In a seminar at the University of the West of England on April 18th 2012, Professor Mary Uhl-Bien provides an overview of the emerging field of complexity leadership, and discusses how and why it is changing the way we think about the study and practice of leadership
Dr Uhl-Bien is Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership and Co-Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA.
Professor Mary Uhl-Bien argues that the field of leadership is in the midst of a paradigm shift, in which traditional models are giving way to new conceptualizations of leadership and organizing.
Complexity and leadership
Complexity leadership scholars are doing just this by using complexity concepts from the physical sciences to develop new foundations for theorizing about leadership. Similar to biology and physics, where complexity radically transformed views regarding orderliness of the universe, complexity is helping leadership scholars overcome the limits of bureaucratic logics in thinking about the dynamics of order in organizational life. Complexity is providing a new lexicon for leadership research and practice — one that considers leadership as occurring in both formal and informal processes, and as emerging in complex interactive dynamics. This model fits the new ‘dynamic equilibrium’ paradigm that has been developing in organizational studies in the last two decades.
This free event will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 and is one of a series organised by the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus For more information about registration click here
Sage handbook of leadership
Mary Uhl-Bien is co-author of The Sage Handbook of Leadership reviewed in LWD in January 2012.