Linda Buchan is Assistant Professor of organisational behaviour and leadership at Edinburgh Business School.


Before moving into academia, Linda previously spent her career as a senior HR and organisation development professional working for Boots, Standard Life and Land Engineering as well as an Independent Consultant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 


Linda has also worked as Adjunct Faculty delivering MBA and MSc programmes for several Scottish universities.  

Linda’s primary research is centred on how differing conceptions of leadership can offer insights for practitioners and for those seeking to develop more effective leadership. Driven by an interest in process philosophy and Pragmatism, she has also written about process approaches to project management.


Ongoing - PhD, Strathclyde Business School

2016 - PG Certificate in Research Methods, Strathclyde Business School

1996 - PG Certificate in HRM, Nottingham Trent University

1993 - MA, University of Cambridge

Publications and Conference Papers 

Buchan, L. and Simpson, B. (2018) ‘Studying leadership-as-practice: A process perspective’, paper presented at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

Simpson, B., Buchan, L. and Sillince, J. (2017) ‘The Performativity of Leadership Talk’, Leadership, Online First, DOI 10.1177/1742715017710591

Simpson, B. and Buchan, L. (2017) ‘The Leadership Studio: Learning together about public leadership’, report published by Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Buchan, L. and Simpson, B. (2017) ‘Project-as-practice: project management as a dynamic process’, presented at European Group for Organizational Studies conference (EGOS)

Buchan, L. and Simpson, B. (2016) ‘The performativity of talk in the work of leadership’, paper presented at International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC)