Lois Farquharson

Professor Lois Farquharson

  • 01202 968702
  • lfarquharson at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Executive Dean
  • Dorset House D139, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Lois was appointed as the Executive Dean of Bournemouth University Business School in October 2019. She previously worked with Bournemouth University in a range of leadership roles including Head of the Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour Department, Leadership, Strategy & Organisations Department, and Deputy Dean for Education & Professional Practice in the Faculty of Management & The Business School.

The practice of change and continuous improvement is a focus throughout Lois's leadership roles to date. She is particularly committed to leading courageously with a kind heart, ensuring inclusivity, and taking colleagues' wellbeing into account when moving forward in a challenging HE environment. As a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Lois is a volunteer member in the CMI South West Regional Board which supports the positive development of managers and leaders across sectors and businesses. Lois is also an an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, supporting the identity and development of the HR Profession...



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

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Journal Articles



  • Devis-Rozental, C., Clarke, S., Roper, L., Farquharson, L. and Forster, J., 2021. Humanising Higher Education as a tool to enrich society: challenges and opportunities’. In: Society of transnational academic researchers global conference 10-12 December 2021 India.
  • Roper, L., Devis-Rozental, C. and Farquharson, L., 2021. Hybridity in Higher Education: Positive Transformation? In: SRHE 6-10 December 2021 Virtually. https://srhe.ac.uk/arc/21/SRHE2021-0138.pdf SRHE.
  • Clarke, R., Polkinghorne, M., Farquharson, L. and Gilani, P., 2021. Leadership as a Means of Cultivating Innovation: Analogue People in a Digital Future. In: Eurasian Business and Economics Society - 36th EBES Conference 1-3 July 2021 Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sinha, T., Clarke, S. and Farquharson, L., 2018. Shrek, Saunders and the Onion Myth: Using Myths, Metaphors and Storytelling. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 17TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES (ECRM 2018), 366-371.
  • Haffar, M., Djebarni, R., Farquharson, L., Al-Karaghouli, W. and Gabadmosi, G., 2015. A qualitative exploratory study of the mediating role of individual commitment to change in the relationship between organisational culture and TQM implementation,. In: BAMConference 8-10 September 2015 University of Portsmouth,.
  • Haffar, M., Djebarni, R., Farquharson, L. and Gbadamosi, G., 2015. The Mediating Effect of Individual Readiness for Change in the Relationship between Organisational Culture and Individual Commitment to Change. In: International Conference on Management, Business, Economics and Finance 15-17 August 2015 Barcelona.
  • Clark, S., Farquarheson, L., Collins, B. and Diaz, A., 2015. How brilliant are we? Reflections on using Appreciative Action Research in higher education. In: ECRM International Conference 11-12 June 2015 Malta.
  • Haffar, M., Djebarni, R., Farquharson, L. and Al-Karaghouli, W., 2014. Organisational Culture, Individual Readiness for Change Dimensions and TQM Implementation: A Conceptual Framework and Propositions for Research. In: BAM 2014, The Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development 9-11 September 2014 UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER, Northern Ireland, ,.
  • Watson, S., Naismith, N., McMillan, J. and Farquharson, L., 2010. Exploring leadership development interventions in the Scottish Hospitality Industry. In: EuroCHRIE 25-28 October 2010 Amsterdam.
  • Farquharson, L., McMillan, J., Naismith, N. and Watson, S., 2010. Exploring Proactive Influence Tactics through the Servant Leadership Lens: First Findings. In: British Academy of Management 7-9 September 2010 Sheffield.
  • Watson, S., Naismith, N., Farquharson, L. and McMillan, J., 2010. A Scottish perspective on the diagnosis and evaluation of leadership development interventions. In: Developing Leadership Capability Conference 15-16 July 2010 Bristol.
  • Watson, S., Farquharson, L., McMillan, J. and Naismith, N., 2010. Exploring Leadership actions and Practices Influencing Collective Learning: a Complex Relationship? In: International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe 2-4 June 2010 Hungary.
  • Farquharson, L. and McMillan, J., 2009. Partnership for Performance: Learning and Development in Scottish Public Services. In: Public Administration Conference 7-9 September 2009 Glamorgan, Wales.
  • Farquharson, L. and Wilson, L., 2009. Developing a Shared Action Agenda: New Forms of Partnership in the Scottish Public Sector. In: International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations 24-27 June 2009 Boston.
  • Zhou, A. and Farquharson, L., 2009. Change Models and Core Values: A Critical Review of Change Management in the British Healthcare Sector. In: International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. 24-27 June 2009 Boston.
  • Kilgore, J., Farquharson, L. and Currie, K., 2009. Designing & Implementing Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments on the Napier University Business School MBA Programme: New Skills for Managers. In: EDEN Annual Conference 10-13 June 2009 Gdansk, Poland.
  • Maxwell, G. and Farquharson, L., 2007. Practising Human Resource Management in the UK’s Best Employers. In: British Academy of Management 10-13 September 2007 Warwick.
  • Farquharson, L. and Maxwell, G., 2006. The Equality Agenda in Post-devolution Scotland: What’s Going On? In: International Research Society for Public Management Conference 8-10 April 2006 Glasgow.
  • Farquharson, L., 2004. Strategic Human Resource Management in the UK’s Best Employers: Organisational Contribution, Processes and Priorities. In: British Academy of Management 30 August-1 September 2004 St Andrews.
  • Maxwell, G., Farquharson, L. and Blair, S., 2004. Developing the Equality Agenda in Scotland: New Labour, New Opportunities? In: International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 6-9 July 2004 Los Angeles.



  • Farquharson, L., 2012. HRM in Practice Feature - 'More Women Leaders: the answer to the financial crisis?’ in Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2012) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition.. Palgrave Macmillan. Published.

PhD Students

  • Amanda Hesman-Crook (Joint FHSS & BUBS Studentship with HEE). The Aspiring Consultant Practitioner role: exploring the barriers and enablers in meeting the programme outcomes and pathways of care to benefit local populations, (In progress)
  • Laura Roper. Us and Them: Enabling and developing change in Higher Education whilst also engaging and valuing multiple sub-cultures., (In progress)
  • Rachel Clarke. Leadership as a means of cultivating innovation: analogue people in a digital future, (In progress)
  • Sara Emmett. The role of complexity in large organisations: How an interdisciplinary research approach to developing applicable theory can assist practical changes to be made in organisations on the path to sustainability (with specific focus upon Anglo-Christian organisations)., (In progress)
  • Deborah Taylor, 2022. Psychological Ownership, (Completed)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MBA Programme & L7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship - Leading & Managing Change in Socially Responsible Organisations Unit


  • Help to Grow Management Programme (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/ Chartered ABS, 01 Oct 2021). In Progress
  • SPEED-You-UP: Students and NEET young people, Professionals and Educators work on Employability and Entrepreneurial skills in the battle against school Dropout and Youth UnemPloyment. (European Commission Intereg 2Seas, 02 Nov 2020). Completed

External Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Leadership, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jun 2012


  • PGCE in Learning and Teaching in HE (Edinburgh Napier University, 2009)
  • PhD in Role of HRM in Change: the case of BAA plc (Strathclyde University, 2003)
  • MSc in Hospitality Management (with distinction) (Glasgow Caledonian University, 1997)
  • BA in International Travel with Information Systems (Glasgow Caledonian University, 1996)


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