Dear AIB Colleague


Do not miss the wonderful international research conference on KIS at Ashridge:


Leadership in knowledge intensive organisations,  people and processes, knowledge, creativity and innovation, ethics and trust.


Have you omitted to register for the AIRC4 conference on leadership in Knowledge Intensive firms and organisations?

It is still possible to come and join us.  See the programme below:


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Leadership, Management, Innovation in Professional & Knowledge Intensive Organisations: 

People and process challenges in the global knowledge economy


                                                                                       AIRC4 Programme                        PRESENTERS’ NAMES IN BOLD

Friday 12th June 2015

14.00  -14.15


Carla Millar, Stephen Chen, Lee Waller


14.15 - 15.45





Opening Panel of Experts

People and process challenges in the knowledge intensive nexus

      Laurent Choain, Chief HR Officer, Mazars Group, Paris

      Richard Cleverly, Global Head of Talent, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters

      Philip Sadler, Tomorrow’s Company and former CEO, Ashridge

      David Young, Head of Leadership Development BT Group at BT

Chair: Professor Kai Peters, CEO Ashridge Business School


15.45 - 16.30

Tea, Wyatt Room

16.30 - 18.30

Conference Session I:

I .1The Nexus of    Knowledge











I .2 Leadership in    KIOs


Old Lib

Trust and knowledge sharing 

Tatiana Khvatova, St Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia

Madeleine Block, St Petersburg State University, Russia                              

           Exploring the role of task-related trust in intra-organisational knowledge sharing

Roger Fullwood                , Manchester Metropolitan University, UK                      

            Factors affecting knowledge sharing amongst UK academics

Bindu Gupta, Ajay Singh, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India               

           Selected HR practicesThe moderating role of organizational cultural values

Session Chair: Martin Lockett, Ashridge Business School


Personality and creativity

Piia Uusi-Kakkuri, University of Vaasa, Finland                                                  

           Creative leaders:

           The relationship between creativity and a leader’s personality and gender

Lulu Zhou, Southeast University, China; 

Shuming Zhao, Nanjing University, China;

Feng (Karen) Tian, University of Newcastle, Australia;  

Xufan Zhang, Nanjing Normal University, China;

Huifei Ge, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

           Visionary leadership and employee creativity:

           Evidence from knowledge intensive organizations in China

Sandor L÷wik, University of Twente, the Netherlands

          Wanted: A transformational leader or Machiavellist as CEO:

          How personality traits explain individual managerial ambidexterity

Session Chair: Angela Muir, Ashridge Business School

  19.00- 20.30

Dinner, Main Dining Hall



Saturday 13th June 2015


08.45 – 10.00


II .1  The Nexus of Knowledge








II .2  Leadership in KIOs



Old Lib

Conference Session II 


Managing knowledge

Chris Mabey, Middlesex University, UK

           Effective management of knowledge exchange:

          A conceptual investigation of five leadership paradoxes

Alastair McCapra, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK

          From KI to AI:

          Professional bodies and knowledge management in the age of the robot

Session Chair: Martin Lockett, Ashridge Business School


Self-Leadership for change and transformation

Terry Porter, University of Maine, USA

          Living the mission:

          A case study of a self-transforming UK civil society organization linking              

          knowledge management, social sustainability, complex systems

 Maria Nathan, Lynchburg College, USA

         The knowledge worker as CEO of self                 

Session Chair: Caryn Vanstone, Ashridge Business School


10.00–  10.30

Coffee, Wyatt Room



10.30 – 12.45
















12.45 – 14.00



Keynote Addresses I


Talent and knowledge cultivation in knowledge intensive firms


Philip Sadler, Senior Fellow, Tomorrow’s Company and former CEO Ashridge

          The talent intensive organisation, the 1993 starting blocks

Juani Swart, Professor of Human Capital, School of Management, University

           of Bath

          HR policies and processes to manage knowledge professionals in

          contemporary contexts

Laurent Choain, Chief HR Officer, Mazars Group, Paris

           Innovation, education and HR strategy in professional service firms 


Chair: Professor Stephen Chen, University of Newcastle, AUS; Chair AIRC4



Lunch, Main Dining Hall






14.00 – 16.00


III.1 The Nexus of    Knowledge










III .2 Leadership in    KIOs


Old Lib

Conference Session III


Ethics and trust

Barbara Wang, Ashridge Business School, UK

                Truth and trust: The IP challenge in the partnership of Chinese and   

              Western companies

Richard McGowan, Boston College, USA

                The tale of two weeds: tobacco, marijuana and the ethics of disgust

Katrina Hogan, Sandeep Gopalan, University of Newcastle, Australia

Leveraging codes of ethics through law to minimize agency costs

Session Chair:  John Mahon, University  of Maine, USA



Management styles

Nawtej Dosanjh, Hult International Business School, USA

          Top management influence and ambidexterity in managerial practice

Hemangi Bhalerao, Satishchandra Kumar, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai, India

          Impact of conflict management styles of leaders on the commitment

          level of subordinates in India

Kai Wing (Alex) Chu, CCC Heep Who College, Hong Kong, China

          Leading knowledge management in a school


Session Chair: Vicki Culpin, Ashridge Business School


 16.00 – 16.30  

Tea, Wyatt Room



16.30 – 18.30



“The Ashridge Experience”

Caryn Vanstone,  Ashridge Business School and Lacerta Consulting

          Leading for innovation in KIOs:

          Rethinking knowledge, people, risk and the role of improvisation



18.30 – 19.30



A walk in the grounds or Tour of the Mansion and/or Publishing Clinic

19.30 – 20.00

Publishers’ Reception on the Loggia


20.00 – 22.00


Old Lib


Conference Dinner in the Old Library


After dinner speech “Risk and leaders” by the ‘Priest of Sin’




Sunday 14 June 2015


08.45 – 10.15


IV. The Nexus of  Knowledge

 +    Leadership in    KIOs









Conference Session IV


Leadership, teams and performance


Christina  Swart-Opperman,  Kurt April, University of Cape Town, S. Africa

Understanding innovation and emotive outlook of knowledge     

Teams in Namibia

Tomohiko Tanikawa, Meiji University Business School, Japan

Yuhee Jung, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

                The effect of TMT diversity in knowledge industry:

The interactive role of TMT diversity, the CEO power and past performance

Caroline Rowland, Roger Hall, University of Chester, UK

           Leadership in turbulent times:

           Realities of a white-water world


Session Chair: Kerrie Fleming, Ashridge Business School



10.15 – 10.45

Coffee, Wyatt Room


10.45– 12.45

Keynote Addresses II

Leading and developing people in knowledge intensive firms


Dame Fiona Woolf, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna and the 686th Lord

           Mayor of London (2013-2014)

          Talent development in the City

John Mahon, Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy and

           Professor of Management, University of Maine, USA

          Knowledge acculturation, retention and corruption in knowledge

           intensive organizations

Vlatka Hlupic, Professor of Business and Management, Dept. of Leadership

          and Professional Development, Westminster Business School

         The management shift in knowledge intensive organisations  


Chair: Vicki Culpin,

Dean of Faculty and Director of Research, Ashridge Business School 


12.45 – 13.00


Concluding Practice                                                            Lee Waller, Chair AIRC4


Concluding Academe and Closing of conference        Carla Millar, Chair AIRC4



13.00 – 14.00

End-of-Conference Lunch, Main Dining Hall



Looking forward to seeing you at Ashrudge!


Carla Millar

Prof. Carla C.J.M. Millar PhD

Chair AIRC4 on Knowledge Intensive Institutions




AIRC4 Chairs et al. will Guest Edit  Special Issues of:

The International Journal of Human Resource Management

Focus:  leadership, international  HRM and organisational challenges in KIS

The Journal of Knowledge Management

Focus:  leading and managing KIS through formal knowledge strategies

The Journal of Academic Ethics

Focus: values, processes, functions and governance in KIS

The Journal of Public Affairs

Focus:  Value creation and innovation in KIS,

and have a partnership agreement with the Creativity and Innovation Management journal

to recommend  relevant  AIRC4 papers for fast track publication in CIM.


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