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Webinar: Leading in Complexity

  • 1.  Webinar: Leading in Complexity

    Posted 23 days ago
    The Strategy Group at Cranfield School of Management (UK) invites you to the new webinar series that explores new developments in scholarship at the intersection of strategy, organization studies, and complexity.

    Webinar: Leading in Complexity: Enabling the Adaptive Process in People and Organizations

    Speaker: Professor Mary Uhl-Bien (Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University)

    Time: Wednesday, 14 April 2021; 9 am (U.S. Central) / 3 pm (London) / 7.30 pm (New Delhi). The webinar is scheduled for 1 h 30 min (including Q&A).


    Description: All who have experienced the global pandemic of 2020 can tell you that we live in a changed world. People no longer question whether we are in complexity, that reality has been made explicitly clear. What they want to know now is, what do we do about it, and what does it mean for how we need to lead differently? In this talk, Prof. Uhl-Bien discusses leading in complexity from the standpoint of how to enable the adaptive process in people and organizations. The adaptive process happens when individuals and systems engage tensions between pressures for change (e.g., innovation, novelty, learning, growth) and pressures for stability (e.g., current performance, short-term results, status quo) through conflicting and connecting to generate adaptive outcomes. It is a fractal dynamic, meaning that the same process occurs across any level. The good news is that once you know the process, you can enact it in any situation that requires adaptability. The talk begins by focusing on the adaptive process at the individual level (cognitive process) and then applies it to the organizational level (system-level change). It concludes by discussing implications of the adaptive process model for leadership and followership behaviors, skills and mindsets.

    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized link and a reminder prior to the event.


    About the speaker

    Mary Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Spain. Mary's research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership. She was noted as the #6 Most Influential Leadership Scholar from 1990-2017 in an analysis by Zhou & Li in The Leadership Quarterly in 2019, and was identified in Poets & Quants as a Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professor in 2018. She has published multiple books and numerous articles in journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly. Mary is a co-founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars in the Academy of Management and was elected as both Division Chair and Representative-at-Large for the Organizational Behavior division.

    About Cranfield Strategy Group

    The Strategy Group at Cranfield School of Management has been long recognized as a centre of excellence for research, teaching and executive development in Strategic Management. Recognizing the complex nature of the social world, we view Strategic Management as "guided emergence" and are interested in advancing the knowledge of organizational processes and managerial decisions and actions in a way that enable strategists to be effective in a world they cannot control. Our research focuses on the nature of competitive advantage, the processes of value creation and value capture, the evolution of strategic intent, and various aspects of emergent strategy, such as organizational values, sensemaking, and strategic change.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Claire Angus (c.angus@cranfield.ac.uk)

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    Ibrat Djabbarov
    PhD Candidate
    Cranfield School of Management
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