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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 Enterprise. 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, Making it Happen: Leadership and Change, Leading Change, Leadership, Leadership and Professional Development, Leadership Theory and Research, Business Organisation and Ethics and Strategic Business Project. 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. His students are working on projects on Entrepreneurial leadership, Servant leadership, Transformational leadership, Ethical leadership etc.

Furthermore, he is an active member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), 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 also 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.

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

External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Research Output 2013 2018

Entrepreneurship: an assimilated multi-perspective review

Clark, C. M. & Harrison, C., 27 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 31, 1, p. 43-71 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Entrepreneurship
Holistic approach
Multiple perspectives
Integrated
Concession

Ethical leadership: an effective and efficient leadership approach for the Nigeria public sector

Adeshipo, A. S. & Harrison, C., 4 Sep 2018, British Academy of Management 2018 Conference Proceedings. Bristol: British Academy of Management, Vol. 2018. 9 p. 567

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Nigeria
Ethical leadership
Public sector
Empirical research
Ethical codes

Ethical leadership: the way forward

Adeshipo, A. S. & Harrison, C., 4 Sep 2018, British Academy of Management 2018 Conference Proceedings. Bristol: British Academy of Management, 20 p. 565

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ethical leadership
Scandal
Follower
Critical perspective
Public-private

Female entrepreneurs and their contribution to the Egyptian economy

Hassan, A., Struthers, J., Talbot, S., Harrison, C., Nziku, D., Collins, S. & Moore, A., 31 May 2018, p. 23-23. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Food
Buffer
Female entrepreneurs
Food sector
Methodology
Paradigm
Leadership theory
Literature review

Prizes

Council Member of the British Academy of Management

Christian Harrison (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Christian Harrison (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

PhD Studentship 2016/2017

Christian Harrison (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

PhD Studentship 2017/2018

Christian Harrison (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2019

Leadership in Higher Education: A Study of the University of the West of Scotland

Christian Harrison (Speaker), Stephen Collins (Speaker), Marco Gilardi (Speaker), Christine Reilly (Speaker), Stephanie Valentin (Speaker), Pravin Balaraman (Speaker), Constantina Papadopoulou (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

British Academy of Management (BAM) Doctoral Day

Christian Harrison (Invited speaker)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Leading Change

Christian Harrison (Speaker)
2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

British Academy of Management Annual Doctoral Symposium

Christian Harrison (Invited speaker)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (Journal)

Christian Harrison (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Profiles

Ethical leadership
Public sector
Nigeria
Scandal
Empirical research
Entrepreneurship
Holistic approach
Literature review
Multiple perspectives
Dynamism
Servant leadership
Thematic analysis
Literature review
Follower
Psychological