Professor Leon Mann AO

Director, Research Leadership Programs

Melbourne CSHE

Leon is coordinator of the University of Melbourne's Mentoring Program for Research Leaders.

PhD (Yale). Hon DSc (Melb)

Leon Mann is Director of the Research Leadership Program and is coordinator of the University’s Mentoring Program for Research Leaders. He designs and delivers leadership development and mentoring programs for research staff. He is also a Professorial Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. From 1991 to 2003, he taught at Melbourne Business School where he was Pratt Family Chair of Leadership and Decision Making. He has also taught at Harvard University, University of Sydney, and Flinders University and 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 and made a Jubilee Fellow in 2015. He is an Honorary Fellow and Life Governor of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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 chaired the Business Higher Education Round Table awards committee for excellence in R&D collaboration, and was 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 was 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). His other books include Developing Leaders in R&D (1994), Leadership, Management and Innovation in R&D Project Teams (2005) and Creativity and Innovation in Business and Beyond (2011).

Professor Mann was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2016 for his distinguished service to the humanities and social sciences, to tertiary education and professional organisations, and to Jewish history and culture.