Specialisation: Leadership, decision making, collaborative links, innovation, research evaluation
Leon Mann is Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is Director of the Centre for R&D Leadership. From 1991 to 2003, he taught at Melbourne Business School where he was Pratt Family Chair of Leadership and Decision Making. His past teaching positions include Harvard University, University of Sydney, and Flinders University and he has held Visiting Professorships at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leon is a past President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2000-2003) and of the Australian Psychological Society (1987-1988). He was elected Honorary Fellow of ASSA in 2006.
Professor Mann has held Australian Research Council linkage grants with BHP, Orica, DSTO, CSIRO, Motorola and Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria as industry partners in the areas of R&D leadership, knowledge sharing, and effective collaboration in research organisations. He chairs the Business Higher Education Round Table awards committee for excellence in R&D collaboration, is a member of the CRC Association awards committee for research excellence. He served on the Minister’s National Research Priorities Consultative Panel and Expert Advisory Committee 2002-2003. During 2007-2008 he is a Visiting Fellow under the CSIRO National Research Flagships program.
Professor Mann’s publications deal with factors influencing innovation; models of leadership and communication; creativity in project teams; team climate and innovativeness; leadership and trust in project teams; and factors in successful research collaboration between industry and universities.
He is co-author with Irving Janis of Decision-making (1977), and his other books include Developing Leaders in R&D (1994) and Leadership, Management and Innovation in R&D Project Teams (2005).
Honorary Fellow Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem 2013
Honorary D.Sc University of Melbourne 2015
- Irving Janis and Leon Mann (1977) Decision Making. New York: Free Press.