#20 Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19


Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19

In this edition I am speaking to Keith Grint, Professor Emeritus at Warwick University.

We’re discussing Wicked Problems in general, the specific Wicked Problems of Covid-19, Brexit, and Leadership.

When Wicked Problems were first introduced by Rittel & Webber in 1973, various people have built upon the idea that it was Professor Grint, drawing on the work of Thompson’s Messy Solutions, who introduced the concepts of Tame and Critical problems, thus contextualising the problem-scape.

Keith Grint is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University where he was Professor of Public Leadership until 2018. He spent 10 years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career.

Since becoming an academic he has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent
twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School.

Scroll down for links to Keith’s books and a special Sage Journal Publication on Covid-19.

I hope you enjoy the show and if you have any comments or suggestions please write to me at: tc@wickedproblems.fm.



Watch the full episode…

Keith’s Links

Read Keith’s article in the special Covid-19 edition of the Sage Journal:

Keith’s books:

  • Leadership (ed.) (1997)
  • Fuzzy Management (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997)
  • The Arts of Leadership (2000)
  • Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities  (2005)
  • Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008)
  • Sage Handbook of Leadership (edited with Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien) (2010)
  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010).
  • Keith’s latest book, Mutiny & Leadership is due out in late 2020.

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5 thoughts on “#20 Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19”

  1. Thank you, very interesting and helpful. This simplicity would be a welcome alternative to the complicated ways that complexity seems to be described out there.


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