Professor Judi Marshall
Management Learning and LeadershipCharles Carter Building
Programme Director, MA in Leadership for Sustainability.
Co-Director of the six-month part-time programme Leading on Sustainability, developed in partnership with Business in the Community North West (BITC), working with Gudrun Cartwright from BITC and colleagues at Lancaster.
Developing a virtual Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network for the North West (LSLN) with Vivien Hodgson. This was initially funded by Higher Education Innovation Funding and linked with the programme with BITC.
I am involved in various Management School and University activities related to developing leadership and change for sustainability.
I have a range of interrelated research interests that also connect strongly with my teaching. There are several major strands:
Ecological sustainability and social justice are key contemporary challenges, prompting much debate about corporate responsibility. I am especially interested in exploring a) how people take leadership and seek to act for change in relation to sustainability, and b) what educational forms foster people’s engagement with and learning about these demanding issues.
In relation to taking leadership for sustainability, during the last fifteen years, I have been working through critical management education programmes to help people develop their capacities to contribute to change. An account of some of this work, and the stories of 29 change agents for sustainability, was published in April 2011 as Leadership for Sustainability: An Action Research Approach (Marshall, Coleman and Reason, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK).
During 2010/2011, I ran a Higher Education Innovation Funding project with Vivien Hodgson, to develop a virtual Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network for the North West (LSLN). This also involved working with local partners to offer workshops in relation to organizational and community change, the politics of change, and sustainability in the food system.
In relation to educating for sustainability, my tutoring on Lancaster’s MA in Leadership for Sustainability and, before that, the University of Bath’s MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice (which I launched with colleagues in 1997) are direct expressions of the inquiry-based, action-oriented approaches I have developed. These allow course participants to integrate successful organizational performance with concerns for social, environmental and ethical issues, to develop their practice alongside their intellectual understanding, and to adopt approaches of inquiry to engage with contentious and challenging issues. In December 2005, I received a 'Beyond Grey Pinstripes European Faculty Pioneer Award' (jointly from the European Academy of Business in Society, the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program and the World Resources Institute) for promoting management education into sustainability, social justice and corporate responsibility.
Some people are now dedicating their careers to contributing to change in society relating to sustainability and social justice. My colleague Svenja Tams, from Bath, and I have researched people adopting responsible careers, appreciating the rapidly shifting landscapes in which they are therefore seeking to place themselves and act effectively. Our 2011 article in Human Relations explores these issues.
I have been involved in the development of self-reflective, action-oriented forms of inquiry, contributing especially to the fields of qualitative and action research. A sequence of publications shows the emergence of these ideas and practices. These include: ‘Living life as inquiry’ (1999), ‘Doing gender in management education’ (1999), ‘Self-reflective inquiry practices’ (2001) and ‘Living systemic thinking’ (2004). Also, I am fascinated by issues of representation and form in writing. In one publication (‘Find form in writing for action research’, 2008), I therefore considered the connections between academic writing practices and those of Virginia Woolf.
Working with postgraduate research students has been a major strand in my academic life since the early 1980s. I have mostly worked with supervision groups that develop as learning communities.
Gender and Leadership. Exploring issues for women in management has been one of my enduring interests for many years. I’ve published Women Managers: Travellers in a Male World (1984), Women Managers Moving On: Exploring Career and Life Choices (1995), and gendered analyses of careers, communications and job stress. I recently explored the gendering of leadership in corporate responsibility (articles published in 2007 and 2011) and have continued working in this area.
My other interests include systemic thinking, organizational cultures, change and careers.
Before joining LUMS in February 2008 I was at the School of Management at the University of Bath, and a core member of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice (CARPP) there. My earlier academic career had been at UMIST in Manchester, where I undertook research on managerial job stress for my PhD, and at Oxford Management College, exploring managers’ choices in how they performed their jobs.
BA Psychology, Manchester;
Core tutor on the department's MA in Leadership for Sustainability
Core tutor on the department’s MA in Management Learning and Leadership.
- En-gendering notions of leadership for sustainability
Marshall, J. 05/2011 In: Gender, Work and Organization. 18, 3, p. 263-281. 19 p.
- Tensions and Contradictions in Supporting Learning for Sustainability paper
Hodgson, V., Marshall, J. & Latham, Y. 2011 In: Learning and Sustainability. Paulsen, M F. & Szucs, A. (eds.). Budapest : European Distance and E-Learning Network 6 p.
- Responsible careers: systematic reflexivity in shifting landscapes
Tams, S. & Marshall, J. 2011 In: Human Relations. 64, 1, p. 109-131. 23 p.
- Images of changing practice through reflective action research
Marshall, J. 2011 In: Journal of Organizational Change Management. 24, 2, p. 244-256. 13 p.
- Leadership for Sustainability: An action research approach
Marshall, J., Coleman, G. & Reason, P. 2011 Sheffield : Greenleaf Publishing.