Research Output per year
I joined UWS from my previous post as Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Huddersfield.
I have been a Fellow of the HEA since 2015 and I am currently an Affiliate Member of the CIPD and CIM.
Before entering the academy I led large scale Internet-based business consultancy, online marketing and communication projects for international corporations in Berlin in the automotive, telecommunications, and publishing industries.
My Research Expertise and Interests encompass:
- Ethical aspects of leadership, followership, organisational behaviour, communication, and HRM
- Innovative leadership development and leader learning
- Content analysis of communication artefacts
- Dialogue, debate, and discourse
- Individual and relational perspectives of moral reasoning
My expertise is in the specialised field of organisational leadership, in particular leadership ethics. I conduct research in niche areas such as servant leadership, moral reasoning orientation, and followership ethics applying post-postivisit, pragmatic, and feminist perspectives. I am interested in content analysis including rhetorical and discourse analysis but also expanding into further approaches to the analysis of cultural artefacts as they embody and perpetuate meaning.
Current research activities
My current projects explore the reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry, a Bakhtinian interrogation of authenticity in leadership construction, measurement of gender differences in team roles, gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews, content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership in epideictic rhetoric.
Currently, I supervise postgraduate research students conducting studies within populations in the UK, Scotland, Nigeria, Ghana, and Pakistan. Their projects focus on developing and validating new measures of leadership constructs such as moral reasoning orientation and self-management in teams, exploring aspects of motivation to lead, engagement, self-leadership, and extra-role citizenship behaviours in the public and voluntary sectors, examining the roles of the cultural dimensions gender egalitarianism and power distance, work-life balance policies, practices, and impacts.
Desired research direction
I am looking to supervise academically excellent PhD candidates for the following or related topics using methods such as discourse, rhetorical, and content analysis:
- Motivation to lead, motivation to serve, moral reasoning orientation
- Social enterprise, small/micro social enterprise, leadership and followership in the third sector
- Dual system reasoning (neuroscience), narcissism and egoism
- Self-managed teams and leadership challenges in UK Higher Education
- Challenges in pharmacy leadership; Building community
- Ethical aspects of organisational leadership, servant leadership
- Power and empowerment, followership ethics and organisational outcomes
- Feminist ethics, the agency myth and the gender pay gap, women and men practicing servant leadership
- Gender and team roles: Limiting or empowering?
Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange
I have experience in course/programme leadership for PGT and UG, as well as the development of PGT/PGR curriculum and course design. Having served as the programme director of the PG courses MSc Business, MSc Business with HRM as well as UG courses BA Business Administration and Management and BA Human Resource Management for top-up students I managed all aspects of course administration.
The ongoing success and strategic importance of modules I have taught in ethical leadership have seen these developed further and expanded into the new PGT portfolio at the University of Huddersfield. I was actively involved and contributed to the PGT curriculum review and development of the new PGT portfolio at Huddersfield Business School having developed the new cross-course core PGT module: Leadership, Power and Ethics for a range of new programmes. I also contributed to the development of a new suite of courses for Strategic Communication and Leadership. I developed a concept for PGR community development for the Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning and Director of Postgraduate Studies. During my time at Huddersfield I also participated in course validation processes for UG and PG courses specifically the MBA. I was also involved in the AACSB accreditation process for Huddersfield such as completing module mapping for AACSB accreditation and received AACSB traning.
Current teaching activities and interests
PG Module Leader 2014-2019
PG Tutor 2014-2019
UG Module Leader/Coordinator 2014-2019
UG Tutor 2014-2019
External DBA Examiner: Ethical Leadership, University of Liverpool2017 → 2018
External Examiner for MSc Leadership, MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care, Certificate in Professional Studies Management & Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University2016 → …
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Servant-leadership as gender-integrative leadership: paving a path for more gender-integrative organizations through leadership educationReynolds, K., 2010, In : Journal of Leadership Education. 10, 2, p. 155-171 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Serving the once and future king: using the TV series Merlin to teach servant-leadership and leadership ethics in schoolsReynolds, K. & Oliver, L. M., 2010, In : Journal of Leadership Education. 9, 2, p. 122-134 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Publication peer-review