Christian Harrison is a Professor of Leadership and Enterprise at the University of Bolton. He is the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Empowerment in Greater Manchester. He is also leading the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for Unit of Assessment 17 in the Business School. Christian is a well-known and recognised scholar in the field of Leadership and provides regular expert media commentary on Scottish Television News (STV), Scotland Tonight, the Herald, the Conversation, Sunday Post, and the Guardian Nigeria. He is also the author of numerous published research papers on Leadership which is his major research interest and serves as the Director of Studies/First Supervisor of several Doctoral students. He has successfully supervised several doctoral students to completion and his current students are working on projects on Authentic leadership, Entrepreneurial leadership, Transformational leadership, Ethical leadership etc.
Furthermore, he is an active member of several learned organisations. He is the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management and Chair of the Academy for African Studies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (FIBAKM) and serves on several review panels and committees. He is an external examiner to other UK universities such as Heriot-Watt University, De Montfort University and University of Aberdeen. Christian is the editor of New Frontiers in African Business and Society by Emerald Publishing and Routledge Studies in Leadership and Leadership Development.
Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations. He has delivered several CPDs and sessions on leadership to the Scottish Government Directors, UK Cabinet office staff, NHS, corporate organisations, SMEs etc. He is the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International and the author of the bestselling book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms’ published by Palgrave MacMillan. In addition, Christian has also authored several video publications on leadership. These videos cover established leadership theories providing a nuanced conceptualisation of the field.