Call for Abstracts

clip_image002 XII International Studying Leadership Conference Rome  14-16 December 2013 CALL FOR PAPERS


The International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC) is one of the most prestigious conferences on leadership and leadership studies. The ISLC is held annually in December. It attracts leadership researchers working in academia, consultancies and industries from all over the world. The first conference was held at Oxford University in 2002, and since then the meeting has been hosted by the Universities of Lancaster (in 2003 and 2005), Exeter (2004), Cranfield (2006), Warwick (2007), Auckland (2008), Birmingham (2009), Lund (2010), Bristol (2011) and Perth (2012). Conference participants often comment on the critical, rigorous, constructive and supportive atmosphere that characterizes discussions and debates at the ISLC. The ISLC 2013 will be organised in the beautiful city of Rome by a consortium of Italian and international institutions led by the Foundation Demote under the coordination of Dr. Antonio Marturano. The Conference dates are December the 14th to the 16th.

The conference main theme will be Sustainable Leadership for Socially Responsible Organizations.

The recent crises have revealed a series of fractures within both political and business organizations. Corporate governance models are no longer fit for purpose given the complexity of modern society and business. The focus on the narrow interests of shareholders  are overly simplistic, failing to recognise the systemic functions of business in global and local society. Clearly, current leaders should better integrate and balance between their own needs, society’s, the organisation’s and the planet’s to achieve better long term outcomes. We encourage scholarly contributions that look into the practice of leadership in order to question current theoretical understandings of leadership. We also encourage a critical perspective by re-focusing normative theories of leadership, offering an opportunity to question monolithic and managerial constructions of leadership, towards more holistic and sustainable approaches. However, the relatedness between leadership and sustainability is a controversial matter. It is clearly related to the problem of responsibility; according to Heifetz and Linsky, a leader “needs to identify and accept responsibility for your contributions to the current situation, even as you try to move your people to a different, better place.” Responsibility in complex systems calls for ethical and arguably more spiritual behaviours that have been explored since ancient times; one of Judaism’s most distinctive and challenging ideas is the ethics of responsibility, the idea that God invites us to become, in the rabbinic phrase, His “partners in the work of creation.” In this traditions responsibility is linked to love and freedom:  the God who created the world in love calls on us to create in love. The God who gave us the gift of freedom asks us to use it to honour and enhance the freedom of others. Life is God’s call to responsibility. In much a similar way we can say leadership is not to exploit the world but – as Pope Francis said – to enshrine it.

The subthemes are (but not limited to):

-          Leadership and crisis

-          Leadership in complex environments

-          Leadership and responsibility

-          Leadership and spirituality

-          Cross-cultural leadership

-          Leadership in New and mainstream Paradigm of Medicine

-          Leadership ethics

-          Sustainability and political/public leadership

-          Leadership in the digital era

Selected conference papers will be asked to submit their full work for peer review in Leadership (IF: 1.159). As editors of the Leadership journal, David Collinson and Keith Grint are particularly keen to strengthen the links between the conference and published articles in Leadership (SAGE).

Other conference contributions will be selected for peer review in:

Integral Leadership Review 
- IRIE International Review of Information Ethics 
Leadership and the Humanities (Edward Elgar)


PAPER SUBMISSION:  Please send extended abstracts (approximately 1000-1500 words) to the conference email address ( by 1 September 2013.



File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal’s guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

Reference Style

The conference operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please make sure to add them at the beginning of your manuscript.

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Scientific Committee

Conference Chair Dr. Antonio Marturano, Swiss School of Management, Rome;

Prof. Alberto Abruzzese, IULM Milan;

Prof. John Adair, Chair of Leadership Studies United Nations System Staff College in Turin;

Prof. Adriaan Bekman, Stenden University;

Prof. Domenico Bodega, Sacred Heart Catholic University of Milan;

Prof. Rafael Capurro, Stuttgart University;

Prof. Americo Cicchetti, Sacred Heart Catholic University of Rome;

Prof. Joanne Ciulla, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond;

Prof. David Collinson, University of Lancaster;

Prof. Marco De Marco, Marconi University of Rome;

Prof. Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter;

Prof. Keith Grint, Warwick Business School;

Prof. Micheal Harvey, Washington College;

Prof. Marco Innamorati, Tor Vergata University of Rome:

Prof. Brad Jackson, The University of Auckland Business School;

Prof. Mauro Mantovani, Salesian Pontifical University, Rome;

Dr. Marco Marturano, IULM Milan;

Dr. Adriano Pianesi, Johns Hopkins University of Washington;

Prof. Danica Purg, Bled Management School;

Dr. Kuldip Reyatt, Strategic Visioning Partners Cambridge;

Dr. Erica Rizziato, CERIS, CNR Rome;

Dr. Paolo Roberti Di Sarsina, University of Bologna;

Prof. Antonio Spagnolo, Bioethics Institute, Sacred Heart Catholic University of Rome;

Prof. Norman Tanner, Gregorian University of Rome;

Prof. Dennis Tourish, Royal Holloway University of London;

Dr. Andrea Velardi, Third University of Rome;

Prof. Tom Wren, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond.


Organizing Committee

Main Organizer Sergio Bellucci, Foundation Demote;

Dr. Massimiliano Bracalè, Swiss School of Management, Rome;

Dr. Sara Canestrini

Dr. Simonetta Carrarini, Foundation Demote;

Dr. Daniela Coppola;

Dr. Daiana Iermano;

Dr. Pasquale R. Modugno:

Dr. Samanta Paciucci;

Dr. Luisa Palladini Ding Li School;

Dr. Diana Rossi;

Ms. Becky Thomas, Swiss School of Management, Rome.


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