2nd International Conference on Responsible Leadership

Venue: University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Sep 13, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 15, 2011
Registration Date: Sep 13, 2011
Early Registration Date: May 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jun 10, 2011
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"The loss of a stable state" is what (Schön 1973: 28-9)1 referred to when thinking about the continuous transformation facing our society and all its institutions. In fact, Schön argued that the task (responsibility) which the loss of the stable state makes imperative, for the person, for our institutions, for our society as a whole, is to
become adept at learning. This is especially our responsibility, as advocates of responsible leadership. We need to learn how to contribute to the development and support of responsible leadership on individual, organisational, societal and global levels (Mirvis et al, 2010)2.

We might argue that the loss of a stable state is also represented by and contributed to by the global sustainability challenges of the 21st century, the complex and wicked issues that affect us and that we contribute to for which we do not have easy answers. The world is continuing to face challenges, rising from the
long-term and indirect consequences of actions.
We are also increasingly seeing how we are all connected across the globe, in environmental, social and economic ways. The Gulf oil disaster, climate change, the global economic recession, and problems such as the rich-poor gap and the global moral deficit are well-known examples of such challenges. The decisions that
are made by leaders often have a rippling effect on multiple stakeholders.

How do we respond to these challenges?

During the first International Conference on Responsible Leadership in 2010, attended by 164 delegates from more than 10 countries, there was a strong emphasis on the sharing of frameworks and ideas, around the attributes of responsible leaders, paradigmatic foundations of responsible leadership, and on responsible
practices (e.g. in the business sector). Conference discussions and outcomes exposed increased awareness of the need for organisations (e.g. business) to expand their accountability, e.g. from having a narrow wealthcreation function, to also include societal welfare and the health of the planet. Visions of responsible leadership in different contexts and levels were highlighted, as well as a shared awareness of the importance of collective leadership, which spans across multiple organisations and sectors. Our quest for learning this year continues, with a shift of focus on the application of responsible leadership ideas and frameworks. The learning challenge that we have, is that while many are willing and involved in seeking for answers, and developing frameworks and ideas, further insight is needed into successful application of these ideas. We therefore once again welcome the engagement of academics and practitioners,
where perspectives (stories) from practice could inform and help evaluate ideas, in order to help contribute to new knowledge and improved practice.

The theme of the 2011 conference is Responsible Leadership in Action: Lessons Learned.
This broad theme invites papers and presentations from academia, practitioners; representing private, public and civil society sectors. Local and international scholars, practitioners and agencies in the field of responsible leadership, corporate citizenship, corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainable development are invited to submit contributions preferably to one the following sub-themes:

• Responsible decision-making and strategy
• Measuring and reporting responsible performance
• Stakeholders and relationships
• Developing responsible leadership
• Creating a culture of responsible conduct
• The theory of responsible leadership

The format of the conference will include full length papers, workshops, panel discussions, poster presentations, case studies and a PhD colloquium.

Abstracts of papers (max. 500 words) can be submitted to the conference office (CRL2011@up.ac.za). They should be submitted electronically (by e-mail), in RTF/MSWord format as file attachments (not as part of the

The postponed deadline for abstract proposals:
31 March 2011

All full paper submissions will go through a double-blind peer review process. Therefore, all author-identifying information should be removed from the paper except for a cover page. We advise all non-native english speakers to have their papers checked by a native speaker before submission. Papers should be no longer
than 35 pages (double-spaced) including tables, graphs, references and endnotes. The formatting of the paper has to follow the guidelines of the Journal of Business Ethics.

Abstracts and full papers can be submitted to the conference office: CRL2011@up.ac.za

Deadline for full paper submission:
10 June, 2011

31 March, 2011: Deadline for abstracts of 500 words, to be submitted to CRL2011@up.ac.za
10 June, 2011: Full papers to be submitted.
Please check our website (http://www.up.ac.za/crl) for up-to-date information on deadlines and procedures.

Any further queries can be addressed to:
E-mail: CRL2011@up.ac.za
Tel: +27 12 420 3134 / +27 12 420 4271


University of Pretoria, Lynnwood road, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
South Africa

Additional Information

Registration fees are as follows (early bird fees apply until end of May 2011): Early Bird Normal Fee Corporate R4 400 R6 000 Academic R3 500 R4 000 Non-profit R2 500 R3 000 Registered students R1 100 R1 650