Linda Lee-Davies

Linda Lee-Davies


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    Linda is both a senior, commercial academic and experienced businesswoman who has continued to keep current with regular in situ consultancy and training for organisations. She is a leadership and change specialist with a particular focus on the impact of technology on corporate performance as well as intergenerational leadership. Linda’s practical training and consultancy work with organisations, as well as her research, is always predictive preparing individuals, teams and businesses for change ahead. 
    Linda’s business career was in the fast moving field of recruitment where latterly she ran a large, national territory of branches from Edinburgh to London (including nine new start-ups) and was part of the Senior Leadership Team providing strategic direction and alignment for a £50m section of the business. Linda then built an academic career to fit around being a single mother gaining a commercial MBA and a PhD in Leadership and mainly ran Executive MBAs and other business postgraduate qualifications. She designed university MBAs and management courses to appeal to employers and was awarded for outstanding achievement for bringing essential commercial elements to academic provision and procedures. Linda also secured a number of large corporate training contracts - accredited and non-accredited – including a ‘paperless’ MBA and has extensive experience of on-site, blended and distance learning executive training and development for a wide range of global corporate clients. Throughout her academic career she has also provided business consultancy for a range of organisations covering strategic planning, marketing strategies, sales focus, customer service, HR strategy alignment, equality issues, leadership coaching and change planning. She believes it is important to keep current with such work. Linda is known for her practical, no-nonsense approach and saying it like it is.
    As an international author, Linda has published 26 peer reviewed articles and books in the leadership and HRM/Organisational Behaviour area. She continues research in Post Pandemic Leadership, Intergenerational leadership and Organisational Technological change.
    Outside of work, Linda has always conducted several charity projects each year. Whether that was organising a Dragon Boat Festival for a footfall of 6000 or helping troubled teenagers with their CVs, she feels it is important to give back. Personally, she is a passionate cook, loves walking, gardening and yoga. Previously for a personal challenge Linda abseiled down a 418’ lift tower twice.

    Research Interests

    Kakabadse, N. Kakabadse, A. and Lee-Davies, L. (2005), Visioning the Pathway: A Leadership Process Model, European Management Journal.

    Kakabadse,N., Kakabadse, A. and Lee-Davies, L. (2005), Unique study assesses interactivity and impact of leadership styles, in Coate, P. (Ed.) Handbook of Business Strategy, Emerald, pp177-188.

    Kakabadse, N., Rozuel, C. and Lee-Davies, L. (2005), Corporate Social Responsibility a Stakeholder Approach: A Conceptual Review, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics.

    Lee-Davies, L., Kakabadse, A. Kakabadse, N., (2006) 1% for 10%: Executive Strategies for Customer Care, Strategic Change, Vol 15, No,. Mar-Apr 2006

    Lee-Davies,L. Kakabadse, N. Kakabadse,A. (2007) Shared Leadership: Leading through Polylogue, Business Strategy Series, Emerald

    Kakabadse, A, Kakabadse, N. Lee-Davies, L.(2007) Three Temptations of Leaders, The Leadership & Organization Development Journal

    Kakabadse, N., Lee-Davies L. and Kakabadse, A. (2008) Smart technology: the leadership challenge, Strategic Change, Vol 17 235-249

    Kakabadse, N., Kakabadse, A. and Lee-Davies, L. (2009) CSR leaders road-map, Corporate Governance, Vol 9 p50-57

    Kakabadse, N., Kakabadse, A. and Lee-Davies, L. (2009) Leadership Discretion: A Developmental Experience, Strategic Change,

    Kakabadse, N., Kakabadse, A. and Lee-Davies, L., Johnson, N. (2010) Deliberative Inquiry: Integrated Ways of Working in Children Services, Systems Practice Action Research

    Wang, J., Lee-Davies, L.N., Kakabadse, N. and Zhijie Xie (2011) Leader Characteristics and Styles in the SMEs of the People’s Republic of China During the Global Financial Crisis, SC:BiEF.

    Kakabadse, A., Kakabadse, N. Knyght, R. and Lee-Davies, L. (2011) The Invisible Hand Guiding Technology: Crossing the Boundary of Humanity – IJEPolitics

    Read, I. and Lee-Davies, L. (2013) The Challenge to Western Consultancy by Gulf Arab Culture, Journal of East West Business

    Lee-Davies, L. and Kakabadse, N. (2013) Individual and Organisational Leadership: The Shared Approach, International Journal of Reviews and Studies in Economics and Public Administration, Vol 1

    Kakabadse, A., Kakabadse, N. and Lee-Davies, L., (2014), ‘Learning CSR for Sustainable Corporate Advantage ’, International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD), Special Issue On: Smart, Sustainable and Just Higher Education and the Remaking of the Right to the City , Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 13-23.

    Lee-Davies, L., (2018), Ethical CSR Leadership, Passion or Fashion, International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, IGI Global

    Lee-Davies, L., (2018), Prehistoric Process in HE – A Critical Review of Institutional Process for Future led Commercial/Academic Partnership Provision – A Case Study Approach, Industry and Higher Education, Sage

    Engel, S. and Lee-Davies, L., (2018), The Impact of Social Media on Knowledge Culture, International Journal of Smart Education and Urban Society, IGI Global


    Lee-Davies, L and Kakabadse, N (2011) Individual and Corporate Longevity, The proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, Sophia-Antipolis

    Book Chapters

    Kakabadse, A, Kakabadse, N. Lee-Davies, L.(2008) The Contrasting Faces of the Chairman of the Board, Strategy, Innovation and Change –Galavan, R.,Markides,C.,Murray,J.

    Lee-Davies, L. (2006) Leadership Chapter 10, Human Resource Management in Organisations, Robinson, I.,CIPD


    Lee-Davies, L., (2006) Developing Work and Study Skills Thomson Learning UK Kakabadse,A.,Kakabadse,N.&Lee-Davies,L.(2008) Leading for Success, The Seven Sides of Great Leaders,


    Denholm, J & Lee-Davies, L (2017) Enhancing Education and Training Initiatives Through Serious Games, IGI Global, US 


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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