Ashridge Centre for Research in Executive Development

The Ashridge Centre for Research in Executive Development (CRED) aims to improve the practice of leadership development by researching the processes involved in all aspects of adult learning.

About CRED

The Centre for Research in Executive Development (CRED) is committed to enhancing and maximising the effectiveness of leadership development. Our work explores the cognitive, behavioural and neurological processes involved in adult learning. We also carry out research into the individual and group experience of the classroom, the transferability of learning to the workplace, and the development of an organisational culture that supports learning.

CRED is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses on processes important to learning. Numerous faculty and Associates are affiliated with the Centre in addition to the core Research team staff. 

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We work in collaboration with other Ashridge research centres and a range of clients and organisations.

Research from CRED is published in practitioner and peer reviewed articles and in the press. It also feeds directly into programme design, the classroom experience, and our consulting practice. This ensures that all programme participants, students and Learning and Development clients benefit from the latest Ashridge research.

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The CRED research team

The Centre is led by Patricia Hind and Lee Waller, working in conjunction with Ashridge researchers, faculty and consultants.
Research focuses on adult learning, for example:

  • How do participants apply knowledge learnt on programmes back to the workplace?
  • What are the body’s physiological and neurological responses to experiential learning?
 
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Projects and publications

The CRED portfolio of projects encompasses a wide range of subjects conducted in collaboration with other Ashridge research centres and external organisations. 

CRED's most recent research is The Neuroscience of Leadership Development: Preparing Through Experience. It explores the body's physiological and neurological responses to experiential learning with the aim of understanding why such methods are so effective in preparing leaders for the challenges of leadership.

Other CRED projects include an investigation into how attitudes to learning and transferring impact on individual's ability to apply learning, and exploring the role and influence of learning and development professionals.

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News and events

The work of CRED informs a range of business briefings, learning opportunities and events for open and invited audiences.

You can find further details about our events and conferences on our events page.