RDH Public Seminar - Leadership in Turbulent Times: Realities of a White-Water World and the Parallel Universe of Business Schools
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RDH Public Seminar - Leadership in Turbulent Times: Realities of a White-Water World and the Parallel Universe of Business Schools

RDH Public Seminar - Leadership in Turbulent Times: Realities of a White-Wa...

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The BAM Researcher Development Hub | This event is specially designed for research students and members of staff at the University of Chester's Faculty of Business & Management (BAM).

Eligibility: Open to all researchers and interested parties.

A public research seminar by Professor Caroline Rowland, Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Management, University of Chester

In a turbulent economic climate, characterised by pressures to improve productivity and reduce costs, leadership and performance management have a more central role in helping to ensure competitive advantage. This paper explores current demands on leaders; and endeavours to explore linkages between management education and agile leadership.

This paper uses the concepts of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) to investigate the impact on desired attributes of leaders and the extent to which this is underpinned by current management education programmes. It draws on the VUCA model of agile management to examine current practices and experiences and considers future trends. Empirical research includes case studies and analysis of management syllabuses.

Syllabuses do not reflect the attributes that organizations expect leaders to possess and are content driven rather than process focussed. VUCA is not yet mainstream in academic thinking. There is a disparity between the output of Business Schools and the expectations of organizations. This may affect productivity.

This research opens an international debate that seeks to assess the relevance of current management education to the needs of organizations for agile, high performing leaders.


Caroline is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management. Her qualifications include an MBA from Henley Management College and a PhD in Performance Management in the Aerospace Industry from The University of Manchester.

She has published widely in the areas of performance management and leadership.

She is a member of the British Academy of Management’s special interest group on performance. She has acted as advisor and consultant to the Aerospace industry and to many schools and higher educational establishments. Caroline has lived and worked in mainland Europe and South East Asia. She is presently on the advisory board of the Essex and Drake Consultancy group based in Silicon Valley.

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  • Lunch and networking (20 minutes)
  • Research seminar (20 minutes)
  • Questions and answers (20 minutes)


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