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Christian Harrison

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Dr Christian Harrison joined the School of Business and Enterprise in 2013 and is the programme leader of the MSc Leadership and Management. He is also a lecturer in Management, Strategy and Leadership in the School of Business and Creative Industries. He graduated with a First-class degree in Pharmacy and practised as a pharmacist, assuming managerial positions before moving into the field of Management in Higher Education where he has been teaching for over six years. Dr Christian Harrison has an MBA and was the valedictorian of the University of Aberdeen Business school MBA class with a Distinction. In addition, he also possesses a PhD in Business from the University of the West of Scotland and other postgraduate research and teaching qualifications in his repertoire. 

Christian is a well-known and recognised scholar in the field of Entrepreneurial Leadership and works across the globe on research projects. He is very active in teaching and is the programme leader of MSc Leadership and Management. He is also the leader of a range of modules namely; Entrepreneurial Leadership, Leading Change, Leadership, Leadership and Professional Development, Leadership Theory and Research and Business Organisation and Ethics. He is involved in delivering these modules to undergraduates and postgraduates including MSc, MBA and DBA students.  He is also the author of numerous published research papers on Entrepreneurial Leadership which is his major research interest and serves as the Director of Studies/First Supervisor of several PhD and DBA students. He has successfully supervised doctoral students to completion and his current students are working on projects on Entrepreneurial leadership, Servant leadership, Transformational leadership, Ethical leadership, Distributed leadership etc.

Furthermore, he is an active member of several learned organisations. He is the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management. As Chair, Christian fosters more dialogue in the domain of leadership and develops alongside this, uplift in activity and research with the aim of bringing together the academic and practitioner experiences and viewpoints. He is also an active member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and serves on several review panels and committees. He is an external examiner to other UK universities such as Manchester Metropolitan University.

Additionally, he has a good track record of securing grants and research funding and has a very strong external research network and collaborative partnership with organisations. He mentors and develop colleagues on contemporary teaching practice in Higher Education. He was also instrumental in developing the British Academy of Management (BAM) Education Practice Award which recognises inspiring and impactful management education practice. He is the founder and Chair of the African Studies Track in the British Academy of Management. The track is committed to fostering dialogue on contemporary African research which directly impacts BAM members and the wellbeing of the broader academic research community.

Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on entrepreneurial leadership skills development within organisations. He is the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International. The NGO supports students and moulds future leaders. He is the author of the bestselling book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms’, which is published by the globally renowned publishing company; Palgrave MacMillan. The book was written to enable students (undergraduate and postgraduate), scholars, practitioners, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to learn more about the concept of leadership. It provides a critical insight into leadership research. Emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed.


Current research activities

Entrepreneurial Leadership, Transformational leadership, Servant Leadership, Distributed Leadership, Ethical Leadership,  Leadership Skills and Style, Entrepreneurial practitioner learning, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in SMEs and developing economies.

Desired research direction

Christian intends to expand his research area by examining servant leadership using SMEs in Scotland through a studentship. Current and planned projects on entrepreneurial and servant leadership within Scotland will serve as a useful reference for practitioners and policy makers. It will make the university the hub of leadership research.

Target collaborative companies

British Academy of Management (BAM), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)

Target collaborative organisations

Centre for African Research in Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Management Knowledge and Education, Theories of learning/pedagogy

External positions

Chair, Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group, British Academy of Management

2019 → …

Founder/Chair, African Studies Track, British Academy of Management

2019 → …

External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University


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