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Mission Statement

Western has an exceptional concentration of scholars who focus on leadership.  We are blessed with pre-eminent junior, mid-career and senior scholars who have a passion for leadership research and achieved international prominence through their work. The subject of leadership, moreover, is a longstanding focus of Western’s research ambitions.  The creation of the Leadership Education and Research Development (LEADR) group aims to link researchers across the campus toward deepening this area of specialization, and focusing the research agendas already in progress. Through expanding key networks and facilitating the transmission of new ideas across the disciplines, we’ll position Western University as a globally recognized focal point for leadership thought, research and education.


AOM 2016 Theme: Making Organizations Meaningful
76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
“Making Organizations Meaningful”
August 5-9, 2016
Anaheim, California

International Leadership Association
18th Annual Global Conference
November 2-5, 2016  Atlanta, USA
“The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership”

“ILA's 18th annual global conference, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will occur in a time when leaders continue to struggle mightily to engage inclusively despite unprecedented pressures to the contrary. Bearing witness to the suffering of people and planet and moving beyond hate to healing is a central challenge of leadership today. Atlanta is a living demonstration of the dynamics of inclusive leadership. From the refugee resettlement hub in Clarkston (a community the New York Times called the most diverse square mile in America) to historical sites honoring Civil Rights and the local youth culture booms in film and music production, Atlanta holds story after story of leadership that created inclusive coalitions to address critical issues such as civil rights, religious tolerance, fair business practices, women's equality, and environmental justice.” Read more

2017 Conference on Commitment
“Understanding Context, Exploring Contingencies, and Seeking Consensus”
October 13-15, 2017
The Blackwell Inn
Fisher College of Business
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio (USA)

This conference brings together a community of scholars interested in the phenomenon of commitment to share and discuss ideas and findings relating to the conference theme of “Understanding Context, Exploring Contingencies, and Seeking Consensus.” The purpose of this conference is to advance the literature by promoting leading-edge thinking on all aspects and forms of commitment in organizational contexts regardless of bases, mindsets or targets (e.g., commitment to organizations – employing or other, people, teams, occupation, goals, change efforts, decisions, values, etc.)

The small size of the conference promotes opportunities for informal interaction and dialogue among attendees to facilitate networking, collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and in-depth discussions to explore issues of personal interest. Individuals from fields including organizational behavior, human resource management, industrial and organizational psychology, decision making, industrial relations, and related fields concerned with commitment are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!