Participant Profiles

We have 80 scholars and practitioners attending the conference including the panelists and session presenters. Profiles of the participants who sent theirs are presented below. To avoid web-bots trolling for email addresses, we haven’t provided the email address of any of the participants below. At the conference, we will distribute the list of attendees including their organizational affiliation and contact email address.

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Darlene Alexander-Houle, HP
Pursue evidence-based scholarly information for leadership styles after discovering content and collaborators when pursuing a doctorate in management-leadership. Focal research is in the variance in leadership with the breadth of global programs and the juxtaposition of affects from individual risk tolerance on leaders’ performance with agile development and actionable research.

Cordula BARZANTNY, Toulouse Business School
Regarding my main conference interests, I am focusing on sustainable leadership as well as on leadership for sustainability and expect some truly useful conference outcomes for my future work as a researcher and management developer (teacher!) With various actions to educate today’s and tomorrow’s leaders, I wish to make a difference for practice and theory while supporting  overall leaders’ and sustainable leadership development.

Robyn L. Brouer, SUNY – Buffalo
Robyn has interests in social effectiveness, adaptive leadership, and leader-follower relationships. She has published articles in such journals as Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Shannon Brown, Benedictine University
She is a new doctoral student in Benedictine University’s Values Drive Leadership program.  In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching leadership studies at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.  Her goal for the conference is to continue to familiarize herself with research in the leadership discipline as she contemplates her dissertation topic.

Amanda Bullough, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Her research spans entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-cultural management, and international development. She is interested in expanding her empirical research to practitioner-oriented journals in order to reach outside the academic community.

K Thomas Chandy, Santa Clara University
How can I help my students in the US and India gain the leadership skills and develop the holistic systems perspective necessary to create sustainable organizations and societies within the ecosystems in which they are embedded?

William Craddock, Craddock Associates
There are multiple learning opportunities from this conference: the Design Thinking process, the dialogue between the academic and practitioner communities, the consultative process of analyzing complex leadership issues, and the influence process of encouraging changes.  My contributions will primarily be from my practitioner experiences.

Cécile Emery, London School of Economics
My research explores the informal leadership in groups from a social network perspective. I am particularly interested in understanding how, and to which extend, emotional intelligence and leadership self-perceptions affect the emergence of leaders.

Laura Erskine, Illinois State University
Laura’s research interests include the meaning of relational distance in leader-follower relationships and leadership in virtual settings. Recently, Laura completed a research project examining undergraduate perceptions of approaches to learning about sustainability and presented this work at the AACSB Sustainability Conference.

Geraldine Fennell, University of Texas at San Antonio
My area of special interest/expertise is everyday human activities, which I study to guide producing appropriate goods/services.  Appalled by the continuing high level of new product failure and accompanying waste of resources, I model and study the upstream conditions that allocate people’s resources (behavioral, time, financial) to the tasks and interests of everyday life, with a view to better understanding the nature of desirable/useful attributes for goods/services.

Kelly Fisher, TAMU – Kingsville
She is a retired military officer whose research interests are at the intersection of culture and leadership in extreme contexts. She is currently collaborating with another colleague on the collection and analysis of interviews of combat veterans in India. Other interests are: role of cultural distance on expatriates, authentic military leadership, and Hispanic leadership in extreme contexts.

George B. Graen
After a productive and rewarding career dedicated to predicting and understanding the human adaptation to dangerous environments that we call team leadership, I find that I finally may claim some significant and useful progress.  For many decades team leadership research and writing focused on the one actor who was given the most credit for team success and the most blame for team failure.  This year a major trade book’s business leadership Chief Editor bragged that  “leaders do not need followers”.  The new and improved version of LMX theory described claims to discredit the so- called Leader sans followers market of self-help books and promises a fruitful approach to functional team leadership.

Liselore Havermans – University of Amsterdam Business School
I’m intrigued by the question of how leadership contributes to the sustainable success of organizations. I’m convinced this conference will stimulate some interesting discussions around this question, and, as I’m finishing my PhD, I hope this conference will open up opportunities for me to continue working on these complex issues.

Victor Huang, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi
Innovation and leadership may be the most important tool in a manager’s arsenal as it can lead to new and better solutions to business and customer problems, yet our knowledge on innovation and leadership might be subject to a cultural bias, do East share the same understanding and practice as West?

Dundar Kocaoglu, Portland State University
He is the Chairman of the Department of Engineering and Technology Management and Director of RISE (Research Institute for Sustainable Energy). He is also the President and CEO of PICMET (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology). He is a Fellow of IEEE and was the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management for 17 years. His research interests are in hierarchical decision models, innovation, sustainability, technology management leadership, and management of emerging technologies.

Stefan Krummaker, Leibniz University of Hannover
Learning about opportunities for academic-practitioner collaborative research on leadership and followership. Finding new cases and inspiration for both teaching and research. Connecting with academics and practitioners – build a strong leadership community. Evidence-based learning!

Jennifer Kurkoski, Google
As manager of Google’s People & Innovation Lab (PiLab), I am particularly interested in how to build effective research-practitioner partnerships. The PiLab’s aims is to inform organizational practice at Google and beyond and looks to collaboration with members of the academic community to further this goal.

Katharina Kurtz, Leibniz University of Hannover
My expectations towards this conference are: lots of new impulses/controversial discussions; rich dialogue; and connecting with academics and practioners.

Romie Frederick Littrell, Auckland University of Technology
My interests are theory development and practice in managerial leadership and values across national, super-national, and sub-national cultures. Concerning innovation, these are still true:

  • “There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. …. Therefore, any business enterprise has two—and only two—basic functions: marketing and innovation.” — Peter Drucker (1954), The Practice of Management, pp. 39-40.
  • “Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present!” — Peter Drucker (1986), Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 
  • “Core competencies are different for every organization; they are, so to speak, part of an organization’s personality. But every organization—not just businesses—needs one core competence: innovation” – Peter Drucker (1999), Management Challenges for the 21st Century, p. 119.

Zhengdan Liu (Aurora), Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
My research interests span HR practice and job satisfaction, Personality and work values of different generations, Leadership and competence of university graduates, E-business, and E-learning. I teach courses in International Business Management, and English Business Communication.

Kevin Lowe, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
I hope to learn more about what leaders do to make their people care more (felt need) about their personal role in the organizations innovation and sustainability efforts.  I am also interested in how cultural attributes may influence how those messages are framed and delivered.

Jim Ludema, Benedictine University
I’m Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University, which includes a Ph.D. program on leadership, sustainability, and org change. I am also Program Chair for the ODC Division of the Academy. I look forward to joining others in advancing the leadership and sustainability agenda and in establishing stronger links between NLS and ODC.

Delia Mannen, ESADE Business School
I am most interested in the fusion of industry and academia to: 1) enable breakthrough insights and solutions that emerge from diversity (as the’s Bootcamp Bootleg v2 states); 2) support learning that bridges practice and research; and, 3) build relationships for future action. This setting is ripe for innovation.

Louise Metcalf, Pax Leader Labs
I’m a senior Organisational/ Industrial Psychologist. My research interest is leadership and sustainability and I apply my research in my practice. I am hoping to find some like-minded industry partners interested in how sustainability and successful business strategy connects to leadership in an organisation setting.

Nora Misiolek, Marist College
I am intersted in the study of leadership and leadership dynamics in virtual teams.  I am interested in understanding the dimensions of  effective leadership that faciliate innovation, stimulate creativity, and promote the leveraging of knowledge in these types of teams.

Cristina Neesham, Monash University
I am interested in innovations in the areas of social value design and delivery, by both NFPs and social enterprises.  The aim is to develop social goods and services which increase the social return on investment, the sustainability of increasingly complex communities and the well-being of people with plural (and perhaps conflicting) values and needs.

Miguel R. Olivas-Luján, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
As a new editor for Emerald’s Advanced Series in Management, I am interested in scholarly book proposals on Leadership (and other business issues). As Instructor, I am interested in an applied perspective, and I have published research on Successful Women (most of them leaders), as part of an international group.

Alexandra Panaccio, Concordia University
Her research focuses on leadership, workplace commitment, retention, performance, and employee well-being. Current projects include an examination of the impact of servant (selfless) leadership behaviors on employee attitudes, performance and well-being.

Ute Stephan, University of Sheffield
I am interested in the synergies between the Social and Entrepreneurial and how they can mutually reinforce each other in business. Current research explores CEO’s values, leadership style and organisational practices enabling radical innovation in social enterprises, and how social entrepreneurs’ creativity can be leveraged to develop social business innovations for multinationals.

John Parm Ulhøi, Aarhus University
I’m presently involved in research investigating organizations that involve employees in the process of generating and implementing new commercializable and environmentally sustainable ideas. This is what I refer to as employee-driven innovation.  And a critical means to support such processes is shared and distributed leadership.

Loretta Van Coppenolle, San Antonio

Loretta has been a teacher and a highly involved environmental activist for decades.  Most recently active with the Sierra Club, she has been among other things Alamo Group conservation chair, receiving many awards from the Sierra Club for her efforts.  Sustainability is a major concern of hers. 

Bernd Vogel, University of Reading
My research and practice focus on mobilizing and maintaining organization’s energy, leadership and the co-creation of leadership, followership and organizational change. From the conference I like to learn about and contribute to current and future challenges organizations face in leadership and particular innovation, but also get challenged on my own thinking.

Sandra Waddock, Boston College
Leadership for sustainability and innovation is essential, yet few are prepared for it.  Sustainability leadership demands integration of both/and logics, coping with multiple goals simultaneously, a vision of business embedding social and ecological goals, and individual self- confidence, self-awareness, and capacity to allow others to flourish.  How to get there?  

Tara Wernsing, Instituto de Empresa
My interests lie in research and practices for developing leadership (global, women’s, and authentic).  Particularly interested in moving from domination paradigms of leadership to partnership paradigms, including developmental processes that are described as integral, implicit, emergent, and co-creative. One example of a change in business values is the expansion of the implicit value system through focus on a triple bottom line (profit, people, planet).


Daniel S. Whitman, Louisiana State University
I am interested in how and why leaders influence groups of workers.

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