leadership Review, 5(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Purg D (2008). How to be Sanguine in Sarajevo: Leadership as Transformation or Tragedy?. BAWB Working Paper Series, 3(1), 85-98. Abstract.  Full text.
Gosling J, Witzel M, Case P (2008). John Adair: Foundations of Leadership. London, Palgrave.
Marturano A, Gosling J (2008). Leadership: the key concepts. London and New York, Routledge.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J (2008). Tensions in higher education leadership: towards a multi-level model of leadership practice. Higher Education Quarterly, 62(4), 358-376. Abstract.  Full text.

2007

Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2007). CELEX3 High Performance Workshop Series: Final Report. Exeter. Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter.
Gosling J, Case P (2007). Wisdom of the moment: Pre-modern perspectives on organizational action. Social Epistemology, 21(2), 87-111.

2006

Bolden R, Gosling J, Adarves-Yorno I, Burgoyne J, Roe K (2006). CELEX II: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Bolden R, Wood M, Gosling J (2006). Is the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework Missing the Wood for the Trees?. In Casebeer A, Harrison A, Mark AL (Eds.) Innovations in Health Care: a Reality Check, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 17-29.
Gosling J, Bolden R (2006). Leadership Competencies: time to change the tune?. Leadership, 2(2), 147-163. Author URL.  Full text.
Mintzberg, H. (2006). Management Education as if Both Matter. Management Learning, 37(4), 419-428.
Gosling J (2006). Spirituality in Organizations. In Hooper A (Ed) Leadership Perspectives, Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 471-475.

2005

Cridland J, Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2005). CELEX I: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Gosling J, Jones S (2005). Nelson's Way: Leadership lessons from the great commander. London, Nicholas Brearley.

2004

Dawson L, Dunn EL, Gosling J (2004). Creative Church Leadership: a Review of Leadership Literature and Leadership Development Centres. In Nelson J, Adair J (Eds.) Creative Church Leadership: a MODEM Handbook, Norwich: SCM Canterbury Press.
Gosling J, Fulop L, Linstead S, Greene A, Richards S (2004). Managing Conflict and Negotiation. In Lilley S, Fulop L, Linstead S (Eds.) Management and Organisation: a critical text, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2004). The Education of Practising Managers. MIT Sloan Management Review, 45(4), 19-22.

2003

Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2003). The Five Minds of a Manager. Harvard Business Review, 81(11), 54-63. Abstract.

2002

Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2002). Educating Managers Beyond Borders. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 1(1), 64-75.
Gosling J, Mintzberg H (2002). Reality Programming for MBAs. Strategy+Business, 26(1).

2000

Gosling J (2000). Apologetics of Management Education. Human Resource Development International, 1(2).

1996

Gosling J (1996). Plato on the Education of Managers. In French R, Grey C (Eds.) Rethinking Management Education, London: Sage, 152-171.
Gosling J (1996). The Business of Community. In Kraemer S, Roberts J (Eds.) The Politics of Attachment, London: Free Association Books, 138-151.

1980

Gosling J (1980). ERITREA'S LONG WAR. New Statesman Society, 53(922), 117-118.

External positions

    • Member of the Advisory Board to the Defence Academy
    • Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust
    • Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation
    • Member of the Advisory Board of Reykjavik University
    • Visiting Professor at INSEAD, France; IEDC, Bled, Slovenia; Lund, Sweden
    • Trustee of the Fintry Trust and the JH Levy Trust

Professor Gosling's teaching is focused on the practices of leading and managing, aiming to directly confront the difficulties, excitements, motivations and effects. In some circumstances, he approaches this through experiential methods (derived from systems psychodynamics) in a highly participative manner. At other times, he pursues a more philosophical mode of enquiry into questions such as ‘what is the right thing to do?‘, ‘what is a leader responsible for?‘ and ‘what are the most important things to get right?‘. Another approach is to examine some of the more colourful leaders from history, to analyse their particular talents and madnesses, as well as the other actors and circumstances that contributed to their successes (and failures).

The following list shows a selection of programmes taught on behalf of Exeter University. For other offerings please contact Prof Gosling directly.

Executive Education: degree-bearing (indicative selection)

  • MA and MRes in Leadership Studies (Lecturer and Supervisor, 2002-2014)
  • Critical Issues in Leadership: 3-day courses for middle / senior managers and HMF (Course Leader, 2004-2014), 18-25 per cohort over 3 months
  • ‘Better Leaders: Better Doctors‘, p/g certificate for GPs aspiring to lead change in Primary Health Care in the UK
  • Managing Around the World: Roundtables for Practising Managers (for EMBA students at partner business schools, 2006 - present) 

Executive Development: non-degree bearing

  • Responsible Leadership (Forward Institute, 2015-2016)
  • G‘10 Global Leadership Programme for 3i (Director and designer, 2007-2008)
  • Strategic Leaders‘ Programme, BAE Systems (Director, Programme Architect 1997-2000), 15-20 per cohort over 18 months
  • Advanced Leadership Programme (Director, 2000-2004), 30 per cohort over 9 months
  • Royal Mail Group ‘Difference‘ Top Management Programme (Director 2004-2006), 20 participants per intake, for 9 months each
  • Basell ‘Lead2Lead‘ programme (Director 2000 - 2002), 120 participants

Modules

2015/16

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