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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Dr Les Graham, BSc Eng. (Mech.), MBA, MA, PG Cert (HE), PhD

Associate Professor (Teaching) in Strategy in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45413
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 45201
Room number: MHL 526

Contact Dr Les Graham (email at l.n.graham@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Les joined Durham University Business School in 2003, after working in the automotive sector for twenty-two years where he held a number of executive roles. He completed his PhD at Utrecht University in March 2009 on the topic of leadership, personality and burnout.

From August 2010, for three years, he worked on the FP7 Collaborative Project: Comparative Police Studies in the EU (COMPOSITE) which involved a study of the cultural and societal pressures faced and the challenges and processes involved in organisational change for police forces in ten European countries.

Over the past four years, he has been working in collaborative research partnerships with thirty-three police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study the impact of workplace factors, such as leadership and fairness, on individuals’ well-being, engagement and integrity behaviour. He leads the Policing Research Unit at Durham University Business School and has a keen interest in sharing the evidence and underpinning theory from this research to achieve insight and impact in policing.

He is also Principle Investigator (PI) for a research project with Toni&Guy, the international hairdressing conglomerate. Since 2012, he has conducted collaborative research projects with Toni&Guy to investigate the impact of leadership on service delivery.

Mini Biography

Dr Les Graham received his PhD at Utrecht University in 2009 on the topic of leadership, personality and burnout. He leads the Policing Research Unit at Durham University Business School. His research focuses mainly focuses on the impact of leadership on individuals’ well-being, engagement and ethical behaviour.

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Identity
  • Service Delivery Behaviour
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Well-being
  • Leadership and Followership
  • Management and Maketing Faculty

Teaching Groups

  • Undergraduate programmes in Business, Accounting and Finance

Publications

Edited book

Journal Article

  • Hesketh, I. & Graham, L. (2017). Theory or not theory? That is the question. Australasian Policing: a Journal of Professional Practice and Research 9(1): 10-12.
  • Barlage, M., van den Born, A., van Witteloostuijn, A. & Graham, L. (2014). Estimating public performance bias through an MTMM model the case of police performance in 26 European countries. Policy studies 35(4): 377-396.
  • van den Born, A., van Witteloostuijn, A., Barlag, M., Sapulete, S., van den Oord, A., Rogist, S., Vallet, N., Reguli, Z., Vit, M. Mouhanna, C., Binder, H., Blumenthal, V., Christe-Zeyse, J., Giljohann, S., Gruschinske, M., Pautz, H., Stein-Müller, S., Bisogni, F., Costanzo, P., Stojanovski, T., Mirceva, S., Krstevska, K., Rajkovcevski, R., Stamenova, M. Bayerl, S., Horton, K., Jacobs, G., Jochoms, T., Vogel, G. Andrei, D., Baban, A., Chirica, S., Otoiu, C., Ratiu, L., Rus, C., Varga, M., Vonas, G., Alsina, V., Gascó, M. Allen, K., Birdi, K. Betteridge, K., Casey, R., Graham, L. & Polos, L. (2013). Policing opportunities and threats in Europe. Journal of Organizational Change Management 26(5): 811-829.

Report

  • Betteridge, K. A., Casey, R., Graham, L. & Polos, L. (2012). Description of Best Practices. COMPOSITE Deliverable D2.3, Brussels: EU.
  • Betteridge, K. A., Casey, R., Graham, L. & Polos, L. (2012). Identification of Internal Capabilities Strengths and Best Practices. COMPOSITE Deliverable D2.2, Brussels: EU.
  • Betteridge, K. A., Casey, R., Graham, L. & Polos, L. (2012). Typology of Police Organisations. COMPOSITE Deliverable D2.4, Brussels: EU.

Working Paper

  • Graham, L. & van Witteloostuijn, A (2010). Leader-Member Exchange, Communication Frequency and Burnout.