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Network of ILT Scholars (Leverhulme Trust Funded Project)

About the Network

Welcome to the page for the International Network of Implicit Leadership Theory (ILT) scholars, pictured right are some of the members of the network.

Durham University is the hub of this network, collaborating with Farleigh Dickinson University (US), Virginia Tech (US), Claremont McKenna College (US), University of Colorado Boulder (US), University of Edinburgh Business School and ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece. There is also a collection of faculty members involved with the network who develop practical interventions based on research (Robert Lord, Rosalie Hall & Birgit Schyns).

The goal of the network is to integrate theoretical concepts drawn from psychology, decision making, and quantum physics to produce novel insights regarding the cognitive basis of leadership perceptions and behaviour. This research has implications for social justice, minority access to positions of power, more efficient selection and development of leaders, and increased understanding of social influence in organisations.

The proposed research advances our scientific models of the effects of cognitive processes on the antecedents and consequences of leader development, perceptions, and behaviour, thus advancing both academic and applied
knowledge. (Note also the underlying cognitive principles are more widely applicable, pertaining to any organised domain of social knowledge). Funding from the Leverhulme Grant has been acquired to establish and sustain this research group while initial pilot studies are conducted. The network also pursues alternative funding that would enable network members to work together on larger projects.

The Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme Project is Tracey Brown who can be contacted on

Network Meetings 2015

Focus Group Meeting 1 - Leadership Development. Identity and ILTS: Edinburgh 14-16 June 2015

Focus Group Meeting 2 - Linguistic/Meaning of ILTs, Wroxton 18-20 June 2015

Focus Group Meeting 3 - Emotional/Embodied Bases of ILTs, Boulder Colorado 26- 30 July 2015

1 Day Workshop Vancouver, Canada 12th August 2015 (following on from the Academy of Management)

Upcoming International Events:

75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Vancouver, Canada 7-11 August 2015

Network Meetings 2016:

Focus Group Meeting 4 - Claremont McKenna College (US)

Network Meetings 2017:

Focus Group Meeting 5 - ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece