Professor Dennis Tourish

Personal profile

Dennis was appointed Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies in September 2011. He is the Director of Research of the School of Management. Dennis is the editor of the journal Leadership, a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and a Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. His main research interests are in critical leadership studies, leadership effectiveness, leadership development and organisational communication. He has co-written or co-edited eight books, including ‘The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective,' published in 2013. He has published over sixty peer reviewed journal articles on these topics. Dennis has also contributed a chapter on ‘Leadership and cults’ to the SAGE Handbook of Leadership (2011). A paper he published in 2005 has been republished in a SAGE series devoted to ‘Major Works in Leadership: Vol. 4’ (2011). In addition, Dennis has extensive experience of consultancy and executive education with a range of public and private sector organisations. He has been interviewed frequently on radio and television about his research, including on SKY News, BBC News, ITV News, and BBC World News. He regularly speaks at professional conferences. Dennis was an associate editor for Management Communication Quarterly from 2009-2012. He serves on several editorial boards, including Human Relations.

He is interested in supervising doctoral students in any aspect of leadership or organisational communication.

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