Inaugural Lecture – Professor Paresh Wankhade

10th Mar 2016, 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Business School


Strategic leadership for the management of emergency services: case for a new research agenda

The emergency services (ambulance, police and fire & rescue) impact on everybody at some time in their life. The need to manage risk to life, health and property (including the public awareness of risk and responsiveness) makes it imperative to have a comprehensive understanding about these organisations. It is vital to analyse the contexts in which these services operate and the key organisational and management challenges they face.

Professor Paresh Wankhade’s inaugural lecture will draw on the current state of management research on emergency services highlighting a ‘theory-practice’ divide which has resulted in a ‘silo’ approach to the development of academic and professional expertise. The lecture will also address the fragmentary nature of the emergency community while highlighting the challenges faced by individual services to argue the case for a new research agenda.

Professor Wankhade joined Edge Hill University in September 2014 as Professor of Leadership and Management in the Business School. His research and publications currently focus on analyses of strategic leadership, organisational culture and organisational change with a special focus on emergency services management. Professor Wankhade has an international research profile and has authored several peer reviewed journal articles and books including a three volume edited series (Springer) on the leadership and management perspectives in the ‘blue light’ emergency services. He regularly chairs specialist panels promoting strategic leadership in emergency services at international management conferences.

Professor Wankhade is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emergency Services, an interdisciplinary journal in Emerald Publications’ Public Management collection. He is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Inaugural lecture series 2015/16 – celebrating the appointment of new professors and allowing the University to showcase its academic talent to a wide audience

This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here