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PhD projects

• Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning • Dialogue, debate, and discourse • Content analysis of communication and cultural artefacts • Individual, relational, and socially embedded aspects of moral reasoning in leadership and followership • Crisis leadership, crisis leadership communication, care ethics in crisis leadership • (Womens’) motivation to lead, Women’s leadership, the agency myth • Motivation to serve (servant leadership), • Moral reasoning orientation in leadership and followership, • Dual system processing, ethics, and egoism • Narcissism, extroversion, toxic leadership, bullying, gossip, and egoism and their impact on organisational climate • Ethical aspects of organisational behaviour, change, power, empowerment vs. gaslighting and manipulation • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning: leadership ethics, followership ethics • Moral capitalism • Care ethics in HRM • Pharmacy leadership challenges • post-postivisit, pragmatic, interpretivist, critical realist, and critical perspectives • The reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry, • Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews) • Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership • Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric. • Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in not-for-profit organisations • Women’s leadership in micro non-profit organisations • Organisational political aspects of women’s motivation to lead

20102020

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Personal profile

Overview

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 projects in business consultancy, online marketing and communication for international corporations in Berlin in the automotive (VW), telecommunications (T-Systems), publishing (Holzbrinck), and public sector (German Libraries Institute).

My research expertise and interests encompass:

  • Crisis leadership communication
  • Communicative construction of moral reasoning
  • Care ethics in servant leadership
  • Servant leadership and women’s leadership
  • Ethical aspects of leadership, followership, organisational behaviour, communication, and leadership development
  • Content analysis of communication and cultural artefacts
  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning
  • Dialogue, debate, and discourse
  • Individual, relational, and socially embedded perspectives of moral reasoning

I conduct research projects in niche and interdisciplinary areas applying post-postivisit, pragmatic, interpretivist, critical realist, and critical perspectives. I am interested primarily in innovative approaches to research using arts-based inquiry and content analysis, including rhetorical and discourse analysis, but also expanding into further approaches such as the analysis and interpretations of communication and 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,
  • Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews)
  • Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership
  • Measurement of gender differences in team roles,
  • Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric.
  • Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in not-for-profit organisations
  • Women’s leadership in micro non-profit organisations
  • Organisational political aspects of women’s motivation to lead

Current PhD/DBA Supervision

I have supervised, advised, and examined PGR theses on gender and leadership, servant leadership, work ethics, OCB, and performance appraisals in various occupational (higher education, HRM, retail, finance, hospitality) and cultural settings (Jamaica, Jordan, Kurdistan, Libya, Pakistan, and UK). 

I supervise postgraduate research students conducting studies within populations in the UK, Scotland, Ghana, and Nigeria. Their projects focus on:

  • Developing and validating new measures of leadership constructs of moral reasoning orientation in servant leadership
  • Cultural dimensions of gender egalitarianism and power distance and extra-role behaviour
  • Work-life balance policies, practices, and impacts in industry specific culture
  • Gender discrimination and inequality regimes in Scottish call-centres

Desired research direction

PhD Applicants

I am looking to supervise academically excellent PhD candidates from all areas of the world, but particularly from German-speaking or Scandinavian backgrounds, East Asia, eastern, western or southern African nations, and New Zealand for the following or related topics:

  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning
  • Dialogue, debate, and discourse
  • Content analysis of communication and cultural artefacts
  • Individual, relational, and socially embedded aspects of moral reasoning in leadership and followership
  • Crisis leadership, crisis leadership communication, care ethics in crisis leadership
  • (Womens’) motivation to lead, Women’s leadership, the agency myth
  • Motivation to serve (servant leadership),
  • Moral reasoning orientation in leadership and followership,
  • Dual system processing, ethics, and egoism
  • Narcissism, extroversion, toxic leadership, bullying, gossip, and egoism and their impact on organisational climate
  • Ethical aspects of organisational behaviour, change, power, empowerment vs. gaslighting and manipulation
  • Innovative (arts-based and reflexive) leadership development and leader learning: leadership ethics, followership ethics
  • Moral capitalism
  • Care ethics in HRM
  • Pharmacy leadership challenges
  • post-postivisit, pragmatic, interpretivist, critical realist, and critical perspectives
  • The reflexive construction of leader ethical identity through the medium of poetry,
  • Communicative and socially embedded construction of gendered leader identity (gendered discourse analysis of business leaders' radio interviews)
  • Arts-based inquiry of relational and socially embedded aspects of ethical and unethical leadership
  • Content analysis of women and men's constructions of leadership and moral reasoning in epideictic rhetoric.
  • Self-leadership in the leadership relationship in not-for-profit organisations
  • Women’s leadership in micro non-profit organisations
  • Organisational political aspects of women’s motivation to lead

 

 

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

 

  • Leadership: Power and Ethics
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

PG Tutor 2014-2019

  • Postgraduate Dissertation Proposal/Research Methods

UG Module Leader/Coordinator 2014-2019

 

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Intercultural Awareness (2019)
  • Organizational Behavior (2019)

UG Tutor 2014-2019

  • Leadership: Process & Organisations
  • Real World Business Issues
  • Understanding Organizational Design (2019)

External positions

External DBA Examiner: Ethical Leadership, University of Liverpool

20172018

External Examiner for MSc Leadership, MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care, Certificate in Professional Studies Management & Leadership, Manchester Metropolitan University

2016 → …

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Leadership Studies
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Followership
  • Follower Ethics
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Organisational Ethics
  • Leadership Development
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Speeches
  • Social Media
  • BJ Ethics
  • Care Ethics
  • Ethic of Care
  • Feminist Ethics
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Moral Capitalism

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Research Output

Beating the virus: an examination of the crisis communication approach taken by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the Covid-19 pandemic

McGuire, D., Cunningham, J. E. A., Reynolds, K. & Matthews-Smith, G., 22 Jun 2020, In : Human Resource Development International. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Motivation to serve: a quantitative examination of servant leadership in turbulent times

    Ukeni, I. G., Harrington, S. & Reynolds, K., 11 Oct 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
    File
  • 8 Downloads (Pure)

    Women’s motivation to lead in small social enterprises: a systematic literature review

    Reynolds, K. & Stewart, V. L., 5 Sep 2019, BAM2019 Conference Proceedings. British Academy of Management, 38 p. 1181

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

    Open Access
    File
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)

    Discursive process of leadership: a leadership dialogue and Bakhtinian approach to leadership learning

    Gibbs, S. & Reynolds, K., 12 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

    Open Access
    File
  • 8 Downloads (Pure)

    The design and validation of leaders’ measure of moral reasoning orientation

    Ukeni, I. G. & Reynolds, K., 2018, Proceedings of the British Academy of Management 2018 Conference. British Academy of Management, 8 p. 726

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

    Open Access
    File
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Best Full Paper Award

    Reynolds, Kae (Recipient) & Victoria L. Stewart (Recipient), 3 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Fellow Higher Education Academy

    Reynolds, Kae (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Greenleaf Scholarship

    Reynolds, Kae (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Lecturer of the Year (nominee)

    Reynolds, Kae (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • People's Prize for Best Paper Award

    Reynolds, Kae (Recipient), Jul 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    TBD (Publisher)

    Shann Ray Ferch (Editor), , Jiying Song (Editor), , Larry C. Spears (Editor), & Kae Reynolds (Editor)

    8 Jun 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Improving your reflective practice

    Kae Reynolds (Speaker)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019 (Event)

    Kae Reynolds (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Poetic Engagement with Contemporary Leadership Theories

    Kae Reynolds (Invited speaker), & Stephen Gibbs (Speaker)

    3 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Asparkía Investigació Feminista (Journal)

    Kae Reynolds (Peer reviewer)

    Feb 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review