ALCRL collaborates with Copenhagen Business School

Posted on February 17, 2016

The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL) entered into an agreement with the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark, funded by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
The broader purpose of this collaboration is to inform and promote responsible leadership and transformational change in business and society via the production of new research and new theory on the leadership dynamics of sustainable change in a development context. The intermediate step toward this goal consists of a set of activities designed to explore how these two culturally, intellectually, and geographically diverse research institutions can leverage their resources and talents in tandem to develop new perspectives on the relationship between leadership and transformational change in a development context. 
Outlining the plan of action between CBS and ALCRL for 2016, Prof Derick de Jongh, ALCRL Director, says the first step will be to organise an international network of scholars in leadership, including a jointly-authored theoretical research paper on the connections between responsible leadership, sustainability, and transformational change. The paper will draw on the diverse strengths and disciplinary perspectives of the two institutions and will be completed and submitted for publication by the end of 2016.
This collaboration will be effective for a period of one year and is divided into phases. CBS team members (including PhD students) will visit UP and ALCRL staff, Prof De Jongh and Dr Willem Fourie, will visit CBS in return. During these visits, research seminars and workshops will be attended and presented, and meetings with relevant scholars and administrators will take place. ALCRL staff will also attend a research seminar hosted by the CBS Leadership Initiative and was requested to present their research findings in the field of leadership and transformational change in Africa.
The final phase of the collaboration will see CBS staff and a PhD student participating in the Fourth International Conference on Responsible Leadership, hosted by the ALCRL. The jointly-authored research paper that CBS and ALCRL worked on during 2016 will be presented at this conference.
“In the spirit of learning-by-doing, the joint academic article writing project will help us get to know each other, foster institutional connections, encourage the partners to build a working team, and develop collaborative habits and relationships that will carry on beyond the initial period of funding,” Prof De Jongh concludes.
- Author Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership

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