Professor Brian Howieson

Professor in Organisational Leadership

Management, Work and Organisation University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Brian Howieson

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Dr Brian Howieson PhD (Edin) MPhil (Heriot-Watt) MBA (Heriot-Watt) BSc (Edin) FRSA I entered academia in 2009 - via the Foundation for Management Education Fellowship Scheme - after a 22-year career with the Royal Air Force and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. I remain very interested in the professional training and development of doctors in the UK and beyond - I am a Non-Executive (Lay) Member of the Medical Directorate within NHS Scotland. In detail, I sit on the Surgical Specialty Training Board and have also been involved with Anesthesia and Emergency medicine selection and training. As a Foundation for Management Education Fellow and practitioner, I am committed to research and the dissemination of knowledge that benefits business and society. In my current role, my research interests lie in the fields of leadership and strategy. In detail, my work and applied research hopes to:

help create a better understanding among leaders of the challenges that we face in society promote and encouraging partnerships between and across sectors educate leaders at all levels in the value of building social capital, to them and to their organisations promote and encourage the pursuit of public good, beyond CSR and towards the commonweal

I have also developed a sub-specialty interest in how leadership was reported in, during, and out of the recession during 2008-2010, and in understanding leadership from the world of professional football in partnership with the Scottish Football Association and the School of Sport, the University of Stirling. In addition to my Stirling teaching commitments, I lecture for a variety of institutions including the University of St Andrews, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Scottish Football Association. I also developed and implemented - and am Programme Director of - the NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme MSc programme in Leadership and Healthcare Management and the University of Stirling MBA in Finance with Foreign Trade University in Vietnam. I am a Council Member of the Foundation for Management Education, a Fellow of the RSA, and Chairman of The Leading Well - a Scottish-based social enterprise that I established to advance leadership development in Scotland to promote innovation, enterprise, knowledge transfer, and exchange by the encouragement and development of social capital. I also believe in influencing outside academia and I hope to offer a fresh approach to management education, improving accessibility by many to university education, ‘opening up’ income streams, and contributing to unregulated income. Overall, my approach to research, teaching, and administration is linked to this agenda.

Research (2)

In general, leadership and strategy. In detail, I am interested in leadership and strategy in executive education, community, social capital/social cohesion, health, and professional football


Becoming a Leader: a study of aspirant football club managers
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

Analysis of Leadership Activity and Development Needs in Scotland's Social Services
Funded by: Scottish Social Services Council

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Howieson B & Thiagarajah T (2011) What is clinical leadership? A journal-based meta-review. International Journal of Clinical Leadership, 17 (1), pp. 7-18.

Book Chapter

Howieson B & Kahn H (2003) The changing macro-environment (1979-2001): The implications for the recruitment of graduates into the British Armed Forces. In: Holmes R & McConville T (eds.) Defence Management in Uncertain Times. First ed. Cranfield Defence Management, 3. Abingdon, UK: Frank Cass Publishers, pp. 112-138.

Book Chapter

Howieson B & Kahn H (2002) Can Leadership be taught - and if so, how?. In: Gray P & Cox S (eds.) Air Power Leadership: Theory And Practice. London, UK: HMSO.