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Mini Track Call for Papers on Academic Leadership

PlatisMini Track Chair: Magdalena Platis, University of Bucharest, Romania

ECMLG 2017 Mini Track on Academic Leadership

Universities are dynamic institutions. Students, curricula, study programmes and projects are changing all the time, as are external factors such as stakeholders, regulations and technology. In such contexts, research has shown that universities with strong academic leadership perform better and thus play an important role in the development process of the university. It is therefore important for the university management and the academic leaders to work together.

Academic leadership is also concerned with the challenges pertaining to the sustainability of the institution, whether through study programmes, traditional activities or other specific initiatives to gain competitive advantage. Universities have different priorities, but most of these have developed from the traditional institutional aims of seeking excellence in the educational area, the research domain and having a strong involvement in society. Academic leadership can differentiate the way a university puts its aims into practice; it is also reflected in the institutional culture and decision making processes, including internal and external ones, such as communication, transfer of knowledge, administrative issues etc. This mini track is interested in research that demonstrates the role academic leaders have to play in the overall success of an institution.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Leadership, academic stability and university rankings
  • Leadership skills and university development
  • Personal development and university performance
  • Types and models of academic leadership
  • Academic leadership and university strategy and culture
  • Good leaders vs good managers for universities
  • Leadership styles and university visibility
  • Leadership involvement in implementing effective strategies

Mini Track Call for Papers on Co-operative Societies

Mini Track Chair: Professor Anu Puusa, University of Eastern Finland

ECMLG 2017 Mini Track on Co-operative Societies

A co-operative is an established form of business that globally plays an unquestionable role in contributing to resilient employment, a more sustainable economy and the well-being of people. However, more research is required in order to increase understanding regarding the unique characteristics of this business model. In addition, as people, values and operational environments change, co-operatives also restructure themselves making the reappraisal of co-operative theory topical.

The aim of this track is to bring together researchers, students and practitioners interested in different types of co-operative enterprises and co-operative ideology, their mission and purpose, the complex logic in manifesting the cooperative values via its established principles, the dual nature of co-operatives and the unique features of managing a co-operative. The combining theme is the unique identity of co-operatives and their significance that goes well beyond economic factors.

We wish to refrain from (at least partically) following the logic of neoclassical theories that approaches theorization of co-operatives so that the cooperative movement as well as co-operative businesses have been given a status of being abstractions separate from the socioeconomic and historical context in which they exist.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • The cooperative difference: The dual purpose
  • Co-operative management and leadership
  • Participation, commitment and a sense of ownership in a co-operative context
  • New generation cooperatives and employment creation
  • The awareness and knowledge of co-operatives
  • Co-operative value chains and multi-owners
  • Co-operatives and gender equality
  • Understanding the various forms of co-operatives: Producer, service, worker, and/or consumer cooperatives.

Mini Track Call for Papers on Digital leadership in Organizations and Society

Mini Track Co-Chairs: Dr. Ing. Benny M.E. de Waal assisted by Frank van Outvorst MSc and Prof. Dr. Ing. Pascal Ravesteijn, University of Applied Science Utrecht, The Netherlands

Mini Track on Digital leadership in Organizations and Society

Information systems and information technology (IS/IT) are of crucial importance to any organization and society. The way organizations communicate to their clients, do their marketing, deliver their products and the way they execute their business processes are influenced heavily by IS/IT. New developments in IS/IT offer new opportunities and challenges for organizations and society. When an organization fails to keep up with the use of IS/IT by its competitors or the expectations of its clients it may be forced to close down!

The gap between business (people/responsibilities) and IT (people/responsibilities) is often mentioned as an obstruction for organizations to meet the high expectations and promises of IT and (new) information systems. The European Commission also identifies this challenge, they state that shortages, gaps and mismatches of e-Skills are negatively impacting the growth, competiveness and drive for innovation in Europe. Organizations need digital leadership in order to ensure successful use of IS/IT within an organization.

This track relates to broadening the concept of digital leadership. It invites participation from academics and practitioners who have been studying digital leadership in organizations and society.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Views and definitions of digital leadership;
  • The role of digital leadership in the information society;
  • Assessing the current state of digital leadership;
  • Models and frameworks of digital leadership;
  • Digital leadership beyond the boundaries of organizations and society;
  • Implementation of digital leadership;
  • Ethical, privacy and moral issues in an e-society;
  • Competences of the digital leader and implications for HR;
  • Influences of technological development on digital leadership.

Mini Track Call for Papers on Cross-Cultural Leadership and Identity


Mini Track Co-Chairs:
 Dr Tatiana Gladkikh, Univeristy of Winchester, UK and Dr John Politis, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Mini Track on Cross-Cultural Leadership and Identity - ECMLG 2017

The issue of cross-cultural leadership and management remains highly topical in the age of rapid political and economic change. Brexit, US presidential election 2016, forthcoming elections of political leadership in Europe and talks of devolution in certain European countries signify nations’ awareness of their own character and identity. In this context, managing and leading people become a critical topic for those organisations where people from different cultures and backgrounds aim to achieve their organisational goals, build and enhance their companies’ reputation and shape their own identities at the same time. The mini-track invites research which addresses the challenges of cross-cultural leadership and management. It also welcomes discussions of opportunities that cultural diversity brings to the workplace. It is hoped that academic insights into the complex field of maximising human capital in the dynamic world of global economic and business activities will generate debates and discussions shedding light on our latest understanding of cross-cultural leadership and identity.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cross-cultural leadership and management
  • Cultural diversity in the workplace: the role of leadership
  • Identity: maximising human capital in the contemporary workplace
  • Values as a foundation of ethical leadership and social identity
  • Identity and selflessness after Brexit: re-identification in Europe
  • Challenges for cross-cultural leadership operating in different time zones
  • Cross-cultural leadership and inclusive approach to communication: The role of social identity