Everything Changes: Leaders, Leadership Development, and Leadership Studies

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Start Date: 13 Jul 2017

End Date: 14 Jul 2017

Capacity: 160

Venue: University of Brighton, Lecture Theatre H300 and Foyer, Lewes Road, Moulsecoomb Campus, Brighton, BN2 4GJ › View map

The theme of the 2017 conference is the dynamic interrelationships between leadership development and change. Calas and Smircich (1991:568) in reflecting upon their experiences of American leadership conferences famously commented ‘…the more things change, the more they remain the same’.  Leadership and change are frequently linked together in organizations, societies, and governments, yet Calas and Smircich’s concern still appears to be relevant, encouraging us to reflect upon how leadership is (is not) changing.

This international conference is aimed at leadership and management; academics, practitioners, policy makers and students. We welcome contributions in the form of full papers, developmental papers, and workshops.  You may wish to critique what is wrong with leadership development and explain how such development should change.  


Professor Keith Grint

I spent ten years in industry before switching to an academic career. Previously taught at Brunel University and Oxford University and held Chairs at Lancaster, and Cranfield Universities. Member of the Sunningdale Institute, National School of Government.
Professor Grint is the author of many leadership orientated publications, please see the Warwick Business School website for further details.

Dr Adrian E Kerr, MBE

Dr Adrian Kerr’s career to date has included senior management positions in Education, Housing and Local Government sectors in Northern Ireland working most recently as the Chief Executive of The Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland.  This role has included responsibility for the development and implementation of Human Resources, Organization Development and Change Policies and Practices.  Adrian has led a major regional reform project in Russia and anti-corruption projects in Poland and Romania, providing him with valuable experience and insights into leading change across differing cultures and political systems.  He offers a practitioner perspective on high level centralised public sector change initiatives and the role played by shared/distributed leadership models and networks of change champions.

Professor Claire Leitch

Professor Claire Leitch is the Head of Department of Leadership and Management. Her research interests concentrate on the development, enhancement and growth of individuals and organisations in an entrepreneurial context with a particular focus on leadership, leadership development and learning.  She has co-edited a number of influential special issues and books in these areas that have shaped theoretical debate.  In addition, her work has had significant industrial and policy impact.

Current work takes a critical approach and draws on ideas of gender and power to examine the interrelationships between the micro and macro level influences impacting agents. Related projects include examining the role gender plays in business owners’ networks and their networking behaviours (funded by the British Academy and exploring next generation engagement (funded by Institute for Family Business Project with V. Stead and Bradford University). She has published in a number of leading international journals including Journal of Small Business Management, Organization Research Methods, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management, Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Leadership. Currently she is editor of International Small Business Journal, one of the leading entrepreneurship journals, and an academic reviewer of the ESRC Peer Review College.

Dr Valerie Stead

Valerie’s research interests and publications are in leadership, learning and gender with a primary focus on women in leadership roles. Adopting critical perspectives Valerie’s research is published in books and major scholarly journals including Management Learning, Leadership and the International Small Business Journal. Current research includes exploring women’s leadership identities and learning in the entrepreneurial context, and examining the mobilisation of textual and visual representations of women’s leadership in the media. Related projects include the European Social Research Council funded seminar series ‘Gendered Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders’ (with Roehampton and Bradford Universities), a project examining ‘Leadership Challenges of Women in Senior Positions’ funded by Barclays UK (with Engendering Balance Ltd., and Roehampton University), and an Institute for Family Business funded project of ‘Next Generation Engagement’ (with C. Leitch and Bradford University). Valerie is associate editor for the leading journal International Journal of Management Reviews. Most recently Valerie has co-edited special issues for the journals Leadership and Gender in Management, and a  book ‘Gender, Media, and Organizations’ as part of the 2016 International Leadership Association  ‘Women and Leadership’ book series.


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Questions about this event should be addressed to Network Support at networks.support@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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