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Professor Robert Lord

Professor of Leadership

Professor of Leadership in the Business School+44 (0) 191 33 45184


Robert G. Lord was a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron where he held a position for 38 years prior to joining the Durham Business School. He received his Ph. D. from Carnegie-MellonUniversity in 1975. He has published more than 125 journal articles and book chapters in leading I/O, psychology, and management sources. His research focuses on motivation and self-regulation, leadership perceptions and leadership skill development, information processing, ethical leadership behaviour, leader behaviour measurement, complexity leadership theory, and alternative perspectives on knowledge. He recently received the 2009 Leadership Quarterly distinguished scholar award for career contribution to the study of leadership and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Distinguished Scientific Contribution award for career contributions in 2012. He is an editorial board member of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. He has co-authored the books Leadership and Information Processing: Linking Perceptions and Performance with Karen Maher, and Leadership Processes and Follower Self-Identity with Douglas Brown. He co-edited Emotions in the Workplace: Understanding the Structure and Role of Emotions in Organizational Behavior with Richard Klimoski and Ruth Kanfer. Dr. Lord is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Sciences. 

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  • Leadership
  • Complexity theory
  • Motivation
  • Information Processing and Decision Making
  • Social Cognitions


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