Contact Professor Kim Turnbull James


During her time with Cranfield, Kim’s leadership roles included membership of the School Executive, Dean of Faculty for Academic Affairs, Director of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration, Director of Faculty Development and Director Women as Leaders programme. She was on the international editorial board of the journal Management Learning of which she was a founding editor for many years, with many publications on leadership and leadership development for both academic and practitioner readership. Kim received her PhD from the University of Aston in Birmingham for research into the leadership development of senior leaders. Kim is a Chartered Psychologist.

Research opportunities

Kim research has explored new leadership practices that enable organizations to respond to complexity, work with adaptive challenges, and create the capacity for rethinking leadership. Her work includes the political and emotional dynamics that impact strategic change, drawing on systems psychodynamic thinking.

Current activities

Kim Turnbull James is Professor (Emerita) of Leadership and Executive Learning at Cranfield School of Management.

Kim designs and delivers leadership development interventions, including leadership programmes, coaching and team consulting, focused on learning embedded in real organisational problems. Her wide range of clients in private, public and not for profit sectors has enabled her to gain insight into many different organisations, cultures and working practices which supports the practicality and applicability of her leadership activity.


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