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Professor Jeffrey Gold

About Professor Jeffrey Gold

Jeff Gold is Professor of  Organisation Learning at Leeds Business School. He is a strong advocate of the need for actionable knowledge that is rigorously developed but relevant for practice.

He has designed and delivered a wide range of seminars, programmes and workshops on culture shift, talent management and development, change, strategic learning, futures and foresight, management and leadership development with a particular emphasis on participation and distribution. 

He has worked closely with organisations such as Skipton Building Society, Hallmark Cards, the NHS, the Police Service, Leeds Bradford Boiler Company, Lights4Fun and a host of others. 

His current interests concern strategy development and effective implementation that includes a futures learning process. In addition he is interested in collaboration within and between organisations on the future of work relating to artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things.

Current Teaching

Jeff Gold is the Director of the DBA programme and teaches methodology for DBA research projects.

Research Interests

Recent and current research projects reflect Jeff's interests and approach. He employs action approaches such as appreciative inquiry and action learning to shift culture in West Yorkshire Police; action research to reduce poverty in the Leeds City Region for Joseph Rowntree; and action research and action learning for implementing predictive analytics in West Yorkshire Police.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (37)

Books (6)

  • Gold J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J; Beardwell J (2013) Human Resource Development Theory and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bratton J; Gold J (2012) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice. 5th Edition Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gold J; Thorpe R; Mumford A ed. (2010) Handbook of Leadership and Management Development. Gower.
  • Gold J (2010) Leadership and Management Development. London: CIPD.
  • Gold J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J; Beardwell J (2010) Human Resource Development: Theory & Practice. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gold J; Stewart J; Holden R; Iles P; Beardwell J (2010) Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Chapters (7)

  • Claxton JC; Gold J (2013) Leadership and Management Development. In: Gold J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J; Beardwell J Human Resource Development. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Rodgers H; Stewart J; Iles P; Gold J; Holden R; Kershaw Solomon H (2013) Strategic HRD and the Learning and Development function. In: Beardwell J; Gold J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Yeo R; Gold J (2012) Action in action learning. In: Pedler M Action Learning in Practice. Farnham: Gower Publishing, Ltd., pp. .
  • Anderson L; Gold J; Gibb A (2012) Action learning in SME development. In: Pedler M Action learning in practice. Farnham: Gower Publishing Company, Limited, pp. .
  • Devins DM; Smith J (2010) Evaluation of Human Resource Development. In: Gold J; Beardwell J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. .
  • Rodgers H; Iles P; Gold J (2009) HRD A framework for National Policy. In: Beardwell J; Gold J; Holden R; Iles P; Stewart J Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice. : Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Devins D; Gold J (2004) The Value of HRD in small owner managed organisations: The role of external coaching. In: Stewart J; Beaver G Human Resource Development in Small Organisations: Research and Practice. London: Routledge, pp. .

Conference contributions (8)

  • Gold J (In press) SMEs and local economic regeneration . Leeds Metropolitan University:
  • Gold J (2011) Wicked issues in HRD Cheltenham, UK 25/05/2011.
  • Gold J (2011) Theorising and practitioners in HRD: the role of abductive reasoning Chicago, USA 01/02/2011.
  • Gold J; Wadsworth B; Dawson C; Kaye D (2010) Coaching as Bricolage Pecs, Hungary 02/06/2010.
  • Gold J (2010) Abductive Reasoning, Bringing theorising to action learning Henley Management College, Reading, UK 01/04/2010.
  • Gold J (2010) Theorising in HRD . Pecs, Hungary:
  • Gold J (2010) Abductive reason: How theory can be developed with practitioners . Milton Keynes:
  • Rodgers H; Frearson M; Holden R; Gold J (2005) Equality, Diversity and Leadership Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 25/05/2005.

Conference proceedings (4)

  • Claxton JC; Gold J (2008) Relevant and Timely Learning for Busy Leaders. In: International Action Learning Conference Henley Management College, UK 24/03/2008 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Devins DM; Gold J; Johnson S; Holden R (2002) Management Development and Learning: Breaking into the Micro Business World. A Conceptual Model. In: Paper presented at the 25th ISBA National Small Firms Conference: Competing Perspectives of Small Business and Entrepreneurship University of Brighton, Eastbourne UK 13/11/2002 00:00:00. : , pp. 1779-1794.
  • Devins DM; Gold J (2002) Coaching Dialogics: Engaging SME Managers in HRD. In: The 2002 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Conference The University of Nottingham 15/04/2002 00:00:00. Shipley: European Research Press Ltd, pp. 165-174.
  • Gold J; Rodgers H; Smith V (2001) Strategy and struggle: A Bakhtinian exploration of strategic learning. In: . : , pp. 247-253.

Lectures (1)

  • Gold J (2011) The Leader's Conundrum or "You cannot lift yourself up by your own shirt collar, can you?" (Inaugural Lecture)
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