Call for papers: PUPOL international conference

The first PUPOL International Conference
Thursday 7 April – Friday 8 April 2016
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Submission deadline paper proposals: 1 December 2015
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Societies have always faced challenging problems such as safety, poverty, and health care. Currently though these issues are transcending national borders as the world becomes increasingly complex. Besides these traditional challenges to the core functions of the state, global problems are emerging – including climate change, terrorism, and migration – forcing states to work together. To address such wicked problems, citizens look at political and public leaders and urge for their leadership. The aim of the PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership) international academic network is to contribute to solutions and help societies and their leaders address such challenges through scholarship specifically focusing on the role of leaders and leadership in the public and political domain. One way to achieve this aim is through organizing international conferences – the first of which will be held on 7-8 April 2016 in the Netherlands.
Call for papers
Sessions are organized in which we offer participants the opportunity to discuss their research – be it at a fledgling stage, fully developed or anything in between. Paper proposals can be theoretically and/or empirically based, employ any of the existing methodologies (or introduce even new ones), as long as they highlight a specific (public or political) leadership topic linked to the conference theme. Paper proposals conveying research findings of interest to the real world are particularly encouraged.
The following topics are indicative of themes, though they do not constitute an exhaustive list:
  • The role of leadership in solving wicked problems, on a national or international level. Especially comparative studies are encouraged;
  • Processes and outcomes of leadership at societal, organizational, team and/or individual levels on key organizational outcomes such as public value(s) creation and public service delivery, creativity and innovation, PSM and/or public service ethos, ethical climate and organizational commitment etc.;
  • Studies using one or more established leadership approaches (e.g., servant leadership, transformational leadership, ethical leadership, LMX);
  • Development of public and/or political leadership measures;
  • Negative forms of leadership (destructive leadership, abusive supervision, toxic leadership);
  • Leadership and culture, especially intercultural comparison of leadership approaches and outcomes;
  • Original methodological perspectives or the comparison of different methodological perspectives to study leadership, such as studies of biographies of leaders, historical studies, observations, Q-studies etc.
Based on the full papers, the organizers will invite authors of six papers for a special issue on the conference theme Leadership Challenges in a Global World.
Submission Guidelines
Your paper proposal should include your contact details, title of the paper, keywords and theme to which the paper is linked (either one of the themes indicated above or a theme of your own choosing) and an abstract. The abstract itself (excluding references) should be max. 1 A4 to facilitate the selection process.
Paper proposals will be selected based on quality and matching with other papers to form coherent sessions for presenting papers and discussing research ideas.
Submission deadline paper proposals and abstracts: 1 December 2015
Submission deadline full papers and registration: 1 February 2015
Dr Leonie Heres – Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Radboud University (the Netherlands).
Dr Karin Lasthuizen – Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Political Sciences, VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
Dr Sandra Resodihardjo – Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Radboud University (the Netherlands).
Dr Sabina Stiller – Senior Lecturer at the Department of Business Administration, Radboud University (the Netherlands).
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