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Honours and leadership

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, former Director of Cambridge Judge, is honoured by two University of London colleges.

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Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management Studies and former Director of Cambridge Judge Business School, was named an Honorary Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) by Royal Holloway, the University of London.

Sandra Dawson

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson

Dame Sandra was one of three Honorands in a recent ceremony, along with Professor Martin Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich (LMU), a pioneer in computer science, and Akira Matsui, a master actor-teacher of the Kita School of the Japanese classical Noh theatre, who has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese government.

Dame Sandra also recently delivered the Alec Rodger Memorial Lecture at Birkbeck College, University of London, named after a founder of Occupational Psychology as a discipline at Birkbeck.

The title of her lecture was: “Leadership: from Weber to Where?” – which examined how to advance and translate knowledge about leadership and management operations in order to benefit both actors and their organisations.

The talk explored a key question posed by German philosopher and sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920): How to bridge the gap between “ruler and ruled” – the relationship between those with more and less power where the latter’s consent and collective action are necessary and beneficial. Dame Sandra pointed out that Weber drew a distinction between power to get one’s way and authority that is earned in the eyes of others – and how he outlined steps to help secure collective action with such earned legitimacy.