Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison
University of the West of Scotland | UWS · Business School

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Introduction
Dr Christian Harrison is the programme leader of the MSc Leadership and Management in the University of the West of Scotland. He is a well-known and recognised scholar in the field of Leadership and works across the globe on research projects. He is also the author of numerous published research papers on Leadership and Entrepreneurial Leadership which is his major research interest and serves as the Director of Studies/First Supervisor of several PhD and DBA students. Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on entrepreneurial leadership skills development within organisations. 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 Palgrave MacMillan.

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The African Context of Business and Society traces the unique and often overlooked and unestimated contours of African business and society, abandoning the flawed assumption that western preconceptions can be directly transplanted– one that has often led to incorrect macro-theorisations. Africa’s diverse economy has been influenced by historical a...
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Purpose The purpose of this explorative research is to analyse the resilience of the United Kingdom's (UK) healthcare supply chains from a customer’s perspective in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Design/methodology/approach Using the capabilities of preparedness, robustness, recovery and adaptability as the foundational percept for supply...
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To date, the gap between mature and emerging economies has widened.The disparity is attributed to a failure of organisational leadership and this has been a subject of interest to scholars. This complexity is further amplified by the rapid pace of global competition, financial scandals and leadership malfeasance. As a result, authentic leadership i...
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This paper provides an overview of the current state of the authentic leadership domain. It identifies the factors that inspire authentic leadership development, provides a description of the followers' perception of the construct and explores how these perceptions shape authentic leadership. To this end, 80 articles issued between 1970 and 2021 we...
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This special issue aims to attract state-of-the-art manuscripts that bring together multidisciplinary knowledge on the intersection between entrepreneurship and leadership, from a wide range of business and management disciplines. We invite submissions that draw upon theories and concepts from a variety of disciplines, as well as papers that explor...
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The fragility of organisations and society has been exposed by the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. This has necessitated a demand for a new leadership approach. This study examines authentic leadership by highlighting the complex and problematic nature of the construct. In this paper, the rise and the acceptance of authentic leadership is explored...
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Despite abundant studies on the traditional approach to leadership, emerging and more recent studies suggest that the vertical process on which our understanding of the predominantly traditional way was based is increasingly being challenged by the notion of distributed leadership. Proponents of this style highlight the importance of a shared appro...
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Do-It-Yourself laboratories (DIY labs) are autonomous community-based science research spaces that facilitate creative experiments independently in an unstructured location. The research on do-it-yourself (DIY) laboratories is emerging and there remain various questions to answer about the structure, leadership style, innovation strategies and envi...
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Researchers seem to focus overwhelmingly on entrepreneurial leadership as seen in recent studies in the literature. This situation becomes more complex as research draws on parallels between leadership and entrepreneurship. This has led to an ongoing debate on the veracity of entrepreneurship as a distinct field of study. The purpose of this articl...
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The importance of authentic leadership in the current business terrain has been reiterated by both practitioners and scholars, however there is a renewed interest on authentic followership as a core component of the authentic leadership process and development. Insights into the role, followers play in the process need to be uncovered in future stu...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the literature concerning servant leadership. The paper identifies the existing themes present within the servant leadership literature. This allows it to determine where the research concerning servant leadership lies at present and make recommendations as to further poten...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to refine our understanding of entrepreneurial leadership by developing a multi-dimensional measure for the construct through a comprehensive approach based on the skills and competencies of entrepreneurial leaders as well as their behaviour and roles. Design/methodology/approach Following the evidence collecte...
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Purpose This paper aims to provide a systematic review of the published literature on corporate social responsibility reporting (CSRR). Furthermore, it assesses the main limitations reported in previous CSRR studies and offers recommendations for best practice and future research. Design/methodology/approach A review protocol was developed to sear...
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Although there is an extensive body of research on leadership, findings on the effectiveness of different leadership styles within the changing world of work are inconsistently inconclusive. No one style of leadership has been shown to consistently reshape people's behaviours and render organisational members' interactions more effective in the cha...
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Growing evidence points to the role of entrepreneurial leadership in enhancing positive business outcomes. Yet little is known about the entrepreneurial leadership attributes and skills exploited by entrepreneurial leaders within a developing economy context. This study examines the role of entrepreneurial leadership within fashion SMEs. It exempli...
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This video segment examines the similarities and differences between leadership and management. It walks you through the roles and functions of leaders and managers.
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This video segment is a summary of what has been discussed in the video. Resources such as additional articles and references are provided.
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This video segment identifies the skills required for effective leadership. Skills such as technical skills, conceptual skills, interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial skills are discussed.
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This video segment provides an overview of how implicit leadership theories have been conceptualised in the field. It also considers the limitations to this approach.
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This video segment examines the leader member exchange theory. The premise of the in-group and out-group is discussed and a critical perspective provided.
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Leadership is a phenomenon observed in all organized human groups and is taught on business courses around the world, yet despite a large body of scholarship it remains an elusive concept.
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This video segment examines the methods used to develop the required leadership skill set. Methods such as mentoring, leadership training programmes, personal growth activities and practice are discussed in this segment.
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This video segment discusses the different conceptualisations of transformational leadership with a focus on the 4Is of transformational leadership behaviors. Finally, a critique to the transformational leadership approach is presented.
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Providing an introductory overview of leadership, this video emphasizes contemporary thinking in this vast and every-changing field of scholarship. It explores up-to-date concepts that have risen in prominence in recent years, with critical analysis of hot topics such as charismatic leadership and the leader-follower dynamic. It also examines estab...
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This video segment examines the theory of charismatic leadership which was strongly influenced by Max Weber. It also provides a critical perspective to this approach through a reflective exercise.
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This video segment discusses the varying conceptions of leadership. It examines the different ways that leadership has been defined in prior studies and provide a critical view to this perspective.
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This video segment is a summary of what has been discussed in the video. Resources such as additional articles and references are provided.
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This video segment provides an elaborate conceptualisation of transactional leadership by prior studies and also examines the critical debates to the adoption of such approach. Finally, the viewer will reflect on this approach to leadership through a reflective exercise.
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Providing an introductory overview of leadership, this video emphasizes cutting-edge and emerging theories, approaches and concepts of this fast evolving field. The video will demonstrate a radical shift from traditional thinking and explore the importance of authenticity, inclusivity and gender in leadership. It examines hot topics such as servant...
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This video segment examines the evolution of authentic leadership. Its strengths as well as its weaknesses are also discussed.
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This video segment is a summary of what has been discussed in the video. Resources such as additional articles and references are provided.
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This video segment provides contemporary thought about the glass ceiling effect and its impact on leadership. This segment highlights the need for more women in leadership positions.
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This video segment examines the different conceptions of entrepreneurial leadership. A critical approach towards entrepreneurial leadership is presented.
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This video segment examines servant leadership. The characteristics of servant leaders are identified and the critique towards adopting such an approach is presented.
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This video segment examines the different conceptualizations of distributed leadership. A critical approach towards distributed leadership is presented.
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This video segment examines the contingency theory of leadership, drawing on the Fiedler contingency model. A critical perspective to the contingency theory is also provided, and its shortcomings discussed.
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This video segment examines how the skill approach to leadership has evolved, highlighting more contemporary studies. In addition, skills such as technical, business, interpersonal, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills are discussed.
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Providing an introductory overview of the leadership field, this video emphasizes some of the traditional concepts that are generally accepted in the field. It covers established leadership theories and approaches such as trait theory, behavioral theory, contingency theory and skill theory, with the aim of providing a nuanced conceptualization of t...
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This video segment examines leadership traits. It highlights the traits that prior scholars have identified as pertinent for leadership and it takes a critical perspective to this approach by discussing its shortcomings.
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This video segment examines leadership behaviours. It discusses the pivotal studies on leadership behaviours and allows for a reflection of the individual’s personal leadership style.
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This video segment is a summary of what has been discussed in the video. Resources such as additional articles and references are provided.
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The chapter concerns how the role of networks provides a lens from which to reconsider the constraining barriers facing women entrepreneurs. We commence by recognising that the West African context still has many deficiencies. Our focus has given rise for the understanding of female entrepreneurship in contexts where formalised institutional arrang...
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Bacteriophage that infect Escherichia coli are relatively easily isolated, with greater than 600 coliphage genomes sequenced to date. Despite this there is still much to be discovered about the diversity of coliphage genomes. Within this study we isolated a coliphage from cattle slurry collected from a farm in rural England. Transmission electron m...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify the prescribed formative elements of supply chain resilience (SCR) in literature, to compare them with the unique characteristics of high reliability organisations (HROs) and derive lessons useful for improving SCR. Design/methodology/approach Two systematic literature reviews are carried out as fol...
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This paper provides a comprehensive review of literature relating to entrepreneurial leadership. A systematic literature review (SLR) is an acknowledged method for producing reliable knowledge from an evidence based approach. The SLR approach applied in this paper is conducted in three stages towards providing support for the conceptual development...
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Purpose The purpose of this literature review is to advance contemporary cognisance of the leadership field and its current state, through the synthesis and development of earlier contributions. A taxonomy of evolutionary eras is tendered, from which future research opportunities can be extrapolated. Design/methodology/approach This paper conduc...
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Entrepreneurship is a prominent area of inquiry which is enriched by a substantial literature base and challenged by definitional deficiencies. As multiple perspectives of entrepreneurship have emerged, the question of an integrated theory of entrepreneurship has arisen. Yet, given the range of perspectives of entrepreneurship, this may be unachiev...
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Detection of viruses in the environment is heavily dependent on PCR-based approaches that require reference sequences for primer design. While this strategy can accurately detect known viruses, it will not find novel genotypes, nor emerging and invasive viral species. In this study, we investigated the use of viromics, i.e. high-throughput sequenci...
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Leadership theories are plagued by the absence of a definitional consensus among scholars. Many theories have emerged about leadership over the years. This chapter examines and evaluates the different early theories of leadership. The Great Man theory focuses on heroic individuals, implying that only a selected few can achieve greatness. The trait...
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Therefore, anyone aspiring to leadership should know the skills that effective leaders have and ways in which they may be developed. The book concludes with this chapter on leadership development. The skills required for developing oneself as a leader is identified and discussed. This is supported with empirical evidence and research findings from...
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After the contingency theory of leadership, theorists began to develop alternative approaches to understanding leadership. The new approaches to leadership are discussed in this chapter. These new approaches to leadership are implicit leadership theories, leader–member exchange, servant, charismatic, transactional, transformational, distributed, au...
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‘This is an ideal text for students and executives seeking an overview of existing leadership research and […] insight into leadership practices in modern contemporary organisations.’ —Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland ‘This work underscores how a growing range of literature on leadership acknow...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine entrepreneurial leadership and to determine the entrepreneurial leadership skills which are important for success in a developing economy environment. Specifically, the focus of this research was on entrepreneurial leadership within the retail pharmacy sector in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach...
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Purpose – This paper aims to uncover the challenges facing entrepreneurs in a developing economy, using the retail pharmacy sector in Nigeria. Furthermore, the entrepreneurial leadership attributes that have proved to be valuable in overcoming the challenges faced in this sector will be identified. Design/methodology/approach – The study is expl...

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