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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Christopherson Knott Fellows' Seminar - The Dark Side of Leadership in Organisations

13th March 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Susanne Braun (Durham University)


Studying organisations as social systems represents a unifying theme across academic disciplines, their theories and research methods. In particular, the study of leadership is inherently interdisciplinary, spanning perspectives from Management and Psychology, Sociology, History and Political Studies, among others. In the face of recent, large-scale organisational scandals that involve managerial misconduct and public loss of trust in leaders as well as recent developments in the political realm, the so-called ‘dark-side of leadership’ is a timely issue for academics and practitioners to consider. Dr Susanne Braun advocates the view that academics from different disciplines need to develop and voice their perspectives of leadership for the betterment of organisations. Hence, in this seminar, she would like to engage the audience in a discussion and interdisciplinary exchange of their views of leadership, especially its dark side. The seminar will begin with an overview of forms and the detrimental effects that negative forms of leadership have in organisations. This research originates from a management-psychological perspective. The overview will focus on leaders’ narcissism as one of her main research interests. To date, however, only limited insights exist into the factors, through which negative leadership emerges, and its variations and consequences over time. This will be the starting point for discussion, broadly summarized under the question “who shows negative leadership, when and why?”

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.