“Leadership In Organisations”: New Title Highlights Key Trends

October 16, 2003

Leadership is now one of the most controversial and hotly contested themes in the world of business schools and among private and public sector organisations. This book makes a new overall assessment of the most important current issues and trends. Among its topics are:

     leadership and integrity in the post-Enron era;
     the process of ‘learning leadership’;
     the extent to which, and the ways in which, leadership capabilities can be taught;
     the latest psychometric measures of leadership;
     specific issues (such as political imperatives) relating to leadership development in the public sector.

The book also critically assesses more conventional leadership training and development that is available to managers. In so doing, it equips readers with the analytical perspectives and tools needed to interpret the significance, meanings, value and methods of leadership in organisations today.

Prof Storey said: “This book offers new insights into the ways in which understanding about what constitutes leadership have changed over time.

“It is written primarily with the needs of leadership and management development specialists in mind, but it also has wider relevance for general managers and for students of business and management, especially those studying for MBAs or specialist masters courses.

“Interest and activity in the subject of ‘leadership’ are both running at extraordinarily high levels, but the sheer volume of studies in the subject to date has not helped to clarify the principal themes. The central rational and intended contribution of this title is to cut a way through the noise by focussing attention on the identified critical issues and the emergent key trends.”

Leadership in Organisations: Current Issues and Key Trends,
edited by Prof John Storey, is published by Routledge; 368pages; ISBN: 0415310334; £22.99
For information about review copies for journalists, contact Neil Coaten in the Open University’s media relations team on 01908 652580 or at n.d.coaten@open.ac.uk
Leadership in Organisations is part of Routledge’s Current Issues and Key Trends series. For more information on Routledge titles, visit


The Open University Business School (OUBS) is Europe’s leading business school and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported distance learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold both the prestigious EQUIS quality kitemark, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd), and AMBA (the Association of MBAs) accreditation for its MBA. The School is ranked fourth in the world for distance learning MBA programmes, according to rankings published by the Financial Times (March 2003). Currently the OUBS has 30,000 students based in the UK and more than 40 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OUBS course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level. The OUBS has also developed a significant research capability based in eight research units, and boasts one of the three largest Alumni Associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.The School is based at the Open University’s Milton Keynes headquarters in Buckinghamshire. Its website can be found at: oubs.open.ac.uk

Neil Coaten
Open University Media Relations
01908 652580

Jessica Magill
Open University Business School
01908 655042