Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology @ University of Lancaster
Michael West is Senior Fellow in The King’s Fund, Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977 for work on The Psychology of Meditation. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books including The Psychology of Work and Organizations (2010); The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice (2016); and Effective Teamwork (2012) the first edition of which has been translated into 12 languages. He has also published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Social Sciences. His areas of research are team and organizational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organization of health services. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally about the results of his research, on his solutions for developing effective and innovative organizations that are great places to work, particularly in health care.
This presentation will seek to answer the question: What are the key elements of cultures that determine high quality and effective performance and the flourishing of those who work in European organizations? How can collective leadership be developed to ensure high quality organizational cultures and staff growth and well-being? How can distinctly European approaches to team based working be developed to ensure high quality organizational cultures? Drawing on research evidence and practice developed over 30 years across sectors and European countries, this presentation will offer participants powerful insights into developing collective leadership, team working and culture in integrated and mutually reinforcing ways. The importance of leaders focusing on the following areas will be described: inspiring visions operationalised at every level and clear, aligned objectives for all teams, departments and individuals; supportive and enabling people management and high levels of staff engagement; learning, innovation and quality improvement embedded in the work of all; effective team-based and cross-boundary working.