Dean, School of Music
B.Mus. (Hons) (Memorial)
Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Dr. Ian Sutherland is Dean of the School of Music at Memorial University. Internationally he has developed a dynamic career as an academic leader, educator, researcher, and consultant. Prior to his Memorial University return he served as Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Studies at IEDC–Bled School of Management (Slovenia) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter (UK). Other appointments include: Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (Poland), Fellow of the Peter Pribilla Stiftung – Technische Universität München (Germany), Co-Convener of the Deans, Directors and Chairs Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association (USA). A leading expert in the art and business nexus, Ian was originally trained as a professional musician. Holding B.Mus. (Hons) and M. Mus. Degrees from the School of Music of Memorial University (Canada), he completed his PhD in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter (UK) under Prof. Tia DeNora. Today he brings these backgrounds together combining expertise in sociology, philosophy, creativity, music and leadership studies. A globally active speaker, facilitator and organizational development practitioner he has worked across numerous industries in more than 30 countries.
Dr. Sutherland’s work is rooted in cultural sociology and spans a wide range from historical studies to leadership practice, creativity and innovation to strategic process. Much of his most recognized work is in the area of experiential arts-based methods of management and leadership development. He is the founder of the Arts and Leadership Learning Community of the International Leadership Association, co-founding editor of the journal Music and Arts in Action and the author/co-author of articles appearing in, amongst others, Academy of Management Learning & Education; Academy of Management Review; Management Learning; Organizational Aesthetics; Advances in Developing Human Resources; Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; Emotion Review. He is also co-author of the book "Key Concepts in Leadership" (Sage, 2012).
With a keen interest in working beyond the academy he also sits on the boards of Business & Arts Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University.