Chris has held a career-long interest in leadership development, first as a student counsellor for a Christian charity, then as an occupational psychologist with British Telecom and in Leadership Training with Rank Xerox (UK) plc. He has worked in a variety of sectors as a management consultant, with a focus on executive coaching, team-based development and leadership development of top teams. More recently he has combined this experience with researching, teaching and writing about leadership development, with posts at the Open University, Birkbeck (London University) and Birmingham University. Chris, who is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society). He recently led an ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Ethical Leadership: Philosophical and Spiritual Approaches (www.ethicalleadership.org.uk)
I have guest lectured on a number of Business School programmes in the fields of HRM, leadership and Leadership Development.
Key research-based outputs include:
Cuilla, Joanne B. and Knights, David and Mabey, Chris and Tomkins, Leah (2018) Guest Editors’ introduction: philosophical contributions to leadership ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly, 28 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1052-150X
Mabey, Chris and Knights, David , eds. (2017) Leadership matters?: Finding voice, meaning and connection in the 21st century. Routledge Studies in Leadership Research . Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781138572058
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. ISBN 9781446296103
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 9781446296103
I have led collaborative/international research teams as follows:
(1) ESRC Research Seminars Competition 2014-17 (£30,000) Developing Ethical Leaders: the Contribution of Philosophy and Spirituality, Chris Mabey is Principal Investigator with Bristol UWE (Dr Peter Simpson, Prof Peter Case), Exeter (Prof Jonathan Gosling), Lancaster (Prof David Knights), Aberystwyth (Prof Andrew Henley) , Birmingham (Dr Merv Conroy)
(2) ESRC Standard Grant 2009-12 (£465,000) Intellectual Leadership of knowledge exchange in 'big science' research networks: a study of ATLAS (total: over two and half years). The research, led by Prof Mabey, brought together an international interdisciplinary team of researchers from: 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 Resources Coordinator for the ATLAS project at CERN was also an active partner and a member of our Advisory Panel. ATLAS contributed £110,000.
(3) The European Commission (2002-3) Principal Investigator for a 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).