Chris is Professor of HRM at Middlesex University Business School. Prior to this he held posts at Birmingham University where he was founder-director of the Leadership Centre, Birkbeck College and the Open University. His current research interests include leadership and leadership development, knowledge exchange across international networks and place leadership in urban contexts.
During his career, Chris has worked as an Occupational Psychologist for British Telecom, served as a student counsellor in a charity and headed up Management Training for Rank Xerox (UK). He is married with four daughters and lives in Buckinghamshire, England.
As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Chris has advised organisations of varying size and sector as a change consultant, coaching individuals on their personal development, carrying out team-building events, contributing to culture-change programmes and designing and delivering leadership development.
Qualifications and membership of professional bodies
Doherty, Daniel (2015) Management Blockbusters: is there space for open dissent? In: Developing Leadership: Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask. Mabey, Chris and Mayrhofer, Wolfgang , eds. Sage, London, pp. 268-279. (Accepted/In press)
Mabey, Chris and Igri, Carolyn P. and Parry, Ken (2015) From the special section editors: questions business schools don’t ask. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 14 (4). pp. 535-538. ISSN 1537-260X
Mabey, Chris and Mayrhofer, Wolfgang (2015) Developing leadership: questions business schools don't ask. Sage, London. ISBN 978-1-44629-611-0
Mabey, Chris and Zhao, Shasha (2016) Managing five paradoxes of knowledge exchange in networked organizatiuons: new priorities for HRM? Human Resource Management Journal . ISSN 0954-5395 (Published online first)
Mabey, Chris and Conroy, Mervyn and Blakeley, Karen and deMarco, Sara (2017) Having burned the straw-man of Christian spiritual leadership, what can we learn from Jesus about leading ethically? Journal of Business Ethics . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0167-4544 (Published online first)
ESRC Research Seminars Competition (2014-16) (£30,000) Developing Ethical Leaders: the Contribution of Philosophy and Spirituality, Principal Investigator with 7 Co-Is
ESRC (2009-12) Intellectual Leadership of knowledge exchange in 'big science' research networks: a study of ATLAS (total: £465,000 over two and half years). This ongoing research brings together an international interdisciplinary team of researchers from: Wharton, University of Pennsylvania (Dr Martin Ihrig); University of Catalonia (Dr Agusti Canals) Dublin City University (Dr Finian Buckley and Dr Angelos Alexopoulos), Geneva University, Dept of Social Psychology (Dr Clara Kulich and Prof Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi); Open University UK (Dr Stephen Little); Hong Kong Poly-University, Centre for Leadership and Innovation (Prof Warren Chiu and Dr Amy Wong).
The ex-Resources Coordinator for the ATLAS project at CERN is also an active partner and a member of our Advisory Panel. ATLAS has contributed £110,000. The research has been part-funded by an ESRC Standard Grant (£354,000)
The European Commission (2001-3) Leonardo da Vinci CVTS Programme: a seven country cross-national analysis of management training and development processes, and their impact on firm performance (476,861 euros, two years).