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Professor Russ Vince

Professor Russ Vince

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs


Job Title:


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Organisational Learning, Leadership and Change

Research Interests

We often imagine that organizations are rational places, where we can solve problems, make decisions and implement strategies. Many of us also know from our experience that organizations are highly political places and that they are full of complicated emotions and relations that easily undermine attempts to lead, learn and change. My research has investigated the emotional and political dynamics of organising, as well as the impact of these dynamics on management learning, management development, change and leadership.  The general themes of my research include: management and organizational learning, leadership and leadership development, emotion in organizations, group relations/systems psychodynamics, and the organization of reflection.

My research is connected with a number of academic leadership roles. I am a former Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal Management Learning (2005-2010); an International Advisor to the Doctoral School of Organizational Learning, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Academic Director of the Leading Consultation programme, Paris, France. I am an internationally recognised expert in organizational learning and action learning.


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Vince, R. & Mazen, A. 2014. Violent Innocence: A contradiction at the heart of leadership. Organization Studies, 35(2): 189-207, DOI: 10.1177/0170840613511924.

Voronov, M. & Vince, R. 2012. Integrating Emotions into the Analysis of Institutional Work. Academy of Management Review, 37(1): 58-81, DOI: 10.5465/amr.2010.0247.

Vince, R. 2012. The Contradictions of Impact: Action Learning and Power in Organizations. Action Learning Research & Practice, 9(3): 209-218, DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2012.722356.

Read, M., Gear, A. R. E., & Vince, R. 2012. Group Inquiry to Aid Organizational Learning in Enterprises. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 63(6): 736-747, DOI: 10.1057/jors.2011.80.

Clancy, A., Vince, R. & Gabriel, Y. 2011. That Unwanted Feeling: A Psychodynamic Study of Disappointment in Organizations. British Journal of Management, 23(4): 518-531, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00780.x.

Vince, R. 2011. The Spatial Psychodynamics of Management Learning. Management Learning, 43(3): 333-348, DOI: 10.1177/1350507610389954.

Vince, R. 2010. Anxiety, Politics and Critical Management Education. British Journal of Management, 21(1): S26-S29, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2009.00678.x.

Orr, K. & Vince, R. 2009. Traditions of Local Government. Public Administration, 87(3): 655-677, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01770.x.

► older publications

Vince, R. 2008. 'Learning-in-Action' and 'Learning Inaction': Advancing the theory and practice of critical action learning. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 5(2): 93-104, DOI: 10.1080/14767330802185582.

Vince, R. 2006. Being taken over: Managers emotions and rationalisations during a company takeover. Journal of Management Studies, 43(2): 343-365, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00593.x.

Vince, R. & Reynolds, M. 2004. Critical management education and action-based learning: Synergies and contradictions. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 3(4): 442-458, DOI: N/A.

Vince, R. & Saleem, T. 2004. The impact of caution and blame on organizational learning. Management Learning, 35(2): 131–152, DOI: 10.1177/1350507604043022.

Gear, A. R. E., Vince, R., Read, M. & Minkes, L. 2003. Group enquiry for collective learning in organizations. Journal of Management Development, 22(2): 88-102, DOI: N/A.

Vince, R. 2003. The future practice of HRD. Human Resource Development International, 6(4): 559–563, DOI: 10.1080/13678860310001630656.

Vince, R. 2002. The impact of emotion on organizational learning. Human Resource Development International, 5(1): 73-85, DOI: N/A.

Vince, R. 2002. The politics of imagined stability: a psychodynamic understanding of change at Hyder plc. Human Relations, 55(10): 1189-1208, DOI: N/A.

Vince, R. 2002. Organizing reflection. Management Learning, 33(1): 63-78, DOI: 10.1177/1350507602331003.

Vince, R., Sutcliffe, K. & Olivera, F. 2002. Organizational learning: New directions. British Journal of Management, 13 (Special Issue, September), DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.13.s2.1.

James, C. & Vince, R. 2001. Developing the leadership capability of headteachers. Educational Management and Administration, 29(3): 307-317, DOI: 10.1177/0263211X010293005.

Vince, R. 2001. Organizational learning: A personal viewpoint. International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2(1): 2-7, DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2001.001217.

Vince, R. 2001. Power and emotion in organizational. Learning. Human Relations, 54(10): 1325-1351, DOI: N/A.


Reynolds, M., & Vince, R. (Eds.). 2007. The handbook of experiential learning and management education. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reynolds, M., & Vince, R. (Eds.). 2004.Organizing reflection. London: Ashgate.

Vince, R. 2004. Rethinking Strategic Learning. London: Routledge.

Other Outputs

Pässilä, A. & Vince, R. Forthcoming. Critical Reflection from a Management and Organization Perspective. In V. Collington, J. Fook, F. Ross, G. Ruch, & L. West (Eds.), Critical Reflection: The Research Way Forward.

Jarrett, M. & Vince, R. Forthcoming. Emotions and the Psychoanalytic Foundations of Paradox. In Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions. Oxford University Press.

Cotter, R., Pässilä, A. & Vince, R. Forthcoming. New Directions for Researching Critical Reflection in Organizations. In V. Collington, J. Fook, F. Ross, G. Ruch, & L. West (Eds.), Critical Reflection: The Research Way Forward.

Vince, R. Forthcoming. The Art and Practice of Critique: The possibilities of critical management education. In T. Beyes, M. Parker, & C. Steyaert (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education. Routledge.

Vince, R. (forthcoming). What do HRD scholars and practitioners need to know about power, emotion and HRD? Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Vince, R. 2013. ‘The Unexpected Neighbor: Learning, space and the unconscious in organizations’. In P. Meusburger et al (Eds.), Knowledge and Space, vol 6. Heidelberg: Springer.

Vince, R. 2012 ‘Inaction: power and politics in action learning’ in Mike Pedler (Eds.), Action Learning in Practice(4th Edition), London: Gower.

Vince, R. & Warren, S. 2011 ‘Participatory Visual Methods’. In C. Cassell and G. Symon (Eds.), The Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research, (2nd Edition). London: SAGE.

Vince, R. & Gabriel, Y. 2011 ‘Organizations, Learning and Emotion’. In M. Easterby-Smith and M. Lyles (Eds.), The Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, (2nd Edition). Oxford: Blackwell.

Oikarinen, T., Pässilä A. & Vince, R. 2011 ‘The Role of Reflection, Reflection on Roles: Practice-based innovation through theatre-based learning’. In H. Melkas and V. Harmaakorpi (Eds.) Practice-based Innovation: Insights, Applications and Policy Implications. Helsinki: Springer.

Vince, R. & Reynolds, M. 2010. ‘Leading Reflection: Developing the relationship between leadership and reflection’. In J. Gold, R. Thorpe and A. Mumford (Eds.), The Handbook of Leadership and Management Development. London: Sage.

Vince, R. & Reynolds, M. 2009. Reflection, reflective practice and reflection in action. In S. J. Armstrong & C. Fukami (Eds.), The handbook of management learning, education and development. London: Sage. [Forthcoming].

► older publications

Vince, R. 2008. Drawings and images in management research. In R. Thorpe & R. Holt (Eds.), The dictionary of qualitative management research. London: Sage.

Vince, R., & Reynolds, M. 2007. Action Learning. In S. Clegg & J. Bailey. The international encyclopedia of organization studies. London: Sage.

Reynolds, M., & Vince, R. 2007. Reflective practice. In S. Clegg & J. Bailey. The international encyclopedia of organization studies. London: Sage.

Vince, R. 2005. Ideas for critical practitioners. In C. Elliott & S. Turnbull (Eds.), Critical human resource development. London: Routledge.

Vince, R., & Martin, L. 2005. Dentro laction learning: unesplorazione delle implicazioni psicologiche e politiche del modello. In F. Cecchinato & D. Nicolini (Eds.), Action learning: metodi e strumenti per lo svilppo manageriale basato sullazione. Millano: II Sole 24 Ore ISTUD.

Heimer, C., & Vince, R. 2004. International cross-cultural teams. In S. Reddy, Teamwork: perspectives and challenges. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press.

Reynolds, M., & Vince R. 2004. Organizing reflection: An introduction. In Reynolds, M., & Vince, R. (Eds.), Organizing reflection. London: Ashgate.

Vince, R. 2004. Politics, emotion and learning: Towards an organizational orientation in Human Resource Development. In J. Woodall, M. Lee & J. Stewart (Eds.), New frontiers in human resource development. London: Routledge.