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Professor Russ Vince

Professor Russ Vince

BA (Hons), PhD, FRSA, FHEA

Honorary Professor in Management


Russ Vince is Professor of Leadership and Change in the School of Management, the University of Bath. He is Director of the School's Research Centre for Strategic Change and Leadership. His research investigates the interplay between emotion and politics in organisations and how such underlying organisational dynamics affect leadership, learning, reflection and change. Russ is an internationally recognised expert in organisational learning and action learning. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal Management Learning (2005 – 2010). His books include Managing Change, (Policy Press, 1996), Group Relations, Management and Organisation (Oxford University Press, 1999), Rethinking Strategic Learning, (Routledge, 2004); Organising Reflection (Ashgate, 2004); and the Handbook of Experiential Learning and Management Education (Oxford University Press, 2007). Russ was the Associate Dean (Research) at Bath School of Management from January 2011 to December 2013 and coordinated the School's submission to REF 2014. In December 2013 he received the Dean's Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research.

See Russ's web page at University of Bath.

Handbook of Experiential Learning and Management Education cover‌Research interests

  • Management and organisational learning
  • Leadership and leadership development
  • Emotion in organisations
  • The application of psychoanalytic theory to the study of organisations
  • The organisation of reflection
  • Critical action learning

Selected publications

Papers in refereed journals:

Vince, R. (2018) Institutional Illogics: The unconscious and institutional analysis. Organization Studies (forthcoming). DOI: 10.1177/0170840618765866

Clancy, A. and Vince, R. (2018). "If I Want to Feel My Feelings, I’ll See a Bloody Shrink": Learning From the Shadow Side of Experiential Learning. Journal of Management Education (Sage online first: December 5, 2018). DOI: 10.1177/1052562918817931

Russ Vince, Mike Pedler, (2018) Putting the contradictions back into leadership development, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 39 Issue: 7, pp.859-872. DOI: 10.1108/LODJ-04-2018-0134

Vince, R. (2018). The Learning Organization as Paradox: Being for the learning organization also means being against it. The Learning Organization 25/4. DOI: 10.1108/TLO-08-2017-0083

Clancy, A. and Vince, R. (2018). Theory as Fantasy: Emotional dimensions to grounded theory. British Journal of Management. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12304

Vince, R., Abbey, G., Bell, D. and Langenhan, M. (2018). Finding Critical Action Learning Through Paradox: The role of action learning in the suppression and stimulation of critical reflection. Management Learning 49/1: 86-106. DOI: 10.1177/1350507617706832

Kjellstrand, I. and Vince, R. (2017). No Room for Mistakes: The Impact of the Social Unconscious on Organizational Learning in Kazakhstan. Administrative Sciences 7/3: 27.

Vince, R. (2016) Emotion and Learning. Journal of Management Education 40/5: 538-544.

Vince, R. (2014). What do HRD Scholars and Practitioners Need to Know about Power, Emotion and HRD? Human Resource Development Quarterly 25/4: 409-420. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21191

Vince, R. and Mazen, M. (2014) Violent Innocence: A Contradiction at the Heart of Leadership Organization Studies 35/2: 189-207.

Vince, R. (2013) The Contradictions of Impact: Action Learning and Power in Organizations, Action Learning Research & Practice 9/3: 209 – 218.

Voronov, M. and Vince, R. (2012) Integrating Emotions into the Analysis of Institutional Work, Academy of Management Review 37/1: 58 – 81.

Clancy, A., Vince, R. and Gabriel, Y. (2012) That Unwanted Feeling: A Psychodynamic Study of Disappointment in Organizations British Journal of Management 23/4: 518-531.

Read, M., Gear, A.R.E. and Vince, R. (2012) Group Inquiry to Aid Organizational Learning in Enterprises, Journal of the Operational Research Society 63/6: 736 – 747.

Vince R. (2011) The Spatial Psychodynamics of Management Learning, Management Learning 43/3: 333-348.

Vince, R. (2010) Anxiety, Politics and Critical Management Education, British Journal of Management 21/1: S26 – S29.

Orr, K. and Vince, R. (2009) Traditions of Local Government, Public Administration 87/3: 655 – 677. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01770.x

Vince, R. (2008) 'Learning-in-Action' and 'Learning Inaction': Advancing the theory and practice of critical action learning. Action Learning: Research and Practice 5/2: 93 – 104.

Vince, R. (2006) Being Taken Over: Managers' emotions and rationalisations during a company takeover, Journal of Management Studies 43/2: 343 - 365.

Vince, R. and Reynolds, M. (2004) Critical Management Education and Action-Based Learning: Synergies and Contradictions, Academy of Management Learning and Education 3/4: 442 - 458.

Vince, R. (2004) Action Learning and Organisational Learning: Power, politics and emotion in organisations. Action Learning: Research & Practice 1/1: 63 – 78.

Vince, R. and Saleem, T. (2004) The Impact of Caution and Blame on Organisational Learning, Management Learning 35/2: 131 – 152.

Vince, R. (2002) The Politics of Imagined Stability: A Psychodynamic Understanding of Change at Hyder plc Human Relations 55/10: 1189-1208.

Vince, R., Sutcliffe, K. and Olivera, F. (2002) Organisational Learning: New Directions. British Journal of Management, Vol. 13, Special Issue, September.

Vince, R. (2002) Organising Reflection Management Learning 33/1: 63-78.

Vince, R (2001) Power and Emotion in Organisational Learning. Human Relations 54/10: 1325-1351.

Vince, R. (1998) Behind and Beyond Kolb's Learning Cycle. Journal of Management Education 22/3:304-319. (Awarded the Fritz Roethlisberger Best Paper Award for 1998 from the Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society, USA).

Vince, R. and Broussine, M. (1996) Paradox, Defence and Attachment: Accessing and working with emotions and relations underlying organizational change. Organization Studies 17/1:1-21.

Other recent publications

Jarrett, M. and Vince, R. (2017), 'Psychoanalytic theory, emotion and organizational paradox', in Marianne W. Lewis, Wendy K. Smith, Paula Jarzabkowski, and Ann Langley (Eds.) Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions, Oxford University Press.

Vince, R. (2016) 'The Art and Practice of Critique: The possibilities of critical psychodynamic management education'. In Timon Beyes, Martin Parker and Chris Steyaert (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education, London: Routledge.

Pässilä, A. and Vince, R. (2016) 'Critical Reflection from a Management and Organization Perspective'. In Fook, J. et al (Eds.) Researching Critical Reflection: Multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Routledge.

Cotter, R., Pässilä, A. and Vince, R. (2016) 'New Directions for Researching Critical Reflection in Organizations'. In Fook, J. et al (Eds.) Researching Critical Reflection: Multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Routledge.

Vince, R. (2014) 'The Unexpected Neighbor: Learning, space and the unconscious in organizations' in Peter Meusburger et al (eds.) Knowledge and Space: Volume 6, Heidelberg: Springer.

Vince, R. and Warren, S. (2012) 'Participatory Visual Methods' in Cathy Cassell and Gillian Symon (Eds.) Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Current Challenges. London: SAGE

Vince, R. (2011) 'Inaction: power and politics in action learning' in Mike Pedler (Ed.) Action Learning in Practice (4th Edition), London: Gower.

Vince, R. and Gabriel, Y. (2011) 'Organizations, Learning and Emotion' in Mark Easterby-Smith and Marjorie Lyles (Eds.) The Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management (2nd Edition) Oxford: Blackwell

Oikarinen, T., Pässilä A. and Vince, R. (2011) 'The Role of Reflection, Reflection on Roles: Practice-based innovation through theatre-based learning'. In Helina Melkas and Vesa Harmaakorpi (Eds.) Practice-based Innovation: Insights, Applications and Policy Implications, Helsinki: Springer.

Vince, R and Reynolds, M. (2010) 'Leading Reflection: Developing the relationship between leadership and reflection' In J. Gold, R. Thorpe and A. Mumford (Eds) The Handbook of Leadership and Management Development. London: Sage.

Vince, R. and Reynolds, M. (2009) 'Reflection, Reflective Practice and Reflection in Action', In Steven J. Armstrong  and Cynthia Fukami (Eds.) The Handbook of Management Learning, Education And Development London: Sage.