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Dr Richard Bolden

Dr Richard Bolden

Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Richard Bolden is an experienced researcher and educator in the fields of leadership, management and organisational psychology. He has worked at the Centre for Leadership Studies since 2000, conducting a range of applied studies of leadership and leadership development across different contexts and sectors (including small and medium enterprises, Higher Education, leadership competencies and international development). In addition to his research, Richard teaches and supervises students on a range of programmes including the MA in Leadership Studies, MBA and CPD scheme. Prior to this, Richard was involved in software development in France and as a research psychologist at the Institute of Work Psychology in Sheffield. He has an extensive publication history including numerous journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and research reports. His international experience includes sub-Saharan Africa, France, Egypt and the Balkans.

Nationality: British

Qualifications

BSc, MA, PhD

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Research

Research interests

Richard's research explores the interface and interplay between individual and collective approaches to leadership and leadership development, and how they contribute towards positive social change within organisations and communities.

Particular areas of specialism include:

  • Distributed and shared leadership
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Leadership in partnerships
  • Leadership, identity and sensemaking
  • Leadership in Higher Education
     

Research projects

Richard's research projects include:

  • Leadership of NGO-private sector partnerships - supported by Pepal / International HIV-AIDS Alliance (in collaboration with INSEAD)
  • Changing conceptions of academic leadership - supported by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • Leadership of HE-employer engagement - supported by HEFCE / Universities South West
  • CELEX high performance leadership - supported by the RAF, Royal Mail and Thompson Reuters
  • Leadership development and organisational performance (PhD supervision) - supported by Hewitt Associates

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bolden R (2011). Distributed leadership in organizations: a review of theory and research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(3), 251-269. Abstract.
Bolden R, Hawkins B, Gosling J, Taylor S (2011). Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Bolden R, Kirk P (2009). African Leadership: surfacing new understandings through leadership development. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 9(1), 69-86. Abstract.  Full text.
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.
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.

Publications by category


Books

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

Journal articles

Bolden RI (In Press). Making the transition to a green economy: Implications for leadership and management education. Business Leadership Review, 4(8).
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 (2011). Distributed leadership in organizations: a review of theory and research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(3), 251-269. Abstract.
Bolden R, Kirk P (2009). African Leadership: surfacing new understandings through leadership development. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 9(1), 69-86. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Bagnall J (2009). Building regional capacity: Lessons from leadership South West. Education and Training, 51(8), 635-647. Abstract.
Bolden R, Bagnall J (2009). Building regional leadership capacity: lessons from Leadership South West. Education + Training, 5(8/9), 635-647. Abstract.  Full text.
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 (2009). Editorial: it’s not all rocket science!. Business Leadership Review(1).
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J, Bryman A (2009). Leadership in higher education: facts, fictions and futures. Leadership, 5(3), 291-298. Author URL.  Full text.
Bolden R (2009). Leadership, collaboration and the higher skills agenda. Business Leadership Review, 6(1). Full text.
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.
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.
Bolden R (2007). Editorial: moving forward by looking back. Business Leadership Review, 4(3).
Bolden R (2007). Integrated framework for developing leaders. Leadership Excellence, 24(7), 14-14. Full text.
Bolden R (2007). Leadership development in SMEs: designing a customised solution. GITAM Journal of Management, 5(3), 40-53. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R (2007). The shadow side of leadership. Effective Executive, 9(2), 42-43. Full text.
Bolden R (2007). Trends and perspectives in management and leadership education. Business Leadership Review, 4(2). Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Kirk P (2006). From ‘leaders’ to ‘leadership’. Effective Executive, 8(10), 27-33. Full text.
Gosling J, Bolden R (2006). Leadership Competencies: time to change the tune?. Leadership, 2(2), 147-163. Author URL.  Full text.
Bolden R (2005). The true face of leadership. European Business Forum, 21, 54-57.
Axtell C, Wall T, Stride C, Pepper K, Clegg C, Gardner P, Bolden R (2002). Familiarity breeds content: the impact of exposure to change on employee openness and well-being. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 75, 217-231. Abstract.
Bolden R, Moscarola J (2000). Bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide: the lexical approach to textual data analysis. Social Science Computer Review, 18(4), 450-460.
Haynes CE, Wall TD, Bolden RI, Stride C (1999). Measures of perceived work characteristics for health services research: Test of a measurement model and normative data. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 4, 257-275. Abstract.
Waterson PE, Clegg CW, Bolden R, Pepper K, Warr PB, Wall TD (1999). The use and effectiveness of modern manufacturing practices: a survey of UK industry. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 37(10), 2271-2292. Abstract.
Bolden R, Waterson P, Warr P, Clegg C, Wall T (1997). A new taxonomy of modern manufacturing practices. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 17(11-12), 1112-+. Abstract.
Wall T, Bolden R, Borrill C, Carter A, Golya D, Hardy G, Haynes C, Rick J, Shapiro D, West M, et al (1997). Minor psychiatric disorder in NHS trust staff: occupational and gender differences. British Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 519-523., 171, 519-523.
Clegg C, Carey N, Dean G, Hornby P, Bolden R (1997). Users' reactions to information technology: Some multivariate models and their implications. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 12(1), 15-32. Abstract.

Chapters

Bolden R, Kirk P (2011). Leadership Development as a Catalyst for Social Change: Lessons from a Pan-African Programme. In Turnbull S, Case P, Edwards G, Jepson D, Simpson P (Eds.) Worldly Leadership: Alternative wisdoms for a complex world, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.
Bolden R (2010). Leadership, Management and Organisational Development. In Gold J, Thorpe R, Mumford A (Eds.) Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (5th Edition), Aldershot: Gower, 117-132.  Abstract.
Bolden R (2008). A Yearning for the Vast and Endless Sea: from competence to purpose in leadership development. In Jupp J (Ed) Air Force Leadership: Changing Culture, Shrivenham: RAF Leadership Centre, 112-122.  Full text.
Bolden R (2008). Distributed Leadership. In Marturano A, Gosling J (Eds.) Leadership, the Key Concepts, London: Routledge, 42-45.  Full text.
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.

Conferences

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, Gosling J (2008). Accomplishing Leadership: a practice perspective on leadership competencies. 7th International Conference on Studying Leadership. 8th - 9th Dec 2008. Abstract.

Reports

Bolden R, Hirsh W, Connor H, Petrov G, Duquemin A (2010). Strategies for Effective HE-Employer Engagement. Universities South West, University of Exeter. Abstract.
Bolden R, Connor H, Duquemin A, Hirsh W, Petrov G (2009). Employer Engagement with Higher Education: Defining, Sustaining and Supporting Higher Skills Provision. HEFCE,  Exeter, HERDA South West. Abstract.  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, Petrov G (2008). Employer Engagement with Higher Education: a literature review. HEFCE,  Exeter, HERDA South West. 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.
Bolden R (2006). Leadership Development in Context. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.
Cridland J, Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2005). CELEX I: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Bolden R (2005). What is Leadership Development: Purpose and practice. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.
Bolden R (2004). What is Leadership?. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Bolden RI (In Press). Making the transition to a green economy: Implications for leadership and management education. Business Leadership Review, 4(8).

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.

2011

Bolden R (2011). Distributed leadership in organizations: a review of theory and research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13(3), 251-269. Abstract.
Bolden R, Hawkins B, Gosling J, Taylor S (2011). Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Abstract.
Bolden R, Kirk P (2011). Leadership Development as a Catalyst for Social Change: Lessons from a Pan-African Programme. In Turnbull S, Case P, Edwards G, Jepson D, Simpson P (Eds.) Worldly Leadership: Alternative wisdoms for a complex world, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.

2010

Bolden R (2010). Leadership, Management and Organisational Development. In Gold J, Thorpe R, Mumford A (Eds.) Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (5th Edition), Aldershot: Gower, 117-132.  Abstract.
Bolden R, Hirsh W, Connor H, Petrov G, Duquemin A (2010). Strategies for Effective HE-Employer Engagement. Universities South West, University of Exeter. Abstract.
Bolden R (2010). THE ELUSIVE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP PRACTICE: an investigation into the distribution, practice and discursive processes of leadership in universities and other large organisations.  Abstract.  Full text.

2009

Bolden R, Kirk P (2009). African Leadership: surfacing new understandings through leadership development. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 9(1), 69-86. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Bagnall J (2009). Building regional capacity: Lessons from leadership South West. Education and Training, 51(8), 635-647. Abstract.
Bolden R, Bagnall J (2009). Building regional leadership capacity: lessons from Leadership South West. Education + Training, 5(8/9), 635-647. Abstract.  Full text.
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.
Bolden R (2009). Editorial: it’s not all rocket science!. Business Leadership Review(1).
Bolden R, Connor H, Duquemin A, Hirsh W, Petrov G (2009). Employer Engagement with Higher Education: Defining, Sustaining and Supporting Higher Skills Provision. HEFCE,  Exeter, HERDA South West. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R, Petrov G, Gosling J, Bryman A (2009). Leadership in higher education: facts, fictions and futures. Leadership, 5(3), 291-298. Author URL.  Full text.
Bolden R (2009). Leadership, collaboration and the higher skills agenda. Business Leadership Review, 6(1). Full text.

2008

Bolden R (2008). A Yearning for the Vast and Endless Sea: from competence to purpose in leadership development. In Jupp J (Ed) Air Force Leadership: Changing Culture, Shrivenham: RAF Leadership Centre, 112-122.  Full text.
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.
Bolden R (2008). Distributed Leadership. In Marturano A, Gosling J (Eds.) Leadership, the Key Concepts, London: Routledge, 42-45.  Full text.
Bolden R, Petrov G (2008). Employer Engagement with Higher Education: a literature review. HEFCE,  Exeter, HERDA South West. Author URL.  Full text.
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.
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.
Bolden R (2007). Editorial: moving forward by looking back. Business Leadership Review, 4(3).
Bolden R (2007). Integrated framework for developing leaders. Leadership Excellence, 24(7), 14-14. Full text.
Bolden R (2007). Leadership development in SMEs: designing a customised solution. GITAM Journal of Management, 5(3), 40-53. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden R (2007). The shadow side of leadership. Effective Executive, 9(2), 42-43. Full text.
Bolden R (2007). Trends and perspectives in management and leadership education. Business Leadership Review, 4(2). Abstract.  Full text.

2006

Bolden R, Gosling J, Adarves-Yorno I, Burgoyne J, Roe K (2006). CELEX II: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Bolden R, Kirk P (2006). From ‘leaders’ to ‘leadership’. Effective Executive, 8(10), 27-33. Full text.
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.
Bolden R (2006). Leadership Development in Context. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.

2005

Cridland J, Bolden R, Gosling J, Burgoyne J, Adarves-Yorno I (2005). CELEX I: High Performance Leadership Workshop Series Report.
Bolden R (2005). The true face of leadership. European Business Forum, 21, 54-57.
Bolden R (2005). What is Leadership Development: Purpose and practice. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.

2004

Bolden R (2004). What is Leadership?. Leadership South West Research Report, Centre for Leadership Studies. Full text.

2002

Axtell C, Wall T, Stride C, Pepper K, Clegg C, Gardner P, Bolden R (2002). Familiarity breeds content: the impact of exposure to change on employee openness and well-being. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 75, 217-231. Abstract.

2000

Bolden R, Moscarola J (2000). Bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide: the lexical approach to textual data analysis. Social Science Computer Review, 18(4), 450-460.

1999

Haynes CE, Wall TD, Bolden RI, Stride C (1999). Measures of perceived work characteristics for health services research: Test of a measurement model and normative data. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 4, 257-275. Abstract.
Waterson PE, Clegg CW, Bolden R, Pepper K, Warr PB, Wall TD (1999). The use and effectiveness of modern manufacturing practices: a survey of UK industry. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, 37(10), 2271-2292. Abstract.

1997

Bolden R, Waterson P, Warr P, Clegg C, Wall T (1997). A new taxonomy of modern manufacturing practices. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 17(11-12), 1112-+. Abstract.
Wall T, Bolden R, Borrill C, Carter A, Golya D, Hardy G, Haynes C, Rick J, Shapiro D, West M, et al (1997). Minor psychiatric disorder in NHS trust staff: occupational and gender differences. British Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 519-523., 171, 519-523.
Clegg C, Carey N, Dean G, Hornby P, Bolden R (1997). Users' reactions to information technology: Some multivariate models and their implications. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 12(1), 15-32. Abstract.

Conferences and invited presentations

  1. 'Strategies for Effective HE-Employer Engagement', Higher Education Academy PVC SIG on Employer Engagement, London, 24 November 2009
  2. 'Trends in Leadership and Leadership Development', Changing Forms of Organisation, ESRC Research Seminar, Work Foundation, London, 19 September 2007
  3. A yearning for the vast and endless sea: from competence to purpose in leadership development', Air Force Leadership - Changing Culture? RAF Leadership Centre conference, RAF Museum, Hendon, London, 19 July 2007
  4. 'Developing collective leadership and a shared sense of urpose', Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea senior management conference, London, 11 January 2007
  5. 'The Implications of Customer Focus: Aligning organisational and leadership priorities in the public sector', Strategic Leadership and the Management of Change in the Public Sector, New Century House, Manchester. Interactive Business Events, 20 September 2006
  6. 'Action Learning in SMEs', Skills for Business/SSDA event, London, 23 November 2005

External positions

  • Member of editorial board for Business Leadership Review, the online journal of the Association of MBAs
  • Peer-reviewer for journals including: Leadership, Human Relations, Leadership and Organisational Development Journal

Richard's teaching draws on theory, practice and research, to offer a range of  perspectives on the nature of leadership and encourage learners to reflect on the implications for their own practice and experience. Key topics include 'what is leadership', 'cross-cultural leadership', 'leadership-as-practice' and 'leadership and power'. He also teaches social research methods and frequently supervises dissertations.

Taught modules

Modules

2016/17

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