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Symposium: Multi-Level Leadership for Collective Good

Wednesday 11 May 2022 - Thursday 12 May 2022

Belfast, UK

The complexity and dynamics of societal challenges require us to revisit our perspectives on leadership in all layers of society, government, and business. Therefore, the Leiden Leadership Centre (Leiden University), the Centre for Leadership Ethics and Organisation (Queen's University Belfast) and the Journal of Change Management will organise a symposium and a special issue on multi-level leadership for the collective good. This event will take place from 11-12 May in Belfast at Queen's Management School.

Please find below the call for papers.


This call seeks to explore these debates and related questions further, first through a Symposium in May 2022 at Queens Management School in Belfast (UK) with an opportunity for papers to be considered for a Special Issue of the Journal of Change Management: Reframing Leadership and Organizational Practice to follow. The Symposium is aimed to foster the debate and provide further inputs for the development of the work. However, submissions to the Special Issue are not limited to contributors of the Symposium.

The symposium will be hosted by the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO), Queen's University Belfast, and will be held in Riddel Hall. The event will be preceded by a dinner the night before with a major speaker from the Northern Ireland public sector.

Special Issue

This symposium and special issue calls for papers to investigate the macro, meso and micro level characteristics of leadership as well as their interactions to make a difference for the collective good.

We are looking for papers that investigate leadership empirically and theoretically across and within societies, sectors and organisations (public and private) dealing with collective problems. We invite authors from a variety of fields and disciplines to present their empirical and theoretical contributions to allow for comparison and theory development regarding reconceptualization’s of multi-level leadership and its potential to create purposeful change for collective good.

Among the questions we hope to answer:

  1. What are the multi-level, multi-facet and multi-dimensional characteristics of leadership in addressing global and societal challenges? In this we align ourselves to definitions of leadership ‘as a process rather than a role’ and in relation to the collective exercise of agency to address complex and intractable problems (Clegg et al, 2021).
  2. How does leadership emerge at multiple levels in society, organizations and networks and how does it interact?
  3. In what manner can we contribute to the development of multi-level leadership practices and multi-level leadership theory with purpose or the collective good at its centre, with particular reference to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

Key dates

  • 1st December - Deadline for symposium abstracts
  • 1st January - Confirmation of selected abstracts
  • 22 April - Deadline for full symposium papers
  • 11-12 May - Special Issue Symposium at Queens Management School (Belfast, UK)
  • 1st August - Full paper deadline for the special issue

Paper submission

Please submit your paper here.

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