Dr Kevin Roe

Senior Lecturer in HRM, Course Leader PGDip HRM

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Location: Cambridge

Kevin Roe is a senior lecturer in Human Resources and Leadership. He also studies how teams work and think along with examining the idea of how organisations can strengthen their capacity for leadership.  He is also interested in the role of technology when leading people, teams and individuals.  



Kevin has a rich and varied background that covers time as a Royal Naval Officer serving with both the Royal Navy and American Navy.  He has worked overseas for large multinational organisations as well as the public sector. It is these experiences that inform his research and teaching which has been recognised by the HEA where he holds Principal membership. 

His research examines the idea that successful teams share a common ‘mind’ and it is this sharing that generates greater capacity for leadership. He has published in this area as well as authoring a textbook now in its second edition called ‘Leadership: Practice & Perspectives’.

Research interests

Kevin’s research interests centre on the idea of leadership development being different to the development of leadership.  He wants to establish clear mechanisms for organisations to enhance their capacity for leadership by enabling the processes and underpinning mind-set that enable strategic change.  In a world increasingly dominated by knowledge as a sustainable competitive advantage his research is designed to help organisations strengthen this aspect of their business by developing leadership as well as leaders.

Areas of research supervision

  • Supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students themed around leadership and organizational development.
  • PhD supervision of Shadi Alansari – HRM in Airlines
  • CIPD Management Report (IBI) Supervisor


  • Doctorate in Management Learning from Lancaster University
  • Master of Business Administration from Leicester Business School
  • BSc.(hons) Systems Science and Management from City University, London.
  • Principal of the HEA
  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development

Selected recent publications


Roe, K. (2014) Leadership, ‘Practice and Perspectives’, Oxford University Press, Oxford.


Roe, K., Burgoyne, J. (in press) Authentic Organisations (submitted to Harvard Business Review)

Roe, K., Burgoyne, J.G. (2007) Organisational Archaeology. In: Ars Combinatorica. IV, III, p. 1-8. 8 p