Professor Brad Jackson

Brad Jackson

Director MBA
Professor of Leadership and Governance


Leadership; Management; Professional Learning

Leadership, Governance, Professional Learning and Place-Based Change

Qualifications: PhD (Lancaster) MA (UBC) BSc Hons (Bristol)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.2.36D
Phone: 022 017 7932
Cellphone: 022 017 7932

Papers Taught

About Brad

Brad Jackson joined Waikato Management School as Associate Dean Strategic Engagement in May 2020. He currently serves as MBA Director and Professor of Leadership and Governance.

Prior to joining Waikato University, Brad was the Professor of Social Innovation within the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation in the Griffith Business School based Brisbane, Australia. He also served as Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management and Director of the Policy Innovation Hub.

Brad was Professor of Public and Community Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington where he also served as the Head of School of Government and the Head of School of Management.  At the University of Auckland Business School, he was Co-Director of the New Zealand Leadership Institute and the Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership.

Jackson has published seven books—Management Gurus and Management Fashions, The Hero Manager, Organisational Behaviour in New Zealand, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership, Demystifying Business Celebrity, Revitalising Leadership and The Board as the Nexus Between Leadership and Governance. He has also co-edited the Sage Handbook of Leadership and Major Works in Leadership. He is a former co-editor of the journal, Leadership, and the former Vice-Chair of the Akina Foundation, Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School  and the International Leadership Association.

Brad’s current research explores the inter-relationship between leadership and governance practices in promoting and sustaining social and economic innovation and the application of place-based approaches to foster cross-sectoral leadership development and education.

Research Supervised

Place-Based Leadership, Virtual Leadership, Public Leadership Development, Social Innovation

Recent Publications

  • Kempster, S., & Jackson, B. (2021). Leadership for what, why, for whom and where? A responsibility perspective. Journal of Change Management, 21(1), 45-65. doi:10.1080/14697017.2021.1861721

  • Souza, R., Wood Jr,, T., & Jackson, B. (2021). What favelas can teach about leadership: The importance of shared-purpose and place-based leadership. In D. Singh, R. Thompson, & K. Curran (Eds.), Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable and Just World (pp. 119-135). Emerald Publishing.

  • Ospina, S. M., Foldy, E. G., Fairhurst, G. T., & Jackson, B. (2020). Collective dimensions of leadership: Connecting theory and method. Human Relations, 73(4), 441-463. doi:10.1177/0018726719899714

  • Fairhurst, G. T., Jackson, B., Foldy, E. G., & Ospina, S. M. (2020). Studying collective leadership: The road ahead. Human Relations, 73(4), 598-614. doi:10.1177/0018726719898736

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