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Centre for Transformative Leadership Practice

A specialist knowledge translation and industrial research hub that brings together innovative models of leadership with practical tools and resources

  • The services we provide

  • Business applications

Business applications

  • Bespoke staff professional development and training programs, co-created with you to deliver exceptional value.
  • Robust measurement and evaluation services, providing an independent mechanism to determine Return on Investment for your initiatives and help develop business strategy through diagnostic and benchmarking activities.
  • Strategic planning and program design/development that incorporates the latest science in human resources, leadership, and staff performance research.

  • Knowledge creation

Knowledge creation

  • Thought leadership to provide high-level thinking and insights directly to senior leaders in industry and government.
  • Applied research and consulting to help you develop new knowledge to give your business a competitive edge and/or position it as a leader in driving industry-level innovation and development.
  • Policy development through synthesising the latest evidence and advising governments on best practice to shape legislation and societal decision-making.
  • Scholarly development

Scholarly development

  • Rapid evidence reviews to provide organisations with efficient summaries of the latest science in an easily applied format and facilitating evidence-based management.
  • Integration and streamlining of multiple academic theories into practical models that can be used to underpin training and development, or other organisational initiatives.
  • Collaborative international networks put the best scientists and practitioners at your fingertips, who can be swiftly assembled to bring the ‘best of the best’ together for your specific project.

  • FAQ

    • What is our vision?

      Through collaborative and impactful partnerships with industry and policy makers, we will help facilitate society’s transition into new ways of working. Together, we will co-create healthier, safer, more sustainable and productive workplaces through a focus on leadership development and capability-building.

    • Where do we focus?

      The Centre’s focus is on three core areas that align with contemporary best practice in business strategy and performance – health, safety and wellbeing, innovation and creativity, and diversity and inclusion. By focussing on these three areas, the Centre will help your organisation surmount and exceed the challenges that modern markets and dynamic challenges post-pandemic pose to business performance.

    • What is our track record?

      Our university-wide multidisciplinary team is exceptionally skilled at forming meaningful and impactful collaborations between academia, industry, and government. Across our careers, we have successfully delivered many consulting projects of varying scope and budget. We have worked with national and international government bodies, multinational corporations, local councils, and small-medium businesses to help improve leadership and performance capabilities. Past projects of ours have been awarded nationally and recognised for innovation and practical impact.

  • Who we are

We are a university-wide multidisciplinary group of scientist-practitioners who excel in translating complex science into actionable business-ready interventions, tools, and resources. The Centre is led by Dr Mariana Dodourova.

Dr Mariana Dodourova is an expert in strategic management, innovation management and change management. She has worked with large and small companies on consultancy projects to support ambitions for innovation and value creation through facilitating organisational change, cohesion and improvement. Mariana has delivered research on the impact of open innovation practices in the European car industry and developed bespoke Good Practice Guide for Knowledge Intensive Producer Services in the Automotive Industry. She sits on the Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee of the London Chambers of Commerce and regularly serves as a Judge on the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Awards in the Best Use of Technology category.

  • Get in touch

To discuss collaboration and how we can help you develop leadership and business performance capabilities, please contact Dr Mariana Dodourova via M.Dodourova@mdx.ac.uk

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